Transfers 29.07.2013

NHL-er Andrew Murray strengthens the Bears' attack

Murray is played 221 games in the NHL, and 250 games including playoffs in the AHL.

Canadian Andrew Murray is the new reinforcement to Medveščak's attack. Murray is a forward who has several years of experience in the NHL and the AHL. He's played 221 games in the NHL (40 points), and 250 games including playoffs in the AHL (101 points).
 
"Andrew Murray is a quality 2 way player. He has been a full time NHL player 5 of the last 6 years. He brings very high character to the locker room and the possibility of playing in all situations. He is a true center that will chip in offensively and be a key center to play against other teams' top lines", said the director of athletics, Aaron Fox. 
 
Andrew Murray was born in 1981 in Selkirk (Manitoba, Canada), and plays center and left wing. After his junior days in the MJHL with the Selkirk Steelers, he enrolled at Bemidji State University in 2001 and played for their NCAA team, while in the same year he was the 242nd NHL draft pick for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Throughout the four seasons between 2001/02 - 2004/05, he played 128 games for Bemidji and scored 46 goals and made 69 assists (115 points), and in the last season he was the team captain.
 
Murray played his first professional season in 2005/06 for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch (then affiliates of the Blue Jackets) realizing 83 games including playoffs, with 13 goals and 17 assists. He played in the Crunch jersey for the next two seasons, though in 2007/08 he only played 34 games because an opportunity opened up for him to play in the NHL for Columbus. He debuted with the Blue Jackets on 27 December 2007, and scored his first NHL goal on 2 January 2008 in a game against the Anaheim Ducks. In his premiere season with Columbus he played 39 games and earned 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists), and the team extended his contract for another three seasons. Throughout those three seasons Murray played 142 games with Columbus and scored 26 points (17 goals, 9 assists). In the 2011/12 season, he signed a contract with the San Jose Sharks and played 39 games with them (4 points), and also played 10 games with their AHL affiliates the Worcester Sharks. This past season, aside from playing one game for the St. Louis Blues, he wore the AHL's Peoria Rivermen's jersey for 51 games in which he scored 14 goals and made 17 assists (31 points).
 
This will be Murray's premiere season with Medveščak and the KHL. He will be joining the team any day now at the gathering and preparations in Zagreb.
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