T-Birds Ink Murray

Soo Thunderbirds

The Soo Thunderbirds Junior A club has announced today that they’ve signed defenceman and Thessalon, Ontario product Matt Murray.

Murray, 17, who stands 5’11 and 167 lbs, spent last season with Great North Midget League’s Soo Thunderbirds midget AAA club, where he was named the league’s best defenceman after putting up 10 goals and 29 points through 35 regular season games along with collecting 40 penalty minutes. He also had a goal and 6 assists through 6 playoff games and was named to the GNML all star team.

During the 2014-2015 season, Matt was also called up for 6 games with the Soo Thunderbirds Junior A club and notched his first career NOJHL goal on September 30th, 2014 in a 6-1 win over the Blind River Beavers at the Rhodes.

“Matt is very familiar with our coaching staff from last season and is looking to make the jump to junior hockey this season,” said T-Birds general manager Jamie Henderson. “Matt understands how competitive our training camp and exhibition season will be and we look forward to seeing him take a big step this year.”

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.