Defenseman Ryan Murray is captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan is currently starring on defense alongside Scott Harrington for Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. Despite the busy schedule, Murray continues to provide a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Hi everyone. I'm checking in from the media room at Rexall Place in Edmonton at the World Junior Championship. This has been an unbelievable experience so far. The fans here are crazy. I've really never seen anything like it. I've never been to a World Junior game before and, just to play out there, it's a huge honor to wear the jersey and it's been a great experience so far.
At the start of the tournament, it was a little bit overwhelming with all the TV coverage. Everybody in the country pretty much watches this, so it was a little bit intimidating at the start but now that things have settled down a bit, you kind of get used to all the media attention and you know everything going on so it's just great and I feel comfortable now.
In this tournament, you're against the best in the world so it's definitely a proving ground and there's going to be a lot of scouts here looking at how you do against the top talent in the world so that's I'm definitely looking at that, but at the same time you're focus is winning a gold medal and that's the bottom line.
We've won our first three games of the tournament and have played well. We just have to play our normal game, we can't get away from anything, we can't get fancy, we can't change anything we did against the Finns, Czechs or Danes. Against our next opponent, the U.S., we just have to go out there and play hard against them because they are a good team, they play a hard game and we got to just stick to our game plan.
Both our goalies have looked really good so far. Whether it's Scott Wedgewood or Mark Visentin, everybody had the confidence in both of them.
There are so many leaders in our locker room. But our captain, Schwartzy [Jaden Schwartz] has been great. I've known him for quite a while, I grew up with him a little bit and he's a great guy to be the captain. He's a tremendous leader and he's always got advice. He's a great guy to have around the room.