Defenseman Ryan Murray is captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan was recently named captain for Team Cherry at the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna, B.C. He took second place in 'Hardest Shot' at the Top Prospects Skills Competition with a blast of 94.3 mph. He recently won a bronze medal playing for Team Canada at the 2012 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.
Well, it's all over in Kelowna.
Our team [Team Cherry] lost, 2-1. It was a good game and everyone was working really hard; it was pretty intense out there and I thought all the guys played really great. There were a lot of nervous skaters in the first period but, after that, everyone kind of settled in.
In the end, it's unfortunate [I took a penalty that led to their winning goal]. I didn't think that would be a [slashing] penalty to tell you the truth, but I can't blame it on the refs. It's too bad it ended that way.
There were chances out there and I thought goalie Matt Murray played extremely well for us. He made a couple of huge saves to keep us in it and so did the other goalies. I guess it's a little bit weird playing with guys you never played with before because you have to get use to them in a very short amount of time. But I thought we had our chances but the goalies were coming up big out there.
It was great that a guy like [Mark] Recchi could come to an event like this and you can really learn from a guy like that who has done so much in his career and it's great that he's already starting to give back to the game after his career. It's great he can come out here and coach and the same goes for [Ryan Huska]. He helped out here in his home city so it was good.
So now that the Top Prospects Game is over, I have to keep playing hard. We're in a playoff stretch here and that's the thing I'm most focused on now, is trying to help [the Everett Silvertips] make the playoffs and if I can do that then everything else will fall into place.
Thanks for reading about my experiences at the Top Prospects Game this week everyone. Check back next month for a new update.