COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's been a rough stretch to start the season for the Everett Silvertips, and they may have been dealt their toughest hand yet.
Not only did the Silvertips lose handily to the Victoria Royals on Friday night, they may have lost their captain and best player for a significant period in the process. Ryan Murray, who missed time over the past couple of seasons (ankle injury last year), left the game with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return.
Murray will reportedly undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, and more will be known after that is complete. Shoulder dislocations and separations are never terms a player wants to hear, and a serious injury could sideline a player for a long period of time.
Losing Murray for any stretch is a huge blow to the Silvertips, who have given up 85 goals in 23 games and sit at the bottom of the WHL's U.S. Division. Everett has won just twice in its past 10 games.
What's also in question (pending MRI results) is Murray's status for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, which will be held beginning in late December in Ufa, Russia. Murray figures to be a shoe-in for Team Canada and also in the mix for the captaincy, but a long-term injury could change that.
We will update the blog with any additional information that becomes available in the coming days.
Stay tuned to BlueJackets.com and the CBJ Today blog for more updates on Murray's status.