|Henrik Zetterberg (40) center Andrew Murray (17) chase down the puck in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. Columbus defeated Detroit 3-0. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) |
Andrew Murray grew up in Manitoba, played his college hockey in Minnesota and then moved to the slightly “warmer” areas of Syracuse and Columbus for his professional hockey career.
There’s no question the weather in San Jose will soon be making an impression on Murray and his family.
“Growing up in Manitoba it’s really cold,” Murray said. “Then I played my college hockey in Minnesota and it wasn’t much different, really cold. Even in upstate New York and Columbus, it was a little bit warmer, but there’s a little bit of a change coming with the weather. The weather is a lot nicer. Besides the road trips, I haven’t seen too much of that (wearing shorts to the rink in the winter.)”
The weather is just fine in Manitoba right now, so there isn’t the urgent rush to see his new surroundings, but a trip will eventually be planned.
“It just happened and I haven’t given it too much thought (to coming out),” Murray said. “I’ll just let it sink in. We’ll make some plans in the next few weeks for that kind of stuff. We’re looking forward to it.”
Murray leaves behind a lot of positive memories after a decade in the Blue Jackets organization, but he definitely has energy about the possibilities of his new team.
“It’s pretty exciting coming to an organization like the Sharks, one of the top organizations in the League,” Murray said. “I’m just excited to be a part of it and am looking forward to the year. Every player goes into the season wanting to win the Stanley Cup, so I think it’s an opportunity. I hope to be a part of something there.”
|Murray, left, scores past goalie Evgeni Nabokov during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) |
Murray discussed his future with Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Todd McLellan and was comfortable with his next professional destination.
“I talked to them briefly before I signed to get an idea of what they were looking for,” Murray said. “I had a good chat with them and got an understanding of the role they would put me in and how I would be used. After that conversation, I had a good idea of what it would be like playing there and I was very intrigued by it. I ended up signing a couple of days after that.”
Having spent his entire career with a single organization, Murray has had little personal contact with the current Sharks players, but there’s a tie to one in the organization.
“No one from the current roster other that Frazer McLaren being from Winnipeg, but I haven’t played with anybody else,” Murray said. “He’s training here in the summer, so we’ll get together. I haven’t talked to him (yet). I saw him a couple of weeks ago at a charity golf tournament, but at that point the Sharks hadn’t contacted me.”
|Murray, left, and Dan Boyle fight for a loose puck along the boards on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) |
Murray was slated to enjoy the same Sweden trip the Sharks did last year with Columbus, but didn’t make the trip because of an injury.
“I got hurt in the exhibition game before we left,” Murray said with an ironic laugh. “The Friday night we played Washington and I got hurt. The team left Saturday night, so I didn’t make the trek out. I’ve never been over to Sweden, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Everyone said afterwards how much fun it was.”
His future for the coming fall is decided though and Murray can relax and enjoy the remainder of the offseason.
“We haven’t done any vacations,” Murray said. “We got a new house in Winnipeg and it’s been busy moving everything. We’re trying to enjoy the summer and see family and friends back here.”