When Team Sweden announced their picks for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Douglas Murray was very happy to be part of the group. He heard the news at his San Jose home from his parents who are currently visiting.
“They (Team Sweden) hadn’t told me at all,” said Murray. “I got woken up by my parents at 5:15 (in the morning). We talked the night before and it was fine to wake me. I could see on their faces what they knew.”
Murray and his parents had an agreement that they were allowed to wake him only if there was good news and there was clearly a lot of joy in the house.
However, somewhere back in Sweden there was a gentleman who was likely even more excited about the selection.
That person would be Lars “Lasse” Bjorn, Murray's maternal grandfather who just so happens to be a former Swedish Olympic hockey player himself. All in all, it made for a special day in the Murray family.
The call back to Sweden was on the agenda right after hearing the good news from his parents.
“I talked to him this morning, but didn’t talk to him about (traveling over) yet,” said Murray.
A plus for Murray is this will not only be a career highlight, but it will put some focus back on the elite career his grandfather had. Bjorn, who will turn 78 later in December, won a bronze medal with Sweden in the 1952 Olympics and Murray is hoping to help his country defend their gold medal from 2006. In 1953 and 1957, Bjorn won gold medals at the World Championships and also won nine Swedish League championships with Djurgardens.
“He has such a passion for the game and the teams he won championships with. He’s very appreciative these days,” said Murray.
Being chosen was clearly a big moment in Murray’s blossoming career.
“I was definitely hopeful,” said Murray of being selected. “I remember growing up watching the World Championships and the Olympics and following them so closely.”
With it being Murray’s first Olympic trip, he will have to find out what comes with the territory.
“Right now I’m just happy to be on the team and once I arrive, I’ll find out my role,” said Murray.
One of the most physical players in hockey, the six-foot-three, 240-pound native of Bromma, Sweden leads the Sharks with 113 hits, which is tied for tenth in the NHL overall. He currently has seven points this season (one goal, six assists) this year, a +7 rating and is sixth on the team with 37 penalty minutes.
Murray represented Sweden in the 2008 World Championships and posted an even plus/minus rating and 27 penalty minutes in five games, helping Sweden to a fourth place finish in the tournament.
He was originally drafted by San Jose in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (8th round, 241st overall).
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