Aiden Murray’s parents both went to Athol Murray College of Notre Dame and after Aiden played 33 games with the Yellowhead U15 Chiefs in the 2018-19 season, he also made the move to Notre Dame.
Now a few years later, Murray is playing with the U18 team in the Saskatchewan U18 AAA Hockey League. The team is off to a great start as they’re 9-4-1 and the club is just one year removed from competing in the Telus Cup.
Murray suited up in two games with the Hounds at the U18 national championship last year. Their quest for a sixth national title came up short as they were downed by Cantonniers de Magog in the semifinal.
So for now Aiden is fully focusing on helping Notre Dame succeed and then his focus will switch to helping the Dauphin Kings succeed next season. Originally from Decker, Manitoba, Murray has signed his letter of intent to join Dauphin in time for the 2023-24 season.
Murray says it’s a dream come true.
“It’s a huge honour to sign and finally commit to playing with Dauphin next year,” said Murray. “I’m really excited to get started with them.”
Doug Hedley is very pleased that Murray chose the Kings.
“We are very excited to have Aiden commit to our program,” said Hedley. “He is a solid puck-moving defenseman that brings mobility and speed to our group.”
Aiden also believes he has what it takes to chip in offensively and he got that belief after his best season last year. With the U17 Hounds Prep Team, Murray scored six times in 33 games and he finished with 29 points in the regular season. He then added two assists in three playoff games.
“We had a really skilled team last year,” said Murray. “We had offense from the top to bottom of the lineup and I’m glad that I was able to capitalize and help out.”
As Hedley leads his club into a weekend series against the Winnipeg Freeze, he’s looking forward to assisting in Aiden’s development.
“He will add depth to our back end next season,” ended Hedley.
Three players have not committed to the Kings in the past 10 days.