Murray signs with hometown team

Madden Murray was drafted by Neepawa in the 2020 MJHL U-15 draft, 23rd overall.

He was then acquired by Dauphin and the Kings are now pleased to announce that the hometown product has committed to the organization.

Murray signed his committment letter on Wednesday afternoon and it’s a moment that he has been thinking about for a long time. Growing up in Dauphin, Madden spent many weekend nights at the rink watching the team play.

“It’s an unreal feeling,” said Murray. “I’ve been looking forward to this moment since the day I was traded to Dauphin, it’s such a special moment.”

Doug Hedley, the team’s head coach and general manager had this to say after Murray signed on the dotted line.

“We are excited to have Madden join our organization for the 2023/24 season,” said Hedley. “He typifies how we want to play with speed, skill, hockey IQ, and hard work.”

Murray has been having a sensational offensive campaign with the Parkland U18 Rangers. After posting 15 goals in 44 games last year, Murray has nearly reached that mark and he’s only suited up in 15 contests this year.

The Dauphinite is tied for third in league scoring with 11 goals and he’s also added four assists to his total. When it comes to the team, they are improving every game but they sit at 3-12. While Murray is very pleased with his offense, he is a team-first guy and knows there is work to be done.

“We’re off to a slow start here so we have to pick things up and get some wins here moving ahead,” said Murray. “We have played very well in our past three games so we’re looking to keep that going this weekend.”

Madden was joined by his grandpa Dean for his committment picture on Wednesday while his brother Emmett and mother Pauline also were a part of the special moment. Dean won a Turnbull Cup with the Kings in 1977 and Billy Murray Jr. won a Turnbull Cup with the Kings five years prior in 1972.

Madden says having Dean take the picture with him alongside Emmett and Pauline meant a lot.

“I can’t wait to play my first game to show my family that I made it,” said Murray.

When asked what he likes most about Madden’s game, Hedley said there are many things to like.

“He has committed to getting better for the last couple of seasons,” said Hedley. “His hard work is paying off. He has outstanding speed, and skill and his ability to go into the hard areas will make him a great addition to our group next season.”

Madden will be back on the ice for a pair of games this weekend with Parkland as they play in Kenora.