Rising Junior Forward Among Candidates for National Women's Development Team
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's ice hockey will be well-represented at the upcoming Hockey Canada National Women's Development Team selection camp, as rising junior forward Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.) has been selected to attend. Hockey Canada announced the selections on Wednesday. The camp, which takes place Aug. 5-14 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta., is an important step in identifying players who could play for the Development Team and one day be in the running to play for the National Women's Team. This is the fourth year in a row that Murray has been selected. Earlier this week, Bulldogs associate head coach Rob Morgan was announced as a coach for the camp.
The 42 players attending the selection camp include five who won a gold medal playing for the Development Team at the 2016 Nations Cup. Murray is one of 24 forwards at the camp.
The camp attendees will participate in several practices and intrasquad games as well as off-ice dryland training, fitness testing and classroom sessions. Hockey Canada will then choose 23 players for a three-game series against the United States' Women's Under-22 Select Team Aug. 17-20 in Calgary. The National Women's Development Team will also participate at the Nations Cup in Germany in January 2017. The last Yale player to play for Canada's Under-22 team was Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011), who played in two games and had a pair of assists in 2006.
Murray, the younger sister of former Bulldog defenseman Madi Murray '15, has extensive experience in Hockey Canada's system, including winning a gold medal for the Under-18 team at the World Championships in Finland in 2012. In 2013 she was the youngest player invited to both the conditioning camp and the skating camp, and she was in the top three of 46 women in U-22 fitness testing. She also won a gold medal in the Canada Winter Games, playing as an underager for Team Alberta. She was captain of Team Alberta in her third and final year.
Playing for Yale last season, Murray established career highs in all three scoring categories (7-16-23), finishing second on the team in assists and points. She was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection.
Murray was among the top three in scoring at Edge School for Athletes in Calgary, Alta., in all three years she was at the school. While Eden and Madi played together at Yale, their sisters played at other schools -- Kelly Murray was a defenseman for Cornell and Logan Murray was a forward for McGill.
Morgan is in his second season with the Bulldogs. Prior to coming to Yale he was the head coach at St. Norbert's College, where he went 78-49-12 and earned NCHA Coach of the Year honors in 2013-14. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1992 with a bachelor of physical education degree, then earned his master's degree in education from the University of Lethbridge in 2003.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity