Sophomore Brady Murray is leaving North Dakotato pursue a professional hockey career. Murray has reached an agreement with Rapperswil-Jona of the Swiss Elite League.
Murray, a native of Brandon, Man., recently completed his sophomore season at UND and registered eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 25 games.
“Unfortunately Brady has had his hand forced by non-import regulation changes in the Swiss Elite League,” said Hakstol. “His decision to leave school and sign with Rapperswil-Jona will give him the opportunity to preserve his future non-import status, which in turn protects a potential career in the Swiss Elite League.
“Brady would have been one of the most dynamic players returning to college hockey next year. We’re sorry to see him leave, but hope that he’ll have a successful start to his pro career in the Swiss Elite League.”
Murray was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year in 2003-04 after scoring 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points in 37 games. He led the NCAA in points per game among rookies (1.24) and was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team and All-WCHA Third Team.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here at UND for the past two years, but this was a choice I made in the best interests of hockey future,” said Murray. “It’s been a privilege playing for the best college hockey program in the NCAA and in front of the best fans in the nation.”
Murray, a fifth-round (152nd overall) selection of the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings in 2003, scored 27 goals and 39 assists for 66 points in 62 career games at North Dakota.