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By Force Staff, 07/21/16, 4:30PM CDT


The Fargo Force have bolstered their roster for the 2016-17 season by recently receiving a commitment by Matt Murray. Murray was named Canadian Junior Hockey League goaltender of the year last season and is committed to University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

“We are thrilled to welcome a goaltender with the pedigree of Matt Murray to the Fargo Force for the 2016-17 season,” said head coach Cary Eades. “He has amassed quite a resume in his two previous seasons playing for the Spruce Grove Saints in the AJHL, and is a proven winner between the pipes. I witnessed his outstanding abilities first hand last December, when I was the Head Coach of Team USA in the World Jr A Challenge tournament. Matt’s clutch play under pressure led Team Canada West to the gold medal in that tourney.”

Murray played with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League last season where he compiled a record of 23-4-0 with three shut-outs, a 2.59 goals against average, and a .910 save percentage. He helped bring the Saints to their second consecutive AJHL Championship in his rookie season (2014-15) and shared the AJHL Top Goaltender award at the completion of the 2015-16 season.

“Matt has built a reputation of being a strong leader on and off the ice and is a great addition to the talented returners and newcomers that were at our Force tryout camp in June,” added Eades. “Along with our goaltending coach, Eli Rosendahl, we can’t wait to work with Matt in further developing his game as he prepares for his college career at UMass and hopefully an NHL career to follow."

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Fargo Force organization for this coming season,” said goaltender Matt Murray. “I believe this is the best position to improve and develop my game to the highest level possible. I am looking forward to be contributing to a championship contending team this season.”