Matt Murley

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Matt Murley
Born (1979-12-17) December 17, 1979 (age 34)
Troy, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
Pittsburgh Penguins
Phoenix Coyotes
Amur Khabarovsk
HC Lugano
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
Linköpings HC
Timrå IK
NHL Draft 51st overall, 1999
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2002–present

Matt Murley (born December 17, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for KHL Medveščak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Before his professional career, Murley played college hockey for four seasons at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He was drafted in the 2nd round (51st overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, although he did not choose to report to Pittsburgh until 2002. Murley played with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being called up for the 2003–2004 season.

In 2006, Murley's contract with Pittsburgh terminated and Murley signed as a free-agent with the Colorado Avalanche. After playing a full season with Colorado's then AHL affiliate, Albany River Rats, Murley's one-year deal expired and on July 20, 2007, he signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. After splitting the season between Phoenix and their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, Murley signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was expected to be spending more time near his hometown of Troy as he was expected to join the then-Carolina AHL affiliate Albany River Rats for a second time. As expected, Carolina re-assigned Murley to the AHL's Albany River Rats. However, instead of joining Albany, Murley informed the Hurricanes that he was signing with Khabarovsk Amur, of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia. Murley signed with Khabarovsk on October 9, 2009 and finished his season in the KHL.

On October 6, 2009, Murley signed with Langenthal of the Swiss National League B (NLB) in Switzerland.[1] He has also played for Lugano of the Swiss National League A (NLA) and the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the NLA.

On September 1, 2010, Murley signed a two-month contract with the Swedish Elite League (SEL) club Linköpings HC. On October 19, 2010 the tryout contract was terminated. On November 25, 2010, Murley signed a two-month contract with Timrå IK. Murley finished the season with fifteen points in thirty-two games.

On January 20, 2011, Murley signed an extension with Timrå IK that would keep him on the team throughout the 2011-12 Elitserien season. Murley was extended because he was "a player that fits in all situations and because he fit in well with Timrå IK".[2]

On July 9, 2013, Murley signed as a free agent to a contract with the newest member of Kontinental Hockey League, KHL Medveščak Zagreb from Croatia.[3]

Personal[edit]

Murley was invited to his former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Ryan Malone's wedding on the condition that he brought a date, unable to find one in time Murley walked down the aisle with former teammate Sidney Crosby.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Syracuse Jr. Crunch MetJHL 48 52 58 110 111
1997–98 Syracuse Jr. Crunch MetJHL 49 56 70 126 203
1998–99 R.P.I. ECAC 36 17 32 49 32
1999–00 R.P.I. ECAC 35 9 29 38 42
2000–01 R.P.I. ECAC 34 24 18 42 34
2001–02 R.P.I. ECAC 32 24 22 46 26
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 73 21 37 58 45 6 0 2 2 15
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 1 2 14
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 63 10 26 36 69 24 7 6 13 17
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 80 17 24 41 55 11 3 0 3 0
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 1 5 6 24
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 61 23 32 55 18 5 1 5 6 8
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 76 21 41 62 43 7 2 2 4 0
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 3 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 33 4 4 8 28
2009–10 SC Langenthal NLB 22 8 15 23 18
2009–10 HC Lugano NLA 3 1 1 2 4
2009–10 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 11 6 6 12 8
2010–11 Linköpings HC SEL 12 3 5 8 0
2010–11 Timrå IK SEL 32 9 6 15 36
2011–12 Timrå IK SEL 55 15 16 31 16
2012–13 Timrå IK SEL 13 5 8 13 22
NHL totals 62 2 7 9 38

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 1998–99
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2001–02
NCAA East Second All-American Team 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt Murley to SC Langenthal Matt Murley zum SC Langenthal" (in German). nationalleague.ch. October 6, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Joachim Sandström, (January 20, 2011). "Murley klar för ytterligare 1½ säsong" (in Swedish). timraik.se. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Willsie and Murley joined to Medvescak" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak Zagreb. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 

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