Murray headed to Switzerland

Like his older brother Brady, Wisconsin’s Jordy Murray is leaving school early to play pro hockey in Switzerland.

The announcement, which has been expected since last week, came this afternoon from Wisconsin.

The former Shattuck-St. Mary’s standout finished second on the team in goals with 18 last season. He had 26 points.

Of note, here’s an excerpt from the story the Herald ran when Brady left UND for the Swiss League:

By having a Swiss youth player pass issued to him at that time, Murray qualifies to be a non-import player with Rapperswil. That’s a loophole that is being closed by the league, forcing Murray’s hand to make a decision now.

Since each team in the Swiss Elite League is allowed just five import players, the fact that a player of Murray’s caliber can be brought in as a non-import makes him a very attractive addition.

Though Murray would not disclose the dollar amount of his contract, sources indicate his one-year contract to be in the $300,000 to $400,000 range, in addition to use of a car and an apartment.

His Swiss youth player pass was the key to the offer to play in Switzerland. “Nobody I know of in college hockey has that (player pass),” Murray said. “They’re going to change the rule, so if I had stayed in college another year, this opportunity wouldn’t be available to me.”

From the Wisconsin State Journal’s story about Jordy:

Murray is looking to play in Switzerland, but guidelines regarding his eligibility to do so are on the verge of changing. If he passes up the chance and the rules are rewritten this summer, Murray likely will forfeit access to a coveted roster spot and a lucrative salary that goes with it.

Sounds very familiar.

Murray is the 8th WCHA player to turn pro early this offseason and second from Wisconsin.

Early signings in the WCHA

North Dakota (1)
Brett Hextall, jr, f, Phoenix Coyotes

Denver (1)
Matt Donovan, so, d, New York Islanders

Minnesota (1)
Aaron Ness, jr, d, New York Islanders

Minnesota-Duluth (2)
Mike Connolly, jr, f, San Jose Sharks
Justin Faulk, fr, d, Carolina Hurricanes

St. Cloud State (1)
Oliver Lauridsen, jr, d, Philadelphia Flyers

Wisconsin (2)
Jake Gardiner, jr, d, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jordy Murray, jr, f, Switzerland

6 thoughts on “Murray headed to Switzerland

  1. I am confused. Did they not actually close the loophole after Brady left for the Swiss league? That is the reason why Brady left early…..Isnt it? Sounds a little Fishy to me, but I cant blame a guy for going where the money is…..

  2. As Hockey Fan alluded to, this sounds like a very convenient argument the Swiss League will be able to use in order to get the players they really want.

  3. It is only a attractive loophole if you have that player pass, which both Brady and Jordy have, and it allows them to be considered “non-import” players.

    Siouxhockey5

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