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
Matt Donovan, so, d, New York Islanders
Aaron Ness, jr, d, New York Islanders
Mike Connolly, jr, f, San Jose Sharks
Justin Faulk, fr, d, Carolina Hurricanes
St. Cloud State (1)
Oliver Lauridsen, jr, d, Philadelphia Flyers
Jake Gardiner, jr, d, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jordy Murray, jr, f, Switzerland