|Player Profile – Chase McMurphy
One last stop at home on the long road
to pro hockey
Chase McMurphy has played for at least
12 different clubs growing up both in
and around the Calgary-area and on the
road to pro hockey. But coming to the
Calgary Canucks will be his last
Calgary stop in a while as he works
towards the professional ranks.
The past two years in particular have
seen a lot of movement. He ended
2012-2013 with the Calgary Mustangs
before heading to the USHL. After a
few months, he was traded to Vernon
Vipers who were hosting last year’s
RBC Cup. A confusing set of
operations (including being traded for
now-Canuck Josh Betinol) saw him end
up with the Surrey Eagles.
This year, he started there as Captain
before recently being traded to the
Canucks for two veteran defensemen,
Owen Johnson and Jordan Wiest.
“It’s nice to be back at home,” says
the well-travelled 20 year old. “I’m
playing with some of the guys I grew
up playing with and against.”
In Surrey, the team had a bad record
and McMurphy worked to rally the
“It was tough keeping everyone
focused,” he admitted shortly after
arriving in Calgary. “We were losing
by big margins. It was a good group
Now, back in Calgary, McMurphy was
almost immediately given an “A”. The
team sought his leadership and scoring
ability when they traded across
borders to get him.
“It’s a great honour to be named
assistant captain right off the bat.
I love being a leader.”
The Canucks only have a few more
months to learn from the new leader
before he heads off to the University
of Alaska- Fairbanks on a scholarship.
He committed when he was 17 and will
study business when he heads there
For players looking to commit to a
school, he has a recommendation: “You
have to play like someone’s watching.
You could catch their eye.”
He certainly did. Even though he has
committed, his pace hasn’t diminished.
With 10 points, including seven goals
in his 10 games with the Canucks, he
has done what he came home to do.
Then it’ll be back on the road to pro