By Carmen Dittoe – Silvertips Staff Writer
Team camp is an opportunity for players to showcase what they can bring to the table. For one Tips defenseman, this time is especially crucial.
Jameson Murray, a 1999-born Kelowna native, was brought in at the 2017-18 trade deadline to add more depth to the Silvertips blue line going into the playoffs.
“We needed an eighth defenseman to cover for injury before the post season,” explained Silvertips GM Garry Davidson. “I did some research on him and thought ‘well here is a guy that can come in and add some depth.”
However, lack of injury among the Silvertips defenseman in the playoffs (a massive change from the past two years) meant that Murray had less chances for ice time. Davidson said that team camp will finally give him his chance to show what he is capable of.
After appearing in 28 games for Calgary and logging six points (1g-5a), Murray played in seven games for Everett at the end of the regular season. Regardless, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound blue liner still believes his time with the Silvertips proved beneficial.
“I learned so much from our defensive coach Mitch Love,” said Murray. “Beyond that, this season I learned to work hard in every practice and workout, and to ask questions as much as possible to improve my game.”
The right-shooting defenseman is pushing to improve his skating and overall strength this summer in hopes of being a top-four defenseman when camp rolls around.