Guelph Storm offers for overage defenceman
The Guelph Storm has filled the void left by the departure of Luka Profaca earlier this week.
Friday morning the Storm announced it has acquired overage defenceman Jake Murray from the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for Oshawa’s fourth round pick in 2024, Niagara’s third round pick in 2025 and Guelph’s third round pick in the 2026 OHL Priority Selection.
Earlier this week Profaca, who was expected to be an overage for the team this year, signed a professional contract with the American Hockey League’s San Diego Gulls.
“Jake brings tremendous experience, leadership, and the ability to play important minutes in all situations,” said Storm general manager George Burnett in a news release. “He will compliment our young blueline core and we are excited to see him in our line up tonight.”
The six-foot-three, 200-pound Murray, who shoots left, was originally drafted by the Frontenacs in the first round, 13th overall in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. The Oakville native spent four years in Kingston, recording 10 goals, 52 assists, 62 points and 55 penalty minutes in 193 career OHL games. Last season, as a 19-year-old, Murray tallied 5 goals and 32 assists for 37 points in 65 games and added 7 points in 11 playoff games.
This fall, Murray attended the Dallas Stars’ main training camp and followed that up with two assists in four games to start his 2022-23 OHL campaign with the Frontenacs.
The Storm hosts the Saginaw Spirit Friday night at 7:30 p.m. then play in Kingston Saturday and in Ottawa on Sunday.