Part of one of the most prominent families in women’s ice hockey, Logan Murray finished her 2013-14 season with a national title in Canadian Interuniversity Sport play, the second in her career. Proudly competing for the McGill Martlets, Murray has emerged as a character player for the program.
A key aspect in her development as a player can be attributed to the love of the game that existed between her and her three sisters. Having grown up in Alberta, Murray reflects on the competitiveness between her sisters that was part of coming of age on the ice.
“Growing up, it was like a war and it still is, but in a positive way. We all played together at one point. My sister Kelly played with (McGill skater) Brittany Fouracres at the Canada Winter Games and won the gold medal (in 2011). Some of us played together at Edge School and Maddie played at Shattuck St. Mary’s. We were on the same team for the Edge of Excellence.”
Currently, Kelly is a competitor with the Cornell Big Red. She would help the program earn the 2014 ECAC postseason hockey championship, also having the chance to compete in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Eden Murray had the chance to don the Canadian national jersey in a gold medal effort at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s Worlds.
Of note, her sister Madison is currently a competitor with the Yale Bulldogs program, one of the most storied Ivy League schools in the United States. Ironically, Yale head coach Yoakim Flygh coached her cousin, Sara Murray, when she played for the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
During the 2012-13 season, Logan and the Martlets participated in a tour of schools in the Eastern United States. The opportunity to play her sister Madison in an exhibition game at Yale was a cherished one. Despite Yale emerging victorious in the contest, Logan reflects on what it felt like to grace the ice opposite her sister Madison,
“It was a little nervous at first. We got the giggles a bit but we try to pretend we are not on the others team. Hard to forget she was there.”
As her family continues to build a strong hockey legacy, it is definitely a point of pride for Murray. In February 2014, the sisters were profiled in an edition of The Hockey News. Her sisters Eden, Kelly and Madison are actually part of a third generation of accomplished athletes in the Murray family.
Grandmother Mildred Murray represents the first generation, as she was a former Canadian curling champion. Paul, the father of the Murray sisters, competed in ice hockey for the University of Calgary along with a professional stint in Germany. Brandon University in Manitoba was where mother Kim played basketball.
Andy Murray, a coach at the NHL level who served as bench boss with the Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues, is an uncle. Another connection to the NHL includes first cousin Megan Murray, who is wed to Vancouver Canucks skater Mason Raymond.
Prior to competing with the Martlets, Logan had the opportunity to compete for one of the most prestigious preparatory schools in the United States; the famed Shattuck St. Mary’s, based out of Faribault, Minnesota. Some of the more notable male players to have competed there included Sidney Crosby, Ty Gretzky and Jonathan Toews.
Of note, Murray proudly followed in the footsteps of famous female alumni including the Lamoureux sisters, Jocelyne and Lamoureux. Adding to the experience was the fact that her sister Madison also played at the school. In 2008, both were part of the Shattuck Honor Roll.
“I played there for three years. Everyone compares it to Hogwarts (from the Harry Potter stories). You wake up and practice before class. All day you are with the players. After class, you have games. It is a really fun environment to grow up in.”
During her time at Shattuck, Murray had the opportunity to play with two skaters that would earn the chance to compete for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
“Some of my teammates included Amanda Kessel and Brianna Decker. They were unreal. Playing with them, we would win a game 8-0. Amanda could get five goals in a game if she wanted to, both were unbelievable.”
While many programs in the CIS play with the hopes of just qualifying for the postseason, Murray is part of a program that aims for the national title. After an undefeated regular season in 2012-13, she experienced a visceral loss in the postseason to the Montreal Carabins, derailing the Martlets’ national title ambitions. Of note, the Carabins would go on to claim their first national title. “Last season was a punch in the gut. We learned not to take teams for granted. We did not want to repeat that experience and we focus on that in every practice and every game.”
The chance for Logan and her Martlets teammates to redeem themselves in the 2014 postseason was remarkable. In true storybook fashion, the Martlets met their rivals, the Carabins in the national title game. Emerging victorious against the defending national champions, it made the national title that much sweeter for Murray. “It was a dream come true. We have never wanted to win a championship so badly.”
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”
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