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Murray among all-time World Junior greats
December 23, 2012 - Staff Blog
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the World Junior Championship so TSN (The Sports Network) polled 25 hockey experts to rank their top 40 Canadian players in World Junior history.
Among those selected were Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros and Minot Minotauros coach Marty Murray. Murray was picked at No. 17 for his performance in the 1994 and 1995 International Ice Hockey Federation Championships. Both years Murray played for Team Canada, the Canadians won gold.
In 1994, Murray played all seven games, recording four points with one goal and three assists. But it was in 1995 that labeled Murray as one of top players in World Junior history. That year, Murray again played in all seven games and more than tripled his point total from the following IIHF Championship. He totaled six goals and nine assists for 15 points and received all-star honors as well as the distinction as the best forward. Murray registered a point in each game in 1995, including eight in his final three games against Finland, Russia and Sweden.
At No. 17, Murray ranks ahead of Jarome Iginla (18), Marc Staal (21), Sidney Crosby (23), Ryan Getzlaf (29) and Kris Letang (31).
The list was created with help from hockey broadcasters, writers, scouts and executives that cover or have covered in the IIHF Championship.
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