Murray gets to be the main
in the league."
In a hockey season marked by his team's consistent inconsistency, no one on the 2011 2012 Soo Greyhounds has faced as much, or been forced to adjust as much as Murray has.
So, Murray is asked, whatever doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger?
Now sure, Murray is only 17 and netminders of that age normally aren't expected to carry what the Hounds believe is a very good hockey team.
"He's an unbelievable goaltender and an even better person," Murray says of Campbell. "He's definitely the best goalie Puma All Black
His competitiveness in practice sessions matches what fans see in games.
Surely, they've wanted to use him more.
Yet the tall cool one, at least outwardly, never exhibited the heated frustration he surely must have felt.
That was his job for the first six weeks of the regular season. And he was doing it quite well.
Effective puck handling, in particular, is something Campbell is trying to pass on to his goaltending partner.
And Murray has also learned from watching Campbell perform under pressure.
But on Nov. 2, with the Hounds holding a 10 6 0 0 record, Campbell was acquired from the Windsor Spitfires in a blockbuster deal that saw the Soo surrender six draft choices Puma Sports Shoes For Girls
and two players.
But from the time Campbell arrived, Murray has started just three times.
Campbell, he added, has been a pleasure to work with. The veteran goalie spends time after practice teaching Murray the tricks of the trade.
While Jack Campbell is attending a pre tournament camp, and then kicking out pucks for Team USA Puma High Tops Blue at the World Junior Hockey Championships, the six foot four, 175 pound Murray will be the Hounds No. 1 goalie for as many as eight games.
"It definitely hasn't been easy," he now admits. "It's been tough. But the team comes first and I try to take the positives out of everything."
But with the team struggling badly, the Hounds have had little choice but to rely heavily on their more experienced goalie.
And yet, acting more like a seasoned pro than a second year OHLer, the Thunder Bay native simply goes about his work.
"Definitely," he says. "This has definitely made me mentally tougher and mental toughness is crucial in hockey. I pride myself in taking the glass is half full, rather than the glass is half empty approach."
And just like that, Murray, the Greyhounds second round draft choice in 2010, went from promising young starter to caddy.
Murray got the call in goal the following night in Peterborough, the day Campbell was en route to meet his new teammates.
was when the OHL regular season began.
Murray has also been exposed to the way in which Campbell conducts himself during workouts.
But considering how he beat out overage Chris Perugini during the exhibition season, and the way in which he was playing early in the season, it would be easy to understand if Murray was greatly disappointed.
After Wednesday's home game against Saginaw, Murray will be right back to where he Puma Low Cut Shoes
The native of Port Huron, Mich., seems to possess an unfailing internal GPS system. It tells him where a shooter is headed and where he needs to be to stop the shot.
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