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Matt Murphy signs with Flames
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Flames and Defenceman Matt Murphy will come together for the 2024-2025 term.

The 6’2”, 200lb blueliner made his UK debut last season at Manchester Storm where he had 2 goals and 22 points in 56 league, cup and playoff starts after commencing the early part of the schedule with Slovakian side Bratislava. 

In 2020-2021, after 4 years at university, the 29 year old Canadian opened his pro account in Slovakia before returning to North America shortly into the schedule where he played 33 ECHL games with Fort Wayne Comets, the eventual Kelly Cup champions. He posted 13 points from 5 goals and 8 assists across his debut.  That same season he made his first appearance at the AHL level by icing twice with Chicago Wolves.

Across the next pair of campaigns, the native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, made ECHL stops at Komets and Iowa Heartlanders, where he was selected as a league All-Star, as well as another 27 starts at AHL Belleville Senators, Providence Bruins, Abbotsford Canucks and Iowa Wild. He completed the 22-23 set in ICEHL with Austrian side Black Wings Linz.

During his stay at USports University of New Brunswick, Murphy made 116 starts while scoring 19 goals and 44 assists.  He helped his team to a pair of National championship titles in 2016-2017 and 2018-2019.  He also added a variety of individual honours including selection to the Atlantic conference and Canadian All-Rookie teams in 2016-2017.  He added a 1st All -Star team selection in 2018-2019 and during his final year in 2019-2020 earned a 2nd team All-star nod. 

Murphy’s Jr. career spanned 5 seasons from 2011 to 2016 between QMJHL franchises Val-d'Or Foreurs, Halifax Mooseheads, Quebec Remparts and Saint John Sea Dogs.  In 321 games, he had 34 goals and 166 points; winning the league title and the Memorial Cup, Canada’s national Jr. crown, with Mooseheads in 2013.  Along his Jr. path, Murphy iced 10 world championship games with the national U17 junior team, and was a league All-Star in 2013 with his participation in the Jr Super series. 

“We always work to have the best skating, puck moving Defence corps that is available and Matt very much fits that bill,” explained Paul Dixon.

“He is an excellent skater, very mobile and agile, and is very effective at moving the puck to transition us into offensive mode once we have had a successful retrieval.”

“He was among the top Defenceman in the league this past season at Manchester and he is an excellent addition to our group.”

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