Murphy to join UNB Reds

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A former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League defenceman has committed to play for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds of the CIS, the team announced on Monday.

Matt Murphy, 21, is one of three QMJHL players recruited by the Varsity Reds on Monday.

In a team press release, Varsity Reds Head Coach Gardiner MacDougall said Murphy is close to being able to step in at a top-notch pro level.

“A lot of times, defence mature a little bit later than forwards, so I think what he’s going to bring is top-notch skills. He’s a great person, and I think he’s going to be fit, challenge among our top fitness guys.”

The native of Fredericton, N.B., spent five full seasons in the QMJHL with the Val-d’Or Foreurs, Halifax Mooseheads, Quebec Remparts and most recently the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The six-foot-two, 204-pound defender scored 11 goals and 51 points in 68 games last season split between Quebec and Saint John. He added four goals and nine points in 17 games. Murphy was a fifth overall pick by the Foreurs in 2011 and appeared in 321 career regular season games collecting 34 goals and 166 points. He also played in 76 playoff games scoring 13 goals and 33 points and was part of the Halifax Mooseheads’ President Cup and Memorial Cup championships in 2013.

It is also noted in the press release that Murphy will be studying business while attending UNB.

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