Matt Murley

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Matt Murley
Born (1979-12-17) December 17, 1979 (age 39)
Troy, NY, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
ALIH team
Former teams
Oji Eagles
Pittsburgh Penguins
Phoenix Coyotes
Amur Khabarovsk
HC Lugano
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
Linköpings HC
Timrå IK
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
HC Slovan Bratislava
Nürnberg Ice Tigers
NHL Draft 51st overall, 1999
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2002present

Matt Murley (born December 17, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the South Korean Daemyung Killer Whales of the Asia League Ice Hockey. [1]


Playing career

As a youth, Murley played in the 1993 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Syracuse, New York. [2]

Before his professional career, Murley played college hockey for four seasons at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He was drafted in the 2nd round (51st overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, although he did not choose to report to Pittsburgh until 2002. Murley played with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being called up for the 2003–2004 season.

In 2006, Murley's contract with Pittsburgh terminated and Murley signed as a free-agent with the Colorado Avalanche. After playing a full season with Colorado's then AHL affiliate, Albany River Rats, Murley's one-year deal expired and on July 20, 2007, he signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. After splitting the season between Phoenix and their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, Murley signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was expected to be spending more time near his hometown of Troy as he was expected to join the then-Carolina AHL affiliate Albany River Rats for a second time. As expected, Carolina reassigned Murley to the AHL's Albany River Rats. However, instead of joining Albany, Murley informed the Hurricanes that he was signing with Khabarovsk Amur, of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia. Murley signed with Khabarovsk on October 9, 2009 and finished his season in the KHL.

On October 6, 2009, Murley signed with Langenthal of the Swiss National League B (NLB) in Switzerland. [3] He has also played for Lugano of the Swiss National League A (NLA) and the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the NLA.

On September 1, 2010, Murley signed a two-month contract with the Swedish Elite League (SEL) club Linköpings HC. On October 19, 2010 the tryout contract was terminated. On November 25, 2010, Murley signed a two-month contract with Timrå IK. Murley finished the season with fifteen points in thirty-two games.

On January 20, 2011, Murley signed an extension with Timrå IK that would keep him on the team throughout the 2011-12 Elitserien season. Murley was extended because he was "a player that fits in all situations and because he fit in well with Timrå IK". [4]

On July 9, 2013, Murley signed as a free agent to a contract with the newest member of Kontinental Hockey League, KHL Medveščak Zagreb from Croatia. [5] He joined fellow KHL team HC Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia for the 2014-15 season.

Murley headed to the German top-tier Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) for the 2015-16 season, agreeing to terms with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers. [6] He left Nürnberg in the summer of 2016 and signed with Japanese side Oji Eagles in July 2016. [7] In July, 2017 Murley signed with the Incheon-based Daemyung Killer Whales. [8]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1996–97 Syracuse Jr. Crunch MetJHL 485258110111
1997–98Syracuse Jr. CrunchMetJHL495670126203
1998–99 R.P.I. ECAC 3617324932
1999–00 R.P.I.ECAC359293842
2000–01 R.P.I.ECAC3424184234
2001–02 R.P.I.ECAC3224224626
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 7321375845602215
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1811214
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL631026366924761317
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL8017244155113030
2005–06 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL4115624
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL612332551851568
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL762141624372240
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL30110
2008–09 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 3344828
2009–10 SC Langenthal NLB 228152318
2009–10 HC Lugano NLA 31124
2009–10 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA1166128
2010–11 Linköpings HC SEL 123580
2010–11 Timrå IK SEL32961536
2011–12 Timrå IKSEL5515163116
2012–13 Timrå IKSEL13581322
2013–14 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 52162036631122
2014–15 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL4611132475
NHL totals6227938

Awards and honors

All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 1998–99
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2001–02
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2001–02
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team 2002 [9]


  2. "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  3. "Matt Murley to SC Langenthal Matt Murley zum SC Langenthal" (in German). October 6, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  4. Joachim Sandström, (January 20, 2011). "Murley klar för ytterligare 1½ säsong" (in Swedish). Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  5. "Willsie and Murley joined to Medvescak" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak Zagreb . 2013-07-09. Archived from the original on 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
  6. "Ice Tigers holen Matt Murley nach Nürnberg | Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg". Retrieved 2016-02-14.
  7. "Tidigare SHL-centern klar för japansk klubb –". Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  9. "All-Tournament Honors" (PDF). ECAC Hockey. Retrieved 2014-05-12.