Colts name Justin Murray captain

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Barrie, ON – The Barrie Colts announced Thursday that 19-year-old defenceman Justin Murray has been named captain for the 2017-18 season.

The London, Ont. native is a 135-game OHL veteran currently in his third season after being an eighth round pick by the club in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. The 6-foot, 184Ib. left-shot defenceman has a goal and three assists through his first four games of the 2017-18 season.

“It’s definitely an honour and a privilege to wear it,” ¬†Murray told Gene Pereira of the Barrie Examiner. “If you look at the wall upstairs, there are so many guys up there that were such great leaders and it’s just a privilege I get to wear the ‘C’.”

Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk sees Murray as a great example to the club’s younger players.

“He’s a heart and souler,” Hawerchuk told Pereira. “He plays hard all the time. He’s a great kid and he’s well respected. I think all of our captains are good heart and soul guys and all bring different things to the table. But Justin we thought was a great pick for us.”

Joining Murray in the club’s leadership group wearing “A’s” are third-year forwards Lucas Chiodo and Ben Hawerchuk along with sophomore defenceman Joey Keane.

The Colts carry back-to-back victories into tonight’s home ice matchup against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

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