Murray will have surgery on injured shoulder, out six months

Tuesday, 11.27.2012 / 10:30 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ryan Murray was prepping himself for the worst from the very beginning.

After sustaining a serious shoulder injury on November 16 against the Victoria Royals, the 19-year-old captain of the Everett Silvertips and Blue Jackets prospect knew surgery was a high likelihood. The decision was made within the last couple of days, and Murray will undergo surgery to repair the shoulder in the next 2-3 weeks.

The anticipated recovery time is six months, meaning Murray will not play in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships for Team Canada and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

"It's been really disappointing," Murray told BlueJackets.com. "It's not the kind of news you want to hear, and it's going to be a long recovery time. But this surgery pretty much has to be done.

"But you gotta do what you gotta do, and I'm just going to rehab it, do the best job I can in the process and get it back to 100 percent as quickly as possible."

The injury occurred when Murray and a Royals forward collided on the right wing boards as the result of Murray finishing his check. Murray fell backward on to the ice and instantly felt that something wasn't right.

"I kind of hit him awkwardly, I guess, and fell down to the ice," Murray said. "As soon as my arm hit the ice, I could feel that my shoulder had popped out. It was really quick, I fell down, put my arm down and knew right away. It was kind of a freak accident."

With such a lengthy recovery and rehab period, Murray knows it will be difficult both physically and emotionally. He's missing out on important events like representing his country, and won't be able to take the ice every night with his Silvertips teammates and be a leader for the younger players.

And aside from rehab check-ups, he's going to be pretty bored.

"It'll be a lot of sitting around watching TV, and after the surgery it'll be even worse," Murray said. "It's going to suck, for sure. I can still use the shoulder, and they want me doing some rehab stuff after the surgery. But after the surgery, it's going to be pretty locked up for about a month."

Perhaps the hardest part will be watching his close friends compete for Canada in Ufa, Russia, when the World Junior tournament gets under way the day after Christmas. Murray was a sure-fire bet to make Team Canada and play a big role on a star-studded blue line.

Knowing it's likely his last chance to do so makes it even worse.

"I'll never get the opportunity to play in that tournament again, which really sucks," Murray said. "That's just the way it goes, you know? Being out the whole year, too, is tough. I've never been in this situation before, so it's all new to me. I've never had an injury with this much recovery time, so it's going to be a new experience and process.

"It's disappointing, but it happens to a lot of people in the game. It's not the first time I've been hurt, and won't be the last, so it's something I have to deal with."

"There was a slight chance of that, I guess, but I was pretty much expecting having to do surgery. I knew there I might not have to do surgery, but my mind was set on expecting this news from the get-go."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.