BABSON PARK, Mass.—After cementing himself as one of the top goaltenders in Division III history while helping lead the Babson College men's ice hockey program to a pair of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East titles and two NCAA Tournament berths, senior Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) signed with the San Jose Sharks organization of the National Hockey League (NHL) on Friday.
After inking his deal in San Jose on Friday, Murray headed to Allen, Texas, to join the Sharks' East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) franchise, the Allen Americans. The defending ECHL champions return to the ice on Saturday against the Wichita Thunder at 7:05 CST.
"Playing pro hockey is something I've been dreaming about since I was a kid, and actually getting the opportunity to sign with the Sharks organization is an amazing feeling," said Murray. "Before Babson I didn't even know if I would get a chance to play in college, so being able to take this next step is pretty surreal. I'm looking forward to what the future holds."
A three-time conference goalie of the year and two-time conference player of the year, Murray went 14-5-3 with a 1.61 goals against average and a .940 save percentage this winter. He ranks fourth among Division III netminders in goals against average, is tied for eighth in save percentage and finished the year with four shutouts, tying him for third nationally.
Murray, who garnered back-to-back American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America East first-team honors in 2014 and 2015, made 91 career starts going 62-20-9 with a 1.69 goals against average and a .940 save percentage to go along with 16 shutouts. He ranks second in Division III history in save percentage, fourth in shutouts, ninth in goals against average and 14th in wins.
"The entire Babson hockey family is extremely proud of Jamie," commented head coach Jamie Rice '90. "He gets to fulfill every player's dream of signing a professional contract, which is a testament to his perseverance, abilities, personal dedication and development over his career here. Jamie has left an indelible mark on the Babson hockey record books as one of the most decorated players in our history, and he now has a tremendous opportunity ahead of him. The Sharks organization is renowned for their development of players and I know they will help Jamie reach his full potential. Jamie's signing also speaks to the incredibly high level of play across Division III.
Jamie has competed and prepared himself for this moment, and we wish him continued success as he begins this new and exciting chapter in his hockey life."