Ask the Sharks: Douglas Murray
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Murray will be the next player featured on our weekly segment of Ask the Sharks. Send in your questions for Murray to AsktheSharks@sjsharks.com or text QA (space) your question to 74499 and we’ll choose the Top-10 questions for an interview with the 6-foot-3, 240 pound bruiser from Bromma, Sweden.
When it comes to brains vs. brawn, Murray has the best of both worlds. A graduate of Cornell University, the 30-year-old recently earned the No. 16 spot on The Sporting News’ “Smartest Athletes” list. But put skates on this scholar and he’ll knock you to the ice. Last season, Murray finished third among National Hockey League defensemen in hits and currently ranks fourth on the team in hits (32) and is tied for fifth in blocked shots (22).
Murray was originally drafted by the Sharks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (eighth round, 241st overall) and spent two seasons with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League before making the jump to the NHL. From 2004-05 until 2006-07, “Sir” was either in the AHL or with San Jose. By 2007-08, he became a permanent part of the Sharks defensive rotation.
Today, Sharks fans wait with anxious anticipation for an unknowing forward to try and get by their Swedish cement block. Murray’s brut strength and defensive timing are traits most likely acquired from his grandfather and hockey idol, Lasse Bjorn, a member of the 1952 Swedish Olympic Hockey Team and International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame. The 69-year-old also played defense and won nine Swedish ice hockey championships with Djurgårdens IF between 1950-63, making him the only player ever to have won that many championships.
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