St. Cloud Norsemen defenseman Evan Murr announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at Minnesota State for the #1 Mavericks (27-5-0) following his junior hockey career.
Murr is a 2003-born defenseman from Stillwater, Minnesota and is the top scoring defender on the Norsemen roster with 11 goals, 16 assists and 27 points in 36 games played this season, and is also a +16. Murr (5’11, 178 lbs) is the point man on the St. Cloud power play in addition to his defensive abilities, with 9 of his points coming on the man-advantage.
“The program at Minnesota State has had a lot of success in recent years,” Murr said. “Their facilities are great and they have such a good following. They pack their barn every night and seeing the atmosphere there, I definitely had my eyes on it.”
In the month of January, Murr’s play helped the Norsemen kick off a 10-game win streak, working up to first place in the NAHL Central Division at the midway point of February. Murr was named the North American Hockey League Defenseman of the Month in January, putting up 14 points in just 10 games played, which included five goals, nine assists, and a +7 rating.
“Growing up in Minnesota, with so many good hockey schools, I wanted to be able to play my college hockey in Minnesota and stay close to home,” Murr said. “Having my family closeby and being able to have them be as much of a part of my journey and come to my games was a big factor.”
Murr becomes one of five NCAA Division I committed players on the active roster and is the eighth in the Norsemen lineup this season. Other Norsemen commits include: Brandon Lajoie (Alaska-Anchorage), Ryan O’Neill (Univ. of St. Thomas), John Opilka (St. Cloud State), Blake Perbix (Northern Michigan)
St. Cloud (25-13-0-1, 1st Place Central) hosts Austin tonight, Friday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m., in a battle of the top two teams in the division, and plays on the road in Austin on Saturday, Feb. 19. Tickets for Norsemen home games are sold online at tickets.stcloudnorsemen.com or to book your group outing, contact Dan Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org — Discounts are available for groups, including special rates and fun in-game opportunities for youth hockey and other teams.