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Sugar Kings sign St. Clements’ Jaxson Murray

Jaxson Murray has been busy training this summer, hopeful that a hockey season will emerge from the lockdown. [Damon Maclean]

St. Clements native Jaxson Murray is set to join the Sugar Kings for the upcoming season, whenever it is Junior B hockey action resumes.

The 17-year-old forward is excited to join the team and hopes to bring his own edge to the Woolwich Memorial Centre. His signing was welcomed by head coach Rob Collins.

“Jaxson is committed to playing for us next season, so we’re really excited about that,” said Collins. “[Murray] has the right attitude [and] we think he’s got a good work ethic.”

The work ethic is prevalent with the amount of time Murray has spent working out during the pandemic. At the onset of the lockdown, Murray says he played a lot of video games and then simply grew tired of them and has been in a productive mood ever since.

Though he has yet to join the team, Murray already has a connection with Collins. The coach is a good friend of Murray’s uncle, who was one of his big influences in the beginning to play.

“My dad and my uncle are really big hockey players, so they just inspired me [to play].” At the age of three, Murray began to skate and slowly progressed through his hockey career. Collins has known Murray’s family for more than 25 years, so the chemistry should exist when the team hits the ice in the coming months.

Murray was an affiliated player with the Kings last year during his time playing for the Waterloo Wolves triple-A club, where he posted 18 goals and 23 assists playing on the left wing. Ten of the goals came on the power play.

He said he aims to bring the same level of play to the Kings. “I can bring great offense. Good offense and score on a 200-foot player.”

While looking forward to playing for the Kings when the season begins, he’s also got an eye on a future hockey career. Murray was drafted by the Sarnia Sting in the 14th round (268th) in the 2019 OHL priority selection.

Murray remains hopeful that a season will run despite concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the possible changes to the hockey world. “I’m sure there’s going to be a season, but I’m just not sure when [that] might be.”

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