Lone Star defenseman Murakami makes NCAA DI commitment
The Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that defenseman Ray Murakami has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Niagara University in Atlantic Hockey.
“I am extremely proud and excited to announce my commitment to play Division 1 college hockey and further my education at Niagara University! I am so thankful for my family, coaches, teammates and my friends who have helped me along the way! #GoPurpleEagles” Ray “Razor” Murakami announced on Twitter this afternoon, shortly after informing the team of this tremendous opportunity. Murakami, veteran defenseman from Tomakomai, Japan was beaming with happiness exiting the ice from the Brahmas morning skate and received hearty congratulations from a proud organization.
Murakami, 19, has recorded 15 points in 48 career NAHL regular season games over the course of the past two seasons in the NAHL with the Brahmas. He also put up three points in nine Robertson Cup Playoff games last season.
“This is a fantastic day for Ray and his family,” said Lone Star Associate Head Coach Ryan Anderson. “He came to the NAHL to earn a college commitment and today it has become a reality. Ray has worked incredibly hard during his time with the Brahmas and we couldn’t be happier to have played a part in this accomplishment.”
“This really is great news for Ray, and his family, and the entire organization,” said Brahmas Head Coach and GM Dan Wildfong. “This type of opportunity furthers the career of the student athlete and strengthens our brand at the same time. Ray will do great there.”
“Coach Lammers and Niagara University are getting an amazing person that will fit seamlessly into their lineup and campus culture.” continued Ryan Anderson.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Murakami played for the Rink Hockey Academy and played in the IIHF Division 2 A World Junior Championships for his native Japan in 2020.
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