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Halifax
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Sat, Dec 3
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19:30:00
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19:30:00
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20:00:00
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22:00:00
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19:00:00
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21:30:00
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Calgary
WK
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Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
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22:30:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
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Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
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Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
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Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
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19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
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21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
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22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
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22:00:00
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Where Are They Now?: Bruce Murray

Welcome back to NLL.com’s weekly feature, Where Are They Now? Every week we will be catching up with former NLL players to hear what they are up to. As always, if there is a former player you’d like to hear from, send us a tweet @NLL.

This week’s feature is on Bruce Murray, 41, former defenseman with the Vancouver Ravens (2002-2004); Anaheim Storm (2005); Arizona Sting (2006-2007); Colorado Mammoth (2008-2010) and Edmonton Rush (2011).

Murray was drafted in the eighth round (58th overall) by the Vancouver Ravens in the 1999 NLL Draft.

Murray had the unfortunate luck of playing for three teams that suspended operations. Therefore, he was selected in NLL Dispersal Drafts three times. First, he was selected by the Anaheim Storm in the 2004 NLL Dispersal Draft. After the 2005  season, he was selected by the Minnesota Swarm in the 2005 NLL Dispersal Draft and was then traded to Arizona before the season started. Lastly, he was selected by the Colorado Mammoth in the  2008 NLL Dispersal Draft.

Murray reached the 2007 NLL Championship with the Arizona Sting before falling to the eventual champion Rochester Knighthawks, 13-11.

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NLL.com: What are you up to these days?

Murray: Currently I am an acting captain of the Vancouver Fire Department, which is my 9-5 job. I’m also talking on a role as the executive coaching coordinator of Coquitlam minor lacrosse. I’m coaching my 11-year-old son Keegan in the Pee Wee league and my 13-year-old son Kalem in the Bantam league.

We play in different cities within an hour radius. The season goes from April to July and it’s all indoor.

NLL.com: What does that job entail?

Murray: For my acting captain role, I’m an officer on the fire truck and am in charge of a crew of eight to eleven fire fighters. I can be a commander at emergency scenes and I’m in charge of a fire haul.

For the executive coaching coordinator position, I have to recruit coaches to develop young lacrosse players from the time they are five until they are 15 to help them develop into better lacrosse players.

NLL.com: How did you get involved in both the Fire Department and youth coaching?

Murray: I’ve been a Firefighter for 20 years. When I was a very young man, my mom told me the books I wanted to read were all about fire engines and a lot of my parents friends were Firefighters. It was always in the back of my head as something that I always thought about.

One day, I had a sit down conversation with my grandfather and he asked me what I wanted to do. He said you always wanted to be a Firefighter so let’s look into it. We looked into it, and I haven’t looked back since.

As for youth coaching, I want to give back. The sport has been very good to me. I still have a big passion for the game. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and complain about things that don’t get done.

NLL.com: Do you still play lacrosse in adult leagues?

Murray: I’ve been asked to play but my knees are too far gone.

NLL.com: What is your most fond memory of playing in the NLL?

Murray: For me, it was always playing against the best players. I had an opportunity to play against the Gait brothers, John Tavares, and Colin Doyle who were all the best of the best. It was an honor every day to go out and be in charge of checking them. It usually didn’t go well, but that was the big passion for me. I wanted that challenge of being in charge of checking JT or Gary Gait and that kind of challenge to me is what made me passionate about playing defense, and what made me keep wanting to play and stay involved in the NLL.

NLL.com: Do you still keep in touch with any of your teammates and if so, which one (s)?

Murray: Yeah, a bunch. I keep in contact with Rich Catton and Chris Gill. I work with Ian Hawksbee and Dan Stroup. I see them at work all the time. Patty Coyle and Jason Wulder, too. I see a bunch of former players around the arenas as they are taking their kids to the game.

NLL.com: You were on the 2007 Arizona Sting team that lost in the NLL Finals to the Rochester Knighthawks. How tough was that defeat?

Murray: Losing a championship is always tough. When I looked across the turf and saw the opponent, it was one of those things that even though the loss was devastating, being able to play on the same field as that Rochester team – and I think we gave them a pretty good game, we battled hard and gave them everything we had – but you say to yourself who do you let go here? Scott Evans, Junior (John Grant Jr.), Shawn Williams? It was quite a battle and quite a task and I think we did the best we possibly could that game.



NLL.com: You were taken in the dispersal draft twice and played on five teams in your career. Can you describe how tough it is to assimilate with your teammates in the first year of joining a new team?

Murray: I can’t speak for other athletes in other sports, but for lacrosse we’re all the same kind of aggressive A-type guys who are there to win and play the sport we’re passionate about. You know pretty much everybody – not personally, but of each other.

Every time I went to a different team it was very welcoming. I found the combining factor to be that every time we looked at each other, we said we’re getting paid to play this game that we love that we were willing to do for free for so many years. I think that was the tie that bound us together.

I think it took about two weekends of practicing and traveling that you we got tight pretty quick. It was  fairly obvious if you didn’t get along with your teammates you’d be left out quick. And if you didn’t get over something that happened in the past you’d be gone. You just want to win and you battle together. There were guys I used to hate going against, that when I played with them I ended up becoming very close friends with them. That’s the beauty of this sport.

NLL.com: What person was the most influential in helping you build and sustain your career in the league?

Murray: I’ve had three very influential coaches in my lacrosse career. One was my minor coach for the first seven years of my career and his name is Tom Bevan. He coached me from age seven to 12 – he followed my age group up and coached us throughout my early teens.

The second is Frank Neilson, who coached the Bandits for a while. He coached me in Junior A in B.C.

And then there’s Bob Salt, who coached me in Senior A.

I played on too many teams to have one coach be influential in NLL. But if I had to pick one coach from my NLL days, I would say Bob McMahon, who is now the assistant coach in Calgary. He had a huge influence on me. He coached me on Team Canada and in world indoors and was an assistant coach with Arizona while I was there.



NLL.com: You have a free day, nothing to do, no work – nothing. What are you filling your time with?

Murray: I live in a beautiful part of this country so I love going for hikes in trails where I live. I love being outdoors and I love working in my garden. I like going outside, weeding, planting, and mowing the grass and just getting my hands dirty.

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