The Eagles and Vipers are again trade partners. After last year's blockbuster that saw Adam Tambellini come to Surrey, the Eagles have sent captain Brett Mulcahy and future considerations to Vernon for forward Chase McMurphy and future considerations.
It's the second big deal made by Peter Schaefer in the past three days, as Nic Pierog was traded to Penticton for Anthony Conti and futures this past Saturday.
In McMurphy, the Eagles get a talented scorer who put up 51 points in the AJHL with the Calgary Mustangs last season. He's committed to Alaska-Fairbanks for the 2015-16 season, and will be expected to be a big contributor up front in his 20 year-old year next season.
Mulcahy leaves the Eagles after the better part of three years' service, of course highlighted by his work captaining the team to the RBC Cup this past spring. Now, he'll get an opportunity to win a national championship close to his Kelowna home (Vernon is hosting the RBC Cup this season) before heading to Holy Cross next fall.
All the best in Vernon "Mulcs," and welcome Chase to the Eagles!
The full release from the team follows:
The Surrey Eagles have completed a trade with the Vernon Vipers, acquiring forward Chase McMurphy (94) and future considerations in exchange for forward Brett Mulcahy (93) and future considerations.
McMurphy, a native of Chestermere, Alberta, recorded 5 goals and 7 points with Vernon after beginning the 2013-14 season in the USHL. In three previous Junior "A" seasons with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Calgary Mustangs, the 19 year-old scored 48 goals and 126 total points. McMurphy is committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for the 2015-16 season.
McMurphy is expected to make his Surrey debut Friday, January 10th when the Eagles visit Prince George.
Mulcahy, the outgoing Eagles captain, made 174 regular-season and playoff appearances in a Surrey uniform, recording 104 points. He captained the Eagles to their fourth Fred Page Cup championship, a Western Canada Cup championship and an RBC Cup semi-final berth last season, earning an NCAA commitment to Holy Cross in the process.
The Eagles organization would like to thank Brett Mulcahy for his countless contributions to the club on and off the ice, and wish him the best of luck with the Vernon Vipers as they prepare to host the RBC Cup in May. The club would also like to welcome Chase McMurphy to Surrey.
The Eagles return home Friday, January 17th to face the Trail Smoke Eaters at South Surrey Arena. Game time is 7:00 pm. For ticket information, call the Eagles office at (604) 531-GOAL (4625) or secure your seats online at www.surreyeagles.ca