PHOENIX – Ty Murchison at all times knew he would develop into a hockey participant. His father, Ken, performed professional hockey within the East Coast Hockey League, whilst his mother, Allyson, was once a determine skater.
“I was kind of born to be on the ice,” Ty mentioned.
Murchison’s folks are each from hockey-crazy Canada. When Ken was once introduced a role with the Anaheim Ducks, he moved his circle of relatives to Corona, California, the place he controlled lots of the Southern California roller hockey rinks.
“Roller hockey has had a huge impact on my family,” Ken mentioned. “I have been in the roller hockey industry for 26, 27 years. As an East Coast Canadian kid, I didn’t know anything about roller hockey until I got invited to come down and play in the RHI (Roller Hockey International). And then I just really kind of fell in love with the game. Just the creativity and things that kids were doing, I had never seen it before.”
Ken’s ties with roller hockey, alongside with his connection with the Ducks, helped shape Ty’s preliminary gravitation towards hockey. Ty grew up across the native rink taking part in roller hockey from the age of 6, with his father training him for 5 years.
When he was once 11, Ty was once recruited out of a roller hockey event to start out his ice hockey occupation for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings. Going from roller hockey wheels to ice skate blades, the transition was once a piece in development.
“He learned a lot of the basics from roller hockey with the stickhandling and puck possession,” Ken mentioned. “Just adapting to the ice skating and the edges took him a little bit of time. It was one area that we focused on, spending extra time away from his team working on edge work and escaping.”
Once Ty started taking part in ice hockey, Ken drifted clear of being his trainer and let him paintings with different coaches to assist be told other views. Although Ken wasn’t Ty’s trainer anymore, the 2 would communicate hockey continuous all over their lengthy drives to Los Angeles for observe.
“We always talked about his game in the car, “ Ken said. “I’m sure he’s taken quite a bit of what I’ve said, and I believe he has. I enjoy watching my son play, I feel he plays it the right way.”
The additional observe time and steering paid off as Ty’s sport at the ice increased and he temporarily rose from league to league. In 2020, Ty was once decided on to play for the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) Juniors crew in Plymouth, Michigan. After spending two years with the USNTDP, the Philadelphia Flyers decided on him within the 5th spherical of the 2021 NHL draft.
More building was once wanted for Ty sooner than turning professional, so he selected the school hockey path to play for Arizona State, a Division I program.
Ty had a cast freshman marketing campaign as a Sun Devil, taking part in in all 35 NCAA video games final season. The bounce to university hockey was once a problem, however he was once pleased with how his sport advanced over the 12 months.
“Being the younger guy on the team, it was definitely learning to mature a lot more quickly,” Ty mentioned. “But the coaches had a lot of belief in me. They helped me as much as they could. It was a great first year. Obviously, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to. But you know, I think we’re really looking forward to this year.”
ASU trainer Greg Powers noticed Ty’s building and development because the season advanced. ASU has had handiest 3 true learners play in its program, Powers famous, with Ty being the 3rd final 12 months.
“I knew that he was incredibly talented, but he was raw because he was so young,” Powers mentioned. “He just got better and better every week. The more confident he got, the stronger he got, as he physically adjusted to the college game. By the end of the year, you could make a case that he was arguably our best five-on-five defenseman.”
Ty hopes to raise his sport extra offensively after completing his rookie 12 months with 4 targets and 3 assists.
“I think just confidence with the puck, being able to create more for my team,” mentioned Ty, checklist the abilities he’d love to fortify. “Continuing to be strong defensively and moving the puck.”
“He is absolutely capable [of providing more offense],” Powers mentioned. “We’re going to work really closely this year on his play with the puck, and just his skill set and making plays on the offensive blue line, getting more shots through because he can really shoot it. So that’s kind of his next evolution.”
Ty enters his sophomore marketing campaign with a ton of self belief with the NCAA season opening Oct. 1. This summer season, he was once considered one of 60 gamers to be decided on to the 2022 USA Hockey National Junior Team Evaluation camp in Plymouth, Michigan.
“All the best kids that are my age or a year older were there so it’s definitely good to take that all in to watch other guys to enhance my game,” Ty mentioned.
Although he didn’t make the 2022 USA National Junior crew, Ty has the chance to be decided on to the 2023 crew with the roster anticipated to be introduced in mid-December.
“I’m not too worried about making the team, just trying to focus on this year,” Ty mentioned. “But obviously, if I get that call, it would be an honor.”
Ty’s busy summer season persevered when he attended Flyers building camp in Philadelphia in July. As a Flyers prospect, the group has saved a detailed eye on Ty’s building and development at ASU. Practicing in opposition to different attainable long run NHL gamers was once really useful for him.
“Obviously, there’s a lot to learn there,” Ty mentioned. “The whole development staff is really good and personable. They said, I’m on a good path and to keep doing what I’m doing at ASU. They have a good relationship with my coaches [here] as well so they’re gonna come out multiple times this year and continue to track me.”
With Ty’s hockey occupation continuing at a just right position, Ken nonetheless recalls his son’s beginnings and is pleased with the trail he has traveled and the reports that experience come with it.
“We just wanted him to play and find his passion,” Ken mentioned. “We thought he would just play roller hockey his whole life. We had no expectations of him playing ice hockey. We have met a lot of amazing people, gone to a lot of different places throughout the U.S. and Canada. We’ve enjoyed the ride and are still enjoying it. So yeah, it’s been pretty incredible.”