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Trail, British Columbia (April 25, 2018) – The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce that forward, Ryan Murphy has committed to Fitchburg State University where he will suit up for the Falcons next season. Fitchburg State is part of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. Member institutions are all located in the State of Massachusetts. In 2017-2018 the Falcons won the MASCAC Championship advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships.

After spending a season in the NAHL, Murphy was recruited to play for the Smoke Eaters in the summer of 2016. Murphy compiled 11 goals and 28 points over his two seasons in the BCHL. During the 2018 playoffs, Murphy contributed 5 points while helping the Smoke Eaters reach the Interior Conference finals. Ryan was named the team’s Most Dedicated Player this past season for his contributions to the team and community, both on and off the ice.

Ryan is excited about his opportunity to further his hockey career at the same time as getting an education. “I am very excited to continue playing hockey next year for the MASCAC Champions, Fitchburg State University. My two years as a Smoke Eater is something I will remember forever and I owe that all to my teammates and the community for their undying support. I especially would like to thank my family and everyone who has supported me, following my dream.”

The Trail Smoke Eaters organization would like to congratulate Ryan on committing to the Falcons for the upcoming season. It is always a goal of the the organization to see a young man find success and achieve their goals. The Smoke Eaters wish Ryan success with his new team and school and thank him for his contributions to our organization and community.


Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a public institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the university now has more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master’s degree programs, and 7,000 full and part-time students.