The Arizona State hockey program received another high-profile transfer Tuesday morning when former North Dakota forward Wade Murphy let it be known he is transferring to ASU. Murphy played the past two seasons for North Dakota and it was reported last month that he would not return for a third.
Incredibly excited to be attending Arizona State University in the fall and looking forward to the new start #sundevils— Wade Murphy (@wmurphy93) July 21, 2015
After playing two seasons in British Columbia Hockey League for the Penicton Vees, Murphy was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the seventh round (185th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Murphy tallied 37 goals and 62 assists in two seasons for the Vees and elected to attend North Dakota following his selection in the NHL Draft.
However, his two seasons at North Dakota were underwhelming. Murphy tallied just four assists and zero goals in two seasons with North Daktota, struggling to find a consistent spot in the lineup.
Murphy will be on campus and taking classes this fall, but will have to sit out the 2015-2016 season because of NCAA transfer rules. He will redshirt and will be eligible for the 2016-2017 season, ASU's first as a full member of Division I. He will be one of four transfers redshirting this season that will be eligible in 2016-2017.