Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Mike Murray has enjoyed a very decorated Professional Hockey career. In 1984, at the age of 17, he was drafted to the New York Islanders of the NHL, becoming their youngest draft choice to date. He was later traded to the Philadelphia Flyers where he signed a multiyear year contract. As a player, Mike played over 850 Professional games, contributing a combined total of 424 goals and 484 assists for 908 points.
Throughout his Professional Hockey playing career, he went on to win a Memorial Cup OHL (Ontario Hockey League) in addition to winning a Calder Cup with the Hershey Bears of the AHL (American Hockey League). Mike arrived in Knoxville, TN in the early 90’s to join the then-Knoxville Cherokees ECHL for the remaining 20 games of their season. He fell in love with Knoxville, and after two seasons playing in Europe (Germany, Denmark) returned to call Knoxville “home”.
In 2005, Mike joined the Knoxville Ice Bears Ownership Group to help keep hockey in Knoxville. Shortly thereafter, he welcomed the opportunity to assume the position of Owner, President, and General Manager of the team with the understanding that the product, community, overall fan support, and charity aspects of the job are key ingredients to its continued growth and overall success.
To date, he has overseen a league leading four SPHL President’s Cup trophies and 5 Regular Season titles to Knoxville and looks to provide hockey entertainment within the Knoxville sports landscape for many years to come.
Along with the Knoxville Ice Bears Co-Owners, Staff, and players, Mike feels blessed every day to share the sport he loves so dearly with the Knoxville community. Having obtained dual citizenship, he currently resides in Knoxville.