Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Murovich to OHL

Western Michigan recruit Tyler Murovich has decided not to play college hockey, and will instead play for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, according to Paul Shaheen's Research on Ice newsletter.

Murovich was a top prospect for the Broncos out of the Pittsburgh area who played for the Chicago Steel last season. He joins Josh Bemis as the second Western Michigan recruit, and Chicago Steel player to jump to the OHL this summer.


Anonymous said...

Go get em Tyler!!!

Ryan said...

wow, Chicago is losing players left and right.

One bright note is Andy Miele made it through clearinghouse and will be attending Miami in January.

Anonymous said...

Tyler will now get drafted in the NHL.

Go Spirit!

Anonymous said...

He likely would have been drafted anyway.
I can't see how playing in Saginaw is any better than at Western.

Anonymous said...

Not really surprised in the least. Western is a weak team and unless you are a "big league" program ala Michigan, more and more players will be opting out of the college ranks.

John said...

You're right, if he would have went to Michigan he would'nt have opted out early, he would have stayed 4 yrs. like all the rest of the Michigan players and because he went to Michigan he would have got drafted because at Western he would have sucked! WHATEVER!

Anonymous said...

these kids are average at best.
they need the degree to fall back
on. chicago sucked and they will struggle for elite status.

Anonymous said...


The majority of Michigan's players stay for the full four years;only the elite opt for the NHL early.

Murovich is an "average" prospect who more than likely would not have cracked Michigan's roster, thus his commitment to Western Michigan, which is a much weaker program.

Eventually he felt he could do better and decided to try his hand in the OHL.

Anonymous said...

If Tyler is only an "average" player. Only 44gm 111pts in midget major. Then all the other kids have no hope, and should just save some time an, hang them up now.

Anonymous said...

"they need the degree to fall back"

Do all CHL players just drop out of school?

Ty is only a SR in HS this coming season. Saginaw sends ALL HS players to a Private HS. Only $10,000 a player, a year. But they don't care about schooling.

Do Ushl teams pay for (Private HS) players schooling?

Now thats a Real Tier 1 league.

Anonymous said...

So that automatically makes it a better league?
How about, the USHL allows players to get D-1 NCAA scholarships while the CHL doesn't.
Does that make the USHL better?

Anonymous said...

So what,CHL players can get scholarships to CIS schools.

The CHL teams also pay for HS/College while the players are still in JR hockey.

Anonymous said...

he was never drafted into the OHL.what did W.Mich. do wrong????

Anonymous said...

maybe he's too dumb even by american

Anonymous said...

the CHL has education packages not scholarships.most players use them after their jr hockey days are over. a few players use the package while they're still playing jr.once a player has signed a pro contract,they no longer get their school paid for.

Anonymous said...

Yes I know, scholarships are givin to the players by CIS.

Even after the player has played in the minors. Canadian colleges can give a player a scholarship.

education packages-are to be used after a players JR days are over.

But CHL teams ALSO pay 100% of any college taken while the player is with the team.

Anonymous said...

It's the BEST of both worlds

Anonymous said...

Here is another one who is coming, this one is going to be exciting.
Great job CHL!

Florida forward joins Spitfires
Yogan scored 45 goals for AAA Panthers last year
Dave Waddell, Windsor Star
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2007
The courtship of Florida native Andrew Yogan is proof that times are changing with the Windsor Spitfires.

A potential first-round pick in last spring's OHL draft in the eyes of many scouts, the Spitfires were able to pluck the 15-year-old in the fifth round because teams didn't think he was interested in coming north.

"I was very interested in the OHL draft," said Yogan, who had already earned scholarship offers from several NCAA Division I schools.

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Font: ****Right now, he's participating in some informal skates with the Spits at South Windsor Arena. Training camp opens Saturday.

"I wanted to go to Windsor. I sort of held out for them.

"They've got new management and I have every confidence in them that they can develop me as a player. I had contact with them before the draft, so they knew I was open to coming here."

Though he won't turn 16 until December, Yogan has already sprouted up to a solid six-foot-three, 204 pounds.

A left-winger with the Florida Panthers AAA team last season, Yogan scored 45 goals and added 86 points.

"I wanted to get started on my career," said Yogan of his decision come north this season. "I thought this was the best place for me to come.

"They've got a good young team and are developing. We're going to be good this year and for the next couple of years."

Living in the deep south, Yogan never had paid any attention to hockey until his friends convinced him to give the sport a try when he was seven.

He developed rapidly and by the time he was 12, he left home to play in Illinois.

"We scouted him and we really liked his upside," Spitfires coach Bob Boughner said. "He needs to be taught the finer points of the game.

"He's definitely in our long-term plans. We'll bring him along slowly because this is a huge step for him going from playing minor hockey in Florida to the OHL."

Yogan got a further illustration of how big the gap is between where he is now and his ultimate goal of the NHL when Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott joined a skate Tuesday.

"I'm not expecting to come here and be a star," Yogan said.

"I want to get as much experience as I can. I want to develop as a player and I think I can do that faster by being in the OHL.

"The hockey is more intense. There are good guys all around me here and that's going to help me pick up the pace."

With his size and his ability to score, the Spits are hoping they have a classic power forward in the early stages of development.

Yogan lists San Jose's Joe Thornton as his favourite player, so it's no surprise he's modeled his game after the St. Thomas native.

"I'm more of a skill player, but with my weight and height I can work along the boards," Yogan said. "Once I adjust to the speed here, I think I'll be fine.

"This is a whole different level for me. I'm just trying to earn a spot and work as hard as I can."

Anonymous said...

Best of both worlds my ass.

Anonymous said...

""most players use them after their jr hockey days are over""

Try less than 1/4. That ain't most.

""Even after the player has played in the minors.""

Wrong, only if they sign with the UHL, and that still will expire after 1 year. If they sign with the AHL it's null and void.

Anonymous said...

The CHL spent over 6.2 Million last season on Education Packages, then there were the thousand of Ex-CHL players earning a level in the various professional leagues, or as most of you think, working at a McJob, right?? Both options have their positives and negatives, but as of late, more US players are chosing the CHL.

Anonymous said...

just a comment.why is it that every time a player says i'm not 100% commited to the ohl and then gets drafted in a later round you hear the comment "he would have been a first round pick had he commited to the ohl on draft day?

1)there are only 20 picks in the first round and i've heard this comments alot more than 20 times.

2)what about the skilled ontario players who are first round material( 7-10 players every year that commit right away to the ohl.

it seems that your stock seems to sky rocket the minute you say i might want to play U.S. college.

3)does anyone have any stats that list the number of ontario players playing NCAA each year?

Anonymous said...

For those of you who have not seen the standard education package in the OHL....the league pays for one year of CANADIAN university tuition for every year that you play in the "O".

1. Unlike a D-1 scholarship athlete, it does not pay your room and board, nor books and there is no traing table to dine at.

2. If you sign a contract you lose all rights to your tuition money.

3. THe CHL is a great avenue if you are first round material or are to dumb to go to an American college. But these American kids who are being fed a line of s**t from their advisors or their parents thinks little Johnny has the NHL locked up, are in for a big surprise.

4. As for Saginaw sending the players to a private school....did you ever consider that maybe the local school district did not want the players and that the private school will work within the players schedule.

5. As for Schools in the USHL....the one my son attends last year produced 12 national merit scholars and is the number 1 ranked school in the state, I would like to know the number of national merit scholars come from the Saiginaw schools.

What it comes down to for American players is that if you are a guaranted first round pick and you want to play more games and less school. Then the CHL is a good option....all others should go to USHL get a scholarship and go to school because chances are you will be working for a living not playing for one.

Almington said...

Anon 9:22:

6.2 million looks betteruntill you devide that up over 60 teams.

thus it ends up as about 100k per major junior TEAM. Which covers the tuition only for about 12 players anually.

Hardly enough to cover the hundreds of former players who leave the jr ranks every year.

Anonymous said...

More then enough, when you consider over 70% of CHL players sign a pro contract(all levels, not just NHL, but AHL, ECHL, Europe and the like)

Anonymous said...

Maybe 70 % of the drafted CHL players....where we go again the CHL apologists pulling stats out of their ass.

Anonymous said...

Take that 100K to cover the out going players and the ones who are already in school......either they don't pay out much or no one actully goes to school......back to the coal mine boys1111111

Anonymous said...

You people do realize that tuition is far less expensive in Canada than the U.S.?

My son was recently drafted by the OHL and is deciding between a scholarship offer from a D-1 college or playing in the O next year.

As for the "standard" OHL education package mentioned by 1259 PM, it does indeed include books, fees + tuition. My son, were he to sign the contract offered by his OHL club would also be allowed to play in the minors below the AHL level for up to a full season before losing his education scholarship. The agent (or should I say "family advisor") representing my son also says that we can successfully negotiate a "top up" to the standard contract that will include more money to cover residency costs should he go to a Canadian University. According to the agent, the majority of OHL players receive this "top up" cost.

Add on to the fact that CIS teams will also cover costs of residency and tuition, making the OHL scholarship package essentially a full ride.

My son is leaning heavily towards the O. The only concern I have is that he will have to leave home and like any parent, I worry about the maturity factor. By choosing the NCAA route, he could stay close to home and not have to leave until he is much more mature.

As for education, however, the OHL route is everybit as good as the NCAA one

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah keep telling your self that!

The undergrad from the university of Manitoba at Brandon is going to get you about as much attention from prospective employers as a degree from the local community college.

I was a college recruiter for two different fortune 50 companies and I can tell you that the degree from the Ivy's, BC, Michigan, Wisconsin.....on down the line will get you way farther in life than going to the "0".

Did you stop to think what if your kid plays in the Eastcoast league making about $40k for a couple of seasons what his future will hold?

I have been down this road already and if your kid is not being recruited at the NTDP, then the chances that he will be a first round pick are slim, and you are mortgaging his future.

I wish him the best of luck, but be sure to have him take slurpee 101 at college.....because he will be managing a 7-11 upon graduation
from a Canadian college.

Anonymous said...

I do not think that is the way to look at it.
Answer this, what if a player gets cut after 5-10 games?
What does the "package" say about that?

Anonymous said...

It says......Dad I guess college is going to cost you about a hundred grand OR the player will need to learn how to say: would you like your meal supersized.

Anonymous said...

You are right, if you are going to slag Canadian schools, what does it say about the ivy's, didn't your President go to one?? Folks, there are very good school on both sides of the border, and there are also very bad schools. The whole, slupee, McJob thing doesn't cut it, and it just shows how ignorant, and arrogant some people are.

Anonymous said...

Yes our President went to an Ivy... are you saying he has had a bad career path up to be the commander in chief of the most powerful nation in the world? What is ignorant and arrogant is not taking into account what the downside of the CHL route can be for little Johnny.

Anonymous said...

Most powerful, that is debateable now. There is nothing wrong with debating the pros and cons of both options. However, the cons always seem to be "if hockey doesn't work, you will work at a 7/11, or a McDonalds" that is what is ignorant.

Anonymous said...

Fortune 500 companies you say? Is that why so many of them are scouring Canadian Universities looking for employees because they can't find enough of them at home??? Is that why your dumba## Yale graduate of a President wants to throw your borders open to both illegal and legal immigration in order to secure workers? Is that why your Universities are crying about a reverse brain drain to countries in Asia, Europe and yes even Canada???? Is that why the Canadian economy has been outperforming its American counterpart for the past 7 years????

Last but not least MORON, Ivy League colleges don't even offer scholarship packages. You want to play for Yale (god knows why anyone would mind you) you pay full cost unless you can qualify for financial aid and guess what people....YOU DON'T NEED TO PLAY HOCKEY FOR THAT!

Anonymous said...

Yay! We go from a stupid CHL/NCAA debate to an even more dumb political debate.

Anonymous said...

So you think the Canadian economy is performing because of its CHL grads and CIS educated people?

Uh, its called being blessed geographically with polluting oil sands and rich mineral deposits that were around long before Canadian Universities showed up.
Without that I am sure the economy would be booming from dipping each others butts in the snow.

Anonymous said...

The top Canadien universities and the top American universities don't even compare. The Ivies, MIT, Michigan, Colgate, Wisconsin, and the little Ivies(Babson, Colby, Middlebury) win hands down. Its not a coincidence that the brighest minds in all of Canada go across the border to these schools.

This "reverse brain drain" you talk about happens AFTER they attended a school. For instance a company will hire a very bright innovative American to head their Tokyo-based operation. Almost ALL the top American kids go to U.S. universities with the expection being those that go to Oxford in England. Another Canadien who doesn't have their facts straight. Why am I not suprised!!

Anonymous said...

Yes I know that Ivy's do not offer athletic scholarships...but they have enough grantand aid money that you will pay a very small percentage of the total cost personally. Go online and check out the endowment funds at the Ivy schools and you will see where the money really comes from...."MORON".

Anonymous said...

I Love it. If u go to the O. U won't EVER make it in Life. WOW, I wonder what all the other non hockey playing students do?

"Of my he might lose his NCAA Elg..."

"All the schools will reject him, because he played in the evil Chl"

"He might be like all the other 99% of us that have to pay for school"

Anonymous said...

12:36 McDonalds doesn't SUPERSIZE ha ha ha ......

Anonymous said...

so in closing i would just like to say" play hockey that best suits your situation.either in Canada or the U.S. or Timbuktu.

Anonymous said...

Have to admit though, USHL players become aces at "Guitar Hero" while sitting around waiting for their ride.


You all don't know him, and to make assumptions about a 17 year old kid and get ignorant or put him down should take a look in the mirror yourself. He is an A student for those of you who don't think he is smart, in honor classes. I've met the kid, and became good friends w/him he is intelligent, caring, genuine person and kind to everyone. And is a force to reckon with on ice. The kid is a better than average player or OHL wouldn't have fought so hard to get this kid. He broke every highschool record to be broken in Mt. Lebanon, and went to STATES and WON, Amature Hockey at Triple A his stats were unreal. Saginaw matched WMU offer too if he decides to go to college. I wish him the best of luck, everyone who says this kid is average is completely uneducated. He excells in every thing he takes on. Go GET EM' TYLER!

Anonymous said...

I agree w/Hockey Fanatic. In his sophmore year at Mt. Lebanon they went 26-0 to capture STATES 2006. Something that had not been done in 30 years. While a Freshman they came pretty close to winning it in 2005. I'd say this kid had a tremedous hand in getting them year and only in his freshman and sophmore year. Without him they did not make it last year and probably won't this year. I've followed this kid in the paper, I'm a Pittsburgh native myself, and anytime the kid is interviewed he not only proves he is an exceptional player but a great person as well. His Triple A career was unbelievable and when I did see him play I was blown away, he is not just an offensive player he protects his defense like no other foward does. He is were the puck is and never quits, he gives 100% everytime he steps on the ice. We wish you luck Tyler. We will be reading big things about you. Congrats to you. Good luck in your future.

Anonymous said...

murovich will never, ever play NHL...period. too small, slow and limited hands...grit only goes so far, and having your dad coach you until recently to place you in every + spot helps but will not continue.
he will be doing construction in 3 years...

MurovichFan! said...

wow this is funny.Ty is a great guy, he puts his heart in the game and gives it his all every shift, every peroid.I am from saginaw and Tyler is one of the bestest Players that we have had on our Squad in a couple of seasons. I cant believe that people that dont even know him could say things about someone they most likely dont even know.Thats really aragent. Ty is ine of the nicest guys that I have ever talked to.