The Elmira Junior Enforcers, proud members of the USPHL Premier Division, have announced the hiring of Cody Murphy as head coach for the team’s inaugural season.
Murphy brings a wealth of experience to Elmira, having competed in the USHL for the Tri-City Storm and Cedar Rapids Roughriders before playing four years of NCAA Division 1 hockey at Miami University, of Ohio, where he earned a degree in sports leadership and management as his team made multiple NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Highwood, Ill., native participated in the Washington Capitals training camp in 2015. He then went on to a successful pro hockey career, playing in Sweden's top division for four seasons after a brief stint with the ECHL’s Reading Royals.
Murphy has coached at the U16 level in Illinois, and has conducted numerous clinics and individualized hockey training programs. He will scout and recruit for the Junior Enforcers from Chicago until he relocates to the area in August.
"I'm honored to be selected as head coach and to set the tone for the organization moving forward. I couldn't be more excited to take on the challenge and develop young hockey players into young men. Under my leadership, my main focus will be development, hard work, and winning. Working alongside GM Ray Welsh and the ownership group, our first year will be a great experience and together, we will make Elmira into a powerhouse. It begins now. Who is with us? Go Junior Enforcers!"
General Manager Ray Welsh declared "Cody Murphy is the perfect fit to be the organization's first head coach because of his commitment to developing these young men on and off the ice. We are truly excited by the energy he brings to the organization."
The Junior Enforcers roster will be made up of players ages 20 and under from all across North America and the world. The Junior Enforcers look forward to an exciting and successful season, which will start in late August with training camp, and will see the puck drop for the season on Sept. 25.
Tryout information will be communicated as soon as it is finalized due to the fluid situation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
More exciting news, including players signings and staff announcements coming next week. For further information and inquiries regarding Elmira Junior Enforcers hockey, please contact Andy Ritter, Junior Enforcers Media Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.