Gormley makes his NHL debut with Coyotes

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Murray River native Brandon Gormley, a Memorial Cup winner in 2012, is currently playing with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.

Murray River’s Brandon Gormley made his NHL debut Monday night.

The 22-year-old defenceman saw 13 minutes, 22 seconds of ice time in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 4-3 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida.

Gormley had a shot on goal, made two hits, blocked two shots and had a plus-one rating in the contest.

“It’s a special time for me,” Gormley said before the game for a story on the Coyotes' website. “You’ve got to use your opportunity. It’s a big game for the team (too) and fun to be put in that situation.”

Gormley was drafted 13th overall in the 2010 Draft while playing with the Moncton Wildcats.

The six-foot-two, 190-pound defenceman has six goals and 28 assists in 52 games this season for the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League.

He had five goals and 24 assists in 68 games in 2012-13, his first with the Pirates.



Organizations: NHL, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning Portland Pirates American Hockey League

Geographic location: Murray River

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