Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers earns this monthly award for the second time this season after scoring 12 points in nine December games with four goals and eight assists. He led all defencemen with a plus-minus rating of plus-12 which was tied for second-best in the league. He scored two game-winning goals including one as part of a two-point game as second star of a 2-1 win over the Plymouth Whalers on December 30 to lift the Rangers to their fifth win of the month.
Murphy, a 17-year-old from Aurora, ON, currently leads all defencemen in scoring with 51 points in 35 games in his second OHL season with the Rangers. Eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Murphy will compete with Team Cherry at the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game January 18-19 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON.
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