After so many weeks and months of talking about one Murray, it's refreshing that this time, I shall speak of another Murray. One who, like Terry, was also a head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Also, unlike most news involving Terry, the news that involves Andy is good.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has released the news that they have their 2012 inductees for their Hall of Fame. Among those are former NHLers Pavel Bure and Phil Housley, Finn Raimo Helminen and Milan Novy of the Czech Republic. There is only one entrant in the builders' category and that belongs to former Los Angeles Kings head coach Andy Murray.
Although his credentials have nothing to do with his work with the Kings, I'd be remiss not to acknowledge such a great honour for Murray. The former Kings coach is probably best known for his success with Team Canada and this is what he will be officially recognized for this coming spring.
Since it became in annual event in 1930, the IIHF World Hockey Championship has only had one coach who was not from the Soviet Union to three gold medals at the tournament - and that distinction belongs to Murray, who guided Canada to gold in 1997, 2003 and 2007.
Unlike his counterparts from the aforementioned Soviet Union, Murray has had to change versions of Team Canada that were very different over the years, which makes his gold medal victories a little more impressive than that of the Soviets.
In 1997, en route to his first gold medal with Team Canada, Murray coached the likes of Jarome Iginla, Chris Pronger and Anson Carter and had the team play into a group system, which was a significant reason for Canada's success under Murray's tutelage.
The IIHF Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Helsinki, Finland on May 20, 2012, which coincides with the final day of the World Hockey Championship.
Congratulations to all of the inductees, especially Andy Murray.
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