This is not something you do alone. Those were words from Murray Toews as he collected his Lifetime Achievement Award becoming the 24th person to be named a Grande Prairie Hockey Legend. On Friday, Murray was reunited with former teammate Joe Dragon and former head coach Ken Head and says it was nice to be back with them on the day he received his award.
“Sometimes you don’t look at these awards as being something you achieve by yourself so it would have been nice to have the kids out there and the rest of the teammates too but it was nice to have Joe and Ken and lots of people here in the crowd that I either played with or worked with so it feels pretty good.”
Born in Grande Prairie, Murray played every level of minor hockey in both Wembley and Grande Prairie including playing five years of Junior A hockey with the Grande Prairie North Stars.
Murray also played a part in reviving the Grande Prairie Storm, during its Save Our Storm campaign in 2016. He and a group of investors stepped up to help the team after it announced it needed $200,000 to cover unpaid debts and reach the end of the season. A few months later he became the team’s president. He says it means a lot to him to be recognized for all he’s done.
“I think it just puts it into perspective that if you stay with the game and put time and energy back into and if the kids; not just the young men but the young girls too that have benefited from not only coaching but providing leadership for them it just makes it real again.”
Looking ahead, Murray plans to continue his work with the Storm and hopefully help bring a championship to the city.