The Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS) and the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM) in conjunction with the Calgary Flames announced today that Jim “Bearcat” Murray has been selected as the 2009 inductee into the athletic trainer category of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Each year, the PHATS/SPHEM Hall of Fame Committee selects one outstanding individual for induction.
The purpose of the Hall is to recognize those members who made significant contributions to their profession, the societies, and the sport of professional hockey.
A commemorative plaque at the PHATS/SPHEM Hall of Fame display located in the Training Room area of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, recognizes selected individuals for their accomplishments.
A born and bred Albertan, Jim “Bearcat” Murray was born in Vulcan, and moved to Okotoks in 1937. Bearcat began his career as an athletic trainer and therapist in both football and hockey.
Working for the Calgary Centennials, Calgary Cowboys and Calgary Wranglers, eventually working for the Calgary Stampeders (CFL), and the Calgary Flames.
During his 16 years behind the bench with the Flames, Bearcat was a member of numerous division and conference championships reaching the pinnacle of the sport by having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for 1988-1989 season.
Twenty-nine years in athletics taught Bearcat the value of teamwork, goal setting and motivation.
Through it all, a positive attitude, infectious laugh and boundless energy has helped Bearcat excel in his endeavors.
Today, Jim delivers this positive message through his ongoing involvement with the Calgary Flames as a community ambassador.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Annual Hall of Fame Dinner on Sunday, June 28th, 2009 as part of the combined PHATS/SPHEM meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.