|Senators GM Bryan Murray, who got his coaching start in the Central Junior Hockey League, is being inducted into the Upper Ottawa Valley Sports Honour Roll on Oct. 13 (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images).
Bryan Murray's earliest hockey successes have earned him a special distinction.
The Ottawa Senators general manager heads the latest list of inductees into the Upper Ottawa Valley Sports Honour Roll, all of whom will earn a permanent spot in the organization's wall of fame, located at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.
Also being honoured are Brian Dinwoodie, a World Winter Games Special Olympics medallist from Pembroke, and Ann Cochrane, a former part owner of the Tier I Central Hockey League's Pembroke Lumber Kings and a longtime Pembroke Skating Club supporter. They are the first honour-roll inductees in more than a decade.
"The committee has chosen three individuals who have taken very different paths to achieve greatness in sports," Terry O'Neill, the head of the honour-roll selection committee, told the Pembroke Daily Observer
. "They have demonstrated a passion for sports, and through their leadership they have inspired others to be the best that they can be.
"We are very pleased to recognize Ann Cochrane, Bryan Murray and Brian Dinwoodie as the next members of the Upper Ottawa Valley Sports Honour Roll."
Murray has spent more than 30 years in the National Hockey League as a head coach and general manager. But the native of Shawville, Que., also left a significant impression on the Tier I CHL (then Central Junior Hockey League), guiding the Lumber Kings to a pair of Centennial Cup appearances in the 1970s. Murray also directed the Rockland Nationals to the national crown in 1976, the only one ever earned by a CJHL team.
The induction ceremony is set for Oct. 13 at the Germania Club in Pembroke, with all proceeds being donated toward the resurrection of the football program at Fellowes High School in Pembroke.
Tickets are available through the City of Pembroke Recreation Department and at Scotiabank branches throughout the Ottawa Valley.