Murray Toews (1967-)
At a time when Grande Prairie faced the likely prospect of losing its Junior franchise in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Murray Toews and along with a team of like-minded hockey devotees set about to reinvigorate the GP Storm Organization. This is but one example Murray’s exceptional executive ability. He played through every level of minor hockey in Wembley and Grande Prairie and at each level, distinguished himself as a superior competitor and leader. As a North Star in the Peace Caribou Junior Hockey League (PCJHL) Murray was a member of the feared and famous “Dragon Line”. He was regarded by many as the best player who ever skated in the PCJHL recording 190 goals, 271 assists for 461 points. As a student at Red Deer College he played two years for coach Mike Babcock. Bearing witness to his leadership abilities and reputation with both players and coaches, Murray was frequently chosen as team captain. Upon returning home he played senior hockey for a decade with three teams in the Central Peace Hockey League including one season with Grande Prairie Athletics, winning four championships with Hythe Mustangs and one with Spirit River Rangers. Strong family support and his growing-up-on-the-farm work ethic are the two vital factors that Murray believes have contributed to his success.
Recognizing the important role that hockey can play in the wholesome development of children and youth, Murray turned his attention to coaching minor hockey while continuing to play senior hockey and managing a demanding and thriving business. It is noteworthy that as a player and a coach Murray has the reputation for being a champion of the needs of individuals who require special support to succeed. As a player, captain, coach and executive Murray Toews makes it his mission to bring out the best in others.
Along with becoming the 24th GP Hockey Legend, he is the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Murray embodies the most worthy characteristics associated with the beliefs and values of a Grande Prairie Hockey Legend.
January 25, 2019
Stan and Ron Neufeld
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Grande Prairie Hockey Legends is researched, written and presented by Stan and Ron Neufeld