Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Murray Honoured At Awards Gala

Varsity Reds defenceman Jordan Murray was named the CIS Defenceman of the Year at the CIS Men's Hockey Awards Gala tonight in Halifax. He was also named a 1st team all-Canadian.

From the CIS release:

Murray is the first UNB rearguard to win the CIS award since its inception in 2010. Saint Mary’s Andrew Hotham was the only previous recipient from the AUS conference, in 2011.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Riverview, N.B., played in 27 of 28 conference games in his third season with the Varsity Reds and was the highest-scoring defenceman in the AUS with a 5-23-28 dossier. As reliable in his own end, Murray posted a +24 rating and helped the V-Reds finish first in the Atlantic and second in the country with 2.18 goals allowed per game.   

Thanks to his all-around strong play, Murray was voted to the first all-Canadian team for the second straight year and became a three-time AUS all-star. Last December, he was on the CIS all-star squad that split a two-game series against Canada’s national junior team hopefuls in Toronto. He joined UNB in the fall of 2013 after a three-year career in the QMJHL, including two seasons with Acadie-Bathurst and one with Drummondville.

“Jordan is a dynamic part of our team and has had a tremendous season,” said head coach Gardiner MacDougall. “He has shown continued improvement in all parts of his game and has been our most consistent player.”

The other nominees were Samuel Labrecque of McGill and Jordan Rowley of Alberta.
Other winners on the evening included UQTR's Guillaume Asselin (player of the year), Saskatchewan's Jordon Cooke (goaltender of the year), Carleton's Brett Welychka (rookie of the year), Calgary's Elgin Pearce (most sportsmanlike), St. FX's Brad Peddle (coach of the year), and St. FX's Nathan Chiarlitti (hockey, academics, and community service).

All-Canadian Teams

First Team
G - Jordon Cooke - Saskatchewan
D - Samuel Labrecque - McGill
D - Jordan Murray - UNB
F - Guillaume Asselin - UQTR
F - Eric Locke - St. FX
F - Tyler Fiddler - Mount Royal - 5 - Prince Albert, Sask. - Business Admin.

Second Team
G - Kevin Bailie- Queen's
D - Jordan Rowley - Alberta
D - Matthew Pufahl - Acadia
F - Colin Behenna - Waterloo
F - Jordan DePape - Manitoba
F - Alex Saulnier - Moncton

All-Rookie Team
G - S├ębastien Auger - UQTR
D - Dominic Talbot-Tassi - McGill
D - Adam Henry - Manitoba
F - Brett Welychka - Carleton
F - Kohl Bauml - Saskatchewan
F - Phil Gadoury - Dalhousie