EVERETT – Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray was a finalist for the Brad Hornung Trophy as the Western Hockey League’s “Most Sportsmanlike Player” for 2011-2012 at today's WHL Awards Luncheon in Calgary, with the award going to Mark Stone of the Brandon Wheat Kings. The luncheon honored the best of the WHL this season with a number of awards, including the Four Broncos Trophy (WHL Player of the Year) going to Tri-City’s Brendan Shinnimin.
The Brad Hornung Trophy is awarded to the player judged to best combine the attributes of talent, desire and an unmistakable sportsmanlike attitude. The trophy’s namesake was a player for the Regina Pats when he was paralyzed during a WHL game in 1987.
The nomination added to a long list of accolades this season for Murray, who is currently in Europe with the Canadian Men’s National Team in preparation for the IIHF World Championship tournament. The 18-year-old Silvertips captain has been honored with the Silvertips Team MVP award, placement on the WHL All-Star Second Team, a roster spot with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, and a captaincy in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Murray is currently ranked #2 among all draft-eligible North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting ahead of next month’s NHL Entry Draft.
Despite being limited to 46 games this season due to injury and the World Juniors, Murray helped lead the Silvertips into the playoffs with a second-half surge that saw the club move up two spots in the Western Conference. The White City, Saskatchewan native paced all Everett defensemen and ranked seventh on the team in scoring with 31 points (9g/22a) while recording only 31 penalty minutes. He then led the club in playoff scoring with five points (3g/2a) in four postseason games.
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