Murray Wins 2013-14 NHL General Manager of the Year Award

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Murray Wins 2013-14 NHL General Manager of the Year Award
The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President\/General Manager Bob Murray has won the 2013-14 NHL General Manager of the Year Award at the 2014 NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.
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The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray has won the 2013-14 NHL General Manager of the Year Award at the 2014 NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. Voting for the award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season. This was the second consecutive season Murray was nominated for the award.

Over the past several years, Murray has revamped the majority of the Ducks roster and expanded the club’s prospect pool. Earlier this year, the Ducks were selected as The Hockey News’ No. 1 team in Future Watch 2014, which grades the prospects and player development of all 30 NHL teams. Of the top 100 prospects named in Future Watch 2014, the Ducks have three in the top 30 and four overall. Anaheim held the No. 2 spot in Future Watch 2013.

Under Murray’s guidance, the Ducks have claimed the last two Pacific Division titles (2013-14), the first time Anaheim has won the division in consecutive years. The 2013-14 club finished with a record of 54-20-8, the best mark in franchise history. Anaheim posted the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in club history and set season records for standings points (116), wins (54) and win/points percentage (.707), while also leading the league in goals (263). Murray was also a finalist for NHL General Manager of the Year in 2012-13, when the Ducks finished the regular season with the third-best record in the NHL (30-12-6, second in the West) and best win/points percentage in club history (.688, surpassed this year).

Murray signed a four-year contract extension with the Ducks on May 19, 2014 and is now under contract through the 2019-20 season. He is entering his 40th consecutive season in the National Hockey League, his seventh in his current role with the Ducks. He was named to the position on Nov. 12, 2008 after spending the previous three-plus seasons as the club’s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations.

Murray held a conference call shortly after winning the 2013-14 General Manager of the Year Award. Below are his comments:

On what the award means to him

When you’re voted by your peers, it makes it all the more special. When the people you work with and work against vote for this, it’s very special. It means that my team - my off-the-ice team - is doing a good job. That’s something we’ve tried to create in Anaheim, and we seem to be getting better and better at it.

On being in the spotlight on stage
Speeches are always difficult for me, as you know. It’s not one of my strengths. [laughs]. But it was an honor. It doesn’t come along often. It’s a wonderful thing.

On if he had a chance to talk to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi
There’s a mutual respect there. Like I said, I’d trade this one for that one if he wants to make a deal. 

On if it was tough accepting this award in the midst of conducting business

It’s important that we’ve come to this stage where we’re recognizing coaches and GMs because they’re huge parts of the game. We all work very hard. It’s appropriate that we recognize these gentlemen all the time.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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