Jim ?Bearcat? Murray
Half a dozen successful careers and still positive energy to spare! A born and bred Albertan, Jim ?Bearcat? Murray was born in Vulcan Alberta, and moved to Okotoks in 1937 where he completed his secondary schooling. Bearcat began his career as an athletic trainer and therapist in both football and hockey. Working for the Calgary Centennials, Calgary Cowboys and Calgary Wranglers, eventually working for the Calgary Stampeders (CFL), and the Calgary Flames. During his 16 years behind the bench with the Flames, Bearcat was a member of numerous division and conference championships reaching the pinnacle of the sport by having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for the 1988-1989 season.
The Calgary Centennials Junior Hockey Team (WCMJHL) 1967-1975
The Calgary Cowboys (World Hockey Assoc) 1975-1977
The Calgary Cardinals Baseball Team (AAA Baseball League) 1976-1977
The Calgary Stampeders Football Club (CFL) 1975-1980
The Calgary Wranglers Junior Hockey Team(WCHL) 1977-1980
World Team Rodeo (trainer & therapist, Calgary Stampede Rodeo) 1977 1979
The New York Rangers (NHL) 1980/1980
The Calgary Flames (NHL trainer and therapist) 1980-1996
The Calgary Flames Community Relations Ambassador 1996-2006
Bearcat the Potlicker Community Relations Ambassador 2006 to present
The Calgary Flames Alumni Association- present
The Calgary Stampeders Alumni Association- present
Twenty-nine years in athletics taught Bearcat the value of teamwork, goal setting and motivation. It was these skills that he successfully parlayed in 1996 into his concurrent careers as an Auctioneer, a Professional Speaker and an Ambassador for the Calgary Flames. Through it all, a positive attitude, infectious laugh and boundless energy has helped Bearcat excel in his endeavors.Today, Jim delivers the message of his ongoing involvement in the Community, and of his firm beliefs in goal setting, health, fitness, life-long learning and living. Bearcat and his wife Shirley reside in Okotoks, Alberta, and have two sons and three grandsons, Allan (James & Jesse) and Danny (Michele & Spencer).