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Canes Prospects Earn CHL Awards

Murphy, Pistilli take end-of-season honors

Tuesday, 05.26.2009 / 11:53 AM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Canes Prospects Earn CHL Awards
RALEIGH, NC—The Canadian Hockey League this weekend announced that Carolina Hurricanes 2008 draft pick Mike Murphy was named the league’s winner of the ADT Goaltender of the Year award, while free-agent Hurricanes signee Matthew Pistilli was named the Home Hardware Humanitarian of the Year. The CHL awards honor the top players and coaches in 10 categories across all three leagues that encompass the CHL, the world’s top developmental league for players ages 16-20 – the Ontario Hockey League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.

Murphy, 20, finished 2008-09 with a 40-9-2-2 record for the Bellville Bulls of the OHL, and league-leading figures in goals-against average (2.08) and save percentage (.941). He had five shutouts and limited Belleville’s opponents to two or fewer goals in 36 of his 54 games played, helping the Bulls clinch first place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes selected Murphy (5’11”, 161 lbs.) in the sixth round, 165th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina on March 18, and is expected to begin his professional career in the 2009-10 season. Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward won the CHL Goaltender of the Year award in 2003-04, his final year of junior hockey.

Pistilli, 20, was a major contributor to the Shawinigan, Que., community in 2008-09, and distinguished himself by visiting underprivileged children, donating his personal tickets to every Cataractes home game and ensuring that the children received VIP recognition as his guests. He participated in local school activities, fundraising initiatives and minor-hockey initiatives. The Hurricanes signed Pistilli (6’2”, 220 lbs.) to a three-year, entry-level contract on May 20 after he led his team and finished fourth in the QMJHL with 45 regular-season goals.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60