Muskoka To-DAILY

Gravenhurst honours Graeme Murray with arena naming as he heads to Sochi after sendoff at Oak & Paddle Saturday

GRAVENHURST — Just days before local sledge hockey player Graeme Murray heads off to Sochi, Russia, for the Paralympics Games, town council here passed its budget Monday that includes a $13,500 item in it for him.

Graeme Murray is a seasoned veteran defenceman with Team Canada.

Graeme Murray is a seasoned veteran defenceman with Team Canada.

And if he comes home with another gold medal – as expected – he will come back to the local arena named in his honour.

Council agreed Monday to add his name to the Centennial Centre in a re-naming motion that councillors passed as part of the budget process and fine-tuning of a draft document brought to the public last week.

It’s part of a $2-million in ice and roof repairs.

Speculation had been that former NHLer Kris King could be recognized.

But council decided to go with Murray, who will be feted at noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at the old North fine-dining restaurant – just now rechristened as the Oak and Paddle pub.

A giant Canada flag has been sent around to local schools by the Chamber of Commerce for kids to sign, which will be presented to Murray and which his mom Bernene Jones will wave at the Iceberg Arena in Sochi when she travels there to cheer him on to victory.

All are welcome at the sendoff.

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