Matt Murray (ice hockey)

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Matt Murray
Matt Murray 1 2016-03-01.JPG
Murray's first game against the Washington Capitals on March 1, 2016
Born (1994-05-25) May 25, 1994 (age 25)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 83rd overall, 2012
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2014–present

Matthew Murray (born May 25, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League (NHL). Murray was selected by the Penguins in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In 2016, Murray won his first Stanley Cup as the starting goalie for the Penguins during the playoffs. Murray holds the NHL record for postseason wins by a rookie, with 22; he previously held the single postseason record for wins, tied with Patrick Roy and Cam Ward, but was surpassed by Jordan Binnington in 2019. In addition, he is the only goaltender in NHL history with two Stanley Cups as a rookie.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Murray in the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs

Murray was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and played his minor hockey with the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association. He spent his younger years playing AA before moving up to the Thunder Bay Kings AAA program.

In his minor midget season (2009–10), Murray led his Kings to a 3–2–0 record at the OHL Cup. That season with the Kings, Murray appeared in 40 games with a 2.28 GAA and 6 shutouts. He was subsequently selected in the 2nd round (35th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Murray played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. On September 4, 2013, Murray was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[1]

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

During his first full professional season with the Penguins AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2014–15, on March 8, 2015, Murray set an AHL record for the longest shutout streak by not allowing any goals for 304 minutes and 11 seconds. The previous record of 268:17 was held by Barry Brust.[2]

On March 22, Murray recorded his tenth shutout of the season, breaking a record for rookie AHL goaltenders set by Gordie Bell in 1942–43.[3] He would finish the regular season with 12 shutouts. Murray capped his standout rookie season by sweeping the AHL awards, he was selected to the AHL First All-Star Team and Rookie Team, while winning the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the League's best goaltender and the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as best rookie.

Murray in net for the Penguins for the first game of their second round series against the Capitals in 2016.

In the 2015–16 season, Murray was recalled from the AHL for the first time to the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 15, 2015 and made his NHL debut on December 19, 2015 in a 2–1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.[4][5] Murray was recalled again by the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 21, 2016[6] and started nine games to finish the season.

On April 19, 2016 the 21-year old Murray made his NHL playoff debut, allowing just 1 goal as the Penguins defeated the New York Rangers 3–1.[7] Two days later, on April 21, Murray recorded his first NHL playoff shutout in a 5–0 win over the Rangers.[8]

Murray remained the starting goaltender throughout the playoffs upon replacing Jeff Zatkoff in game 3 of the first round. He was replaced by Marc-André Fleury just once after returning as the starter. He started all but one game of the remainder of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, including every game of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.[9] He became only the sixth starting rookie goaltender in the Cup Finals since 1976.[10]

Murray won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017.

To start the 2016–17 season, Murray was injured due to a broken hand sustained during international play. Following his return, he supplanted the veteran Fleury as the Penguins starter, and retained his elite form from his first year. During the season, he recorded 32 wins, a .923 save percentage, 2.41 GAA, and 4 shutouts. He finished within the top 10 of the NHL amongst qualifying goaltenders in wins, save percentage, and shutouts, while finishing 11th in GAA. This elite play allowed Murray to finish 4th in Calder Trophy voting for Rookie of the Year, and earned Murray a spot on the 2016–17 All-Rookie Team and the 2017 NHL All-Playoff Team.

He recorded his first NHL point on December 8, 2016, an assist on an empty net goal.[11]

During warm-ups of Game 1 of the Penguins' first-round matchup versus the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, Murray was injured and Fleury took starting position. He saw his first action of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators after Fleury was pulled. He recorded a shutout two games later, stopping all 25 shots he faced in a 7–0 win.[12] A thrilling Game 7 OT win helped Murray and the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row. Murray was the starter during Game 1 and 2, becoming the youngest goalie in franchise history to start a post-season game.[13] Despite two solid starts in Game 1 and 2 against the Nashville Predators, Murray's game faltered in Games 3 and 4.[14] As a result, there were speculations on who would start in Game 5.[15] Murray was announced as the starter and stopped all 24 shots the Nashville Predators threw at him in a 6–0 win.[16] Murray made 27 saves in Game 6, shutting out the Predators 2–0 and winning the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season.[17]

During the 2017–18 NHL season Murray sustained his second concussion during practice. On February 26, 2018, during practice, Murray was struck in the head with a puck shot by teammate and defenseman Olli Maatta and was forced to leave the session early.[18] Murray had previously sustained a concussion in the 2015–16 season causing him to miss the first 2 games of the playoffs.[18] Matt Murray returned from his February 2018 concussion, as the Penguins' starting goaltender, on March 20, 2018, against the New York Islanders. Murray allowed 4 goals in the Penguins' 4–1 loss during that game.[19]

Murray recorded the longest playoff shutout streak in Penguins franchise history at 225:49. It started during Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals and ended in Game 2 of the Penguins' 2018 first round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, when Shayne Gostisbehere scored late in the first period.[20] On April 18, 2018, Murray became the fastest goaltender to record 25 playoff wins in the NHL.[21] On April 23, 2018, Murray was nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as a player who best exemplifies leadership qualities and gives back to in his community.[22] Despite Murrays efforts, Pittsburgh ended up losing to the Washington Capitals in 6 games in the second round of the playoffs.

Murray was the starting goaltender for the Penguins to begin the 2018–19 season. After starting two games, Murray was diagnosed with a concussion following practice on October 8 and was ruled out indefinitely.[23] He returned to the line-up on October 13 as a backup to Casey DeSmith[24] only to be placed on injured reserve again in November due to a lower body injury.[25]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2019 Slovakia
World U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Czech Republic

Murray represented Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, as starting goalie.[26] On September 19, he broke his hand playing against Russia but went undiagnosed for several days before getting an MRI and confirmed with a broken ligament.[27]

On April 29, 2019, Murray was named as the first choice goaltender to backstop Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championship held in Slovakia.[28] Recording 5 wins in 7 games, Murrary helped Canada progress through to the playoff rounds before losing the final to Finland to finish with the Silver Medal on May 26, 2019.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Murray's father, who died in January 2018,[30][31] was from Scotland and his mother is from the Netherlands.[32] Married to Christina Sirignano on June 20, 2019

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009–10 Thunder Bay Kings Min. Midget HNO 40 1975 75 6 2.28 0
2010–11 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 28 8 11 3 1377 87 1 3.79 .887
2011–12 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 36 13 19 1 1912 130 0 4.08 .876
2012–13 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 53 26 19 4 2910 178 1 3.67 .894 6 2 4 381 17 1 2.67 .910
2013–14 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 49 32 11 6 2984 128 6 2.57 .921 9 4 5 547 24 1 2.63 .915
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 1 0 1 0 60 2 0 2.00 .920 1 0 0 20 0 0 0.00 1.000
2014–15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 40 25 10 3 2321 61 12 1.58 .941 8 4 4 456 18 1 2.37 .923
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 9 2 1 749 25 1 2.00 .930 21 15 6 1268 44 1 2.08 .923
2016–17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 32 10 4 2766 111 4 2.41 .923 11 7 3 669 19 3 1.70 .937
2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 27 16 3 2733 133 1 2.92 .907 12 6 6 716 29 2 2.43 .908
2018–19 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 29 14 6 2880 129 4 2.69 .919 4 0 4 239 12 0 3.01 .906
NHL totals 161 97 42 14 9128 398 10 2.62 .917 48 28 19 2891 104 6 2.16 .921

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2012 Canada WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 4 3 0 421 19 0 2.72 .920
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 2 1 1 0 95 5 0 3.16 .866
2019 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 5 2 0 418 14 1 2.01 .926
Junior totals 7 4 3 0 421 19 0 2.72 .920
Senior totals 9 6 3 0 513 19 1 2.22 .918

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
Second All-Star Team 2014 [33]
AHL
All-Rookie Team 2015 [34]
Best GAA (1.58) 2015 [35]
Best SVS% (.941) 2015 [35]
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award 2015 [36]
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award 2015 [37]
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award 2015 [38]
First All-Star Team 2015 [39]
NHL
Stanley Cup Champion 2016, 2017 [40][41]
Prince of Wales Trophy 2016, 2017 [42][43]
NHL All-Rookie Team 2017 [44]
Michel Brière Rookie of the Year Award 2016 [45]
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Good Guy Award 2018

References[edit]

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  38. ^ "Murray Named Winner of Baz Bastien Award". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  39. ^ "First, Second Team AHL All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
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  44. ^ "NHL announces 2016–17 All-Rookie Team". National Hockey League. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  45. ^ "Congratulations to Matt Murray (@mattmurray_30) on earning this year's #Pens Rookie Award, presented by @Highmark". Pittsburgh Penguins Twitter. April 4, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2019.

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Awards
Preceded by
Curtis McKenzie
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
2014–15
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Mikko Rantanen/Frank Vatrano
Preceded by
Jeff Deslauriers/Eric Hartzell
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
2014–15 (with Jeff Zatkoff)
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Peter Budaj
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Jake Allen
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
2014–15
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Peter Budaj