Murray making a big name for himself

Photo by Jim Egan

He’s been a standout in the National Hockey League playoffs this year, and he is now only one win away from lifting the Stanley Cup.

With only 32 career games played in his National Hockey League career, his stellar play, especially in the playoffs, is already giving him recognition in the Steel City.

It was announced this week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that former Soo Greyhounds goaltender Matt Murray will have a street named after him.

The city of Pittsburgh has announced that Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill will be renamed Matt Murray Avenue on Thursday.

Murray, who has only played in 13 regular season games with the Pittsburgh Penguins during 2015-2016, recorded 9 wins, 2 losses, 1 overtime loss, 1 shutout, a .930 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average.

The 22 year old from Thunder Bay, Ontario has been the Penguins No.1 goalie during the 2016 postseason over the injured Marc-Andre Fleury, who was selected first overall by Penguins in 2003.

In 19 postseason games with the Penguins, Murray has 14 wins, 5 losses, 1 shutout, a .925 save percentage and a 2.09 goals against average.

Murray, who played four Ontario Hockey League seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 2010-2014, selected in the 2nd round (35th overall) in 2010 under former general manager Dave Torrie, will now look to guide his club (Pittsburgh Penguins) to become Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 2009, when they eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in 7 games.

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals between Pittsburgh and San Jose gets underway on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m.

Penguins lead series 3-1.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.