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Fleury Pens Farewell Letter To Pittsburgh In The Players' Tribune

The new Golden Knights goalie spent the past 14 years with the Penguins

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

When Marc-Andre Fleury was selected by the Golden Knights in last week's Expansion Draft, it sent shockwaves across the hockey world.

This is despite it not being all that unexpected that Vegas selected the three-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie, who was deemed expendable by the Pittsburgh Penguins when the younger, and equally capable, Matt Murray emerged as that franchise's new backbone.

Fleury had been the Penguins' backbone the past 14 years, dating back to when he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2003 NHL Draft.

Throughout the years, whether it was for his All-Star caliber play or ebullient personality, Fleury was part of the fabric of not only the Penguins, but the entire city of Pittsburgh.

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 This is why even though Fleury joining the Golden Knights was mostly expected, it still seemed shocking to many.

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He was just so hard to picture in another team's colors, even if Vegas' colors are pretty much the same as Pittsburgh's.

Although Fleury has been a Golden Knight since last Wednesday and was on hand to tour the city at the end of last week, he officially said goodbye to Pittsburgh in an entry he authored in The Players' Tribune on Monday.

Fleury wrote:

But I think we will tell them that moving somewhere new at a young age - yes it might be scary, but we just have to hang in there. We're going to figure things out, and we're going to find our way. And then we'll blink, and suddenly that strange and new place … It won't seem strange, or new, at all. It might even feel like home.

I still have a lot to wrap my mind around. I am honored that the Golden Knights picked me and I am looking forward to continuing to play the game I love. I don't know how it will feel when I set foot in the PPG Paints Arena in February as the Vegas goaltender. Truthfully, right now I can't even think about it. But what I do know is that I will be thrilled to see you all again.

To read Fleury's full entry in The Players' Tribune, CLICK HERE

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