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Summer with Stanley

Matt Murray brings Stanley Cup to Thunder Bay

Penguins goaltender visits youth hockey team, Sleeping Giant rock formation

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray took the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario on Tuesday. 

"The biggest thing for me is just sharing it with the people of the city," Murray told CBC on Monday. "I know that the Cup is a pretty big thing, especially in a town like this, so I'm excited to see peoples' reactions when they get to see it."

After a few fans greeted Murray at Thunder Bay International Airport, he went to visit the Westfort Rangers, a youth hockey team.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Matt Murray makes his first stop at a ball hockey game (Thunder Bay, ON) #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame

Tweet from @HockeyWestfort: A boot hockey game turned into a lifetime memory for these Westfort Rangers!! Thanks @mattmurray_30 and @Puck_Shots

The crowd at the airport may have been tame, but there were plenty of people waiting for Murray at Intercity Shopping Centre.

Tweet from @CBC_Michael: The moment the #stanleycup arrived! #stanleycuptbay

Tweet from @csiemieniuk: Thanks Matt Murray. You are a wonderful ambassador for Thunder Bay #stanleycuptbay

Tweet from @csiemieniuk: Happy Hockey Days in Thunder Bay! Thanks Matt Murray #stanleycuptbay

Murray's turn with the Cup came a day after the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in Thunder Bay raised a Penguins flag in his honor.

"It's one of those stories that we're going to be telling years from now, that Cinderella story of a kid that, so young, stepped up to the plate and brought home the Stanley Cup," executive director Diane Imrie said.

Murray also went to the Thunder Bay landmark Sleeping Giant rock formation, which he features on his goalie mask.

Tweet from @mattmurray_30:

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