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Getting to Know: Matt Murray

by James Santelli / Pittsburgh Penguins

Position: Goaltender

Size: 6-foot-4, 166 pounds
Birth Date: May 25, 1994
How the Pens Acquired Him: Drafted in 3rd round (83rd overall) of 2012 NHL Draft

Claim to Fame: Murray guided Team Canada to a bronze medal at the 2012 World Under-18 Junior Championships. He was named one of Canada’s “top three players” in the tournament played in the Czech Republic last April.

2012-13 Season: In his first year as a full-time starter for Sault Ste. Marie, Murray helped lead the Greyhounds to the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. He recorded a career-best 26 wins (eighth in the OHL), 3.67 goals against average and .894 save percentage

Numbers Never Lie: In the top international competition of the World Under-18’s, Murray shined. He finished fourth of the tournament’s 12 eligible goaltenders by posting a .910 save percentage and 2.72 goals-against average. He was also the only goalie to play 100 percent of his team’s minutes during the championship.

Murray on improvements he has made since the 2012 draft: “I think I’ve gotten a lot stronger, so I hope to continue that. And with strength comes speed. Strength and speed are two of the biggest aspects of being a goaltender. The faster you can be, the more chances you’re gonna have to stop pucks.”

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