Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will donate $30 to youth-based charities for each save he makes during the 2018-19 regular season.
Murray's new program - "Saves MATTer" - will benefit selected charities in both Pittsburgh and his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
As part of "Saves MATTer," $15 from each save will go to the Ward Home in Pittsburgh and $15 will be split among two charities in Thunder Bay - Children's Aid Services and Dilico.
"I'm very fortunate to be a professional athlete and I want to do what I can to help others, especially kids and young adults," Murray said. "My dad worked with his hometown charities both professionally and personally throughout his life, so this donation will be made in his honor."
Last year, Murray made 1,290 saves, which would have meant a contribution of $38,700.
The Ward Home is the Pittsburgh region's premier provider of independent living services for at-risk teens and young adults. Teens learn how to pursue an education, earn a degree, prepare for employment, manage their health and plan for their future, as well as other important life skills. The Ward Home has residential sites in Friendship, Swissvale and Wilkinsburg. More information is available at www.wardhome.org.
Children's Aid Services (CAS) in Thunder Bay partners with families and communities to "promote the safety and well-being of children and youth to help them reach their potential." More information is available at www.thunderbaycas.ca.
Dilico in Thunder Bay promotes "healing and the well-being of the Anishinabek people, using an integrated holistic approach in a way that honors values, culture and traditions." More information is available at www.dilico.com.