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Matt Murray Selected to Play for Team North America

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray was named to Team North America’s roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey to take place in Toronto this September.

The 23 players on Team North America have been selected from a pool of the best young hockey players from Canada and the United States. All players from Canada and the United States who are under 23 as of Oct. 1, 2016 (i.e., must have a date of birth on or after Oct. 2, 1992) are available for selection exclusively by Team North America.

Murray, 21, is 2-2-1 in five appearances with the Penguins this season. He has posted a .933 save percentage and 1.98 goals-against average. Murray earned his first NHL win on Dec. 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has given up two or fewer goals in four of his five starts for the Penguins.

The 6-foot-4, 178-pound goaltender from Thunder Bay, Ontario has played most of this season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the American Hockey League, where he has gone 20-9-1 with a 2.10 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in 31 games. His goals-against average and save percentage both rank second in the AHL.

Murray is the reigning AHL Goaltender of the Year and Rookie of the Year after leading the American League in shutouts (12), save percentage (.941), and goals-against average (1.58) in 2014-15. He set the AHL record for longest shutout streak at 304 minutes, 11 seconds between Feb. 8 and March 8, 2015, the best mark in the league’s 80-year history.

In his lone previous international experience, Murray won a bronze medal for Team Canada in the 2012 World Under-18 Championship with a 4-3 record in seven games played. He recorded a .920 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average.

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