Penguins goaltender Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will donate more than $73,000 to charity as part of Murray's season-long "Saves MATTer" program.
Murray pledged to donate $30 for each save he made during the 2018-19 regular season - and after making 1,465 saves, his personal donation comes to $43,950.
The Penguins Foundation is supporting Matt by donating an additional $30,000, raising the total to $73,950.
Charites benefitting from the program will be the Ward Home in Pittsburgh ($36,975) as well as two organizations in Matt's hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario -- Children's Aid Services and Dillco ($18,487.50 each)
"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 these donations are being made in his honor."
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.