Pittsburgh Penguins Executive
Vice-President and GM Ray Shero announced earlier today that they have
agreed to terms with Greyhounds goaltender Matt Murray.
who was originally drafted by the Penguins in the 3rd Round of the 2012
NHL Entry Draft, inked a three-year entry level contract.
thrilled to sign my first pro contract with the Penguins' organization.
It is a day I will never forget, and a dream come true” stated Murray
when reached via phone this afternoon.
A native of Thunder Bay,
ON, Murray is poised to begin his 4th season with the Hounds. The
19-year old is coming off a banner season in 2012-13 where he recorded
career best marks in wins, saves, GAA and SV% while backstopping the
club in an impressive six-game playoff series with Owen Sound.
has not always had an easy road here with our Program, from the
acquisition of Jack Campbell which cost him games as a 17 year old,
through some porous defensive play at times over his entire tenure with
us. Through all of those challenges Matt has always persevered and
continued to develop and evolve as a student and hockey player” began
Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas.
A student-athlete with The Program,
Matt is presently enrolled at Algoma University in the area of Business
Administration. He is entering his 2nd year of post-secondary studies
after graduating from secondary school with honours during his first two
seasons with the Greyhounds.
“Matthew has always been one of our
top students, and his resilience in the face of on-ice challenges is
something that is truly admirable and would have likely made people of
lesser character look for a way to get out. To see him sign today is
truly a great moment” concluded Dubas.
departed Sault Ste. Marie earlier this week for London, ON where the
Penguins will take part in a three-game rookie tournament with games
versus Ottawa, Toronto and Chicago.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)