Nobody would have seen this coming in the 2015 off-season. This time a year ago, Matt Murray was coming off of an extremely impressive rookie professional season: a .941 save percentage through 40 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL. Definitely impressive, and that was reflected by his being named the AHL's rookie of the year.
Fast forward a year, and he's a Stanley Cup champion. Not just that - he was the starting goalie of the Stanley Cup-winning team. He has more playoff wins than regular season wins.
So yeah, he's more than earned this.
Murray is from Thunder Bay, so he's brought the Cup back with him - and has been spreading the Pittsburgh Penguins and Stanley Cup love around his hometown.
Oh, yeah - that's awesome. It's a beautiful day to be in Thunder Bay.