James Murray, the father of Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, has passed away. The team made the announcement this morning, also announcing that the younger Murray will be taking an indefinite leave of absence.
The 23-year-old goaltender has had an up and down campaign with the Penguins this season but with today’s news in mind, it’s easy to understand why. Dealing with an illness in the family is never an easy task. We can only imagine the mental roller coaster that Murray has been riding throughout the season.
Throw into the mix his injury troubles and it’s been a rough ride for Murray in 2017-18. The two-time Stanley Cup champion has 15 wins in 31 starts and sports a 2.93 GAA and .903 save percentage. Those totals represent the worst of his young career, but with nearly half the season left to play and with the Penguins on a bit of a hot streak, there’s still time left for him to find his form.
For now though, Murray will spend time with his family back in Thunder Bay, Ontario as they work through the grieving process. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to him and the entire Murray family right now at this difficult time.