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Matt Murray Had Five Stanley Cups Etched Inside His Pads

Matt Murray Had Five Stanley Cups Etched Inside His Pads

The Pittsburgh Penguins capped off yet another brilliant season by defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 on Sunday night, capturing their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history and second in a row.

Matt Murray took over for Marc-André Fleury partway through the playoffs, after missing the start of the post-season due to injury. Murray is now a two-time Stanley Cup champion, and his rookie season just officially ended.

Unknown to Murray, but on the inside of his latest set of Vaughn Ventus pads, five little Stanley Cups were etched on one of the internal carbon pieces. Vaughn employee Jeff Spearman took credit for the gesture by posting a picture and a note on the GGSUnited group on Facebook.

There’s no word if Murray was eventually told about it, but it remains a cool story considering the goaltender was an integral piece of winning that fifth cup. It’s not quite on the level of the fabled “lucky loonie” from the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics – but still very neat.

Will his next set feature six Stanley Cups drawn on the inside? We’ll have to wait and see.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.

1 Comment

  1. michael weaver

    risky move. if they lost it would have been labeled a jinx.