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Former Laker Goaltender Hoists Stanley Cup

Laker alumni host stanley cup
Photo:Vancouver Island Free Daily

Cullen Maksimowski,

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.— Last week, the Washington Capitals took home the NHL's most prized possession as they hoisted the Stanley Cup Trophy after defeating the Las Vegas Golden Knights in five games for the franchise's first-ever championship.

Amongst those in the Capitals organization to hold the cup was Lake Superior State hockey alumnus, Scott Murray, who serves as the team's goaltending coach.

Murray, 40, attended Lake State from 1999-2002 playing in 20 games for the Lakers. During his final season, he made 11 appearances with six starts while registering 236 saves.

The St. Clements, Ontario, native also played for the San Angelo Saints (Central Hockey League) and Motor City Mechanics (United Hockey League) during his professional career.

Murray began his foray into coaching in 2009 as the goaltending coach for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. He joined the Washington organization in 2013 where spent four seasons as the goaltending coach for the Capitals AHL affiliate, Hershey Bears.

This past season, Murray was promoted to the NHL as the goaltending coach where he played a pivitol role in the late-season turnaround of three-time all-star goaltender, Braden Holtby.

After posting a career-low .907 save percentage during the regular season, Holtby put together a remarkable run throughout the playoffs with a .922 save percentage and a 16-7 record.

Murray becomes the seventh Lake State hockey alum to have their name engraved on Lord Stanley's Cup joining Brian Rolston, Jim Dowd, John Grahme, Paul Boyer, Doug Weight and Steve Olesky.