At the ripe old age of 23, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie already has two Stanley Cups to his name. That's two more than Washington netminder Braden Holtby, but that doesn't mean he is not someone in whom Murray can still learn a thing or two.
In an interview with Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Murray made clear Holtby was someone he looked up to. Writes Mackey, "[Murray] recently struck up a friendship with Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. ... Though Holtby plays for a rival, Murray said he has long been one of his 'idols' and a goaltender he hopes to emulate in terms of personal success and longevity in the NHL."
You do not often hear praise from a rival, but the level to which Holtby is respected among netminders should come as no surprise. Holtby enjoyed a breakout performance in the 2012 playoffs leading the Caps to an upset win over the Boston Bruins and forcing seven games from the New York Rangers. Since then, he has established himself as one of the top netminders in the NHL with a Vezina Trophy, a William M. Jennings Trophy and two all-star appearances. Despite a difficult postseason history, Holtby also boasts to the second-highest career playoff save percentage (.932) of all-time and the highest among all active goalies.
So far, Holtby's personal accolades have not led to a Stanley Cup, but there's no denying he remains one of the top goalies in the NHL. Plus, his fashion sense is unmatched.
Said Murray, "You could tell he's a guy who pays attention to his fashion."