In November, we told you how Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray could still win the NHL’s rookie of the year award even though he won the Stanley Cup months earlier.
Well ... now he has two Stanley Cups. And he’s still a rookie.
Murray, 23, back-stopped the Penguins to a second consecutive Cup win on Sunday in Game 6. Your rookie status is determined by the following criteria:
To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.
Murray only played in 13 games last season. And he’s only 23 years old, so this is technically still his rookie year even though he played in 49 of the Penguins’ regular season games. Amazingly, Murray has played in 31 playoff games and just 62 regular season games as a rookie.
Makes your head spin. Until you see this stat.
And now your head has exploded. RIP.