Tending the Crease: Getting to Know the Capitals’ New Goalie Coach, Scott Murray

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Photos: Tori Hartman

When the Capitals hired goaltending guru Mitch Korn in 2014, they did so knowing that it would not be for the long-term. Now, with the 60-year old Korn taking on a different role within the organization, the Capitals promoted Associate Goalie Coach Scott Murray as the new goaltending instructor.

In early July, the Capitals announced that Korn, the team’s goaltending coach the past three seasons, would be taking on a different role with the organization in order to reduce his travel schedule. According to Caps General Manager Brian MacLellan, Korn will now be the Director of Goaltending, a role that will require less travel but still allow him to remain a key part of the development and instructing of the Capitals’ netminders.

According to MacLellan at the announcement of Korn’s new role:

“He’s going to be the Director of Goaltending. He wants to cut back on his schedule. We’re in the process of promoting Scott Murray to the NHL team and Mitch will work with Scott, our Hershey guy, and the East Coast League (ECHL)”.

Prior to joining the Capitals organization, Murray spent four years as the goalie coach of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), before he was hired by the Capitals in 2013.

Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Murray played as a goaltender himself growing up, and was even a netminder at Lake Superior State University, a Division I school. Following his college career, he made short stops in the Canadien Hockey League (CHL) and United Hockey League (UHL). Murray was hired by the Wolves in 2009 and prior to being hired, had started a goaltending school for children in the Sudbury community, which eventually led to him being chosen to serve as the Wolves’ goalie coach.

After being hired by the Capitals in 2013, Murray served as the Bears’ goalie coach until his promotion this summer. The 39-year old has spent time during the last few offseasons during the Caps’ annual Development Camp and during training camp learning under Korn and working with both the team’s goaltending prospects and professional goalies, including 2016 Vezina Trophy-winning netminder Braden Holtby.

With an understanding of the Capitals’ NHL netminders’ playing styles, and working with one of the best to coach the position in Korn, Murray is well-prepared for his first season at the NHL level, and has already worked with backup Philipp Grubauer in Hershey.

While it will likely take some time for both Holtby and Grubauer to adjust to Murray, it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Seeing as how Murray has worked under Korn during the past few summers and during training camp, the transition should be an easy one.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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4 Responses to Tending the Crease: Getting to Know the Capitals’ New Goalie Coach, Scott Murray

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    We will miss Korn.

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  2. Korn will be missed. Murray has some shoes to fill but I think he will do a good job

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  3. Jeff Zavoda says:

    You will love Scott, great coach, fantastic human, great foundation for the Capitals goaltending and organization.

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  4. Pingback: Capitals Announce Changes to Goaltending Department | NoVa Caps

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