It’s been a tough month for the NHL, but Wednesday night featured its brightest moment.
Just over two weeks ago, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom revealed his father had passed away from cancer in an emotional post on Instagram. The Swede didn’t play last night but in warm-ups, his opponent between the pipes on the other side, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, offered some good wishes in response to the passing. Murray also lost his father in January of 2018.
Markstrom was granted a leave of absence from the Canucks on October 14th. In his first game back on the 20th, he played lights out with a 38-save 3-2 win. The 29-year-old has a 7-6-3 record to go along with a 2.72 GAA and .913 save percentage this season.
NHL teams have been hosting its hockey fight cancer nights throughout November. Markstrom made the announcement of his dad’s passing on the 10th ; the night the Canucks hosted their own in Vancouver.
It’s nice to see the goaltender is receiving support from both his own team and players around the league. A very classy move by Murray and one we’re sure Markstrom greatly appreciated.
(H/T Chris Mancuso)