Sean Murray, a dedicated goaltending coach and the owner of PFGS Inc. at Pro Goaltender Coach, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, November 11. He left behind a legacy that spans nearly three decades. From his humble beginnings to becoming a notable goaltending coach, Murray’s impact on the sport is deeply felt.
Sean Murray’s passion for goaltender training ignited in 1995 when he joined Vladislav Tretiak as a master instructor. Driven by a desire to shift the focus from East Coast goaltenders, Sean, along with his business partners, founded ProFormance Goalie Schools (PFGS). PFGS became a trailblazer by introducing innovations like season training and association goalie training, setting new standards in the industry. These initiatives, once groundbreaking, are now commonplace in goalie schools, a testament to Sean’s commitment to advancing the field.
Sean Murray’s career saw remarkable progression, from his early days in junior B to skill development with NHL teams. Notably, he won the 2007 Memorial Cup championship with the Vancouver Giants, marking a significant milestone in his coaching journey. Operating on the West Coast of the US and Canada, Sean had the privilege of training athletes from diverse backgrounds, offering programs ranging from private sessions to group training and camps.
The Vancouver Giants expressed deep sadness at the passing of Sean Murray, who played a pivotal role in their 2007 Memorial Cup victory. As of now, the precise cause of death has not been disclosed to the public, and fans await further information on this heartbreaking loss. The Vancouver Giants confirmed his passing in a recent Facebook post.
A lifelong learner, Sean consistently sought to enhance his training methods for both on- and off-ice sessions. Staying ahead of the curve in this dynamic field, he made it his mission to ensure his goaltenders had a comprehensive understanding of the most current strategies. Sean’s dedication to incorporating the latest techniques underscored his commitment to the continuous improvement of goaltender training.
Nicole Kay wrote a heartfelt message on their Facebook post. He wrote, “I can’t believe I’m having to say this… Rest in peace Sean Murray 🕊️ You we’re more than a coach, you played a father figure for me throughout my most challenging years. Words cannot express the love and appreciation I have for you and my heart goes out to your family. You will be missed dearly. ❤️”
Port Moody Oldtimers also wrote a heartfelt message on their Facebook post. He wrote, “It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Sean Murray. He was so much more than a Goalie coach but his impact will be felt for years to come. Our sincere condolences go out to his entire family.”
In the wake of Sean Murray’s passing, the hockey community mourns not only a skilled coach but a visionary who transformed goaltender training. His legacy lives on through the countless goaltenders he mentored, each equipped with the knowledge and skills Sean tirelessly imparted throughout his illustrious career.