Few expansion teams have enjoyed the success that the Vegas Golden Knights have in their inaugural season. One of the key contributors to that success has been veteran goalie Marc-André Fleury, who has consistently held back the opposition since overcoming a concussion earlier this season. Expect to see Fleury and the Golden Knights once NBCSN begins carrying the Stanley Cup Playoffs conference quarterfinals beginning Wednesday, April 11. NBC will also carry playoff action on Saturday, April 14.
Fleury was just 18 when he was drafted as the top overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2003 NHL draft. He worked his way up to be the starter, and won his first of three Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh in 2009. An earlier concussion limited his playing time during the Penguins 2016 championship run, but he was back in the net last season as he won his third Stanley Cup with the Penguins.
However, with Pittsburgh thinking young again in Matt Murray, they left Fleury unprotected for the Golden Knights expansion draft, which scooped him up. The result has been an All-Star season for Fleury with the Knights in control of the Pacific Division and chasing the Nashville Predators for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Fleury, who recently became just the 13th goalie in NHL history to notch 400 wins, is 62-51 in 115 post-season starts. His veteran leadership will not be underestimated by Vegas’ opponents as the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs gets fully underway.
Born: Oct. 10, 1986
Birthplace: Fort Meade, Florida
Height/Weight: 5 foot 10 inches / 195 pounds
Teams: San Francisco Giants, 2018; Pittsburgh Pirates 2009-17
Honors and Achievements: NL MVP, 2013; All-Star, 2011-15; Roberto Clemente Award, 2015; World Baseball Classic Gold Medalist, 2017 (Team USA)