Blaine Forsythe Scott Murray
Assistant Coach Goaltending Coach
Blaine Forsythe is in his 13th season
with Washington and his 10th as an assistant
coach. Forsythe is responsible for the
Capitals power play and the team’s centers.
During the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run,
Washington opened up its fi rst six playoff
games with a power play goal, marking the
fi rst time since 1989 the Capitals recorded
a power play goal in six straight playoff
games. The Capitals power play converted
on 22 of their 75 opportunities (29.4
percent), the most power play goals in a
postseason over the last eight seasons.
The Capitals have ranked in the top-10 in
the NHL in power-play percentage in each of the last six seasons and topfi
ve in fi ve of the last six seasons, including the top-ranked unit in 2012-13,
2013-14 and 2014-15. In addition, Forsythe took over the responsibility of
working with the team’s centers prior to the 2014-15 season. He helped
improve the team’s faceoff win percentage from 48.4% (19th) in 2013-14 to
51.2% (12th) in 2014-15.
Forsythe joined the Capitals as a video coach prior to the 2006-07 season
and was an integral member of the Capitals staff that helped lead
the Capitals to the 2007-08 Southeast Division championship. He was
promoted to a position as an amateur scout in 2008-09 before returning
to the coaching staff in 2009-10. In his fi rst season back as an assistant
coach, Forsythe led the team’s video coaching operations and helped the
team win the Presidents’ Trophy and the Southeast Division championship.
Prior to joining the Washington organization, the Calgary, Alberta, native
worked for the Calgary Hitmen from 1998-2006, where he served
as both an assistant general manager (1998-06) and an assistant coach
(2002-06). Forsythe helped lead Calgary to a WHL championship in 1999.
Forsythe received a business degree from the University of Minnesota and
played Division II hockey at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He played
junior hockey with the CJHL’s Pembroke Lumber Kings in Pembroke, Ontario.
Forsythe and his wife, Ivy, reside in Arlington. He has a daughter,
Sloan, and a son, Bodhi.
Scott Murray is in his second season
as the Capitals’ goaltending coach. Murray
previously spent four seasons with the
During the 2017-18 season, Murray
worked with Braden Holtby and Philipp
Grubauer. In his fi nal 30 appearances,
Grubauer fi nished with a 15-7-2, a 1.99
goals against average and a .935 save
percentage, which is the lowest goals
against average and the highest save percentage
among goaltenders with at least
30 appearances during that time frame.
In 2016-17 with Hershey, Murray worked
with Vitek Vanecek and Pheonix Copley. Under Murray’s guidance, Vanecek
recorded a career-high of 18 wins and fi nished second in the AHL
in shutouts (5), while Copley won 11 of his 16 games with Hershey and
fi nished eighth in the AHL in save percentage (.924). Murray has also previously
coached Philipp Grubuaer, who posted a career-best .926 save
percentage and 2.04 goals against average with the Capitals.
Murray joined the Capitals organization in 2013 after spending four
seasons as the goaltending coach for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario
Hockey League. Murray, 40, played hockey collegiately at Lake Superior
State University. The St. Clements, Ontario, native also played for the San
Angelo Saints (Central Hockey League) and Motor City Mechanics (United
Hockey League) during his professional career.
Murray and his wife Renee have three children, a son Tylar, and two
daughters, Ella and Liv.
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