As part of TSN's extensive coverage of the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger sits down with some of the game's prominent personalities in Slovakia discussing the hot topics of the day.

In this edition of 'Dreger Cafe,' Darren goes one-on-one with Team Canada's Matt Murray.

Here is a taste of what stood out:

Explaining how he was 'thankful' for Pens' adversity

"I just think you're never going to grow unless you go through those types of moments. Nobody's perfect - nobody's going to win every year, that's not how life works.  You're never going to be able to grow, you're never going to be able to push yourself forward unless you go through times like that, so that's what I was referring to and that's how I look at it. Those challenges make you better in the long run and I really believe that..."

On whether he thinks a lot about off-ice speculation

"Not really, to be honest. Most of that's out of our control as players. As players, all you can worry about is coming to the rink every day and work on getting a little bit better at your own game and just be a good teammate. I don't get too invested in that - obviously stories are going to be written and people love to talk, but you really don't know what's going to happen until it happens..."

On taking up boxing as part of his off-season training

"It's pretty intense. There's this guy in Pittsburgh - his name is Francis - he put me through one of the toughest cardio workouts of my life. It's just like, an hour of punching basically. It helps with learning how to breathe and being strong, but not being 'tight' so there's a lot of similarities you can bring to goaltending...I'm not taking any punches that's for sure!"

 

Dreger Café: Murray dishes on playing for Canada, growing from adversity

Penguins goalie Matt Murray stops by the Dreger Café in Kosice, Slovakia. Murray discusses why he chose to come represent Canada at the WHC, growing from the adversity of a tough season, and much more.