Matt Murley was born December 17, 1979 in Troy, New York. The second round, 51st overall selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Murley is a graduate of the RPI Engineers.
An offensively gifted forward, Murley played four seasons at RPI capturing ECAC All-Rookie Team honours (1998-99) and All-ECAC First Team honours (2001-02) while recording 172 points (71-122-172) before making his professional debut in 2002-03.
Following a successful collegiate career, Murley began his professional season with Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tallying 58 points (21-37-58) as a rookie before making his NHL debut in 2003-04. A key player in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's run to the Calder Cup final in 2004, Murley went on to make his NHL debut with the Penguins in 2003-04, seeing action in action in 18 games and registering two points (1-1-2).
Following his stint in Pittsburgh, Murley was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2006.