Travis Andrew Morin (born January 9, 1984) is an American former professional ice hockey player who briefly played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Dallas Stars. He most notably played with the Stars American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Texas Stars, appearing in 686 games across ten seasons and having his jersey retired after he finished his playing career in 2019.

Travis Morin
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Born (1984-01-09) January 9, 1984 (age 36)
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Dallas Stars
NHL Draft 263rd overall, 2004
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2007–2019

Playing careerEdit

Born in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Morin was named Metro player of the year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2002, his senior year at Osseo Senior High School. During that season he also scored 66 points to pass former NHL player Trent Klatt to become the all-time point leader at Osseo. He was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 9th round, 263rd overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, while at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In the 2008–09 season, Morin led the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL in points, with 88 in 71 games. He also led in assists with 63. He had 22 points in the playoffs, in which the Stingrays won their third Kelly Cup.

 
Morin during his tenure with the Texas Stars.

After spending the 2009–10 season helping lead the Texas Stars to the Calder Cup finals in their inaugural season, Morin was signed by NHL affiliate Dallas Stars to a one-year contract on July 12, 2010.[1] Morin made his NHL Debut with the Stars during the 2010–11 season in a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on January 26, 2011.[2] Morin played almost all of his professional career for the Texas Stars, though he saw limited action with Dallas in 2013-2014, gaining his only NHL point (an assist) during that time.

Morin again led the Texas Stars to the Calder Cup finals in 2014; the Stars would win the Calder Cup and Morin was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the Most Valuable Player during the Cup finals.[3]

On May 19, 2017, as an impending free agent, Morin opted to continue his tenure with Texas, signing a one-year AHL contract.[4]

After his 12th year in professional hockey, and 10th with Texas, Morin announced his retirement from playing on July 31, 2019, accepting a position within the Texas Stars as both a skills development coach in hockey operations and in a business development and community outreach role in the front office.[5]

He finished his career as the Texas Stars leader in games played, goals, assists and points and was announced to be the first player to have his number retired by Texas during the 2019–20 season on October 19, 2019.[5]

PersonalEdit

Morin has two brothers, Mick and Matt Morin. He and his wife, Lindsey, have three sons, Andrew, Lucas and Bradley.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Chicago Steel USHL 20 5 8 13 0 4 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Chicago Steel USHL 60 21 26 47 46
2003–04 Minnesota State University WCHA 38 9 12 21 14
2004–05 Minnesota State University WCHA 36 12 19 31 20
2005–06 Minnesota State University WCHA 39 20 22 42 16
2006–07 Minnesota State University WCHA 38 17 22 39 34
2006–07 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 8 2 1 3 0
2007–08 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 68 34 50 84 30 20 10 7 17 18
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 4 0 0 0 0
2008–09 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 71 26 62 88 46 19 4 18 22 12
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Texas Stars AHL 80 21 31 52 30 24 4 12 16 6
2010–11 Texas Stars AHL 64 21 24 45 30 6 3 4 7 0
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Texas Stars AHL 76 13 53 66 46
2012–13 Texas Stars AHL 59 12 32 44 14 7 0 3 3 4
2013–14 Texas Stars AHL 66 32 56 88 52 21 9 13 22 12
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 4 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Texas Stars AHL 63 22 41 63 40 3 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Texas Stars AHL 63 15 39 54 36 4 0 1 1 8
2016–17 Texas Stars AHL 72 21 34 55 42
2017–18 Texas Stars AHL 75 10 51 61 36 22 7 8 15 16
2018–19 Texas Stars AHL 68 8 24 32 34
NHL totals 13 0 1 1 0

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Second Team 2007
ECHL
Rookie of the Month (November) 2007
Performer of the Year (+37) 2009
First All-Star Team 2009
Kelly Cup (South Carolina Stingrays) 2009
Sportsmanship Award 2009
AHL
All-Star Game 2014, 2016
Calder Cup (Texas Stars) 2014 [6]
First All-Star Team 2014 [7]
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy 2014
Les Cunningham Award 2014
John B. Sollenberger Trophy 2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stars sign Gagnon & Morin to one-year deals". Dallas Stars. 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
  2. ^ "Stars 3, Oilers 1". CBS Sports. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
  3. ^ "Jack A. Butterfield Trophy". American Hockey League. 2015-12-03. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  4. ^ "Stars re-sign Morin for 2017-18". Texas Stars. 2017-05-19. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  5. ^ a b "Travis Morin announces retirement, joins front office". Texas Stars. July 31, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "Dallas Stars' affiliate wins AHL Calder Cup". Dallas Stars. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  7. ^ "First and Second AHL All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-15.

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