Friday, October 7, 2011

Nyjer Morgan, Former Hockey Player

Nyjer Morgan was very clutch tonight delivering the game winning hit for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th inning in Game 5 of the NCLS. He further made headlines by dropping a double "fuck yeah" in the post game interview. Obviously caught in the moment, these things happen - just ask Jonathan Toews. Morgan also made headlines last year when he charged the mound and started a bench clearing brawl - he was deemed crazy for charging a guy almost a foot taller than him. Where does this attitude and feistiness come from? Hockey of course. What many don't know is that Morgan actually played a few games in the Western Hockey League for the Regina Pats and may have been the first African American player to play in the WHL.

Morgan got hooked on hockey after watching the sport at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics (must have been the KLM line), and from there worked his way to a tryout in the British Columbia Hockey League in 1996. He bounced around international junior leagues before getting a chance to suit up for the Regina Pats during the 1999-2000 season. He had minor success, scoring on just his 2nd shift and being named the First Star in his first WHL game. He would play a few more games before being released as the scouting report on Morgan was that he could skate, but lacked hockey sense. One of his teammates on that Pats team was former Calder Trophy winner, Barret Jackman, and Morgan's linemate during his Major Junior stint was the massive 16-year-old Derek Boogaard.

6 comments:

  1. Brewers are taking it this year
    :)

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  2. Looks like he could skate!

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  3. Hope the Brewers lose, he's too cocky.

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  4. he didnt look too strong on his skates

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