For the first time in his long career, Travis Morin acted as skills development coach at the Texas Stars.
On Saturday, Texas Stars devoted the evening to the team’s legend Travis Morin. The Minnesota-born Morin played for the organization in its first decade of existence, recording the franchise record of 686 games played, 175 goals, 385 assists, and 560 points and being the top scorer during five of his 10 seasons. He lead the team to its 2014 Calder Cup win as the playoff’s MVP. He ended his active hockey career in June, but it didn’t mean the end of his association with the Texas Stars organization. He accepted a position of skills development coach, as well as a business development and community outreach role.
In honor of his accomplishments, Morin became the first player in Texas Stars history whose number #23 has been retired. The banner was raised in a heartfelt ceremony during an intermission at the Stars’ game on October 19th. After the game he took pictures and signed commemorative jerseys with fans. We asked him a few questions afterwards.
The team was put into good spirit after defeating the Grand Rapid Griffins in two back-to-back games this weekend. The players interacted with fans, wearing the #23 commemorative jerseys for the warm-up and then signing them for the fans who bid on them.
The Stars opened the scoring in the 10th minute after MacKay pushed the puck into the net while laying on his stomach and Griffin’s goalie Larsson tripping over him. Djuse and Bleackley assisted in the commotion that lead to this goal. After a tightly contested second period where the score remained unchanged, the Griffins pressured and looked as though they would tie the game at any moment. Instead, in the 56th minute, Stars’ Kiviranta fired an impressive top shelf shot past Larsson from the high slot. With two minutes left, Griffins recalled the goalie, but Stars’ Bayreuther solidified the victory with an empty netter. It was a great night for Jake Oettinger who earned his first career shutout with 28 saves and was named the first star of the game.
Texas Stars vs Grand Rapid Griffins 3-0 SO (1-0, 0-0, 2-0)