July 13, 2013

Ken Morrow

Ken Morrow was part of the U.S. Olympic team for the Lake Placid Games in 1980. That unlikely group of college kids/hockey players captured the gold medal in what is forever immortalized as the "Miracle on Ice."

Following the Olympics he joined the Islanders for the rest of the NHL season. It turned out to be an incredible year for Morrow.

After winning a gold medal with the Olympic team, he helped the Islanders capture their first Stanley Cup. He was the first player to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same season. In fact, Morrow helped the Islanders capture three more Stanley Cups, four in all, from 1980 to 1983.

A sound defensive defenceman, former Islander Denis Potvin once called Morrow as "steady as the Empire State Building." He never put up big offensive numbers on a team that was stacked with future Hall of Famers like Potvin, Bossy and Trottier, but he seemed to have the uncanny knack of scoring big goals whenever his team needed them.

In fact, Morrow's career numbers only included 17 goals and 105 points in 550 regular season games. But during the post-season, he seemed to thrive as he recorded 11 goals and 33 points in 127 playoff contests. More importantly, three of his post-season goals were overtime goals, his most memorable being the overtime tally that eliminated the New York Rangers during the 1984 playoffs.

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