Monday, October 21, 2013

Texas' Travis Morin Wins CCM/AHL Player of the Week

Travis Morin (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Veteran center Travis Morin has been lighting up opposition goalies this season and has been recognized by the league this week following a nine point outburst over Texas's last four games. Morin has been looking to shoot more this season and has been rewarded, finding the net seven times. He's continued to pour on the assists as usual with eight of those to boot. He is currently in first place for scoring in the league. The next closest player, T.J. Brennan, is at 12 points.

This is only the third time a Texas player has won player of the week. Mathieu Beaudoin and Richard Bachman were previous winners.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that the league has selected center Travis Morin as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 20, 2013.

Morin racked up nine points (four goals, five assists) in four games last week, taking over the AHL scoring lead and sending Texas to the top of the Western Conference standings.

Morin drew an assist on Texas's only goal Tuesday night, helping the Stars earn a point in a 2-1 overtime loss at Oklahoma City. His goal on Friday night sealed the Stars' 3-1 victory at San Antonio, and he came back with two goals - including one on a penalty shot - and an assist as Texas downed the Rampage, 6-0, to sweep the home-and-home set on Saturday. Morin finished the week with his second four-point showing of the season, sparking a Texas comeback with a goal and adding three third-period assists in a 9-3 win over Abbotsford.

Morin, who has tallied a point in 13 consecutive regular-season contests (11 goals, 15 assists) going back to last year, leads the league with eight assists and 15 points in six games so far in 2013-14, figuring in the scoring on 57.7 percent of the Stars' offense (26 goals). The seventh-year pro from Brooklyn Park, Minn., has skated in 290 career AHL games with Texas and Hershey, totaling 74 goals and 149 assists for 223 points, and is the Stars franchise's all-time leading scorer with 222 points in a Texas uniform. Drafted by Washington in 2004, Morin signed with the Dallas Stars on July 12, 2010.

In recognition of his achievement, Morin will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Stars home game.

This is the third time in franchise history that a Stars' player has been select for the AHL's weekly award. Forward Mathieu Beaudoin was the first to earn the honor for the week ending on December 6, 2009 and goaltender Richard Bachman for the week ending on November 21, 2010.

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