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Brenden Morrow Announces Retirement from NHL

Winger Enjoyed 15-Year Career with Four Different Teams

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DALLAS-Former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow announced his retirement from the NHL today after a 15-year career that saw him spend time with the Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Morrow started his career with Dallas in the 1999-2000 season after they drafted him 25th overall in the 1997 draft. He played 64 games in his rookie year, netting 14 goals and 33 points that season. That season also saw the Stars return to the Stanley Cup Final after they had won it the year before. Morrow, however, wasn’t able to experience the euphoria of winning a Cup as Dallas fell to the New Jersey Devils in six games that season.

The Saskatchewan native would spend 12+ seasons with the Stars after his rookie campaign. In 2006, Morrow was named team captain. However, that season would be tough, on the ice, for Morrow as he only played in 40 games during the 2006-07 season.

He would rebound in a major way, though, the following year by playing in all 82 games and registering career highs in assists (42) and points (74) en route to helping the Stars reach the Western Conference Final.

2010-11 saw Morrow have his most prolific goal-scoring campaign, as he netted a career-high 33 goals that season, besting the 32 he had scored in ’07-’08.

Morrow’s run with the Stars would end at the trade deadline during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season when he was traded to the Penguins. He contributed in the final 15 games of that year with Pittsburgh, tallying 14 points in those games.

Morrow and the Penguins reached the Eastern Conference Final that season, but were swept by the Boston Bruins.

The following season saw Morrow join the Blues. He participated in 71 games for St. Louis, accumulating 13 goals and 25 points that year. The left-winger would only see action in two playoff games with the Blues, though, as he was hurt in Game 2 of their first round series with the Chicago Blackhawks.

2014-15 saw Morrow join another team, the Lightning. He did not produce much offensively that season (only eight points in 70 games), but he was a key guy in the locker room for a young team that reached the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in team history. However, it was the Blackhawks again that would end Morrow’s season as Chicago claimed the Cup in six games.

He did not sign with any team prior to this season, leading to his eventual retirement. Thursday, though, he signed a one-day contract to retire as a Star.

At the end of it all, Morrow played in 991 regular season games, notching 265 goals, 575 points, and 1,362 PIMs. His seven seasons as Dallas’ team captain are the second-longest in team history since the franchise moved from Minnesota.

Photo Credit: Bridget Samuels/via flickr.com

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