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Former New York Islanders Great
Ken Morrow Biography
Ken Morrow was born October 17, 1956 in Flint, Michigan andis a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman and currently servesas the New York Islanders' director of pro scouting. A member of the UnitedStates Hockey Hall of Fame, he played 550 regular season games in the NationalHockey League between 1980 and 1989.
Selected 68th overall in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft by the NewYork Islanders, Morrow joined the Islanders immediately after the Olympics. Hehelped them win their first Stanley Cup in 1980, making him the first player towin the Olympic Gold and an NHL championship in one season. He was an integralmember of all four Islanders Stanley Cup teams in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983;furthermore, although Morrow was never a goal-scorer, during the playoffs theIsles often benefited from his clutch goal scoring at key times. Morrow alsoreturned to the United States national team for the 1981 Canada Cup tournament.
During the 1980 and 1983 playoffs, Morrow had arthroscopicsurgeries performed to his knees, and played only days afterward in order tocontribute to the Islanders championships, often having fluid drained from hisknees between games. He was eventually forced to retire prematurely from thegame in 1988-89 due to constant knee problems.
Morrow, who was inducted into the United States Hockey Hallof Fame in 1995, has been director of pro scouting for the Isles since 1993. Hepreviously served as the Islanders' assistant coach for one season, in 1991-92.He was also co-coach of the International Hockey League's Kansas City franchisein 1990-91 and assistant coach of the IHL Flint Spirits in 1989-90 shortly afterretiring from hockey.
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