NYR grad Morgan commits to Waterloo

TORONTO, ON - Nov 21, 2014 : Ontario Junior Hockey League game action between North York and St. Michaels, Michael Morgan #18 of the North York Rangers during the first period. (Photo by Mike Ivall / OJHL Images)
June 21, 2016

2:17 PM EDT

North York Rangers graduate Michael Morgan has committed to the University of Waterloo Warriors for the 2016-17 OUA season.

Morgan, a 5’7″ winger from Markham, comes to Waterloo after a four-year Jr. A career split between Stouffville and North York of the OJHL. The two-way specialist finished his junior career with back-to-back 20-goal seasons with the North York Rangers, and he registered 39 points in 40 games last season.

Morgan also has a penchant for big goals – he scored eight times in 10 playoff games with the Rangers in 2016, and has 21 points in 16 career playoff games. His 136 points in 195 career OJHL games are impressive enough, but his ability to keep the puck away from his own net is what makes Morgan such a valuable asset.

“I’d describe myself as a hard-working, two-way player,” said Morgan to the Warriors’ website. “I love to battle whether it’s in the offensive or defensive end, and I try my best to chip in offensively whenever I see the opportunity. Off the hop, I hope to earn my place as a reliable player that can be trusted to in all areas of the ice.”

Morgan was drawn to Waterloo by the Kinesiology program, yet it was the combination of academic focus and on-ice development opportunities that made Morgan’s decision an easy one.

“Waterloo also has a strong Kin program,” said Morgan. “It also has a heavy focus on biomechanics, and that is something I’m very interested in. Academics are very important to me, but I would also like to put myself in a position to one day play some level of pro hockey. It seems like Waterloo has a very good balance between athletics and academics, and that fits well with my goal of a higher education while developing as an athlete.”

Story courtesy University of Waterloo website / photo courtesy OJHL Images