After two seasons of trying, the Belfast Giants have finally got their man. A tough guy on the ice, Man Of The Year off the ice, 6’4″ and 17 stone, and with a name like Sean McMorrow, he is destined to become a legend in Belfast.
The latest signing has to be one of the most anticipated of the off-season, to see who took the coveted place as policeman on the Giants roster. McMorrow took it one step further when he told Coach Steve Thornton that “there was going to be a new Sheriff in town this season and that the Giants would definitely not be getting pushed around by anyone in the Elite League any longer.”
“He knows his role and he is definitely entertaining. We spoke in length with his current General Manager Mark Bernard who used to coach in Basingstoke and played with General Manager Todd Kelman, so we both respect his opinion on players. He told us that McMorrow can take a regular shift, is as tough as they come and understands the importance of his role,” said Thornton.
“Sean is a great person and won us over with his attitude and his commitment to work in the community as well as his dedication to the ice hockey. He won his team’s “Man Of The Year” Award and was nominated for the league award as well, which recognises a players contribution to the community. He played for the Chicago Blackhawks top affiliate last season and comes to Belfast with one NHL game under his belt. I am really excited to get Sean signed up, he will be a great character for this team, on and off the ice.”
McMorrow was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2000, eventually signing a two way contract with the Sabres in 2002. He played one NHL game for the Sabres on March 22nd, 2003 and that same year won his team’s award for AHL Man of The Year. In 2005, he picked up the Rochester Americans Most Improved Player Award and the following year, he once again was picked as his team’s AHL Man Of The Year for service to the community. He won his third AHL Man Of The Year this past season for the Rockford Ice Hogs as well as the Ice Hogs “GQ” Award and the Fan Favourite Award.
McMorrow is looking forward to becoming a Belfast Giant and promises to make next year’s team, the toughest in the league.
“No team is going to push us around with me on board, I guarantee that. I know that this sport is about winning, but it is also about giving the fans plenty to cheer about, and I promise to make sure that nobody goes home disappointed. I have heard great things about the city of Belfast and the Giants. I know what has been missing the last few years, and I want to be that player. I want everyone to know that I will bring a great deal of character on and off the ice and that nobody will do more in the community than me. I take pride in being a good role model for the kids that come to see us play, that is part of our duty and I will lead the charge with any and all community programs that the Giants take part in. I can’t wait to get to Belfast and get going.”