Travis Morin (C) 2009-2013
Travis Morin (C)
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 279 GP, 207 Points (67 Goals, 140 Assists), 120 PIMs
One of the Original Stars, Travis Morin is the only player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 23 jersey. The Brooklyn Park, Minnesota native was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the ninth round (263rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and he played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Minnesota State University of the WCHA. At the end of his senior season at Minnesota State (2006-07) Morin joined the Capitals’ ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays, playing in his first eight pro games to close out the year. Morin returned to Charleston for the next two seasons, twice being named to the ECHL All-Star Game and going on two deep playoff runs. In the 2007-08 season, his rookie year, South Carolina reached the Conference Finals, but lost to the Cincinnati Cyclones in five games. During that season he also made his AHL debut with the Hershey Bears on November 7, 2007 at Norfolk. The next year Morin and the Stingrays raced through the post-season and captured the 2009 Kelly Cup Championship by beating the Alaska Aces in seven games. He had 22 points (4 goals, 18 assists) and a plus-11 rating in 19 playoff games, ending their cup-winning run on a nine-game point streak.
Morin had only five total AHL games of experience, all with Hershey, when he signed a one-year AHL contract with Texas for the 2009-10 season. He and Colton Sceviour set a Stars single-season record by playing in all 80 games that year, a feat he matched in 2011-12, at least in spirit, when he played all 76 regular season games. Morin finished second on the team with 52 points (21 goals, 31 assists) and then had 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 24 playoff games to lead the Stars to the 2010 Calder Cup Finals, his third consecutive long post-season run. During the first round Morin absolutely torched the Rockford IceHogs, piling up seven assists in the Stars four-game sweep. He scored two goals in Game 4 of the second round against Chicago on May 5, 2010, helping to lead Texas to a key 3-2 victory, and then in Game 7 at Chicago he had a goal and tallied the game-tying assist in the third period that led to Jamie Benn’s dramatic overtime-winner. Perhaps his most influential game of the playoffs came on June 5, 2010 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals at Giant Center in Pennsylvania. Morin broke a 3-3 tie with 46 seconds left in regulation to stun the nearly 11,000 fans in Hershey and win the game for Texas 4-3.
Morin has played in 279 regular season games for Texas, which ranks third all-time in team history. He holds the Stars’ franchise lead in all-time regular season points (207), assists (140) and power play assists (56) and is tied for the team lead in shorthanded assists (4). He ranks second all-time in shorthanded goals (4), is tied for second in goals (67) and power play goals (22), third in games played and shots (578), fourth in game-winning goals (9), sixth in plus-minus (+14) and tied for sixth in penalty minutes (120). Morin leads Texas in all-time playoff assists (19) and power play assists (8), he is tied for first in points (26), tied for second in game-winning goals (2), third in shots (79), tied for third in goals (7) and fourth in games played (37). Morin also holds the franchise single-season records for points (66) and assists (53) set in the 2011-12 campaign. Over his first four seasons with Texas he has never finished lower than third on the team in points.
Morin made his National Hockey League debut with the Dallas Stars on January 26, 2011 against the Edmonton Oilers. He has played in three career NHL games, all for Dallas.