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Morgan leaving Union men's hockey for Belfast

Morgan leaving Union men's hockey for Belfast

Would've been Dutchmen's top point-scorer among returning players in 2019-20
Morgan leaving Union men's hockey for Belfast
Union's Liam Morgan (24) takes a shot against Omaha last October.
Photographer: Peter Barber

SCHENECTADY  A rough offseason for the Union College men's hockey team just got rougher.

Forward Liam Morgan, who would've been the Dutchmen's leading returning point-scorer as a junior in 2019-20, has signed with the Belfast Giants, Union head coach Rick Bennett confirmed in a text message Thursday afternoon.

As a sophomore, Morgan scored 14 goals, second on the team behind the since-graduated Ryan Walker, and had 26 points, third-most on the team behind the graduated Cole Maier and Walker.

The Belfast Giants of Northern Ireland play in the professional Elite Ice Hockey League and host the Friendship Four, an early-season invitational tournament for U.S. Division I teams, at their home arena. Union won the Friendship Four in November.

Besides losing the 21-year-old Morgan to the pro ranks, another of the Dutchmen's top returning players, forward Jack Adams, suffered a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee while participating in the Detroit Red Wings NHL Prospects Development Camp just over a month ago.

In a BBC online story about signing with the Belfast Giants, Morgan said, "I am very excited this opportunity has worked out for me.

"My game is more of a gritty game and I definitely score more of my points in the hard areas. My ambition is to come over and do the best I can for the Giants to contribute as much as I possibly can.

"The Friendship Four was a fantastic experience. I had a great time in the city during the tournament and that is what drove me to play for the Giants."

As a freshman in 2017-18, Morgan, from Whitby, Ontario, led all Union first-year players with six goals and 10 assists in 29 games.

Belfast won the EIHL championship last season and begin the 2019-20 season on Sept. 15.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Mike MacAdam at 518-395-3146 or [email protected]. Follow on Twitter @Mike_MacAdam.

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