Phoenix confirm Morin talks

Wednesday, 18th June 2003

Manchester Phoenix Head Coach Rick Brebant has confirmed that he is in contract negotiations with former Manchester and Sheffield teammate Mike Morin.

“I’ve known Mike a number of years now,” commented Brebant on Tuesday, “and I know exactly what he brings to the table as a hockey player and as a person. Mike has a work ethic that is second to none, he works hard every shift and will play in any position or situation that is put in front of him.”

Mike Morin originally came to Manchester to play for the Storm in the days of John Lawless and quickly became a fixture through the reign of Kurt Kleinendorst eventually becoming the longest-serving player with the former club.

“I played with Mikey back then,” continued Brebant and I grew to appreciate what a versatile player he is. With the formation of the Phoenix, I was keen to talk to Mike and I am pleased to say that we are progressing very positively towards Mike becoming a Phoenix player.”

Morin has made his home in Manchester and a chance to play for Brebant and the Phoenix is tailor-made for the left shot, left-winger originally from Melville Saskatchewan. “Mike and hockey in Manchester go hand in glove – everyone in hockey knows that,” added Brebant. “I’m very hopeful that we can shake hands on a deal before I leave for Canada next week that would see Mike play in Manchester for a seventh season.”

Brebant also confirmed he currently has three other prime targets in his sights as well as his continuing evaluation of local talent at the second Phoenix trials for local players being held at Blackburn Arena on Sunday evening.