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Brenden Morrow coming to town

November 4, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

[TOPEKA, KS.]-The Topeka Tarantulas will play host to the NHL's Brenden Morrow and the rest of the Oklahoma City Blazers this Saturday, November 6th at 7:35 pm. Morrow and the Blazers will return to Topeka next Saturday, November 13th for Faith Night at 7:35 pm.

Morrow, a 5'11" 210 pound forward from Carlyle, Saskatchewan was the Dallas Stars first-round draft pick (25th overall) in 1997. In five seasons with the Stars, he has netted 97 goals, and 107 assists for 204 points in 370 games played. Morrow had a career high in goals (25) and points (49), while tying a career high in assists (24), last season with the Stars. In addition, Morrow was a member of the World Cup Champion Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey this past September.

The Dallas Stars' forward was officially signed to a Central Hockey League contract by the Oklahoma City Blazers on October 27, 2004. Through today, Morrow has five points, six penalty minutes, and is a plus two through three games. The Team Canada forward had four assists in a 5-2 Oklahoma City win over New Mexico last night. Morrow and the Blazers will travel to Wichita on Friday, and then arrive in Topeka for the Saturday night game.

During the National Hockey League lockout, each Central Hockey League team is allowed to carry one NHL player on their roster. However, no CHL team is permitted to carry an NHL goaltender on their roster. Morrow joined Brad Lukowich from the Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning as the first two NHL players in the CHL. Lukowich plays for the Fort Worth Brahmas.

Great seats are still available, but are going fast! Call the Tarantulas office at (785) 235-9466 for more information.

Prior to the Blazers coming to town, the Tarantulas will play host to the Tulsa Oilers, tomorrow night, November 5th at 7:35 pm. Fans in attendance will receive Tarantulas caps, courtesy of Budweiser, Fox 43, and KMAJ-FM.

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#10 Brenden Morrow

5-11, 210-pounds, Carlyle, Saskatchewan

2003-04: Set career-highs for goals (25), points (49) and power-play goals (9)...Appeared in his 300th career NHL game on Nov. 1 at Nashville...Posted a career-high four-game assist streak (4 assists), Nov. 22-28...Recorded a career-high four-game goal scoring streak (4 goals), Dec. 20-27...Notched his 100th career NHL assist on Jan. 15 at Colorado...Posted his first career hat trick (3-0-3) on Jan. 31 at Phoenix...Tallied his 200th career NHL point on Mar. 16 vs. San Jose ...Appeared in one World Cup game in 2004 with gold-medal winning Canada, posting four penalty minutes.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: In 2002-03, set a new career-high (since broken) with 21 goals ...Among NHL leaders, ranked tied for second in shooting percentage (20.0%), tied for fourth in game-tying goals (2), tied for fifth in shorthanded points (5) and tied for seventh in shorthanded goals (3)...Among team leaders, finished first in penalty minutes (134), first in shorthanded goals, first in shorthanded points, first in shooting percentage and tied for first in game-tying goals...Had 10 multi-point games, including one three-point effort...Tallied a shorthanded penalty shot goal on Nov. 6 vs. Vancouver, his first career penalty shot attempt...Appeared in all 12 playoff games in 2003, posting three goals and five assists for eight points...Finished tied for first on the team in playoff power play goals (2) and third in playoff points...In 2001-02, finished eighth among all NHL forwards in hits (214) and 20th overall...Was first on the team in penalty minutes (109), third in hits, tied for third in game-winning goals (3), tied for third in plus/minus (+12) and fourth in goals (17)...Appeared in the 2002 NHL Youngstars Game on Feb. 1 in Los Angeles and posted a goal and an assist...Registered his 100th career NHL point with an assist on Mar. 3 vs. San Jose...Appeared in his 200th career NHL game on Mar. 10 vs. New Jersey...In 2000-01, finished fourth among all NHL forwards in hits (230) and 16th overall...Was third on the team in hits, game-winning goals (6), fourth in plus/minus (+18), tied for fourth in goals (20), seventh in points (44) and first in penalty minutes (128)...Earned seven multi-point games this season, including one four-point effort...Appeared in his 100th career NHL contest on Dec. 29 vs. Los Angeles...Appeared in all 10 playoff contests with Dallas in 2001...Named the Stars' Rookie of the Year in 1999-00...Finished the season second among NHL rookies in hits (170), tied for fourth in game-winning goals (3), tied for 11th in goals (14) and in points (33)...Totaled more goals than any Stars¹ rookie since Mike Modano tallied 29 as a rookie in 1989-90...Began the season with the Michigan K-Wings of the International Hockey League (IHL)...Played in 21 of the Stars 23 games during the playoffs...Led all rookies in playoff hits (65)...Finished tied for second amongst rookies in power play goals (1), tied for sixth in goals (2), and assists (4) and tied for seventh in points (6).

AMATEUR CAREER: Played four seasons, 1995-1999, with Portland in the WHL ...Represented the West in the WHL All-Star Classic from 1997-99...Led team in power play goals (19), game-winning goals (6) and penalty minutes (248) in 1998-99...Was named to the 1998-99 Western Conference First All-Star Team...Voted "Best Pro Prospect" by his peers in the 1998-99 "Best of the West" poll...Led Team Canada to a silver medal at the 1998 World Junior Tournament, finishing with eight points (1-7-8)...In 1997-98, led Portland in penalty minutes (184)...Finished with three points (1-2-3) at the 1998 Memorial Cup...Had amateur career-highs in points (39-49-88) during the 1996-97 season.

PERSONAL: Hometown: Carlyle, Saskatchewan...Married two summers ago to his wife Anne-Marie in Montreal...They had their first child on July 2, 2004...They had a girl (Bryella)...Hobbies include golf and off-ice training...Collects movies on DVD...His parents own and operate a sporting goods store in his hometown of Carlyle...Says his favorite movie is Good Will Hunting...Favorite vacation spot is Cabo San Lucas...Lists his favorite sport other than hockey as NFL Football.

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