Nailers Deal For Jordan Morrison
Wheeling, WV - The Wheeling Nailers, the proud AA affiliate of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced that they have traded Thomas Beauregard to the Johnstown Chiefs in order to bring back Jordan Morrison.
Jordan Morrison was the second leading scorer on the Wheeling Nailers last year, a member of the ECHL All-Rookie Team, and second in ECHL Rookie of the Year voting last year trailing only teammate Bryan -Boomer- Ewing. He was also one of the most popular players on the team.
Last season in 63 games with the Nailers, Morrison scored 26 goals and 48 assists for 74 total points. He also played 7 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL.
Morrison was a 7th round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
One of Morrison-s highlights in 2008-09 came on December 26th against the Reading Royals when he tied the organizational record for points in a game with a two goal, five assist performance for seven points. That record has since been tied this year by T.J. Fox as well on February 13th.
The Uxbridge, Ontario native played 45 games this season with the Florida Everblades scoring 7 goals and 13 assists for 20 points. On February 8th, -Mo- was involved in a three-team trade that sent him from Florida to the Toledo Walleye and then to the Johnstown Chiefs for defenseman Chris Zarb. He did not play for Toledo. Morrison played 10 games for the Chiefs scoring 2 goals and 2 assists.
Prior to his rookie season with the Nailers last year, the 25-year-old Morrison played two seasons with Dalhousie University in Canada and before that he was a member of the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League for four years.
Thomas Beauregard is the leading scorer on the Wheeling Nailers this season with 34 goals and 23 assists for 57 points. Beauregard is 2nd in the ECHL in goals trailing only Wes Goldie of Victoria who has 38.
The Montreal, Quebec native played the past two seasons with Cincinnati as well as some time in the AHL with Hamilton last year. In his rookie season of 2007-08 he led the team in the regular season with 31 goals.
Wheeling plays three home games this weekend. Friday night against the Charlotte Checkers and then Saturday night and Sunday afternoon against the Trenton Devils as they battle for one of the coveted 8 playoff spots in the American Conference. Call the Nailers at 304-234-GOAL or toll-free at 1-877-NAIL-TIX. Get your tickets online at the team-s website at wheelingnailers.com.
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