Belfast Giants bolster wing stocks by signing Union stand-out Liam Morgan
The Belfast Giants' Friendship Four links have once again proven useful as they have snapped up 2018 winner Liam Morgan for the new season.
Having already seen the link to the annual college tournament held at the SSE Arena in Belfast prove dividends with the arrival of Darcy Murphy, the hope is that Morgan will be a similar hit in teal.
The 21-year-old joins after two years with Union College in the NCAA's ECAC conference where he was one of their top scorers.
Morgan played in 67 games for Union, scoring 20 goals and 42 points for the Dutchmen, and last season finished as their third-highest scorer on the season with 14 goals and 26 points.
As a rookie, Morgan was named to the ECAC All-Academic Team and led all rookies at Union with six goals and 16 points.
The Ontario native was also part of the team that won the Friendship Four last season, defeating Boston University in the final, 2-1, to win the Belpot Trophy.
Morgan joins a Giants roster that currently only has Polish international Patryk Wronka on the right-wing, with the belief that he will adopt a top-six role with the team.
"(Belfast Giants head of hockey operations) Steve Thornton and myself were in contact - it was a long process though I am very excited that this opportunity has worked out for me," said Morgan.
"My game is more of a gritty game and I definitely score more of my points in the hard areas! My ambitions 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."
With only a week until the majority of the roster arrive in Belfast for the opening week of training camp, it is believed that the Giants have most of their recruiting completed.
Work is still being done on bringing in another British player, with the Giants currently only having six on the books for the new campaign.
Belfast Telegraph Digital