Friendship Four inspired Giants switch: Morgan
Winger Liam Morgan says the experience of playing in the Friendship Four was the driving force behind him moving to the Belfast Giants for next season.
The 21-year-old right-winger joins the Giants straight from Union College, with whom he won the 2018 Friendship Four.
Morgan becomes the second former Friendship Four player to make the switch to Belfast, with Darcy Murphy the first after playing for Colgate in the inaugural tournament in 2015.
Despite only playing two years with the Dutchmen, Morgan has instead opted to pursue a professional career and has joined the Giants for their defence of their Elite League, Challenge Cup and Erhardt Conference titles.
"(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 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."
In total, the Ontario native played in 67 games for Union across two seasons, scoring 20 goals and 42 points.
Last season Morgan finished as their third-highest scorer with 14 goals and 26 points.