ICE TIME: 5 Minutes with Travis Morin
As a senior, you have developed into one of college hockey's elite players and people have mentioned your name as a Hobey Baker Award candidate. How did it all start, though? What other schools recruited you and how did you pick Minnesota State-M...
As a senior, you have developed into one of college hockey's elite players and people have mentioned your name as a Hobey Baker Award candidate. How did it all start, though? What other schools recruited you and how did you pick Minnesota State-Mankato?
Mankato was the first team to talk to me. They talked to me when I was going to be a senior. I wanted to get the decision out of the way and focus on playing hockey. At Mankato, I could play in the WCHA and it's close to home. Nobody else really offered me anything. Mankato has been a great fit. My family has been able to come to a lot of games and the competition is some of the best in the country. It's been a really good ride.
Did you have a favorite hockey team growing up in Brooklyn Park, Minn.?
I think everyone in that area was a Gophers fan growing up. We didn't have any NHL to watch or anything so we all grew up watching the Gophers.
Did it bother you that you weren't offered a scholarship by them?
No, not at all. Maybe they would have later in the process if I hadn't committed.
Your team lost three underclassmen to professional hockey in David Backes, Ryan Carter and Kyle Peto. Were you surprised to see them leave?
I think we could all see that Backes was going to leave. The other guys were a little bit surprising. It happened to a lot of teams in our league, especially this year. It really evened out the playing field for everyone. It would have been nice to have those guys, though.
As a draft pick of the Washington Capitals, why did you decide to return?
I never seriously thought about leaving. I kind of looked into it and Washington said they'd rather have me playing at Mankato and developing there. I was fine with that. Nothing serious ever came about.
Of the top five scorers from last season, you are the only to return. Did you/do you feel pressure to produce a lot of offense because of that?
I knew that coming back as our leading scorer - especially with all the young guys - I would be looked at to score. But we've got a lot of contributions from other older guys. It's been a good year.