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When Ken Morrow was named to the Titan West All-American team in 1977-78, he was not only BG's first player named to the team, but also the first CCHA player to receive the honor. He was named All-CCHA all four years at Bowling Green, earning first team honors three times, and second team honors in the 1976-77 season. His senior year, he was named CCHA Player of the Year, as well as Team MVP and Outstanding Defenseman at BG.

Following his senior season, Morrow was selected to play for the U.S. National Team, along with teammate Mark Wells. He recorded five goals and 20 assists in 63 international games, including a goal and two assists in the 1980 Olympics. His defensive presence was felt throughout the Games, and his hard hits early in the medal round game against the Soviet Union showed them that the young Americans had come ready to play. He blocked numerous shots, including a blast with six minutes left that could have tied the score. Of course, the Americans held on, beating the Soviets 4-3 to advance to the gold medal game, in which they beat Finland to complete the miraculous story.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 1976 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, Morrow was never a great goal scorer. In his best season with the Islanders, he accumulated only 19 points from one goal and 18 assists, but he made a significant contribution to the game in many other ways. In the 1983-84 playoffs, for example, he registered only three points, but two of them were crucial to the team's success. One was the winning goal in overtime that eliminated the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs; the other was an assist on the game-winning goal by Mike Bossy in the fourth game of the semifinals against Montreal.

In all, Morrow played 10 seasons in the NHL and was a member of the New York Islanders dynasty teams of 1980 to 1983 that won the Stanley Cup four straight times. Plagued by knee problems late in his career, Morrow was forced into early retirement. After his playing career, Morrow coached with Flint and Kansas City of the International Hockey League.

In 1991-92, Morrow returned to the Islanders as an assistant coach and then went on to serve as the team's director of pro scouting. Three years later he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and in 1996 got the Lester Patrick Award for his contribution to hockey in the United States.

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(Information from LegendsOfHockey.net were used for the NHL portion of this page.)
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