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Short Summer

Brenden Morrow's Summer Has Gone By Fast; Wants To Do It Again In 2009

Saturday, 08.16.2008 / 9:13 PM CT / Feature
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Short Summer

Brenden Morrow’s summer has been a blur in most respects.

“It’s flown by,” he said. “I can’t believe it is already the middle of August.”

Not that this is a bad thing. Playing until May 19 was a great ride for the team and the fans. It’s given the players a shorter summer though.

“I don’t mind the shorter summer considering the run we made,” Morrow said. “There are some advantages too. You don’t have as long to get out of shape and you don’t have to work as hard to get back into shape for camp. So that’s nice but the bottom line is that we all want to get back there and play deep into the playoffs again. It was a good experience for all of us. That will be invaluable for us next spring when hopefully we get back to the playoffs. We have a lot of work to do to get back there but as well as we performed, we are looking forward to getting back there and it is something all of us are shooting for. It obviously left us with a desire to get back there as soon as possible.”

Stars Training Camp begins on September 19, making mid-August the prime dates for the players to start working out hard to prepare.

“We usually start training hard about five or six weeks prior to camp,” Morrow said. “That’s when the pace gets picked up. During the summer you try to maintain and keep your strength up and you want to feel healthy, but then you kick it back in gear when camp start to approach. We’re right at that point now and most of the guys will start skating hard this week, if they haven’t already.”

Morrow was the catalyst for the Stars in a magical playoff run that saw them defeat two excellent teams in Anaheim and San Jose before finally falling in six games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Red Wings. Morrow was a pillar of strength for the club, scoring huge goals and setting the bar for his teammates to follow.

Entering his third season as captain of the Stars, Morrow clearly has embraced the role and has something to build on from the playoff run. But don’t expect him to change the way he approaches the game.

“I don’t think anything has changed or will change for me from the playoff run,” he said. “My confidence might be one thing that gets a lift from the strides we made. I was always confident in my role on the team and this spring probably helped strengthen that even more. It probably goes back to the Vancouver series two playoffs ago. The first season (as captain) was a tough one with the injuries and adjusting to wearing the C, but I felt very comfortable when I came back late in the year and in the playoffs.”

Morrow has spent most of the summer with his family, getting to know his newborn twins and swimming in the pool with his daughter.

“I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that she isn’t in the water. She loves it.”

The family recently moved into a new house and renovations and decorating have kept them quite busy. But Morrow is feeling the itch to get back to playing hockey.

“It is exciting to get back out on the ice,” he said. “Coming off a successful run like we had, all of us are excited to get back to work and get back on the track we were on.

“I certainly wouldn’t mind an even shorter summer next year. But again, we have a lot of work to do to get back in that position.”





1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49


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T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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