Fredericton Daily Gleaner, Christian Morin is no longer a member of the Saint John Sea Dogs.
“The Tommies will have 20-year-old defenceman Christian Morin, a recent cut of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, in their lineup for their final preseason exhibition games, tonight in Wolfville against the Acadia Axemen and Saturday in Antigonish against the St. Francis Xavier X-Men,” reports the paper.
Morin, who has been registered a St. Thomas University for a few weeks now, was believed to heading out of town after Sea Dogs captain Mike Thomas returned from Oklahoma City Barons training camp.
Saint John’s three 20-year olds at the time being will be Thomas, goaltender Karel St. Laurent, and center Michael Kirkpatrick.
"He's a really good skating, stay home guy," said Tommies head coach Mike Eagles, who has paired him with fellow rookie Brad Tesink in practice. "He's good defensively, blocks shots, plays a physical brand of hockey...that's his forte. He's a work boot type of defenceman. He gets the job done."
Morin’s physical play will be a big loss for Saint John. The Sea Dogs' defense will get a boost tonight when Simon Despres plays his first game of the season after returning from Pittsburgh Penguins training camp. The Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats tonight at 7:30 pm at Harbour Station.
In eight games with Saint John this season, he has one assist along with 13 penalty minutes. Acquired during the holiday trading period from the Val-d’Or Foreurs last season, the veteran played in 26 games with the Sea Dogs and recorded six goals and seven assists in a total of 51 games.
The Tommies aren’t exactly a university powerhouse – especially when compared to the team across campus. But St. Thomas does have a solid recruiting class this year, including former Wildcat Randy Cameron.
St. Thomas opens the regular season on October 15 in Moncton.