Former Islanders defenseman Ken Morrow joins Howie Rose and Butch Goring in the booth to reminisce about New York's four straight Stanley Cup championships from 1979-1983.
Unobtrusively, and without any fuss or fanfare, a defenseman from Bowling Green University was plucked by 1980 U.S. Olympic coach Herb Brooks to make Uncle Sam’s hockey roster. At first glance, it looked as if he wasn’t strong enough to make the cut.
Tall and lanky, Morrow hardly looked like a player to put fear in the hearts of enemy skaters, but that soon would change. The Michigan native was tougher than he looked and could fire bullets more accurately than most forwards.
First, he powered the American Olympic team to the 1980 Miracle On Ice and then completed his spectacular double-dip, spearheading the Islanders to their first of four consecutive Stanley Cups.
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Although billed as a defensive defenseman, Morrow delivered some series-turning playoff sudden-death goals. The most memorable of all was delivered in the 1984 postseason against the Rangers. Morrow’s shot from the right point beat goalie Glen Hanlon, thereby eliminating the Blueshirts and thrusting the Islanders into the Stanley Cup Final for the fifth straight time.
Morrow remained an Islander until the 1988-89 season, after which he retired. He has been working for the club as the Islanders Director of Pro Scouting.