Jeremy Morin, Rockford IceHogs

While the Blackhawks had their Olympic break, sick things were heating up with the team’s affiliate in the minor leagues. Prior to Saturday’s loss, there the Rockford IceHogs had an 11-game point streak, viagra led by our HAM of the Week, Jeremy Morin. With only 18 games left of the regular season, the team is riding on momentum—12 of their last games were high scoring affairs, and Morin has had one point in each of those games.

Jeremy Morin, http://www.indianheadnation.com

Jeremy Morin, http://www.indianheadnation.com

The Auburn, New York native began his hockey career in 2006 with the Syracuse Stars in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, earning Rookie of the Year honors. Morin joined the US National Team Development Program for the following two seasons. After playing one season in the Ontario Hockey League, the 6’1”, 189 lbs left-winger was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2009 NHL draft before being traded to the Blackhawks in 2010. He was assigned to Rockford at the start of the 2010-11 season, but bounced between the two teams for the next three years.

Morin also represented the United States in the IIHF World Championships in 2008 and 2009, earning a bronze and a gold, respectively, and in the World Junior Championships, earning a gold in 2010 and a bronze in 2011.

The Blackhawks recalled the 22-year-old Morin at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, in November when Bryan Bickell got injured and again in early December. Though he has only managed one goal and four assists in 15 games, Morin has found his A-game in Rockford, posting a club-leading 21 goals and 22 assists. The IceHogs’ win streak helped lead them to a sixth place standing in the Western Conference, and are likely to nab a spot in the playoffs.

Jeremy Morin, http://blackhawks.nhl.com

Jeremy Morin, http://blackhawks.nhl.com

Morin, along with former HAM of the Week Brandon Pirri, who was just yesterday traded to the Florida Panthers for future draft picks, were both in the hunt for a final spot in this season’s roster. Morin still has a lot to learn, and with Pirri now out of the picture, it’s only a matter of time before he’s called up to finish the rest of the season.

So what else is there to know about the organization’s current hottest prospect?

Morin is second in team scoring, with 43 points in 43 games, and recorded six goals and seven assists (and his second hat trick) in February alone. He has plenty of skill to contribute both offensively and defensively, and, according to Rant Sports, Morin would fit well on the third line. Now that Thor (er, Michael Kostka) was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightening, we hope Q will take note and call up Morin soon.

Morin is a surefire candidate for February’s AHL Player of the Month honors, both on the ice and off. In a 2008 interview with USA Today, Morin said he’s the kind of player who wants to create opportunities to score goals and isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty.

He also isn’t afraid to tell the world what’s really important:

 

And, in this interview with the Rockford IceHogs, “Mo” dishes how to appropriately “celly” a goal:

Sounds like a player who deserves a roster spot next season. Hear us, Q?

Follow Morin on Twitter at @jmorin91.

About the author: Hannah Gettleman is a native of the Northern Chicago suburbs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and attended every home Illini football game. Her love of Chicago sports comes from her dad, who has been in the same Fantasy Football league since she was six years old, and her mom, who plays in a 5-0 football pool. She’s also won the family March Madness pool four times in a row. An avid Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs fan, she’s excited to share her love of sports and cute guys as the newest HAM Hunter. When she’s not glued to the television on Sundays, Hannah follows the latest in entertainment and red carpet fashion, and makes delicious Betty Crocker brownies. You can follow her at @hgettle12.

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