CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — January was arguably one of the best months of Travis Morin’s career.
He started 2015 by being voted to the AHL All-Star game for the second year in a row, recording his 500th career point and signing a two-year contract extension.
“I think, all in all, it was a pretty good month for me,” Morin said.
But Texas’ franchise leader in goals and assists has been riding a hot streak for far longer than just a month.
“He’s had a special year,” Morin’s head coach Derek Laxdal said. “MVP of the league, MVP of the playoffs, winning the Calder Cup. Obviously, getting the two-year deal this year with the Dallas Stars.”
Morin signed the contract extension despite having other options and only have three callups in six seasons with the organization.
“Obviously, I could’ve waited until the summertime and been a free agent and seen what else was out there,” Morin said. “But [I] just thought thought it best to stay around here.”
Morin has called the Cedar Park Center home for the past six seasons. He’s one of just two players who have been witth the Stars since they were founded back in 2010. But his tenure with the club shouldn’t come as any surprise. His loyalty to teams is a trait he’s had his entire life.
“In high school, I had an opportunity to maybe go play juniors my senior year, and I just didn’t want to leave,” Morin said. “I maybe could’ve left college early, decided to stay in school for that final year.”
While Morin has achieved his childhood dream of playing in the NHL with a dozen total games with Dallas, his goal is a permanent stay.
“Just trying to get back there and stay as much as possible,” Morin said.
“His last callup, I’m sure if you would’ve seen him score two or three goals, we might not see him back here right now,” Laxdal said.
As much as Morin’s grown to love Austin, that’s his ultimate goal.