Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Samuel Morin is a little Hollywood about travel. His first NHL goal last Saturday, almost six years after his professional debut, however, was no less than fiction.
The 25-year-old defenseman exclaimed, “This is the happiest moment of my life” after scoring the game-winning goal for the Flyers against the New York Rangers.
Above, review Samuel Morin’s 1st goal.
As soon as the game was over, like every game he played from the junior ranks, Morin picked up the phone and called his parents, Pascal Morin and Sylvie Laros.
“We saw how happy he was,” Dad said in an interview Newspaper, Monday. As parents, this is very important. “
The emotion in his son’s voice is far from the call he made on November 9, 2019. During this time, Morin suffered a second tear in the anterior cruciate ligament at 19 months and for the first time everything he wanted to give up.
“The phone rang, at midnight or 1 p.m. He told me to leave it all. I understood him, but told him he was in the best place to treat me.
“Then he called Pat [Brisson, son agent], And he said the same thing to her. “
In 2013, Flyers’ first-round pick’s parents lived with him every step of the way when he returned to the NHL.
Ironically, though, they missed his first career goal!
“We were watching the game and there was a blackout on the TV when Samuel scored and we could only hear the noise when the pictures came from motor racing.
We had to check on Twitter to make sure he scored. Everyone called us, ”he said with a laugh.
Thanks to the magic of technology, it did not take long for him to find the start of the re-imputation of this first goal, where we saw his enthusiastic colleagues rushing to greet Morin.
“I like to have the camera on the bench because I think the reaction is even worse,” said Flyers assistant coach Ian Lapierre. Newspaper Monday.
“The boys are jumping on each other. Sam, he’s a good guy, a big teddy bear. It’s been three years since the boys saw him struggling like hell in holy water to get back into the game.”
Also, when we talk about the most important people in the process that led to Morin’s return to the game, his father especially quotes Lapierre along with Daniel Brier and Philippe Boucher.
Lapierre, who had been Morin’s confidant during the more difficult years, refused to take credit.
“There aren’t many Quebeckers, so it would be great if I could help them as best I can. On the other hand, all the credit goes to him. He never gave up his goal of getting back into the NHL and he had some pitfalls.”
Even this year, he continued to live on it, the pitfalls. The Flyers wanted to make room for him, but as he did not have a defensive position, they decided to move him to an attacking position.
A few games later, Morin asked GM Chuck Fletcher to return to the miners so that he could return to the defenseman position. Seven games later, he was back with the big club … as a back!
“It gets cold when I talk about it,” Lapierre adds. In his first game, we scrapped [8-3 contre les Rangers], But Sam brought what we did not have.
“After the game, I texted him that I liked what he did and he was happy that he did well, but he replied that it was a challenge to play well every night.
“It simply came to our notice then. Everything he experienced made him very mature. He knows better than anyone what it takes to be in this league and I am really proud of him. “