By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
Growing up, Travis Morin said it was a childhood dream of his to be selected at the National Hockey League’s Entry Draft.
That came to fruition in 2004, when the 23-year-old was chosen in the ninth round by the Washington Capitals, shortly after completing his freshman year at the University of Minnesota-Mankato.
“It was a surprise,” said Morin, who was 20 years old at the time he was drafted. “I wasn’t really expecting anything. I found out from one of my brother’s friends. That’s something, when you’re growing up, you want to have happen. I never really thought it would happen. It was just kind of an honor to get drafted.”
Despite being selected by the Caps, Morin used every last ounce of collegiate eligibility, collecting 133 points in 151 games for Mankato. After finishing up his senior year, the Brooklyn Park, Minn., native joined the South Carolina Stingrays.