Thunder add veteran presence with Jason Morgan

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, and head coach Matt Thomas announced today that the team has signed veteran center Jason Morgan.


A veteran who has suited up for five NHL clubs and played in 584 games in the American Hockey League, Morgan enters his 16th playing season in the professional ranks and will additionally serve in a player/assistant coach role under Thomas.


Morgan, 34, has skated in 44 career NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, collecting seven points (2g-5a) and 18 penalty minutes.


His AHL experience extends to 325 points (112g-213a) and 656 penalty minutes in 584 career games with Hershey, Norfolk, Lowell, Saint John, Hamilton, Houston and Springfield. In 30 career Calder Cup Playoff games, Morgan has scored 10 points (3g-7a) and totaled 53 penalty minutes.


The 6-foot-1, 210-pound pivot has also skated in 91 career ECHL games with the Florida Everblades and Mississippi Sea Wolves, scoring 79 points (32g-47a), collecting 120 penalty minutes and a +15 rating. In 13 career Kelly Cup Playoff games, he has scored 11 points (5g-6a).


Morgan stashed an AHL career-high 19 goals in 74 games with Hershey in 2007-08 and notched career-highs in points (53) and assists (40) in 80 games with Saint John in 2002-03. During his time with Florida, he buried an ECHL career-high 15 goals in 37 games during the 2000-01 campaign and earned an ECHL career-best39 points (14g-25a) in 48 games during the 1999-00 season.


Morgan skated in Norway for Stjernen last season, scoring 23 points (8g-15a) in 40 games while totaling 140 penalty minutes.


He was originally selected by Los Angeles in the fifth round (118th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. The St. John’s, Newfoundland native scored 96 points (25g-71a) and totaled 105 penalty minutes in 186 career junior games, spanning three seasons (1993-96) with Kitchener and Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League.