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Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:55 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 12:01 am
MorganBy: Adam Gretz

If you've ever watched a baseball game involving Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan it's a good bet that you've heard an announcer make some sort of remark about his days as a hockey player. If you haven't? Pay attention the next time you do watch a game he's involved in, because it's sure to come up.

Before he was causing the kind of chaos that only he can provide as a Major League outfielder, he was a hockey player in the Canadian junior leagues during the 1999-00 season, playing seven games with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.

So he knows his way around the rink a little bit.

Now he's going to have an opportunity to show what he can do against the best players in the world as he will practice with the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday morning.

Morgan, who was born in San Francisco, said in a statement that he followed the Sharks from the time the team arrived in San Jose back in 1991, and also added "I will never forget the George Kingston and Patty Falloon days. I'm not sure the guys are ready for me!"

Well, at least he knows the team history, making reference to the Sharks first coach, Kingston, and perhaps most well-known player in those dark early years (Falloon).

After Morgan stopped playing hockey and focussed on baseball full-time he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. He's since spent time with the Pirates, Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers over parts of five, let's say ... polarizing seasons. You probably love his Wild antics if he plays for your team, but if he's playing for somebody else? Not so much.

Given his approach to baseball it's probably fair to assume that he would have fit in quite well as an agitator in the Matt Cooke, Sean Avery, Jarkko Ruutu mold had he continued to pursue a career in hockey. He did, after all, record 20 penalty minutes in his seven games with the Pats.

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Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:14 pm

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

One of my favorite Myjer Morgan "hockey related" storys -  - the title might give it away.....

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:30 am

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

I'd skate circles around this clown.  He sucks.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:28 am

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

He'd better hope that none of the Sharks is a Cardinals fan. 

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:07 am

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

From the slowest sport to the fastest?? Stick with the slowest sport, Morgan, it more..............................y


Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:05 am

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

Nothing would please me more then to see him with his jersey pulled over his head and being pounded into submission. And then skating off the ice with blood pouring from his nose, mouth and head...spitting a few teeth.

Hockey would have been a great sport for him. There is retribtution for being a tool. He would have learned a lot...and hopefully FAST..for his sake.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:22 am

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

Not much going on right now so let's get the news on this huh?  Well, if he ever gets to play he might be missing some teeth after his mouth goes off.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:35 am

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

well another dion sanders but this time hockey.he can run his mouth on the baseball field but hockey i don't think so.i can't wait to see this,i hope some kicks his ass the first time he opens his mouth.(IDIOT).

Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:54 am

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

Well at least it isn't pick-up basketball, right? Undecided

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