Tag:Thomas Greiss
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:34 pm

Nyjer Morgan skates with (San Jose) Sharks

Nyjer Morgan

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Apparently Plushdamentals work on ice, as well.

Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan practiced with the NHL's San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. And, by accounts, he was pretty impressive.

"I'd give him a B-plus to be honest with you," Sharks center Joe Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News. "I was surprised with how good he was."

A Bay Area native, Morgan grew up playing hockey in addition to baseball. Here's some video footage of a 19-year-old Morgan, who was the first African-American to play in the Western Hockey League:

According to the newspaper, Morgan took four penalty shots, making his last (with a little help by goalie Thomas Greiss). But he also had fun, talked trash and "brought energy" to the practice.

"Even though I'm a grown man, I'm still a kid at heart," Morgan told the newspaper.

Morgan rubs many people the wrong way, but he does seem to have a fun on the field -- and the ice. He's also, obviously, an amazing athlete. His hockey background also seems to translate onto the diamond.

Hat-tip: Getting Blanked at TheScore.com

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