NORFOLK, Va.—Babson College senior Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) signed an amateur tryout contract with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL and will join the team immediately as announced by the organization on Tuesday afternoon.
An All-New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) second-team selection this winter, McMorrow set new career highs with eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points while playing all 27 games. In addition to ranking seventh in the league in assists and tying for eighth in points, he scored three times on the power play and finished with three game-winning goals.
One of three players in the Beavers' 11-man senior class to play in over 100 games, he finished with 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 career points in 101 contests.
"Matt had a terrific season this season to cap a great four-year career by leading our team in points and assists," commented head coach Jamie Rice. "He is a tireless worker, played in every game this season, and has unrivaled dedication. Matt possesses excellent hockey sense and is one of the best passers we have had here in recent years."
"He played in every imaginable situation for us. He was our first line center, top penalty killer, and played the point on our power play. Matt truly was the most versatile and valuable player for our team this season. In addition to being an all-conference player on the ice, he will graduate as a three-time All-NEHC Academic team member with a 3.76 cumulative GPA. Matt worked tirelessly for the success of our team and his own personal development, and we could not be happier or more proud of him as he has this opportunity to play professional hockey with the Norfolk Admirals."
"Playing pro hockey is definitely a dream come true," said McMorrow. "Joining the Admirals is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will help me determine if this is something I want to continue to pursue next year."
While transitioning to the pro ranks will take some adjustment, McMorrow will be reuniting with former teammate Jamie Murray '16, who helped the deal come about according to McMorrow. "Jamie is a really close friend of mine, so it's been really cool to come down here and see him for the first time in a long time," he stated. "Having a friend and a mentor down here makes the transition a lot easier."
McMorrow is expected to be available when the Admirals hit the road for games at Brampton (Ontario) on Friday, Adirondack (N.Y.) on Saturday and Manchester (N.H.) on Sunday.