’s summer has been a blur in most respects.
“It’s flown by,” he said. “I can’t believe it is already the middle of August.”
Not that this is a bad thing. Playing until May 19 was a great ride for the team and the fans. It’s given the players a shorter summer though.
“I don’t mind the shorter summer considering the run we made,” Morrow said. “There are some advantages too. You don’t have as long to get out of shape and you don’t have to work as hard to get back into shape for camp. So that’s nice but the bottom line is that we all want to get back there and play deep into the playoffs again. It was a good experience for all of us. That will be invaluable for us next spring when hopefully we get back to the playoffs. We have a lot of work to do to get back there but as well as we performed, we are looking forward to getting back there and it is something all of us are shooting for. It obviously left us with a desire to get back there as soon as possible.”
Stars Training Camp begins on September 19, making mid-August the prime dates for the players to start working out hard to prepare.
“We usually start training hard about five or six weeks prior to camp,” Morrow said. “That’s when the pace gets picked up. During the summer you try to maintain and keep your strength up and you want to feel healthy, but then you kick it back in gear when camp start to approach. We’re right at that point now and most of the guys will start skating hard this week, if they haven’t already.”
Morrow was the catalyst for the Stars in a magical playoff run that saw them defeat two excellent teams in Anaheim and San Jose before finally falling in six games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Red Wings. Morrow was a pillar of strength for the club, scoring huge goals and setting the bar for his teammates to follow.
Entering his third season as captain of the Stars, Morrow clearly has embraced the role and has something to build on from the playoff run. But don’t expect him to change the way he approaches the game.
“I don’t think anything has changed or will change for me from the playoff run,” he said. “My confidence might be one thing that gets a lift from the strides we made. I was always confident in my role on the team and this spring probably helped strengthen that even more. It probably goes back to the Vancouver series two playoffs ago. The first season (as captain) was a tough one with the injuries and adjusting to wearing the C, but I felt very comfortable when I came back late in the year and in the playoffs.”
Morrow has spent most of the summer with his family, getting to know his newborn twins and swimming in the pool with his daughter.
“I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that she isn’t in the water. She loves it.”
The family recently moved into a new house and renovations and decorating have kept them quite busy. But Morrow is feeling the itch to get back to playing hockey.
“It is exciting to get back out on the ice,” he said. “Coming off a successful run like we had, all of us are excited to get back to work and get back on the track we were on.
“I certainly wouldn’t mind an even shorter summer next year. But again, we have a lot of work to do to get back in that position.”