Saint Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm today re-signed T Rich Morgan to a one-year contract.
“Rich is one of the most popular players on the Swarm among both his teammates and our fans,” Owner and President John Arlotta said. “He is a great person and a family man who represents everything we want in a Minnesota Swarm player.”
Arlotta continued, “Rich was within one goal of winning a Champion’s Cup in 2008 against Buffalo, and we think his veteran presence will help our younger players immensely. When Rich talks, people listen, and we are gratified that as a free agent he wanted to make a championship run in Minnesota.”
Morgan, 32, posted 14 points (6g, 8a), and 35 loose balls in 15 games with Minnesota in 2011. He also scored a goal and collected four loose balls in the Swarm’s 14-8 first round playoff loss to Washington. The Swarm acquired Morgan in a trade with Edmonton in exchange for its ninth overall selection in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft (9/9/09). The Port Coquitlam, British Colombia native went on to record nine points (4g, 5a), and 51 loose balls in 14 games in his first season with Minnesota in 2010.
“My two years in Minnesota have been very enjoyable,” Morgan said. “The Swarm is a top-notch organization starting with John and Andy Arlotta. They take care of everything so you can just focus on what you need to do on the field. As far as the team goes, we have a great group of guys and the potential is there. I think we’re just a step away from being a championship team and I wanted to be a part of that. Overall I’ve really enjoyed my time in Minnesota…the city, the fans, the arena, the team, and the owners. That’s why I wanted to come back.”
Morgan previously spent time in the NLL with the Portland LumberJax (2006-09) and the New Jersey Storm (2004-05). In eight career seasons, Morgan has tallied 148 points (77g, 71a) and 478 loose balls in 122 games.
At 6-foot-8, 260-pounds, Morgan is one the league’s most dynamic players with his ability to contribute on both sides of the floor.
“It’s so tough to stop him,” Associate General Manger Joe Sullivan said. “The trajectory of his shot is so different from any other player in the league because of where he is shooting the ball from. If he gets ahead of steam, he can’t be stopped and he can just bully these big, strong athletes over when he wants to get to the net. When he plays down low for us on defense, nobody gets to roll underneath the net and cause Nick Patterson any trouble. When he plays high for us, his wingspan covers two players and it only takes him one step to cut off any lane. I’m thrilled that he is coming back for another year and I’m sure all his teammates will be as well.”