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Nyjer Morgan returns to hockey roots, appears to have a blast

Feb 2, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan took to the ice to play a little hockey on Wednesday, practicing with the San Jose Sharks for about 30 minutes.

Morgan played junior hockey for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey before giving up the sport to focus on baseball about a decade ago. He handled himself well, and even scored a goal on Sharks backup Thomas Greiss during a shootout contest.

Sharks star Joe Thornton characterized Morgan’s performance as “Not bad. It was better than I thought.”

You can read more details in Mike Halford’s post over at PHT, and the always engaging Morgan talks about the experience in an entertaining interview with CSNBayArea below.

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  1. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Nyjer runs a lot pf people the wrong way but the guy is awesome. He is a lot of fun to listen to and he always plays hard as hell. He sometimes needs to pick jos spots a little better to show that personality but any guy who plays as hard as he does all the time is welcome on a team I cheer for everyday.

    • paperlions - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:45 AM

      I agree. The guy has passion, loves playing, and you can tell he genuinely appreciates the experience and opportunities it offers….a lot of guys say the right things, you can tell he means it.

      Would it be nice if he could control himself a bit better from time to time? Sure. No one’s perfect….but those outbursts result from the passion he has that all fans say they want to see in players.

    • cshearing - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      That hockey passion burns through every now and then, and it just looks out of place in the world of baseball.

    • Old Gator - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Which are the best “spots” Nyjer should pick for revealing himself to be a narcissistic jackass?

      • paperlions - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        Blog comment sections?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        Having personality isn’t narcissism.

      • alexo0 - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        I bet Nyger Morgan had no idea this would focus attention towards him. And the best part is now we can refer back to this during the season. The guy is just so much fun!

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Gator…finally…a thumbs up!

  2. hotkarlsandwich - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Do they tuck in their shirts every time they score a goal?

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Disappointed in the organization for letting this unprofessional lunatic head case around and boasting about it. Just sickening.

    • El Bravo - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Shoo hockey fan! Shoo!

    • JBerardi - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      It’s “sickening” that some dude skated around with a hockey team for half an hour? What difference does it make to anyone? Who cares?

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