Stephane Morin

On October 8, 1998, former NHL player Stephane Morin, died after suffering heart attack during a German league game.

Morin, who had been playing for the Berlin Capitals, collapsed and died shortly after scoring three goals in the game. He was only 29 years old. He is survived by his wife Karen and son Frederick, 2.

Morin played 90 career NHL games from 1989-94 for the Vancouver Canucks and Quebec Nordiques after a spectacular junior career in the QMJHL, highlighted by a 77 goal, 186 point performance in 70 games.

Morin's best NHL season was in 1990-91 with the Nords when he scored 13 goals and 17 assists in 48 games. However most of his NHL appearances were quick and limited call ups from the minor leagues where he excelled. A great puckhandler, Morin's skating was suspect at the NHL level, and his physical game was non-existent.

After being released by the Canucks despite two excellent seasons with their farm team, Morin signed with the Minnesota Moose where he won the International Hockey League scoring title for the 1994-95 season.Morin, a center, had 33 goals and 81 assists for a league-leading 114 points, his first season in the IHL. He was later traded to Long Beach, where he led the Ice Dogs in scoring in 1996-97 and helped then to the league finals.

"He was a very classy gentleman who was a consummate professional," said John Van Boxmeer, who coached Morin while with Long Beach of the IHL from 1996-98.


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