Sean McMorrow played for a third of the Ontario Hockey League teams during his three year career and is therefore a true product of the league and no single team system. Six teams in an OHL career may indeed be a record, however it is a shared feat with fellow enforcer Brian McGrattan, according to OHL guru, Terry Doyle.
McMorrow started his OHL career in 1999-00 and split his rookie season between the Sarnia Sting and the Kitchener Rangers. The suitcases remained packed for most of the 2001-02 season as Sean provided toughness to three different teams: Mississauga Ice Dogs, Kingston Frontenacs and, finally, the London Knights. More than half of his final season was spent in London before being shipped to the Oshawa Generals. After going goal-less for his whole OHL career, Sean turned it on in Oshawa, scoring 7 goals in 32 games.
Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, he spent 4 seasons with their AHL affiliate, getting a small cup of coffee with the big club in the form of one game. He surpassed the 300 PIM mark 3 of the 4 seasons he was with the Rochester Americans. He spent two seasons in the LNAH, Quebec’s semi-pro league. In 2007-08, with St. Hyacinthe, he amassed an incredible 527 PIM in just 48 games. In 2008-09, he made one last stab at the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs before heading to Europe for this current season.
Sean finds himself in Ireland with the Belfast Giants of Great Britain’s EIHL. He became an instant fan favourite because of his policeman status. Dubbed ‘The Sheriff’ amongst Belfast fans, McMorrow is a huge participant in the community off the ice, as he has been wherever he’s played.
As for Brian McGrattan, stay tuned for a post about this 6-team OHL who that is currently with the Calgary Flames of the NHL.