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Veteran Northern Cyclones Premier Defenseman Morton Commits To Nazareth

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com, 08/27/20, 7:15PM EDT

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The Northern Cyclones are thrilled to announce that two-year Premier defenseman Matt Morton has committed to play college hockey at Nazareth College. Morton will join the Golden Flyers for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

Morton played in 37 games with the Premier team in 2019-20, his second season in Hudson. He provided a strong two-way presence from the point, playing steady defense and scoring 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in those 37 contests. He helped lead the Cyclones to a 28-11-5 record and second place finish in the USPHL Premier’s New England Division.

“I would like to personally thank the Northern Cyclones organization as well as Coach Weiand for the time and effort during my two seasons as a Cyclone,” Morton said after committing. “My time with the Cyclones is well appreciated, especially towards Coach [Bill] Weiand for the unwavering determination to help me achieve my NCAA dreams.”

Morton, a native of Portland, Oregon, joined the Cyclones for the 2018-19 season. He played on the organization’s USPHL Premier Team that season as well, suiting up in 41 games for Coach Bill Weiand.

Morton joins Premier teammates E.J. Miller (New England College), Alec Grace (Saint Anselm), Lenny Brochu (Saint Anselm), Nicolas Garneau (Castleton) and Brian Middledorf (Worcester State) as players to commit to college from the team. 

“Thank you to the Cyclones organization from the coaching staff, to Russo for all the laughs, Bob for keeping me company during my injury, and of course Ben and Pat for always keeping me healthy,” Morton continued. “Lastly, thank you to all the boys I played with these last two seasons!”

The Cyclones were the gold standard when it came to college advancement in 2019. The organization advanced the most players from the junior ranks to the NCAA, sending 17 players to college hockey. Morton is the next in a long line of Cyclones over the past 15 years to go play in college.