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JJ Curran Player Spotlight: Last-minute decision paying off for Motor City goalie Morton

By Matt Mackinder, 12/30/20, 6:45PM EST


DETROIT – Ian Morton made a last-minute decision to keep playing hockey this season.

And it has paid off for the 2001 birth year from Livonia after signing with the USPHL’s Motor City Hockey Club.

“I was originally hanging up the skates this year, and wasn't happy about it, but at the last second, I decided to text (Motor City coach-GM) Jason McCrimmon asking if I could get a late tryout,” said Morton, a goalie who played for Little Caesars Farmington Hills 18U AA in 2019-20. “When I skated with the team, I played well and liked the team, so I decided to go for it when Jason offered me a contract.

“I know that there have been many players that have moved on to better levels from this team, so that gave me a good impression about Motor City.”

McCrimmon has seen Morton’s potential and knows there is more to come.

“We are excited to have Ian in the net for our program,” said McCrimmon. “Ian has kept us close in a number of games with his skill and work ethic. I look forward to him developing throughout the year and continuing to be a big part of our push for the second half of the season.”

Morton was the winning goalie in Motor City’s first win of the season, making 41 saves Oct. 23 in a 4-1 victory on the road over the Midwest Blackbirds.

“I'm trying to bring a level of competitiveness that Motor City has never seen before between the pipes,” Morton said. “Keeping that puck out of the net is all I've done since I was about five years old. This season, I'm looking to fine-tune little things in my game and make it a little easier for the rest of my team.”

After this season, Morton simply wants to give himself options to keep going on the ice.

“When it comes to any goals in hockey, I just want to play as long as possible,” said Morton. “I would love to move up to the Tier II junior level next season for my last season of eligibility.”