Morrow eyes century mark

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

DALLAS -- Brenden Morrow is just a couple of lucky bounces away from a milestone.

Morrow had 98 career goals in the NHL heading into last night's game against the Calgary Flames. But the way the Dallas Stars winger sees it, he still has a long way to go.

"Two away from 100 is pretty good," said the Carlysle, Sask. product. "My idol growing up was Brett Hull so I'm only about 600 behind him now."

Actually, it's 643 behind the recently retired sniper -- but nobody's counting.

"The best part about it, I think I shot about 30 of them in the net," joked Morrow, who toiled for the WHL Portland Winter Hawks as a Stars prospect while his idol won the Stanley Cup with the big club in 1999. "The other 70 have hit me and gone in. They count no matter how they go in."

Morrow is one of 81 Canadians named to the country's list of potential players for the Turin Olympics in February.

He has performed well in the past for Canada in world championships and world junior tournaments but the reality is many great players will be left off the final roster in February.

That doesn't take anything away from being named to the lengthy 'short list.'

"It's an honour to be top 80 in Canada. Canada could probably have two or three teams in the Olympics," said Morrow. "There's going to be some tough decisions and that's a good thing for management to have.

"It's a pretty big deal. I've had an opportunity to be part of the Canadian program for a number of years and every experience has been great."

Olympic hopefuls have ample added motivation to perform as individuals this season but making the cut is not something Morrow thinks about on game day.

"You might put a little extra pressure on yourself to do well but once the game starts that's not on your mind. You're worrying about who you're playing, what your job is, what your role is, helping your team win," he said.


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