The Top 5 NY Islanders Born In the USA

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Ken Morrow
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2. Ken Morrow (Flint, MI)

There are few players in the game's history to have a year similar to that of Ken Morrow in 1980. Before winning the Stanley Cup with the Islanders, Morrow was a member of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team that beat the Soviet Union in the greatest upset in sports history. Following the Miracle on Ice, the US defeated Finland 4-2 to claim the gold medal, inspiring young Americans across the country to pursue the game of hockey.

Drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round of the 1976 NHL Draft, Morrow joined the team towards the tail end of the 1979-80 season. Paired often with Hall-of-Famer Denis Potvin, Morrow became an integral addition to the Islanders' blue line through their four consecutive Stanley Cup victories.

Morrow played all ten of his NHL seasons with the Islanders, tallying 105 points (17 goals, 88 assists) in 550 games as a stay-at-home defenseman.

Though his number doesn't hang from the rafters of UBS Arena, Morrow was inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Islanders Hall-of-Fame on New Year's Eve 2011. Morrow has remained a part of the Islanders staff as Director of Pro Scouting since 1992.