PELHAM, N.Y. – David Morgan wanted to regain his speed, something an injury sapped from him during the 2011-12 Pelham varsity hockey season.
The Pelham senior spent his summer working diligently to overcome the torn ligaments in his ankle. The perseverance has resulted in Morgan returning to the form he had sophomore year.
Morgan has led a young Pelham team to an 8-4-2 record and is The Pelham Daily Voice Student-Athlete of the Month for January.
“Last year, I was getting pretty frustrated not being able to play the way I wanted to play,” said the four-year varsity player of the injury. “Even though I came back from the injury, I never really got all of my speed back.”
Morgan, the first-line center, said he worked on his all-around game, but speed was the main focus.
“I went to the gym and worked on my leg strength,” said Morgan, who has six goals and 11 assists so far this season. “On the ice, I focused on my form. The better and stronger the stride, the faster you’re going to go.
“When I was playing with my travel team and then in the fall league is when I really noticed I regained my speed and it felt really good.”
Morgan’s return to form has been what Pelham, the two-time defending Section 1 Division II champions, needed this season. Morgan is one of only three seniors on the team and a captain. His presence and leadership has led to Pelham winning six of its last seven games.
Earlier this season, Morgan said he put additional pressure on himself to do more because of his captaincy and experience. However, Morgan saw immediately that the underclassmen all were ready to contribute. This led to Morgan relaxing. As a result, Morgan and linemates Andrew Schauer and Will Donovan became even more effective.
“Everyone came together and we began playing together as a team,” said Morgan, who will attend New York University in September. “We’ve had quite a few injuries this season that we’ve battled through and now we are putting together three solid periods of hockey.”