'Miracle on Ice' defenseman impressed by Matt Donovan

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: April 22, 2011

New York Islanders scout Ken Morrow, a defenseman on the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, was at the Cox Center for Friday night's playoff game between the Barons and Hamilton Bulldogs.

Morrow, who now lives in Kansas City, was on the ice for the final seconds of the U.S.'s semifinal win over the Soviet Union. The Americans went on to win the gold medal.

The Islanders signed Edmond native Matt Donovan after he completed his sophomore season at the University of Denver.

“We think he'll be pushing for an NHL job next year,” Morrow said. “I saw him at our rookie camp last summer, and he certainly stood out there. I think we all felt that he was ready to make the jump to play professionally.”

Donovan, a fourth-round pick by the Islanders in 2008, had a goal and four assists in six games for the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.


Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini has been to Oklahoma City before.

For Edmonton coach Tom Renney, Friday's Game 5 was his first chance to see the Barons at the Cox Center.

Renney did get a chance to see the team when they played in Calgary in February.

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