As pleased as he is with scoring 100 career goals, Auburn hockey's Jake Morin would gladly trade in his accomplishment for some championship banners.
That's just the kind of human being that he is.
Morin, who was already the Maroons' all-time leading scorer, buried his 100th career goal in a 5-0 win over Oswego on Dec. 19. Auburn commemorated Morin's accomplishment following a game against Baldwinsville Friday at Casey Park.
After the final buzzer against the Bees, Morin was joined by his teammates and family to be presented with a sign recognizing the achievement by Auburn coach Mike Lowe.
"It's definitely a really cool accomplishment," Morin said. "I'm definitely proud of it, but it doesn't take over our team success which is obviously the most important thing. I can't trade 100 goals in for a banner, so that's obviously more important to me."
A member of the Auburn varsity hockey team for four years, Morin has also served as the team's captain for the past two seasons. According to Lowe, Morin is deserving of the accomplishment because he personifies great work ethic and leadership on and off the ice.
"It's been great watching him grow and working with him on a daily basis," Lowe said. "He's the type of student-athlete that comes in every day ready to work. He works hard, is a great role model, great motivator, great leader ... overall a great student-athlete. There's not enough superlatives to describe Jake. He doesn't get outworked by anybody."
Joining the team as a freshman for the 2014-15 season, Morin never dreamed of obtaining the century mark.
"It wasn't one of my goals," Morin said. "I just try to work as hard as I can and let the chips fall as they may. I'm definitely blessed to have a great coaching staff and great teammates around me, and it's a fun atmosphere here. It's cool but it's not everything."
It doesn't hurt that Morin possesses what Lowe called the "Morin trait" — a lethal snapshot that can beat goaltenders before they blink. Morin's cousin Jeremy, a veteran of 82 games in the National Hockey League, shares that ability.
"If your last name is Morin you can shoot a hockey puck," Lowe said. "Everyone in his family has a great shot, so he's always been able to shoot the puck. He's made himself a better hockey player over the last four years and that's through hard work."
Lowe considers himself lucky having had the opportunity to coach Morin, adding that he's spoken with coaches at Auburn and elsewhere that commend the senior's talent and demeanor.
"I'm fortunate that he played hockey," Lowe said. "I listen to coaches in town who wish he played their sport, and I sit back and chuckle and appreciate the fact that he's a hockey player.
Morin has appeared in 67 games in his four seasons with the Maroons and is quickly approaching 200 career points. He currently has 183 with 10 games remaining in the regular season with a potential for more in sectionals.
While 100 career goals and 200 career points would be something fun for the resume', Morin's personal goals to wrap up his career with Auburn are geared toward more team success for the 7-2-1 Maroons.
"We're just having fun coming to the rink every day playing hockey," Morin said. "We've got a great group of guys and a great group of coaches. I look forward to coming to the rink every day and hopefully we can end the season with a banner in our hands."