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John Habib's City Sports: Monarchs' Morris salutes fans
Sadie Rowe, 5, of Manchester puts down her handprints on the red line on the rink at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Tuesday. Make-A-Wish children and their familes were joined by Manchester Monarchs players for the annual event. Children also got the chance to meet with players and pick out Monarchs merchandise. The Monarchs' home opener is tonight against Providence. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"When a community supports you, you have to give something back to it," he said. "When the Monarchs sponsor an event with our fans, I tell all our players to make sure they participate in it. To me, it's important for our players to be part of the fabric of the city. I especially want our players to set a good example for the youngsters who look up to them."
"Those guys were around when I first got here. They really adored the city and wanted to be part of it," Morris said. "It's no surprise to me the fans loved them when they were here."
"I consider the city and the fans near and dear to me," he said. "It's not easy to be away from your spouse for periods of time, but living in Manchester has helped me adjust. When I first arrived here, people welcomed me with open arms, and it quickly became a comfortable place for me to stay and live."
"Never a day goes by without me thinking about how great it would be to bring the Calder Cup home to Manchester," he said. "A lot of right things have to happen at the right time, but it's something I'll always chase for the city. The fans deserve a Cup, and someday I hope we can get it for them."
"My first year here, we came so close to winning the Calder Cup," he said. "There's no question in my mind how much I'd love to see the team win the Calder Cup this season and bring it to Manchester. Our fans have been so loyal. They deserve it."
"Luc said it was awesome to see so many fans from Manchester come to the arena to see the Stanley Cup. It was definitely an exciting day," Abbott said.
"I'll be in the lobby and rotating the concourse greeting back our fans," he said. "It's always an exciting part of the day for me. Many fans have the same habits of walking through the same door and going to the same concession stand. I even know many fans who stand in the same spot to watch warm-ups. So I'm looking forward to (tonight), and we're expecting another great season."
ANTHEM Manchester City Marathon weekend is just two weeks away, with the expo and Kids Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 2 and the marathon/half marathon/marathon relay concurrent the following morning.
This is the seventh year for the event and the first time the marathon is serving as a USA Track and Field-New England Grand Prix event. That designation is certain to be an attraction for runners throughout the region, some of whom are vying for a series overall or age-division championship, others who simply are aiming to complete each of the series' six races, which range in distance from 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) to the marathon's 26.2 miles.
"At this time last year, we had 347 marathon runners signed up, so we're up a little," said Cornell. "We're down in the half marathon. We have 576 runners registered so far, compared to 674 last year. The numbers are down because we're going up against two other half marathons."
Cornell said she was encouraged to see 75 teams have signed up for the four-person relay option, with legs ranging from 4.8 to 8.5 miles.
Registration will not be available on race day. Runners have until Thursday, Oct. 31, to register online. The last chance to register in person will be the day before the race, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Sports & Wellness Expo in the expo center of the Radisson Hotel on Elm Street. For more information visit www.cityofmanchestermarathon.com.