Former Rochester Americans enforcer Sean McMorrow plead guilty back in September to “one count of “conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 50 kilograms (about 110 pounds) or more of marijuana” and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for sentencing. The final punishment can range from jail time to a fine to simple probation. One thing that will happen is that he’ll be deported from the United States and not allowed to return.
To his Rochester Americans teammates, Sean McMorrow was the guy who never complained, the guy whose job it was to fight his own on-ice battles — and sometimes everyone else’s.
To the children who attended area schools, who played at community recreation centers, read at public libraries and got well at local hospitals, he was a pro athlete with a big smile and an even bigger heart.
But to the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office, McMorrow was a drug smuggler and drug trafficker, a guy who toted marijuana and money tainted with the smell of pot to and/or from his offseason home in Toronto.
“He had two different lives,” said Chris Taylor, a player with the Amerks during all four seasons that McMorrow filled the role of enforcer in Rochester.
The last appearance of McMorrow in Rochester was when he was playing for the Rockford IceHogs and fought against Riley Emmerson in 2009. After that game I wrote an article about fighting and talked with both McMorrow and Emmerson and wrote this.
I wasn’t around the Amerks during the time period McMorrow played for them but from talking to those who were there’s two different sides, some people are surprised and others not so much that he was involved in these things.
Here’s the video from that night: