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Morneau's in the game, as video hockey goalie

  • September 22, 2007 - 11:20 AM

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau thought it was pretty cool getting picked for the cover of a baseball video game, but now things have reached a whole new level.

Morneau is featured as a goaltender in 2K Sports' latest release, "NHL2K8."

Morneau, a New Westminster, British Columbia, native who played junior hockey in Canada before signing with the Twins, is wearing blue and green Vancouver Canucks gear in the hockey game, though he's listed as a free agent.

"My buddies at home are going to be more excited about that than being on the cover of the baseball game," said Morneau, who is pictured in his Twins uniform swinging a bat for 2K Sports' "The Bigs."

Morneau, 26, said the hockey idea came up over dinner with the company's executives. The company needed clearance from the baseball players' union.

The question now is, can Morneau's likeness stop the puck?

"I think they said they were going to give me a good glove," he said. "I told them, 'I hope I'm better than I am in the baseball game.' They gave me like one [rating for] speed, two glove and two arm. But I can hit."

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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