Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- George Morrison
In the late 1960s the name George Morrison was synonymous with goal scoring in the NCAA. In two seasons with the University of Denver, Morrison scored 70 goals in 64 games and was named to the NCAA West First All-Star Team in 1969 and 1970. He also led the school to the 1969 NCAA championship.

Despite his excellent collegiate career, the NCAA was not considered a strong breeding ground for hockey players in those days and so NHL scouts overlooked Morrison. As a free agent he signed with the St. Louis Blues in September, 1970. He stunned many in the hockey world by landing a roster spot with the Blues, who had been Stanley Cup finalists the previous three years. Morrison collected 25 points in 73 games.

After another less than fruitful year in St. Louis, Morrison was selected by the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the 1972 WHA General Draft. Like many other fringe NHLers, Morrison saw the WHA as an alternate to the NHL, while at the same time earning as much, and sometimes more money than was available in the NHL. In his second year with the Fighting Saints, Morrison had his best offensive campaign as a pro, netting 40 goals and 78 points in 73 games.

Morrison spent the final two years of his pro career in the WHA with the Calgary Cowboys after being involved in a trade, which saw the Fighting Saints obtain veteran star Johnny McKenzie. Morrison retired after the 1976-77 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 University of Denver WCHA 32 40 18 58 12
1969-70 University of Denver WCHA 32 30 27 57 12
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 15 10 25 6 -2 3 0 0 0 0
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 42 2 11 13 7 -11
1972-73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 70 16 24 40 20 5 1 1 2 2
1973-74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 73 40 38 78 37 11 5 5 10 12
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 76 31 29 60 30 12 5 9 14 0
1975-76 Calgary Cowboys WHA 79 25 32 57 13 10 3 2 5 0
1976-77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 63 11 19 30 10
NHL Totals 115 17 21 38 13 3 0 0 0 0


WCHA First All-Star Team (1969, 1970)
WCHA - Sophmore of the Year (1969)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1969, 1970)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, September 30, 1970. Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Buffalo by St. Louis with St. Louis' 2nd round pick (Larry Carriere) in 1972 Amateur Draft for Chris Evans, March 5, 1972.
Suspended by Buffalo for refusing to report to Rochester (AHL), March 8, 1972. Traded to Calgary (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA) with Don Tannahill, the rights to Joe Micheletti and Wally Olds for John McKenzie and cash, September, 1975.
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