Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Morrison
In his playing days, Jim Morrison was an offensive defenseman. He came to this style by being converted from centre to defense while playing junior hockey. The style paid off well in junior as he helped the Barrie Flyers captured the 1951 Memorial Cup.

His first professional season, 1951-52, was split among four teams, the highlight coming when the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired him from the Boston Bruins. Morrison went on to play six and a half seasons with the Blue and White. His partners on the blueline during that time included Fern Flamen, Jim Thomson, and Tim Horton.

Toward the end of the 1950s, the Leafs traded him back to Boston for a season. A season with the Detroit Red Wings and 14 games playing for the New York Rangers brought him into the 1960s. For most of the decade, Morrison played in the American Hockey League in Quebec.

Morrison was a well-respected player in the AHL. In 1966, the loop honoured him with its award for best defenseman, and the players elected him president of the AHL Players' Association. In battling for improved playing conditions, Morrison was traded to Baltimore. That move gave him another shot at the NHL.

As his third decade in professional hockey rolled around, he was given a shot to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins in their third season. The veteran picked up where he had left off nearly ten years before. Morrison manned the point on power plays and chipped in three helpers during the playoffs.

Morrison lasted two seasons in Pittsburgh before returning to the AHL. Following his playing career, he coached for Baltimore and the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. Kirk Muller is one player that Morrison guided during his eight years of coaching the club. Jim Morrison recently retired from the Boston Bruins scouting staff following eighteen years of service.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs QJHL 36 15 15 30 16 4 3 1 4 0
1950-51 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 53 19 42 61 63 12 3 10 13 14
1950-51 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 11 5 7 12 20
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 14 0 2 2 2
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 24 3 18 21 16
1951-52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 15 5 7 12 2
1952-53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 1 8 9 36
1953-54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 9 11 20 51 5 0 0 0 4
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 5 12 17 84 4 0 1 1 4
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 2 17 19 77 5 0 0 0 4
1956-57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 3 17 20 44
1957-58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 3 21 24 62
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 70 8 17 25 42 6 0 6 6 16
1959-60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 3 23 26 62 6 0 2 2 0
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 19 1 6 7 6
1960-61 Quebec Aces AHL 45 9 24 33 61
1961-62 Quebec Aces AHL 68 8 28 36 55
1962-63 Quebec Aces AHL 51 5 22 27 26
1963-64 Quebec Aces AHL 69 11 28 39 42 9 1 0 1 8
1964-65 Quebec Aces AHL 52 6 21 27 66 4 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Quebec Aces AHL 71 11 48 59 78 6 2 3 5 8
1966-67 Quebec Aces AHL 70 5 45 50 37 5 1 4 5 12
1967-68 Quebec Aces AHL 58 4 35 39 30 15 4 12 16 14
1968-69 Baltimore Clippers AHL 65 5 32 37 35 4 2 1 3 10
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 59 5 15 20 40 -20 8 0 3 3 10
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 0 10 10 32 -12
1971-72 Baltimore Clippers AHL 68 8 22 30 62 18 2 7 9 14
1972-73 Baltimore Clippers AHL 65 5 11 16 46
NHL Totals 704 40 160 200 542 36 0 12 12 38


Father of Dave
AHL Second All-Star Team (1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972)
AHL First All-Star Team (1966)
Eddie Shore Award (AHL - Outstanding Defenseman) (1966) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1955, 1956, 1957)
Traded to Toronto by Boston for Fleming MacKell, January 9, 1952. Traded to Boston by Toronto for Allan Stanley, October 8, 1958. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Nick Mickoski, August 25, 1959. Traded to Chicago by Detroit for Howie Glover, June 5, 1960. Claimed by NY Rangers from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1960. Traded to Quebec (AHL) by NY Rangers for cash, November 28, 1960. NHL rights transferred to Philadelphia after NHL club purchased Quebec (AHL) franchise, May 8, 1967. Claimed by Baltimore (AHL) from Philadelphia (Quebec-AHL) in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1968. Traded to Pittsburgh by Baltimore (AHL) for cash and future considerations (Bob Rivard, November, 1969), October, 1969.