Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brendan Morrison
Born in Pitt Meadows, B.C., Brendan Morrison was chosen 39th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After he enjoyed a fine year with Penticton of the BCJHL, Morrison went on to an exemplary four years with the University of Michigan. The talented centre topped the CCHA in scoring three straight years and led the Wolverines to the NCAA title in 1996. He was the winner of the Hobey Baker Award in 1997 and was a three-time selection to the CCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West First All-American Team.

Morrison spent most of his first pro season in the AHL with the Albany River Rats but played a regular shift with New Jersey in 1998-99. He scored 46 points and played sound defence that season but the Devils were deep at forward. The emergence of rookie Scott Gomez in 1999-00 sealed Morrison's fate and he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Denis Pederson for Alexander Mogilny. The young pivot scored 54 points and was solid at both ends of the ice while helping the Canucks reach the playoffs.

An important two-way player with the Canucks, Morrison's speed and anticipation landed him significant time on both specialty units. Since his arrival in Vancouver, Morrison has been one of the team's more durable and consistent players, establishing career highs in goals (25), assists (46) and points (71) during the 2002-03 season.

After a 60-point 2003-04 season in Vancouver, Morrison competed overseas with Linkopings HC in Sweden during the NHL lockout. He returned in 2005-06 and played his fifth consecutive 82 game season, extending his ironman streak to 512 consecutive games. The following season Morrison's streak came to an end at 542 games when he suffered a wrist injury. After only competing in 39 games that season, Morrison and the Canucks failed to qualify for the NHL playoffs.

In the summer of 2008, the Anaheim Ducks signed the unrestricted free agent forward Morrison to a 1-year, $2.75 million contract, but his time on the west coast would be short-lived. He appeared in only 62 games for the Ducks before being waived by the club. He was subsequently claimed off waivers by the Dallas Stars, with whom he would finish the 2008-09 season.

Morrison would be on the move again in the summer of 2009, signing with the Washington Capitals as an unrestricted free agent.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Ridge Meadows Knights Minor-BC 77 126 127 253 88
1991-92 Ridge Meadows Lightning Minor-BC 55 56 111 167 56
1992-93 Penticton Panthers BCJHL 56 35 59 94 45
1993-94 University of Michigan CCHA 38 20 28 48 24
1994-95 University of Michigan CCHA 39 23 53 76 42
1995-96 University of Michigan CCHA 35 28 44 72 41
1996-97 University of Michigan CCHA 43 31 57 88 52
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 5 4 9 0 +3 3 0 1 1 0
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 72 35 49 84 44 +11 8 3 4 7 19
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 13 33 46 18 -4 7 0 2 2 0
1999-00 SK Horacka Slavia Trebic CzRep-2 2 0 0 0 0
1999-00 HC IPB Pojistovna Pardubice CzRep 6 5 2 7 2
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 44 5 21 26 8 +8
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 2 7 9 10 +4
1999-00 Canada WC-A 7 1 3 4 2 +7
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 16 38 54 42 +2 4 1 2 3 0
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 23 44 67 26 +18 6 0 2 2 6
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 25 46 71 36 +18 14 4 7 11 18
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 22 38 60 50 +16 7 2 3 5 8
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 1 6 7 6 -1
2004-05 Linkopings HC Sweden 45 16 28 44 50 6 0 2 2 10
2004-05 Canada WC-A 9 4 0 4 10 +2
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 19 37 56 84 -1
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 20 31 51 60 -9 12 1 3 4 6
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 39 9 16 25 18 -3
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 62 10 12 22 16 0
2008-09 Dallas Stars NHL 19 6 3 9 16 +3
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 74 12 30 42 40 +23 5 0 1 1 2
2010-11 Calgary Flames NHL 66 9 34 43 16 +13
2011-12 Calgary Flames NHL 28 4 7 11 6 -1
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 0 0 0 6 -4 3 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 934 200 401 601 452 61 9 21 30 40


CCHA Rookie of the Year (1994) CCHA First All-Star Team (1995, 1996, 1997) NCAA West First All-American Team (1995, 1996, 1997) CCHA Player of the Year (1996, 1997) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1996) NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (1996) Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (1997) AHL All-Rookie Team (1998) Traded to Vancouver by New Jersey with Denis Pederson for Alexander Mogilny, March 14, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Linkopings (Sweden), September 15, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 8, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Dallas from Anaheim, March 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 10, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, October 4, 2010. Traded to Chicago by Calgary for Brian Connelly, January 27, 2012. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to knee injury and as a healthy reserve.