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Position Centre
Shoots Left
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Washington Capitals
Dallas Stars
Anaheim Ducks
Vancouver Canucks
New Jersey Devils
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born August 15 1975 (1975-08-15) (age 34),
Pitt Meadows, BC, CAN
NHL Draft 39th overall, 1993
New Jersey Devils
Pro Career 1997 – present

Brendan Morrison (born August 15, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Former teams include the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, the Vancouver Canucks, who he has played the majority of his career for, and the New Jersey Devils, who had originally drafted him in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. During his college hockey career, he received the Hobey Baker Award with the Michigan Wolverines.


Playing career


Early career (1992–2000)

After a 94-point season in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCJHL), Morrison was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 39th overall in the 2nd round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, he played four successful seasons of college hockey for the Michigan Wolverines of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). He was named the CCHA Rookie of the Year in 1994 after a 48-point freshman year in 38 games. He then received his first of three CCHA First Team All-Star selections following his sophomore year in 1995. The following year, he received the first of back-to-back CCHA Player of the Year honours, while leading Michigan to the 1996 NCAA Championship. He also received the tournament MVP award. In his senior year, he totalled 31 goals, 57 assists and 88 points in 43 games, culminating in a Hobey Baker Award, awarded annually to the best NCAA ice hockey player.

In 1997–98, Morrison began his professional career, playing mostly for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL). He finished the season with 84 points – ninth overall in league scoring and second among rookies. He was edged out by Danny Brière, who recorded 92 points, for Rookie of the Year honours, but was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team. That same season, he made his NHL debut with the Devils. He was called up and played in his first NHL game on December 4, 1997, – a 4-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins – and scored his first NHL goal against Tom Barasso. He finished the season with 9 points in 11 games. The following year, he landed a full-time spot on the Devils' roster and came fifth in Calder Memorial Trophy voting, with one first-place vote. Morrison played in New Jersey until March 14, 2000, when he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks along with Denis Pederson in exchange for Alexander Mogilny.

Vancouver Canucks (2000–08)

Morrison with the Canucks during the 2005–06 season opener.

In Vancouver, Morrison established himself as the team's first line centre, joining Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Näslund to complete what was arguably the league's most effective line combination. As a result, Morrison's most productive seasons occurred in 2001–02 and the 2002–03, when he scored 67 and 71 points respectively. Morrison's linemates, Bertuzzi and Näslund both finished among the league's top five scoring in the same two seasons.

The following season, Morrison finished the regular season with 60 points as the Canucks entered the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the third seed. Perhaps Morrison's greatest play as a Canuck occurred in the sixth game of the opening round against the Calgary Flames. A little less than three minutes into the third overtime period, Morrison emerged from the corner boards, skated the puck around Calgary goalie Miika Kiprusoff, and scored to stave off elimination. However, despite Morrison's game six heroics, the Canucks were defeated in overtime in game seven.

Morrison with the Canucks in 2007.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Morrison represented Linköpings HC of the Swedish Elitserien. He competed against Näslund, as well as other teammates Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who played for Modo. Before NHL play resumed the next season, Morrison re-signed with the Canucks at $9.6 million over three more seasons.

Going into the 2007–08 season, Morrison had played five consecutive seasons without missing a game. After Colorado defenceman Kārlis Skrastiņš was forced to miss a game with a knee injury on February 25, 2007, Morrison became the NHL's reigning ironman. Skrastiņš streak ended at 495 games, while Morrison, at the time, had played in his 492nd. On December 12, 2007, the ironman streak was snapped at 542 games when he decided not to play a game due to wrist complications. The streak, which had begun on February 27, 2000 with the Devils, was the eleventh longest in NHL history. He was succeeded by Calgary's Cory Sarich, who was at 419 consecutive games when Morrison went down. Out of Morrison's overall ironman streak, 534 were played as a Canuck, which is currently the franchise record for consecutive games played. After first succumbing to the streak-ending wrist injury, Morrison was re-injured, tearing his ACL. He completed the season with 25 points in 39 games, then underwent surgery on April 7, 2008.

Post-Vancouver (2008–present)

Becoming an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, Morrison signed with the Anaheim Ducks on July 7. He left the Canucks ninth overall in all-time franchise scoring with 394 points in 543 games. About a month into the 2008–09 season, Morrison scored his first goal as a Duck on November 7, 2008, in a 5–2 loss to the Dallas Stars. Morrison's tenure with the Ducks, however, was short-lived. Thought to be still recovering from off-season surgery, he managed just 22 points in his 62-game stint with the club. Initially intended to replace the departed Andy McDonald as the second-line centre, he had been relegated to the fourth line and made a healthy scratch during the season for the first time since 1999–00, while he was still with the Devils. Morrison was placed on waivers and claimed by the Dallas Stars on March 4, 2009. He scored his first goal with the Stars in his fourth game since being picked up on March 12, 2009, in a 3–2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. With the exception of the previous season's injury-shortened campaign and his 11-game 1997–98 season, however, Morrison's combined 31-point total with both the Ducks and Stars was the lowest output of his career.

In the off-season, he was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a one-year, $1.5 million contract on July 10, 2009.

International play

Morrison has competed for Team Canada in three World Championships. The first of which, in 2000, he recorded 1 goal and 3 assists as Canada finished fourth, losing the bronze medal game to Finland. Four years later, Morrison was joined by Canucks' teammate Matt Cooke, as Canada captured gold at the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic. Morrison contributed 1 goal and 6 assists in 9 games.

The next year, Morrison played in the 2005 World Championships, in which all NHL players were eligible to participate. On account of the 2004–05 NHL lockout, the playoffs did not interfere with the World Championships, as it otherwise would. Reaching the gold medal game for the second consecutive year, Canada was, however, shutout by the Czech Republic. Morrison contributed 4 goals in 9 games.

Shortly thereafter, on August 14, 2005, Morrison was invited to Team Canada's Olympic Orientation Camp, a selection process for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He was a late addition, replacing Mario Lemieux, who had pulled out at the last minute. However, Morrison did not make the final roster.

Awards and achievements


  • CCHA Rookie of the Year - 1994
  • CCHA First All-Star Team - 1995, 1996, 1997
  • CCHA Player of the Year - 1996, 1997
  • NCAA West First All-American Team - 1995, 1996, 1997
  • NCAA Championship MVP - 1996
  • NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team - 1996
  • Hobey Baker Award - 1997


  • AHL All-Rookie Team - 1998
  • Active NHL Ironman - 542 games (11th longest in NHL history)


Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Ridge Meadows Knights BCAHA 77 126 127 253 88
1991–92 Ridge Meadows Lightning BCAHA 55 56 111 167 56
1992–93 Penticton Panthers BCJHL 56 35 59 94 45
1993–94 Michigan Wolverines NCAA 38 20 28 48 24 5 2 7 9 2
1994–95 Michigan Wolverines NCAA 39 23 53 76 42 5 1 11 12 6
1995–96 Michigan Wolverines NCAA 35 28 44 72 41 7 6 9 15 4
1996–97 Michigan Wolverines NCAA 43 31 57 88 52 6 6 8 14 8
1997–98 Albany River Rats AHL 72 35 49 84 44 8 3 4 7 19
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 5 4 9 0 3 0 1 1 0
1998–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 13 33 46 18 7 0 2 2 0
1999–00 SK Horacka Slavia Trebic CZE-2 2 0 0 0 0
1999–00 HC Pardubice CZE 6 5 2 7 2
1999–00 New Jersey Devils NHL 44 5 21 26 8
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 2 7 9 10
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 16 38 54 42 4 1 2 3 0
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 23 44 67 26 6 0 2 2 6
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 25 46 71 36 14 4 7 11 18
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 22 38 60 50 7 2 3 5 8
2004–05 Linköpings HC SEL 45 16 28 44 50 6 0 2 2 10
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 19 37 56 84
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 20 31 51 60 12 1 3 4 6
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 39 9 16 25 18
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 62 10 12 22 16
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 19 6 3 9 16
NHL totals 755 175 330 505 384 53 8 20 28 38

External links

  • Brendan Morrison's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • NHLPA bio
Preceded by
Brian Bonin
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
Succeeded by
Chris Drury
Preceded by
Karlis Skrastins
Active NHL Ironman
Succeeded by
Cory Sarich
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