Brenden Morrow

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Brenden Morrow
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Born (1979-01-16) January 16, 1979 (age 35)
Carlyle, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 229 lb (104 kg; 16 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Dallas Stars
Pittsburgh Penguins
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 25th overall, 1997
Dallas Stars
Playing career 1999–present

Brenden Morrow (born January 16, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Morrow played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Portland Winter Hawks. During his junior career, he helped Portland win the Memorial Cup during the 1997–98 season. He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Morrow has represented Canada internationally at a number of events. He won a silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships. He has represented Canada at the Ice Hockey World Championships four times, winning a gold medal in 2004 and a silver medal in 2005. He also played for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, which Canada won. Morrow was named to Canada's team for the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he scored 2 goals and added an assist in the tournament as Canada won the gold medal. After thirteen seasons with the Dallas Stars, Morrow was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing career[edit]

Minor[edit]

Morrow played minor hockey in his hometown of Carlyle, Saskatchewan and in the nearby community of Estevan.[1] Despite putting up impressive numbers in his final year of bantam hockey (117 goals, 72 assists in 60 games),[2] Morrow was not selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, and instead walked-on with the Portland Winter Hawks.[3]

Junior[edit]

Morrow spent his entire junior career with the Portland Winter Hawks. In his rookie WHL season, Morrow played in 65 games and recorded 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists).[2] Later in his junior career, Morrow contributed more offensively and in his final 3 seasons in the WHL, he scored 88, 86 and 85 points respectively. After the 1996–97 WHL Season, Morrow was selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.[1][2] During the 1997–98 WHL Season, Morrow helped the Winter Hawks capture the Memorial Cup.[2][4] During the Memorial Cup tournament, Morrow scored one goal and added two assists in four games.[2] Morrow represented the Western Conference in the WHL's All-Star classic three times (1997, 1998, 1999).[5] After the 1998–99 season, Morrow was named to the WHL's Western Conference First All-Star Team and also to the CHL Third All-Star Team.[6]

Morrow spent most of his career with the Dallas Stars.

Professional[edit]

Morrow started his professional career in 1999. He split the 1999–2000 season between the NHL's Dallas Stars and the Michigan K-Wings of the International Hockey League.[2] He played his first game with the Stars on November 18, 1999 against the Philadelphia Flyers, and recorded his first points (a goal and an assist) on November 22, 1999 against the Colorado Avalanche.[1] After this season, Morrow was named the team's Rookie of the Year.[7]

After his rookie campaign with the Stars, Morrow became a fixture in the Dallas lineup, playing at least 70 games in each season until 2006–07, when he missed 33 games after suffering severed tendons in his wrist.[5] He bounced back with a strong 2007–08 season, where he played in all 82 games, but a knee injury (ACL tear) limited him to just 18 games in the 2008–09 season.[8] He has often played through injuries including returning to the ice with a broken bone in his ankle during the 1999–2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs.[9]

Morrow played in the NHL YoungStars game at the 2002 NHL All-Star Game which was held in Los Angeles, California, where he scored a goal and added an assist.[5] During the 2001–02 NHL season, he recorded his 100th career NHL point against the San Jose Sharks.[8] He recorded his 300th career NHL point against the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2006–07 NHL season.[8]

During the NHL lockout of 2004–05, Morrow signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League and played in 19 games.[5]

Morrow with the Penguins during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Prior to the 2006–07 NHL season, Morrow was named the captain of the Stars, after the team asked incumbent captain Mike Modano to step down from the position. The Stars wanted to reward Morrow for his commitment to the team, after he bypassed free agency to sign a long-term (6 year) contract with the team.[10] The Stars also felt the need to shift some leadership responsibilities to younger members of the team.[10] Morrow's teammates and coaches greatly admired his dedication to the team, and believed he was an ideal choice to fill the role.[9]

Heading into the 2009–10 NHL season, Morrow ranked 14th on the all-time scoring list for the Stars' franchise.[8] He has a knack for scoring big goals, as evidenced by his scoring 3 of the team's last 4 overtime winning goals in the playoffs.[8]

Morrow was injured often during the 2011–12 NHL Season. He missed 25 games because of shoulder and upper back injuries, including 18 matches in the beginning of 2012.[11][12] Morrow was finally back in March when the Stars activated him from injure reserve on March 9.[13]

On March 24, 2013, Morrow was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Joe Morrow (no relation) and the Penguins' 2013 fifth-round draft pick. The Penguins also received a third round pick from Dallas in this trade.[14]

On September 23, 2013, Morrow signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.[15]

On July 11, 2014, Morrow signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[16]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 1999 Winnipeg
World Cup
Gold 2004 World Cup of Hockey
World Championships
Gold 2004 Czech Republic
Silver 2005 Austria
Olympic Winter Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver

Morrow's first international experience with Hockey Canada was at the 1995 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he played for Team West and finished 4th.[1] He was selected to Canada's team at the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, which were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1] During the tournament, Morrow scored 1 goal and recorded 7 assists in 7 games.[2] During this tournament, Morrow set a Canadian World Junior record, with 5 assists in a game against Kazakhstan.[17] Canada finished the tournament with the silver medal after losing to Russia in overtime during the gold medal game.[1][2]

Morrow has also represented Canada at the senior men's level, playing in the World Championships four times (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005) after his NHL season was over.[1] In these four tournaments, he did not score a goal for Canada, but chipped in with 5 assists.[2] In 2004, Morrow helped Canada to a gold medal and in 2005 they captured the silver medal.[1] Morrow played in a single game for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where Canada captured the championship.[1]

Morrow was invited to Canada's summer evaluation camp prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, but was not selected for the final squad.[18] In August 2009, Morrow participated in Hockey Canada's summer orientation camp prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.[18] After a strong start to the 2009–10 NHL season, Morrow was selected as a member of Canada's Olympic Men's Hockey Team.[19][20] Morrow was selected to the team to provide toughness and grit.[21] As the tournament progressed, Morrow found himself playing a larger role on a physical line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.[22] Morrow finished the tournament with 2 goals and an assist,[23] as Canada captured the gold medal with an overtime victory against the United States.[24]

Personal[edit]

Morrow is the son-in-law of former Montreal Canadiens coach and former Dallas Stars teammate Guy Carbonneau, having married Carbonneau's daughter Anne-Marie on 20 July 2002.[25] They have three children, a daughter, Bryelle, and twins; son Brody, and daughter Mallory, born May 11, 2008.[26][27]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 65 13 12 25 61 7 0 0 0 8
1996–97 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 71 39 49 88 178 6 2 1 3 4
1997–98 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 68 34 52 86 184 16 10 8 18 65
1998–99 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 61 41 44 85 248 4 0 4 4 18
1999–00 Michigan K-Wings IHL 9 2 0 2 18
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 64 14 19 33 81 21 2 4 6 22
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 82 20 24 44 128 10 0 3 3 12
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 72 17 18 35 109
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 71 21 22 43 134 12 3 5 8 16
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 81 25 24 49 121 5 0 1 1 4
2004–05 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 19 8 14 22 31
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 81 23 42 65 183 5 1 5 6 6
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 40 16 15 31 33 7 2 1 3 18
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 82 32 42 74 105 18 9 6 15 22
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 18 5 10 15 49
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 76 20 26 46 69
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 82 33 23 56 76
2011–12 Dallas Stars NHL 57 11 15 26 97
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 29 6 5 11 18
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 6 8 14 19 14 2 2 4 8
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 13 12 25 76 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 921 262 305 567 1,298 94 19 27 46 108

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WJC 7 1 7 8 4
2001 Canada WC 4th 1 0 0 0 0
2002 Canada WC 6th 7 0 1 1 2
2004 Canada WC 9 0 3 3 12
2004 Canada WCH 1 0 0 0 4
2005 Canada WC 9 0 1 1 6
2010 Canada OG 7 2 1 3 2
Junior totals 7 1 7 8 4
Senior totals 34 2 6 8 26

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Legends of Hockey - Brenden Morrow". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  3. ^ Wigge, Larry (2009-02-18). "Morrow's courage, drive make him perfect captain". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Team Canada - Brenden Morrow". CTV. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Brenden Morrow Dallas Stars". Dallas Stars. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
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  9. ^ a b Wigge, Larry (2009-02-18). "Morrow's courage, drive make him perfect captain". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  10. ^ a b Heika, Mike (2006-09-26). "Stars' Morrow earns a 'C'". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  11. ^ Heika, Mike (2012-03-09). "Brenden Morrow (neck/back) doesn't expect to play Thursday". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  12. ^ "Brenden Morrow REGULAR SEASON GAME LOG". NHL.com. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  13. ^ "Stars activate Brenden Morrow". NHL. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  14. ^ "Penguins Acquire Brenden Morrow and a 2013 Third-Round Draft Pick from Dallas in Exchange for Joe Morrow and a 2013 Fifth-Round Draft Pick". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  15. ^ "Blue sign veteran Brenden Morrow". St. Louis Blues. 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  16. ^ "Lightning add Morrow on one-year deal". The Sports Network. 2014-07-11. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
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  18. ^ a b Bonanno, Rocky (2009-07-02). "Olympic Countdown: Maple Leaf maybes". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  19. ^ Kanalley, Craig (2009-12-30). "Canadian Olympic Hockey Team: 2010 Roster Released". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  20. ^ "Crosby, Brodeur highlight Canadian Olympic roster announcement". Canada.com. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  21. ^ Macintyre, Iain (2010-02-26). "Olympic hockey: Brenden Morrow's having the tournament of his life". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  22. ^ Lebrun, Pierre (2010-02-27). "Morrow proving his worth at games". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  23. ^ "Team Canada Stats". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  24. ^ "Team Canada caps golden games with a thrilling overtime win over the U.S.". Hockey Canada. 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  25. ^ "Carbonneau/Morrow Wedding". livingbeyondreality.com. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  26. ^ "Ribeiro, Osgood fined for Game 2 tit-for-tat". Star Telegram. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  27. ^ "Dallas Stars media guide 2011". Dallas Stars. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 

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Preceded by
Ric Jackman
Dallas Stars first round draft pick
1997
Succeeded by
Steve Ott
Preceded by
Mike Modano
Dallas Stars captain
200613
Succeeded by
Jamie Benn