Derek Morris (ice hockey)

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Derek Morris
Derek Morris Coyotes practice.jpg
Born (1978-08-24) August 24, 1978 (age 36)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1996
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1997–present

Derek Terrence Morris (born August 24, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, who is currently an unrestricted free agent of the National Hockey League. Drafted out of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, he has also played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Morris played minor hockey in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) with the Red Deer Chiefs and was awarded the Brian Benning Trophy as the league's top defenceman in 1995.[1] He went on to play major junior with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). After his rookie WHL season, in which he scored 52 points in 67 games, Morris was drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to play a second season with the Pats, improving to 18 goals and 75 points before turning pro.

Following Morris's 1996–97 WHL season with the Pats, he was assigned to the Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Saint John Flames for the final 7 games of the regular season, as well as 5 post-season games. In 1997–98, he scored 9 goals and 29 points in his NHL rookie season with the Flames, earning NHL All-Rookie Team honours. He continued to improve to 34, then 38 points in his second and third seasons with the Flames before an injury-shortened season in 2000–01 kept him to 28 points in 51 games.

Morris with the Bruins.

In 2001–02, Morris was again sidelined after sustaining a left wrist injury. During the season, he was involved in a tragic incident in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 16, 2002, when an Espen Knutsen slap shot deflected off him and into the stands, striking 13-year old Brittanie Cecil in the temple. She died from the impact two days later,[2] prompting the NHL to implement protective netting at the ends of the rinks at the start of the following season.

Morris completed the season with 34 points in 61 games.

After five seasons with Calgary, reaching the 30-point mark four times, he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.[3] Morris made an immediate impact with the Avalanche in his first season, tallying a career-high 11 goals, 37 assists and 48 points in 2002–03.

The following season, however, he was traded for the second time in as many campaigns, this time to the Phoenix Coyotes. Morris was set to become a free agent in the subsequent off-season.[4] Morris completed the 2003–04 season playing in 14 games and recording 2 assists with the Coyotes after being traded. He finished with a combined 32 points. In his first full season with the Coyotes in 2005–06, Morris tallied 28 points in 53 games, then recorded back-to-back 25-point seasons the following two campaigns.

On March 4, 2009, he was again dealt at the trade deadline, this time to the New York Rangers.[5]

He did not re-sign with the Rangers in the off-season, instead on July 24, 2009, Morris signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth $3.3 million.[6]

On March 3, 2010, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[7]

Along with Phoenix, Morris went deep into the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. His highlight of the playoffs was a shot from center ice in Game 1 of the Conference Finals that beat Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick. The Coyotes lost in five games.

Personal life[edit]

Derek and wife Jodie have 3 sons; Traiten, Presley and Asher, who was born on May 31, 2007 in Phoenix[8][9]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Canada
World Championships
Gold 2004 Czech Republic

Morris has represented Team Canada on three occasions at the World Championships. After appearances in 1999 and 2001, he won his first gold medal with Canada at the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic. He contributed 5 assists in the gold-medal effort.

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 Regina Pats WHL 67 8 44 52 70 11 1 7 8 26
1996–97 Regina Pats WHL 67 18 57 75 180 5 0 3 3 9
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 7 0 3 3 7 5 0 3 3 7
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 82 9 20 29 88
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 71 7 27 34 73
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 78 9 29 38 80
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 3 1 2 3 2
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 51 5 23 28 56
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 61 4 30 34 88
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 11 37 48 68 7 0 3 3 6
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 69 6 22 28 47
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 14 0 4 4 2
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 53 6 21 27 54
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 6 19 25 115
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 8 17 25 83
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 57 5 7 12 24
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 18 0 8 8 16 7 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 58 3 22 25 26
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 18 1 3 4 11 7 1 3 4 11
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 77 5 11 16 58
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 2 9 11 38 16 2 4 6 24
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 39 0 11 11 36
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 63 5 12 17 41
NHL totals 1107 92 332 424 1004 37 3 12 15 41

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WC 4th 10 0 4 4 6
2001 Canada WC 5th 7 1 1 2 8
2004 Canada WC 1st 9 0 5 5 35
Senior totals 26 1 10 11 49

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Benning Trophy – Top Defenceman". Alberta Midget Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Death of a fan". Sports Illustrated. 2002-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Flames deal Morris to Avalanche". CBC. 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Avalanche acquire Salo, Gratton". CBC. 2004-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Rangers trade for Antropov, Morris". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Bruins sign Morris". ESPN. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Bruins get 2011 draft pick for Morris". ESPN. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Coyotes looking for late gems". AZ Central. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Phoenix Coyotes 2010–11 Media Guide". Scribd.com. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 

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Preceded by
Denis Gauthier
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
1996
Succeeded by
Daniel Tkaczuk