Derek Morris (ice hockey)

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Derek Morris
Derek Morris Coyotes practice.jpg
Born (1978-08-24) August 24, 1978 (age 39)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1996
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1997–2014

Derek Terrence Morris (born August 24, 1978) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played over 1100 games in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. He was originally drafted out of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 13th overall by the Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

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, a somewhat surprising pick as Morris had been projected to be a 3rd or 4th round pick. 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 accidentally 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.[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 back to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[7] After the season, Morris signed a four-year, $11 contract extension with the Coyotes.[8]

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.

Though he never officially announced his retirement, Morris has not been active since the 2013-14 NHL season.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Canada
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 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.

Personal life[edit]

Derek and wife Jodie have 3 sons, Traiten, Presley, and Asher. He coached for his son Presley's team, The Jr. Coyotes 02 AA, a youth hockey organization and also coached for Traiten, his oldest, team The Jr. Coyotes 00 AA. Morris settled in North Scottsdale, Arizona. In the summer he and his family make a trip to Alberta, Canada.

He is currently an assistant high school coach with Chaparral High.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Red Deer Vipers AMHL 31 6 35 41 74
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, gold medalist(s) 9 0 5 5 35
Senior totals 26 1 10 11 49

Awards & Honours[edit]

Award Year
AMHL
Brian Benning Trophy (Top Defenceman) 1995
WHL
East First All-Star Team 1997
CHL Second All-Star Team 1997
NHL
All-Rookie Team 1998

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Benning Trophy – Top Defenceman". Alberta Midget Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Death of a fan". Sports Illustrated. 2002-04-01. Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. 
  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. ^ https://www.capfriendly.com/players/derek-morris

External links[edit]

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