Mike Morrison

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Mike Morrison
Born (1979-07-11) July 11, 1979 (age 36)
Medford, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Ottawa Senators
Phoenix Coyotes
HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
Modo Hockey
NHL Draft 186th overall, 1998
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2002–2010

Michael Morrison (born July 11, 1979) is an American former professional ice hockey Goaltender who played in the National Hockey League for the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Morrison was selected in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, in the 7th round, 186th overall. He then played for the University of Maine for 4 years.[1] He spent time playing for the ECHL's Columbus Cottonmouths, Greenville Grrrowl, and the AHL with the Edmonton Road Runners.

After the NHL lockout, Morrison was given a chance to play in the NHL when goaltenders Ty Conklin and Jussi Markkanen were unable to work for the Edmonton Oilers. He made his NHL debut on November 7, 2005, playing 18 minutes in relief during a shut-out defeat to the Dallas Stars.[2] In his first start at Denver, he stopped 31 shots to put his team on top 5–2 against the home team, the Colorado Avalanche on November 14.[3] He eventually became the Oilers' starting goaltender. On March 7, 2006, Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish made a decision to replace Conklin with Morrison before heading into a shootout against the Dallas Stars. The Oilers ended up losing by a shootout goal from Jussi Jokinen. On March 8, 2006 the Oilers traded their 1st round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to the Minnesota Wild for goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

Since Edmonton had to unload a goaltender and could not find a trade partner, they placed Mike Morrison on waivers, and he was picked up by the Ottawa Senators to back up Ray Emery.

On July 2, 2006, he was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes to back up former Curtis Joseph and work with head coach Wayne Gretzky, and goaltender coach Grant Fuhr, all formerly of the Oilers. After posting a 0–3 record, a 6.14 Goals-Against-Average and a .790 Save Percentage, Morrison was placed on waivers once again. He was not picked up and was sent to the minors. Morrison finished the year in the ECHL.

He was signed to play for HDD Olimpija Ljubljana in EBEL for the 2008-09 season, leaving from Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL.

On January 7, 2009, Morrison signed with Modo Hockey in the Swedish elite league Elitserien. Morrison then signed a one-year contract with Albany River Rats in the American Hockey League on August 11, 2009.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1997–98 Phillips Exeter Academy USHS 27 15 11 2 1632 64 1 2.35 .921
1998–99 University of Maine HE 11 3 0 1 347 10 1 1.73 .917
1999–00 University of Maine HE 12 7 2 1 608 27 1 2.66 .894
2000–01 University of Maine HE 10 2 3 3 490 16 1 1.96 .924
2001–02 University of Maine HE 30 20 3 4 1645 60 2 2.19 .921
2002–03 Columbus Cottonmouths ECHL 38 9 18 6 1948 113 1 3.48 .892
2003–04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 27 12 8 2 1309 55 3 2.52 .913
2004–05 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL 26 13 10 0 1576 72 1 2.74 .924 3 1 1 150 9 0 3.61 .893
2004–05 Edmonton Road Runners AHL 14 2 5 5 728 21 2 1.73 .939
2005–06 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL 9 7 2 0 548 20 0 2.19 .922
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 20 10 4 2 891 42 0 2.83 .884
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 1 0 1 207 12 0 3.47 .875
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 4 0 3 0 127 13 0 6.13 .790
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 1 0 60 11 0 11.01 .732
2006–07 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL 27 9 12 3 1423 80 1 3.37 .900
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 43 23 17 1 2445 114 5 2.80 .911
2008–09 HDD Olimpija Ljubljana EBEL 24 3.33 .901
2008–09 Modo Hockey SEL 3 163 11 0 4.05 .847
2009–10 Florida Everblades ECHL 22 9 10 3 1247 60 1 2.89 .899
2009–10 Albany River Rats AHL 14 6 5 1 763 42 0 3.30 .892
2009–10 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 1 0 1 0 60 9 0 9.00 .719 7 1 5 353 27 0 4.59 .865
NHL totals 29 11 7 3 1226 67 0 3.28 .871

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East First Team 2001–02

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A with Mike Morrison". hockeysfuture.com. 2004-01-28. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  2. ^ "Stars blank Oilers". National Hockey League. 2005-11-07. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Morrison claims first NHL win, as Oilers beat Avalanche". National Hockey League. 2005-11-14. Retrieved 2005-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Goaltender Morrison joins Grizzlies in Victoria". Utah Grizzlies. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 

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