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|1981 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 51 overall by New York Rangers
March 11, 1963
Height: 5-8 Weight: 150
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Delta, British Columbia (Canada)
Hometown: Prince George, British Columbia
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Memorial Cup Parsons Trophy (Sportsmanship): 1981 (Victoria)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as the
No. 18 WHL prospect for the 1981 NHL draft.
| Debut: January 7, 1982 (Vancouver at N.Y.
Numbers: 21 (N.Y. Rangers)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Active (Great Britain)
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|Post-Draft Teams: Victoria (WHL); Team
Canada; Tulsa (CHL); New Haven, Nova Scotia (AHL); Merano (Italy); Fribourg,
Olten (Switzerland); Milan Devils (Italy); Fife (Great Britain)|
World Junior Championships: 1982
(gold), 1983 (bronze)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Italian Championship: 1986 (Merano)
Great Britain BNL (Tier II) Championship: 2000 (as player-coach)
Great Britain BNL (Tier II) Coach of Year: 1996-97, 1999-00 (Fife)
Great Britain BNL (Tier II) Player of Year: 1996-97, 1997-98 (Fife)
Great Britain BNL (Tier II) Players' Player of Year: 1997-98 (Fife)
G. Britain BNL (Tier II) All-Star First Team: 1996-97, 1997-98 (Fife)
Victoria Captain: 1982-83
Victoria Records: Most career points (394), most career goals (159),
most career assists (235)
Italy Points Leader: 1985-86 (Merano) (147 points)
Leader: 1985-86 (Merano) (88 assists)
Coaching Career: Named
Fife (Great Britain) player-head coach during 1995-96 season and remained in
position into 2003-04 season.
Miscellaneous: Played on first
Canadian team to win a gold medal at World Junior Championships in 1982. ...
Traded by New Haven (AHL) with Dean Hopkins to Nova Scotia (AHL, Edmonton
organization) in exchange for Bob Tudor and Gerry Minor on Nov. 27, 1984. ...
Missed much of 1984-85 season with wrist injury, suffered while playing
for Nova Scotia (AHL) in late November 1984. ... Co-founder and director of
player development at Victoria Hockey School in Victoria, B.C.
After playing the entire 1983-84 pre-Olympic schedule with Team Canada,
Morrison found himself embroiled in controversy prior to the 1984 Olympics.
His eligibility for the Games came under scrutiny, because Morrison and
Canadian teammates Don Dietrich, Dan Wood and Mario Gosselin had signed pro
contracts with NHL teams. Despite these four players having signed contracts,
and Morrison and Dietrich having played some NHL games, the Canadian Olympic
Association and International Ice Hockey Federation deemed them eligible for
the Olympics because none of them played more than 10 NHL games. Team USA and
Finland, however, were not satisfied with the ruling and did not feel they
should have to compete in the Olympics against players with actual NHL
experience. The Americans and Finns protested the four Canadian players'
eligibility to the International Olympic Committee on Feb. 6, 1984, just one
day before the Olympic hockey tournament was set to begin. The IOC ruled that
Morrison and Dietrich were ineligible for the Games, but Wood and Gosselin
would be allowed to play. Morrison and Dietrich, as well as some players on
the Italian and Austrian teams, were banned because the IOC classified any
player who had ever played in an NHL game to be a professional, and therefore
ineligible for the Olympics. Wood and Gosselin, who had signed NHL contracts
but never played in the NHL, did not fit this definition and were allowed to
play. The banning of Morrison and the others led to a re-examination of the
strict IOC eligibility rules, and by the 1988 Olympics, the amateur rule had been
abolished, allowing many former NHL players to play in Calgary.
Personal: Younger brother of former NHL player Doug Morrison. ... Brother-in-law of
former NHL player Garth Butcher.
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