Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | February 1, 2012

Man of the Day 1/31: Brendan Morrison

Brendan Morrison

Born August 15, 1975 (age 36) in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada

Center for the Chicago Blackhawks

Meet the newest Blackhawk! Brendan, or BMo for short, played a season with the BCJHL’s Penticton Tigers, scoring 94 points in 56 games. For that, he was was named their conference’s rookie of the year, and that summer he was picked up by the New Jersey Devils in the 1993 draft. Instead of going to the minors, though, he chose to play with the University of Michigan, and he was named CCHA Rookie of the Year for the 1993-94 season. In the next three years he was named CCHA Player of the Year twice, led the Wolverines to their first national title in 32 years in 1996, and was named captain of the team in his senior year as well as winning the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s best player.

After signing with the Devils, he didn’t make the roster and spent his first pro season with the Albany River Rats. He finally got a call-up 11 times during that 1997-98 season, and the next season he made the roster when Doug Gilmour left the team. He even came in fourth for nomination for the Calder Trophy! But after that season he became a UFA, and when the Devils refused to increase their lowball offer, he went to the Czech Republic to play alongside fellow holdout Patrik Elias. He finally got a deal signed, but his production was suffering, and he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in March 2000.

Who knew that they'd be on the same team one day?

BMo spent eight years in Vancouver, save for the Lost Season when he played in the Elitserien in Sweden. He flourished with the Canucks pointswise, experiencing some of the best totals of his career despite injuries to his hip, wrist and knee. After Vancouver, he spent the next three seasons bouncing around, starting with the Anaheim Ducks, where he spent most of his time there either on fourth line or as a healthy scratch.  In March of 2009 he was put on waivers and snatched up by the Dallas Stars, but between the two teams BMo had his lowest year in terms of points. After he went UFA, he signed a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals, but then he went UFA again and had no nibbles. He took a tryout with the Canucks but turned down a two-way contract, then signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames.

In March 2011 he was boarded by Niklas Hjalmarsson and injured his knee, ending his season (and he was doing so well on the top line with Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla too!). In spite of his injury, he signed another contract with the Flames, but he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in January 2012. He’s centering second line with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, so we’ll see how well he does with that kind of firepower on his wing.

I'd say you're a lovely addition to the roster.

– Krista

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