Derek Morris (ice hockey)
Derek Morris ( born August 24, 1978 in Edmonton, Alberta ) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League on the position of the defender.
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After Morris was selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 1996 in the first round in 13th place of the Calgary Flames, he brought them to the end of the 1996/97 season for the first time in their farm team in the American Hockey League. The Saint John Flames the defender led a well. From the 1997/98 season he was firmly in the squad of the Calgary Flames. Overall, the defenders remained until the end of the 2001/02 season with the team from the Olympic city of 1988, before he was transferred together with Dean McAmmond and Jeff Shantz to the Colorado Avalanche in October 2002. In return, Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle changed to Calgary. In his first year graduated from Morris his best measured at points playing time in the NHL. However, he left the team from Denver during the game year 2003/ 04, when he moved to the Phoenix Coyotes with Keith Ballard, who for the Finnish defender Ossi Väänänen, forward Chris Gratton and a draft electoral law to Colorado charges.
The Canadians remained five years with the Coyotes, only interrupted by a lockout season 2004/ 05, in which he paused completely. In March 2009, a few months before his contract expired, the franchise in Arizona transferred him to the New York Rangers, who for Nigel Dawes, Dmitri Kalinin and Petr Průcha sent to Phoenix. After he had signed a contract with the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2009, the Coyotes got him in March 2010 in a business transfer back to Arizona.
On the international stage Morris represented his country three times in total. After being at the World Championships in 1999 and 2001, no medal with Canada had to win, he wore at the World Cup victory in 2004, five assists at.
Awards and achievements
Represented Canada at:
- 1999 World Cup
- World Cup 2001
- World Cup 2004
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )