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Derek Morris
Derek Morris
Defenseman
Number: 53
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Right
Born: Aug 24, 1978
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Acquired: From BOS for a third round selection in 2011 Entry Draft, Mar. 3, 2010
Drafted: CGY / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (13th overall)
2012-13 Highlights
Played in 39 games and registered 11 assists and 36 PIM...Ranked second on the team in blocked shots (69) and third in hits (92)...Ranked second on the team in shifts/game (28.4) and third in TOI/game (21:23)...Missed nine games with injuries...Skated in a season-high 26:22 vs. DET, Apr. 4...Recorded his 100th career assist with PHX at LAK, Mar. 19...Posted a season-high five shots and had an assist vs. DAL, Feb. 2...Collected his 400th career NHL point (0-1-1) vs. NSH, Jan. 28...Had a three-game assist streak from Jan. 20-24.

2011-12 Highlights
Played in 59 games recording 2-9-11…Had 78 blocked shots…Played in his 1,000th career NHL game vs. STL, Mar. 25…Scored his second goal of the season and skated a season-high 27:25 at SJS, Mar. 24…Scored his first goal of the season at DAL, Feb. 7…Recorded 0-2-2 at BUF, Nov. 19…Blocked four shots at TOR, Nov. 15…Collected an assist in a 3-2 OT victory vs. LAK, Oct. 29…2012 Playoffs: Third among Coyotes defensemen in scoring with 2-4-6 in 16 postseason games…Had a plus-4 rating and 24 penalty minutes…First on the team in shifts/g (32.3) and second in TOI/g (22:49)…Led the team in blocked shots (36)…Played in all five games of the WCF against LAK and notched 1-1-2 in Game 1, May 12…Appeared in all five games of the WCSF against NSH…Scored a goal in Game 5 vs. NSH, May 7…Appeared in all six games of the WCQF against CHI…Led the team in blocked shots (24) in the WCQF…Collected an assist in Game 2 vs. CHI, Apr. 14.

2010-11 Highlights
Recorded 5-11-16 in 77 games…Led the team in blocked shots (136)…Third in TOI/g (21:03)…Collected his 300th career NHL assist vs. SJS, Mar. 26…Recorded fifth goal of the season vs. CBJ, Mar. 25…Led the team in TOI (25:32) at NSH, Feb. 19…Scored the GWG at CBJ, Jan. 11…Played in his 900th career NHL game at DAL, Dec. 26…Posted a season-high 30:07 TOI vs. FLA, Dec. 4…Blocked six shots at CGY, Nov. 17…Scored his first goal of the season at MTL, Oct. 25…2011 Playoffs: Did not play due to injury.

2009-10 Highlights
Finished with 4-25-29 in a total of 76 games with PHX and BOS…Registered 1-3-4 in 18 games with the Coyotes after being acquired from BOS on Mar. 3 for his second stint with the team…Finished with his highest assist/point totals since 2003-04…Scored his first goal after returning to the Coyotes on vs. COL, Mar. 27…Registered 3-22-25 in 58 games with BOS prior to trade…Collected two assists at TBL, Feb. 11…Notched a goal and an assist at PIT, Nov. 14…Compiled a three-game point streak (1-4-5) from Oct. 21-24…Scored his first goal as a Bruin at PHI, Oct. 22…Played his 800th career NHL game on Oct. 17 at PHX…Recorded his first points as a Bruin with two power-play assists vs. CAR, Oct. 3…2010 Playoffs: Appeared in all seven playoff games vs. DET, recording 1-3-4 and 11 penalty minutes…Scored the GWG and collected two assists in Game 1 vs. DET, Apr. 14, for a playoff career high three points.

2008-09 Highlights
Began the season with PHX, recording 5-7-12 in 57 games prior to being traded to the NYR in exchange for Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes and Dmitri Kalinin on Mar. 4…Collected eight assists in 18 games with the NYR…Had four multi-point games on the season…Collected two assists at PHI, Apr. 12…Picked up his first point in a Rangers uniform with an assist vs. BOS, Mar. 8…Recorded a goal and an assist vs. DET, Jan. 20…Matched his career-best with a four-game point streak (2-3-5) from Nov. 28-Dec. 4…Had his consecutive-games played streak snapped at 203 when he missed three games with an injury from Nov. 22-26…2009 Playoffs: Appeared in all seven of the Rangers’ playoff games vs. WSH, collecting two assists.

2007-08 Highlights
Ended the season having played in 185 consecutive games dating back to 2005-06…Recorded 8-17-25 and 83 PIM in 82 games with the Coyotes…Ranked second on the team in plus/minus (plus-8), TOI/g (21:42) and third in blocked shots (115)…Won the Coyotes Man of the Year Award and Beth Champie Booster Club Award…Registered a season-high three points (1-2-3) at EDM, Mar. 18…Played in his 700th career NHL game at CHI, Feb. 27…Collected a goal in back-to-back games on Feb. 19 and Feb. 22…Registered two assists vs. CHI, Jan. 3…Scored a goal vs. TOR to record his 300th career NHL point, Nov. 24.

2006-07 Highlights
In his ninth NHL season was one of two Coyotes players to appear in all 82 games…Finished with 6-19-25…Ranked tied for second among Coyotes defenseman in goals (6)…Tied his career high with 115 penalty minutes, which ranked third on the team…Also ranked tied for third in power-play assists (10), third in blocked shots (82), fourth in TOI/g (20:29) and fifth in hits (77)…Picked up the GWG and an assist vs. VAN, Apr. 8…Played in his 600th career NHL game at COL, Jan. 17…Had a three-game point streak (1-2-3) from Dec. 14-21…Scored a goal in a win vs. NJD, Nov. 22…Scored a goal and was a plus-4 vs. NYI, Oct. 5.

2005-06 Highlights
Played 53 games with the Coyotes, recording 6-21-27 and 54 penalty minutes…Missed 29 games due to injury during season…Finished season with six multi-point games…Registered 3-6-9 over last 10 games of season…Posted a goal and assist in 5-4 win at SJS, Dec. 28…Scored GWG in OT and collected an assist in 4-3 win at EDM, Oct. 18…Recorded first point of season with assist and played 23:44 TOI vs. NSH, Oct. 13.

2003-04 Highlights
Collected 6-26-32 and 49 penalty minutes with COL and PHX in 83 games…Joined the Coyotes at the trade deadline from COL…Played in 14 games with PHX, recording 0-4-4…Averaged 25:02 TOI with PHX, an increase of 4:09 per game after joining the Coyotes…Led the NHL (along with Calgary’s Marcus Nilson) in games played with 83, a career high…Finished second among Coyotes defensemen in scoring…Ranked fifth on the Coyotes in scoring and assists; third in shots (167); and fourth in average TOI (21:35)…Played in four games in four different cities in four different states/provinces and two countries in four days (Mar. 7 – COL vs. CGY in Denver; Mar. 8 – COL vs. VAN in Vancouver; Mar. 9 – PHX vs. LAK in Los Angeles; Mar. 10 – PHX vs. LAK in Glendale)…Recorded an assist in his Coyotes debut at LAK, Mar. 9…Played his 500th NHL Game at CGY, Mar. 31…Played in 69 games with COL, registering 6-22-28 and 47 PIM…At the time of his trade, ranked fourth on Avalanche in average TOI and second among Avs defensemen in points and shots…With COL, registered a single-game career high with 1-3-4 at SJS, Nov. 11.

2002-03 Highlights
Prior to the start of the season, traded to COL from CGY with Jeff Shantz and Dean McAmmond for Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle, Oct. 1, 2002…Set career highs in goals (11), assists (37), points (48), PPGS (9), GWGS (7) and plus/minus (plus-16)…Finished tied for seventh in scoring among NHL defensemen…Also ranked first in GWGS, tied for third in PPGS, tied for eighth in assists and shots, and tied for 12th in goals among NHL defensemen…Finished tied for 11th in the NHL in GWGS…Led COL in GWGS and finished second in PPGS…Ranked third on Avalanche in TOI/g (23:49) and shots; fourth in assists; sixth in points and plus/minus…Led Avalanche defensemen in assists and points; tied for second in goals…Nine of his 11 goals came on power-play…Tied his career high four-game point streak (1-4-5) from Nov. 12-17…Missed seven games with an injury…Following the injury, collected 6-13-19, including four GWGS in his last 28 games…200th NHL point at DET, Mar. 15…400th career NHL game vs. PIT, Mar. 1…2003 Playoffs: Made his NHL playoff debut, registering three assists in seven games…Ranked tied for second on team in assists and third in average TOI (22:44).

2001-02 Highlights
In his final season with CGY, recorded 4-30-34…Despite playing in only 61 games, ranked second on team in shots, third in power-play points (2-19-21), tied for third in assists and fourth in points…Led Flames defensemen in assists and points…Recorded the second highest assist total of his career…Tied his career high in penalty minutes…Led CGY in average TOI (24:40)…Missed 21 games due to injury.

2000-01 Highlights
Missed the first 31 games of the season due to contract negotiations, agreed to terms on Nov. 29 and played in his first game on Dec. 13…Finished the season with 5-23-28 in only 51 games…Ranked 11th in the NHL in average TOI with 25:51, a career high…Led Flames defensemen in goals; ranked second in assists and points…Finished tied for third on team in GWGS; fourth in shots and fifth in assists.

1999-2000 Highlights
Recorded 9-29-38 in 78 games with CGY…Ranked 21st among NHL defensemen in scoring…Finished second among Flames defensemen in goals, assists and points…Led the team in average TOI (24:51)…Ranked third on team in shots, tied for fourth in plus/minus and fifth in assists and points…Missed four games due to injury…100th NHL point at STL, Apr. 5.

1998-99 Highlights
Finished second among Flames defensemen in goals, assists and points…Tied for third on the team in assists, fifth in shots and sixth in points and plus/minus…Missed 10 games due to injury.

1997-98 Highlights
In his first NHL season was one of only two Flames to play in all 82 games…Named to the 1998 NHL All-Rookie Team…Led Flames defensemen in goals and points; second in assists…Ranked second in scoring among NHL rookie defensemen…One of two rookies to score a shorthanded goal during the season…Ranked second among NHL rookies in shorthanded points with 1-2-3…Ranked third among rookies and first among rookie defensemen with 5 PPGS.

1996-97 Highlights
Made his professional debut playing in seven regular season games and five playoff games with Saint John (AHL)…Led all WHL defensemen in scoring with 75 points…Earned WHL East First All-Star Team Honors…Selected to play in the 1997 WHL All-Star Game…Named WHL Player of the Month for January, recording 20 points in 15 games.

1995-96 Highlights
Named Regina Pats Rookie of the Year, finishing second in scoring among Pats defensemen.

1994-95 Highlights
Voted Best Defenseman at the 1995 Air Canada Cup midget tournament while playing with the Red Deer Midgets.

International Career
2004: Helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, collecting 0-5-5 in nine games…Ranked tied for fifth in defensemen scoring…2001: Played in seven games for Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Germany, recording 1-1-2…1999: Represented Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Norway and collected four assists in 10 games.

Personal
Derek and his wife Jodie have three sons: Traiten, Presley and Asher…Spends his summers in the Valley and trains at Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe…His charity of choice is the Epilepsy Association…Likes watching baseball and playing with his kids in the off-season…His childhood hockey hero was Paul Coffey…Is a big fan of Mike Myers and his “Austin Powers” movies…Loves the outdoors and his hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing, softball and motor biking…His favorite vacation spot is Maui…His favorite band is Metallica…His first job was at a Jet Ski rental shop…His favorite TV show is CSI Miami…His favorite movie is “Shawshank Redemption”…His most memorable NHL moment was his first game…Began skating at age four…Nickname is “Mo”.
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