Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Derek Morris
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Derek Morris starred for the AMHL's Red Deer Chiefs before joining the WHL's Regina Pats in the fall of 1995. Chosen 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Morris went on to play two seasons in Regina, registering 75 points during the 1996-97 season and being named to the WHL East First All-Star Team.

The young blueliner made a smooth transition to the NHL in 1997-98. He recorded 29 points and played aggressive defence, earning himself a place on the NHL's All-Rookie Team. Morris continued to be one of the club's leaders at both ends of the ice but was unable to get the Flames into the post season. A contract holdout caused Morris to miss a large portion of the 2000-01 season, however, upon his return he averaged 25 minutes of ice time during the last 51 games of the schedule.

After five seasons in Calgary, Morris was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2002-03 season, in a trade that saw Chris Drury head to Calgary. Upon his arrival in Colorado, Morris went on to establish a career high in points with 48 (11-37-48). In 2003-04, Morris struggled offensively compared to his previous year and was subsequently traded to the Phoenix Coyotes at the trading deadline along with prospect Keith Ballard for Chris Gratton and Ossi Vaananen.

On the international stage, Morris is a three-time member of Canada's World Championship team (1999, 2001 and 2004), capturing gold in 2004.

At the 2009 NHL trade deadline Morris was sent to the New York Rangers in exchange for a package of players that included Dmitri Kalinin, Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes.

In the summer of 2009, Morris found himself on the move again. This time he was an unrestricted free agent and decided to leave the bright lights of Broadway for the old world charm of Boston and join the Bruins.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, the Bruins sent Morris back to a familiar place when they shipped the defender to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Red Deer Vipers AMHL 31 6 35 41 74
1995-96 Regina Pats WHL 67 8 44 52 70 11 1 7 8 26
1996-97 Regina Pats WHL 67 18 57 75 147 +10 5 0 3 3 9
1996-97 Saint John Flames AHL 7 0 3 3 7 5 0 3 3 7
1997-98 Calgary Flames NHL 82 9 20 29 88 +1
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 71 7 27 34 73 +4
1998-99 Canada WC-A 10 0 4 4 6
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 78 9 29 38 80 +2
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 51 5 23 28 56 -15
2000-01 Saint John Flames AHL 3 1 2 3 2 +2
2000-01 Canada WC-A 7 1 1 2 8 +4
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 61 4 30 34 88 -4
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 11 37 48 68 +16 7 0 3 3 6
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 69 6 22 28 47 +4
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 14 0 4 4 2 -5
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 0 5 5 35 -2
2004-05
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 53 6 21 27 54 -7
2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 6 19 25 115 -18
2007-08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 8 17 25 83 +8
2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 57 5 7 12 24 -13
2008-09 New York Rangers NHL 18 0 8 8 16 +3 7 0 2 2 0
2009-10 Boston Bruins NHL 58 3 22 25 26 -2
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 18 1 3 4 11 +4 7 1 3 4 11
2010-11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 77 5 11 16 58 -2
2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 2 9 11 38 -12 16 2 4 6 24
2012-13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 39 0 11 11 36 -6
2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 63 5 12 17 41 -2
NHL Totals 1107 92 332 424 1004 37 3 12 15 41


WHL East First All-Star Team (1997)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
Traded to Colorado by Calgary with Jeff Shantz and Dean McAmmond for Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle, October 1, 2002. Traded to Phoenix by Colorado with Keith Ballard for Ossi Vaananen, Chris Gratton and Phoenix's 2nd round pick (Paul Stastny) in 2005 NHL Draft, March 9, 2004. Traded to NY Rangers by Phoenix for Dmitri Kalinin, Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha, March 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 25, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Boston for Phoenix's 3rd round pick (Anthony Camera) in 2011 NHL Draft, March 3, 2010.
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