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Derek Morris
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Born August 24, 1978 (1978-08-24) (age 38)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1996
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1997–present

Derek Morris (born Derek Terrence Morris on August 24, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted out of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Derek has also played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers.

Playing CareerEdit

Derek played minor hockey in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) with the Red Deer Chiefs and was awarded the Brian Benning Trophy as the league's top defenceman in 1995.

He went on to play major junior with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

After his rookie WHL season in which he scored 52 points in 67 games, Derek was drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to play a second season with the Pats, improving to 18 goals and 75 points before turning pro.

Following Derek's 1996–97 WHL season with the Pats, he was assigned to the Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Saint John Flames for the final 7 games of the regular season as well as 5 post-season games.

In 1997–98, he scored 9 goals and 29 points in his NHL rookie season with the Flames, earning NHL All-Rookie Team honours.

Derek continued to improve to 34, then 38 points in his second and third seasons with the Flames before an injury-shortened season in 2000–01 kept him to 28 points in 51 games.

In 2001–02, Derek was again sidelined after sustaining a left wrist injury. During the season, he was involved in a tragic incident in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 16, 2002, when an Espen Knutsen slap shot deflected off him and into the stands which struck a 13-year old girl named Brittanie Cecil in the temple.

Two days later, Brittanie died from the impact which prompted the NHL to implement protective netting at the ends of the rinks at the start of the following season.

Derek completed the season with 34 points in 61 games. After five seasons with Calgary, reaching the 30-point mark four times, he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.

He made an immediate impact with the Avalanche in his first season, tallying a career-high 11 goals, 37 assists and 48 points in 2002–03.

The following season, however, he was traded for the second time in as many campaigns, this time to the Phoenix Coyotes. Derek was set to become a free agent in the subsequent off-season.

Derek completed the 2003–04 season playing in 14 games and recording 2 assists with the Coyotes after being traded.

He finished with a combined 32 points. In his first full season with the Coyotes in 2005–06, Derek tallied 28 points in 53 games, then recorded back-to-back 25-point seasons the following two campaigns.

On March 4, 2009, he was again dealt at the trade deadline, this time to the New York Rangers.

Derek did not re-sign with the Rangers in the off-season. On July 24, 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth $3.3 million.

On March 3, 2010, Derek was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Along with Phoenix, Derek went deep into the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His highlight of the playoffs was a shot from center ice in Game 1 of the Conference Finals that beat Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick. The Coyotes lost in five games.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Regina Pats WHL 67 8 44 52 70 11 1 7 8 26
1996–97 Regina Pats WHL 67 18 57 75 180 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
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 71 7 27 34 73
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 78 9 29 38 80
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 3 1 2 3 2
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 51 5 23 28 56
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 61 4 30 34 88
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 11 37 48 68 7 0 3 3 6
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 69 6 22 28 47
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 14 0 4 4 2
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 53 6 21 27 54
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 6 19 25 115
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 8 17 25 83
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 57 5 7 12 24
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 18 0 8 8 16 7 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 58 3 22 25 26
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 18 1 3 4 11 7 1 3 4 11
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 77 5 11 16 58
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 2 9 11 38 16 2 4 6 24
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 39 0 11 11 36
NHL totals 1044 87 320 407 963 37 3 12 15 41

International Statistics Edit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WC 10 0 4 4 6
2001 Canada WC 7 1 1 2 8
2004 Canada WC 9 0 5 5 35
Int'l totals 26 1 10 11 49

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • Won the Brian Benning Trophy (AMHL Top Defenceman) in 1995.
  • Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1998.

International PlayEdit

Derek has represented Team Canada on three occasions at the World Championships. After appearances in 1999 and 2001, he won his first gold medal with Canada at the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic.

He contributed 5 assists in the gold-medal effort.

Career TransactionsEdit

Personal LifeEdit

Derek and wife Jodie have 3 sons named Traiten, Presley and Asher.

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