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Born August 10, 1979 (1979-08-10) (age 30),
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
SM-Liiga team
F. teams
Lukko
Lukko (SM-Liiga)
Frölunda HC (SEL)
Modo (SEL)
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
HC Dinamo Minsk
HC Davos
Hamburg Freezers (DEL)
NHL Draft 81st overall, 1998
Vancouver Canucks
Career 2001 – present

Justin Morrison (born August 10, 1979, in Los Angeles, California) is a professional ice hockey player currently playing for Lukko of the SM-Liiga.

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Playing career

Justin Morrison starting playing hockey late in his childhood — around age 11 — after seeing the sport at a local rink. His talent was quickly recognized as he moved from local Los Angeles teams to playing for the Omaha Lancers in the United States Hockey League. Soon thereafter, he became a member of the USA U-17 team that participated in the World U-17 Hockey Challenge. Morrison has since played for the United States World Junior Team in the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and has been a recurring member of the USA Hockey Inline Team. As a teenager, Morrison appeared in the movie D2: The Mighty Ducks as a street hockey player.

Morrison's collegiate career consisted of four years at Colorado College playing in the WCHA. He is a current member of the university's Century Club, having tallied more than 100 collegiate points. Morrison was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft in the 3rd round, as the 81st pick overall. At the time, he was the second-highest NHL draft pick in the school's illustrious hockey history. He was also the first African-American hockey player from Los Angeles to be drafted into the NHL.

As a professional, Morrison spent four seasons with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, and a season with the Chicago Wolves of the same league. Morrison's first season in the Swedish Elitserien (SEL) was with Modo Hockey, where he had 28 points in 34 games (18 goals, 10 assists), +9 rating, and helped lead Modo to an SEL Championship.

Morrison has also played for Lukko in the Finland SM-Liiga, for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien, and in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) for the Hamburg Freezers[1]. For the 2009-2010 season, Morrison returned to his former Club Lukko in Finland, where he is the team's top scorer, and is among the top-scorers in the league.

During his career, Morrison also played a short time with Rapperswil-Jona Lakers in Switzerland, HC Dinamo Minsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, and on loan for three games for HC Davos[2].

In 2009, Morrison again joined USA Hockey, this time for the Deutschland Cup, hosted by the city of Munich. Morrison took home Player of the Game honors against Germany for his 2-goal effort, and was the USA's top scorer for the tournament. Team USA took home 2nd place to Germany after losing in a shoot-out to the Czech Republic.

Privates

Justin Morrison lives with his wife Haley in San Diego, California, where she is a practicing attorney.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Omaha Lancers USHL 51 9 20 29 44 10 2 4 6 8
1997–98 Colorado College WCHA 42 4 9 13 8
1998–99 Colorado College WCHA 38 23 15 38 33
1999–00 Colorado College WCHA 38 7 19 26 28
2000–01 Colorado College WCHA 41 21 14 35 42
2001–02 Manitoba Moose AHL 64 10 9 19 37 7 1 0 1 4
2002–03 Columbia Inferno ECHL 40 20 35 55 39 2 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 30 10 6 16 13 14 2 3 5 4
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 66 18 18 36 27
2004–05 Manitoba Moose AHL 71 11 10 21 33 14 1 5 6 8
2005–06 Chicago Wolves AHL 58 22 17 39 38
2006–07 Modo SEL 34 18 10 28 38
2007–08 Frölunda HC SEL 11 1 3 4 6
2007–08 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 1 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Lukko FIN 16 4 8 12 22
AHL totals 289 71 60 131 148 35 4 8 12 20

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