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Born July 11, 1979 (1979-07-11) (age 30),
Medford, MA, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
AHL team
F. teams
Albany River Rats
Phoenix Coyotes
Edmonton Oilers
Ottawa Senators
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
Modo Hockey
NHL Draft 186th overall, 1998
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2002 – present

Mike Morrison (born July 11, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender, currently playing for Albany River Rats in American Hockey League.

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Playing career

Morrison was drafted in the 7th round, 186th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Morrison then played for the University of Maine for 4 years he spent time playing for the ECHL's Columbus Cottonmouths, Greenville Grrrowl and the AHL with the Edmonton Road Runners.

After the NHL lockout, Morrison was given a chance to play in the NHL when goaltenders Ty Conklin and Jussi Markkanen were unable to carry for the Edmonton Oilers. In Morrison's first career NHL start, he stopped 31 shots to put his team on top 5–2 against the home team, the Colorado Avalanche. After that great performance in Denver, he earned more respect from teammates and coaches and received more starts. He had a great run and quietly became the Oilers' starting goaltender. After a few weeks of great play, his magic started wearing down and proved to be hot and cold like his teammates, Conklin and Markkanen, also known as the Conkkanen duo. On March 7th 2006, Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish made a controversial decision of replacing Conklin with Morrison before heading into a shootout during a game against the rival Dallas Stars. The Oilers ended up losing that game by a shootout goal by Jussi Jokinen. On March 8th, 2006 the Edmonton Oilers had finally gotten their goaltending solution by trading their 1st round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to the Minnesota Wild for goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

As Edmonton had to unload a goaltender and couldn't find a trade partner, they had placed Mike Morrison on waivers. He was picked up by the Ottawa Senators to back up Ray Emery.

On July 2, 2006, he was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes to back up former Oilers starter Curtis Joseph and work with former Oiler greats, head coach Wayne Gretzky, and goalie coach Grant Fuhr.

After posting a 0–3 record, a 6.14 Goals Against Average and a .790 Save Percentage, Morrison was placed on waivers once again. He wasn't picked up and was sent to the minors. After struggling at the AHL level, Morrison finished the year in the ECHL.

He is signed to play for HDD Olimpija Ljubljana in EBEL for the 2008-09 season, he came from Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL

On January 7, 2009, Morrison signed with Modo Hockey in the Swedish elite league Elitserien. His tenure there wasn't successful. Morrison signed a one-year contract with Albany River Rats in the American Hockey League on August 11, 2009.

Career statistics

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Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1997–98 Phillips Exeter Academy High School 27 15 11 2 1632 64 1 2.35
1998–99 University of Maine Hockey East 11 3 0 1 347 10 1 1.73
1999–00 University of Maine Hockey East 12 7 2 1 608 27 1 2.66
2000–01 University of Maine Hockey East 10 2 3 3 490 16 1 1.96
2001–02 University of Maine Hockey East 30 20 3 4 1645 60 2 2.19
2002–03 Columbus Cottonmouths ECHL 38 9 18 6 1948 113 1 3.48
2003–04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 27 12 8 2 1309 55 3 2.52
2004–05 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL 26 13 10 0 1576 72 1 2.74
2004–05 Edmonton Road Runners AHL 14 2 5 5 728 21 2 1.73
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 20 10 4 2 891 42 0 2.83
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 1 0 1 207 12 0 3.48
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 4 0 3 0 127 13 0 6.13
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 1 0 60 11 0 11.01
2006–07 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL 27 9 12 3 1423 80 1 3.37
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 43 23 17 1 2445 114 5 2.80
NHL totals 29 11 7 3 1226 67 0 3.27

Playoffs

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
2004–05 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL 3 1 1 150 9 0 3.60

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