Brendan Morrison was born on August 15, 1975 in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia and is a retired National Hockey League forward. Brendan was drafted in the second round, 39th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. Over the course of his collegiate career at the University of Michigan, Brendan was the Tournament MVP of the 1996 Wolverines National Championship Team, he won the prestigious Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey in 1997, and he was a three-time All-American and three-time All-CCHA forward. Brendan made his National Hockey League debut on December 4, 1997 with the Devils. Brendan went on to play eight seasons with the Vancouver Canucks before spending time playing for the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, and Chicago Blackhawks. While playing for the Vancouver Canucks, Brendan centered the “West Coast Express” line with fellow forwards Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi and the trio was widely considered to be the most effective line combination in the NHL for several years. Internationally, Brendan represented Canada at three World Championship events, winning a Gold Medal in 2004 and a Silver Medal in 2005. Brendan retired from professional hockey in 2012 after fourteen successful seasons.
What was the most memorable moment of your hockey career?
There are a couple memories that stand out in my mind. Winning the NCAA National Championship in 1996 with Michigan and scoring my first NHL goal in December 1997 with the New Jersey Devils. I remember them both like they happened yesterday.
What advice would you give to future professional hockey players?
You are your own CEO. You are the one responsible for your work ethic, commitment, well being and all the other intangibles that will make you successful. Don’t rely or depend on anyone else. Take ownership yourself.
What are you doing now since retiring from professional hockey?
I have a couple different ventures on the go. First and foremost are my family and four kids. I made a conscious decision when I retired from the NHL to be around the house as much as possible. I am involved with the Strongman Group from Vancouver who own real estate assets in Western Canada, I started a fishing show, Reel West Cost, where I am the host and executive producer and I started a few businesses in the oil and gas industry in Calgary.