|Born||January 16, 1979 |
Carlyle, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)|
|St. Louis Blues|
|NHL Draft||25th overall, 1997|
Brenden Morrow (born on January 16, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who plays for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Brendan played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Portland Winter Hawks. During his junior career, he helped Portland win the Memorial Cup during the 1997–98 season. Brenden was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Brenden has represented Canada internationally at a number of events. He won a silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships. He has represented Canada at the Ice Hockey World Championships four times, winning a gold medal in 2004 and a silver medal in 2005.
Brenden also played for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, which Canada won. He was named to Canada's team for the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he scored 2 goals and added an assist in the tournament as Canada won the gold medal.
After thirteen seasons with the Dallas Stars, Brenden was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Minor Hockey Career[edit | edit source]
Brenden played minor hockey in his hometown of Carlyle, Saskatchewan and in the nearby community of Estevan. Despite putting up impressive numbers in his final year of bantam hockey (117 goals, 72 assists in 60 games), he was not selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, and instead walked-on with the Portland Winter Hawks.
Junior Hockey Career[edit | edit source]
Brendan spent his entire junior career with the Portland Winter Hawks. In his rookie WHL season, he played in 65 games and recorded 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists).
Later in his junior career, Brenden contributed more offensively and in his final 3 seasons in the WHL, he scored 88, 86 and 85 points respectively. After the 1996–97 WHL Season, Morrow was selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
During the 1997–98 WHL Season, Morrow helped the Winter Hawks capture the Memorial Cup. During the Memorial Cup tournament, Morrow scored one goal and added two assists in four games.
Brenden represented the Western Conference in the WHL's All-Star classic three times (1997, 1998, 1999).
After the 1998–99 season, Morrow was named to the WHL's Western Conference First All-Star Team and also to the CHL Third All-Star Team.
NHL/Professional Hockey Career[edit | edit source]
Brenden started his professional career in 1999. He split the 1999–2000 season between the NHL's Dallas Stars and the Michigan K-Wings of the International Hockey League.
On November 18, 1999, Brenden played his first game with the Stars against the Philadelphia Flyers. On November 22, 1999, he recorded his first points (a goal and an assist) on against the Colorado Avalanche.
After this season, Brenden was named the team's Rookie of the Year. After his rookie campaign with the Stars, he became a fixture in the Dallas lineup, playing at least 70 games in each season until 2006–07, when he missed 33 games after suffering severed tendons in his wrist.
Brenden bounced back with a strong 2007–08 season, where he played in all 82 games, but a knee injury (ACL tear) limited him to just 18 games in the 2008–09 season. He has often played through injuries including returning to the ice with a broken bone in his ankle during the 1999–2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Brenden played in the NHL YoungStars game at the 2002 NHL All-Star Game which was held in Los Angeles, California, where he scored a goal and added an assist. During the 2001–02 NHL season, he recorded his 100th career NHL point against the San Jose Sharks.
Brenden recorded his 300th career NHL point against the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2006–07 NHL season. During the NHL lockout of 2004–05, Morrow signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League and played in 19 games.
Prior to the 2006–07 NHL season, Brenden was named the captain of the Stars after the team asked incumbent captain Mike Modano to step down from the position. The Stars wanted to reward him for his commitment to the team after he bypassed free agency to sign a long-term (6 year) contract with the team.
The Stars also felt the need to shift some leadership responsibilities to younger members of the team. Brenden's teammates and coaches greatly admired his dedication to the team and believed he was an ideal choice to fill the role.
Heading into the 2009–10 NHL season, Brenden ranked 14th on the all-time scoring list for the Stars' franchise. He has a knack for scoring big goals, as evidenced by his scoring 3 of the team's last 4 overtime winning goals in the playoffs.
Brenden was injured often during the 2011–12 NHL Season. He missed 25 games because of shoulder and upper back injuries, including 18 matches in the beginning of 2012. He was finally back in March when the Stars activated him from injure reserve on March 9th.
On March 24, 2013, Brenden was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Joe Morrow (no relation) and the Penguins' 2013 fifth-round draft pick. The Penguins also received a third round pick from Dallas in this trade.
On September 23, 2013, Brenden signed a 1-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|1995–96||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||65||13||12||25||61||7||0||0||0||8|
|1996–97||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||71||39||49||88||178||6||2||1||3||4|
|1997–98||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||68||34||52||86||184||16||10||8||18||65|
|1998–99||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||61||41||44||85||248||4||0||4||4||18|
|2004–05||Oklahoma City Blazers||CHL||19||8||14||22||31||—||—||—||—||—|
International Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Junior int'l totals||7||1||7||8||4|
|Senior int'l totals||34||2||6||8||26|
Awards & Achievements[edit | edit source]
- Named to WHL West First All-Star Team (1999)
- 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships gold medal
- Gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics (Team Canada)
International Play[edit | edit source]
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|Gold||2004 World Cup of Hockey|
|Gold||2004 Czech Republic|
|Olympic Winter Games|
Brenden's first international experience with Hockey Canada was at the 1995 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Moncton, New Brunswick where he played for Team West and finished 4th.
He was selected to Canada's team at the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, which were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During the tournament, Morrow scored 1 goal and recorded 7 assists in 7 games.
During this tournament, Brenden set a Canadian World Junior record, with 5 assists in a game against Kazakhstan. Canada finished the tournament with the silver medal after losing to Russia in overtime during the gold medal game.
Brenden has also represented Canada at the senior men's level, playing in the World Championships four times (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005) after his NHL season was over. In these four tournaments, he did not score a goal for Canada, but he chipped in with 5 assists.
In 2004, Brenden helped Canada to a gold medal and in 2005 they captured the silver medal. He played in a single game for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where Canada captured the championship.
Brenden was invited to Canada's summer evaluation camp prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, but he was not selected for the final squad. In August of 2009, he participated in Hockey Canada's summer orientation camp prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
After a strong start to the 2009–10 NHL season, Brenden was selected as a member of Canada's Olympic Men's Hockey Team. He was selected to the team to provide toughness and grit.
As the tournament progressed, Brenden found himself playing a larger role on a physical line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks. He finished the tournament with 2 goals and an assist as Canada captured the gold medal with an overtime victory against the United States.
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Brenden is the son-in-law of former Montreal Canadiens coach and former Dallas Stars teammate Guy Carbonneau having married Carbonneau's daughter Anne-Marie on July 20, 2002.
Brenden and Anne-Marie have three children: a daughter named Bryelle & twins: a son named Brody & a daughter named Mallory (born on May 11, 2008).