Mar 11, 2009 - Jim Morrison
For anyone who saw Ron Stewart yesterday and immediately got "Do You Think I'm Sexy" or "Forever Young" stuck in their heads, today I present Jim Morrison. We've already had Don (missing an 'a') McLean. We can all be thankful that nobody named, say, Rick Astley ever played for the Leafs, otherwise things could get really nasty.
Where Stewart was one of the rare cases who stuck it out through all the bad years and got to enjoy the success at the end, Jim Morrison did not. He was traded for one of the key pieces of the 1960s run, an aging player who'd never seemed to live up to his advance billing named Allan Stanley. The Leafs had originally had their sights set on another Boston defender named Bob Armstrong, but Stanley, well, he panned out OK instead.
Jim played six full seasons and part of a seventh as a Leaf. He had come to the team in 1951-52 as they tried to restock the defense (Barilko had been lost to the plane crash, Gus Mortson in the Harry Lumley trade). He was considered a good offensive defenseman in what was generally a very defensive era. He paired with some of the best leaf defenders of that era in Flaman, Thomson and Horton and it was his misfortune to leave the Leafs just prior to their climb back to respectability.
Jim was an all-star for years in the AHL before getting another kick at the NHL in 1969 at the age of 38.
|1949-50||Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs||QJHL||36||15||15||30||16||4||3||1||4||0|
|1951-52||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||17||0||1||1||4||2||0||0||0||0|
|1952-53||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||56||1||8||9||36|
|1953-54||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||9||11||20||51||5||0||0||0||4|
|1954-55||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||70||5||12||17||84||4||0||1||1||4|
|1955-56||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||63||2||17||19||77||5||0||0||0||4|
|1956-57||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||63||3||17||20||44|
|1957-58||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||70||3||21||24||62|
|1959-60||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||3||23||26||62||6||0||2||2||0|
|1960-61||New York Rangers||NHL||19||1||6||7||6|
Father of Dave
AHL Second All-Star Team (1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972)
AHL First All-Star Team (1966)
Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding Defenseman - AHL) (1966)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1955, 1956, 1957)
- Traded to Toronto by Boston for Fleming MacKell, January 9, 1952.
- Traded to Boston by Toronto for Allan Stanley, October 8, 1958.
- Traded to Detroit by Boston for Nick Mickoski, August 25, 1959.
- Traded to Chicago by Detroit for Howie Glover, June 5, 1960.
- Claimed by NY Rangers from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1960.
- Traded to Quebec (AHL) by NY Rangers for cash, November 28, 1960.
- NHL rights transferred to Philadelphia after NHL club purchased Quebec (AHL) franchise, May 8, 1967.
- Claimed by Baltimore (AHL) from Philadelphia (Quebec-AHL) in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1968.
- Traded to Pittsburgh by Baltimore (AHL) for cash and future considerations (Bob Rivard, November, 1969), October, 1969.
In his playing days, Jim Morrison was an offensive defenseman. He came to this style by being converted from centre to defense while playing junior hockey. The style paid off well in junior as he helped the Barrie Flyers captured the 1951 Memorial Cup.
His first professional season, 1951-52, was split among four teams, the highlight coming when the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired him from the Boston Bruins. Morrison went on to play six and a half seasons with the Blue and White. His partners on the blueline during that time included Fern Flaman, Jim Thomson, and Tim Horton.
Toward the end of the 1950s, the Leafs traded him back to Boston for a season. A season with the Detroit Red Wings and 14 games playing for the New York Rangers brought him into the 1960s. For most of the decade, Morrison played in the American Hockey League in Quebec.
Morrison was a well-respected player in the AHL. In 1966, the loop honoured him with its award for best defenseman, and the players elected him president of the AHL Players' Association. In battling for improved playing conditions, Morrison was traded to Baltimore. That move gave him another shot at the NHL.
As his third decade in professional hockey rolled around, he was given a shot to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins in their third season. The veteran picked up where he had left off nearly ten years before. Morrison manned the point on power plays and chipped in three helpers during the playoffs.
Morrison lasted two seasons in Pittsburgh before returning to the AHL. Following his playing career, he coached for Baltimore and the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. Kirk Muller is one player that Morrison guided during his eight years of coaching the club. Jim Morrison recently retired from the Boston Bruins scouting staff following eighteen years of service.