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Derek Morris

Derek Morris  #53

Defenseman
NUMBER: 53 BIRTHDATE: August 24, 1978
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Edmonton, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 210 DRAFTED: CGY / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (13th overall)
2013-14: Played in his 1,100th career game vs. BOS, Mar. 22…Notched an assist at VAN, Jan. 26…Scored a goal at EDM, Jan. 24…Blocked 6 shots vs. NJD, Jan. 18…Tallied an assist vs. EDM, Dec. 31…Registered an assist at OTT, Dec. 21…Had an assist at EDM, Dec. 3…Played in his 500th game with PHX, Nov. 30 vs. CHI…Tallied an assist at MIN, Nov. 27…Notched an assist vs. ANA, Nov. 23…Recorded an assist at SJS, Nov. 2…Scored a goal vs. NSH, Oct. 31…Scored a goal vs. LAK, Oct. 29…Had an assist at LAK, Oct. 24…Registered an assist vs. DET, Oct. 19…Scored a goal at PHI, Oct. 11.
 
2012-13: Played in 39 games, registering 11 assists and 36 PIM…Ranked 2nd on the team in blocked shots (69) and 3rd in hits (92)…Collected his 400th career NHL point (0-1-1) vs. NSH, Jan. 28…Tallied his 100th career assist with PHX at LAK, Mar. 19.
 
2011-12: Played in 59 games recording 2-9-11…Played in his 1,000th career NHL game vs. STL, Mar. 25.
 
NOTES: Has also played for CGY, COL, NYR and BOS.
WHL East First All-Star Team (1997) NHL All-Rookie Team (1998) Traded to Colorado by Calgary with Jeff Shantz and Dean McAmmond for Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle, October 1, 2002. Traded to Phoenix by Colorado with Keith Ballard for Ossi Vaananen, Chris Gratton and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (Paul Stastny) in 2005 Entry Draft, March 9, 2004. Traded to NY Rangers by Phoenix for Dmitri Kalinin, Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha, March 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 25, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Boston for Phoenix's 3rd round choice (Anthony Camera) in 2011 Entry Draft, March 3, 2010.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers