WILMINGTON, MA – At a Boston Bruins Development Camp featuring an unusually deep roster of six goalies, Adam Morrison found a way to stand out. Those unfamiliar with the 21-year-old from White Rock, British Columbia simply need to look for the mask adorned with the visage of Simpsons’ villain Mr. Burns.
Morrison said his affiliation with the wheezy-voiced cartoon began in his first game of junior hockey, when his trainer mocked him to calm his nerves.
“From there on, I just kind of got called Mr. Burns by my teammates because I guess we have a resemblance,” joked Morrison.
However, the former Flyers third round pick (81st overall) in 2009 is hoping the Bruins coaching staff noticed more than just his mask at the Bruins sixth annual Development Camp, where he said he’s been working hard to improve his game.
“I’m just here to work as hard as I can and just push myself to the next level and be ready for my time when it comes in the NHL,” said Morrison during camp.
Specifically, the technically-sound Morrison noted a desire to improve his strength and vision.
“Yeah, I think just working on my hands,” said Morrison. “Making sure I’m following pucks and just watching them right into my glove and blocker, and then just getting stronger.”
In his address to the media on the second day of Development Camp, Bruins Assistant General Manager remarked that the team plans to play whatever goalie stands out, regardless of his pedigree or experience.
Referencing the litter of B’s prospects, Sweeney stated, “Ultimately, they’re going to dictate that as to when guys can play. If they stop more pucks, chances are they’re going to play – no matter where they’re at.”
Morrison, who signed an entry-level contract with the B’s back in March, planned to capitalize on the open competition and prove he’s worthy of earning the starting job in Providence for the upcoming season.
“Absolutely,” Morrison said when asked if he felt he could be the starting goaltender in Providence. “I believe in myself as a goaltender 100-percent. I still have areas I need to improve on, but by no means do I feel out of the race for that job.”
The animated goalie mask may show the young backstop’s sense of humor, but Morrison’s eagerness to contribute is no joking matter.