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COYOTES SIGN GOALTENDER MIKE MORRISON

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Mike Morrison to a one-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last season, his first in the NHL, Morrison collected a record of 11-4-3 with a 2.95 goals against average (GAA) and .882 save percentage (SV%) in 25 combined games with Edmonton and Ottawa.  The 26-year-old native of Medford, Massachusetts was 10-4-2 with a 2.83 GAA and .884 SV% in 20 games with Edmonton.  Following the Oilers' acquisition of netminder Dwayne Roloson, Morrison was placed on waivers and claimed by Ottawa on Mar. 9.  In four appearances with the Senators, the 6-foot-3, 194-pound goaltender compiled a record of 1-0-1, 3.48 GAA and .875 SV%.

"I am very excited to be coming to Phoenix," said Morrison.  "The Coyotes are a first-class organization that is committed to winning. I am looking forward to playing for Wayne Gretzky and learning from Curtis Joseph and Grant Fuhr, a Hall of Fame goaltender."

Prior to last season, Morrison spent two campaigns in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Toronto in 2003-04 and Edmonton in 2004-05.  He also played in the ECHL for Columbus in 2002-03 and Greenville in 2004-05.

Morrison played four collegiate seasons at the University of Maine.  As a senior in 2001-02, the goaltender posted a record of 20-3-4 and 2.19 GAA and was named to the Hockey East First All-Star Team.  During his college career, Morrison registered a 32-8-9 record and 2.19 GAA in 63 games.

Morrison was selected by Edmonton in the 7th round (186th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

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