Sunday, March 25, 2012GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris
will play in his 1,000th career NHL game tonight when the Coyotes host the St. Louis Blues at Jobing.com Arena. Game time is 6:00 p.m.
Morris will become only the 278th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000th game milestone, and only the fifth player in franchise history to reach the 1,000th game plateau (Adrian Aucoin
, Ed Jovanovski, Shane Doan
& Teppo Numminen). Active NHL-ers to hit the 1,000-game mark previously this season include Hal Gill (Nashville), Joe Thornton (San Jose), Dainius Zubrus (New Jersey), Vinny Prospal (Columbus), Mike Knuble (Washington), Olli Jokinen (Calgary), Patrik Elias (New Jersey), Matt Cullen (Minnesota), Tomas Holmstrom (Detroit), Chris Phillips (Ottawa) and Zdeno Chara (Boston).
“On behalf of the entire Phoenix Coyotes organization, I would like to congratulate Derek on reaching this significant milestone,” said Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. “Derek is a true professional who is respected by all of his teammates and we appreciate his dedication to our franchise.”
The 6-foot, 215 pound Morris was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames (first round, 13th overall) in the 1996 Entry Draft. In 14 NHL seasons with the Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Coyotes, the 33-year-old native of Edmonton, Alberta has recorded 87-308-395 and 917 penalty minutes (PIM) in 999 career NHL games. Morris has also appeared in 21 career Stanley Cup playoff games registering 1-8-9 and 17 PIM. Among active NHL defenseman who have reached the 1,000-game milestone, Morris currently ranks eighth in points (395), eighth in goals (87) and seventh in assists with 308.
Morris’ best season came during the 2002-03 campaign with the Avalanche when he set career highs in goals (11), assists (37), points (48) and GWG (7). He was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 1998 with the Flames.
In International competition, Morris has represented Team Canada on three occasions at the IIHF World Championship. After appearances in 1999 and 2001, he won his first gold medal with Canada at the 2004 World Championship in the Czech Republic, contributing five assists in the gold-medal effort.