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Joshua T. Morrissey (born March 28, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Jets in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Josh Morrissey
Born (1995-03-28) March 28, 1995 (age 24)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
NHL team Winnipeg Jets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2013
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 2014–present

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Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

As a youth, Morrissey played in the 2007 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Calgary Flames minor ice hockey team.[1] He was selected by the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Prince Albert Raiders in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft after skating for Calgary Royals Gold, and being named the top bantam defenceman in southern Alberta.[2] Morrissey made his WHL debut in 2010 skating in five games with Prince Albert, spending most of the season with the Calgary Royals midget AAA team, and competing for Team Alberta during the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He helped lead Alberta to a bronze medal.

In the 2012–13 season, Morrissey led Prince Albert defenceman in points, scoring 15 goals and 32 assists to go with a +14 plus-minus rating and 91 penalty minutes. The Raiders finished with a winning record for the first time since 2003–04.

In the subsequent off-season, Morrissey was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Morrissey was named captain of the Raiders.[3] On October 3, 2013, the Winnipeg Jets signed him to three-year, two-way contract,[4] although he returned to Prince Albert for the season. He finished as the second-leading scorer in the WHL during the 2013–14 season, recording 28 goals and 45 assists (73 points) in 59 regular season games, along with a +6 plus-minus rating and 59 penalty minutes. The Raiders were fourth in the East Division before being swept by the eventual 2014 Memorial Cup champions, the Edmonton Oil Kings, in the first round.

On December 10, 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Morrissey was traded to the Kelowna Rockets.[5] He would help lead the Rockets to the WHL championship as well as to the final of the 2015 Memorial Cup, which they lost to the Oshawa Generals.

ProfessionalEdit

Morrissey was called-up to Winnipeg's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps, during the 2013–14 season, playing eight regular season games as well as 20 games in the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs.[6] The Jets assigned him to the Manitoba Moose (their new AHL affiliate) the following season, although they briefly called him up late in the season to make his NHL debut in a home game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 5, 2016.[7][8]

Morrissey scored his first career NHL goal on November 15, 2016, in a 4–0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.[9] He finished his first full season with the Jets with 6 goals and 20 points in 82 games. During his second season with the Jets, Morrissey recorded 26 points in 81 games to help the Jets qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. During the first round, Morrissey was suspended one game for cross checking Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild.[10]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Canada
World Championships
  2017 Germany/France
IIHF World U20 Championship
  2015 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
  2013 Russia
  2012 Czech Republic

Morrissey has represented Canada in several International tournaments, including the IIHF World U18 Championships, the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the IIHF World U20 Championships. Morrissey was instrumental in helping the under-18 team win gold at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships, as well as the under-20 team at the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. He was named to the 2015 World Junior All-Star First Team, finishing with four points and a +9 plus-minus rating.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 5 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 68 10 28 38 60
2012–13 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 70 15 32 47 91 4 0 1 1 9
2013–14 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 59 28 45 73 59 4 1 2 3 6
2013–14 St. John's IceCaps AHL 8 0 1 1 2 20 2 7 9 20
2014–15 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 27 7 14 21 28
2014–15 Kelowna Rockets WHL 20 6 11 17 34 13 2 12 14 24
2015–16 Manitoba Moose AHL 57 3 19 22 47
2015–16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 6 14 20 38
2017–18 Winnipeg Jets NHL 81 7 19 26 47 16 1 1 2 6
2018–19 Winnipeg Jets NHL 59 6 25 31 14 6 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 223 19 58 77 99 22 1 2 3 6

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada Pacific U17 5th 5 1 1 2 10
2012 Canada WJC18   7 0 3 3 22
2012 Canada IH18   5 1 8 9 14
2013 Canada WJC18   7 3 4 7 4
2014 Canada WJC 4th 7 1 2 3 4
2015 Canada WJC   7 1 3 4 0
2017 Canada WC   10 0 1 1 6
Junior totals 38 7 21 28 54
Senior totals 10 0 1 1 6

Awards and honoursEdit

Honour Year
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal 2012 [12]
IIHF World U18 Championship Gold Medal 2013 [13]
WHL First All-Star Team (East) 2013–14 [14]
IIHF World U20 Championships – Gold Medal 2015
IIHF World U20 Championships All-Tournament Team 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Josh Morrissey prospect profile". Hockey'sFuture.com. June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Raiders Name Captains". raiderhockey.com. September 26, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Winnipeg Jets sign Josh Morrissey to $1.4m deal". CBC Sports. October 3, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Josh Morrissey joins brother Jake in Kelowna". Calgary Sun. December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Morrissey make professional debut". National Hockey League. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Moose are loose". Winnipeg Free Press. October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jets Morrissey make debut in Manitoba". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. March 16, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Kuc, Chris. "Tuesday's recap: Jets 4, Blackhawks 0". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Johnston, Mike (April 18, 2018). "Jets' Morrissey suspended one game for cross-checking Wild's Staal". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "2015 World Juniors All-Tournament Team". nhl.com. January 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "22 CHL players win U18 Gold". Canadian Hockey League. May 1, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  13. ^ Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team wins gold medal at 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship
  14. ^ "WHL Announces All-Stars & Awards". Western Hockey League. May 1, 2014. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jacob Trouba
Winnipeg Jets first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Nikolaj Ehlers