Monday, March 3, 2008

George Morrison

This is George Morrison. He's hardly a legend of hockey. He played 115 games over 2 NHL seasons with the St. Louis Blues, scoring 17 career goals. He had a lot more luck with the University of Denver, winning the NCAA championship in 1969, and in the WHA, where he scored 123 goals over 5 nice campaigns in the 1970s.

While he isn't a hockey legend per se, he is the focal point of a legendary story involving himself, Scotty Bowman and hot dog.

During the 1970-71 the Blues were in Los Angeles playing the Kings. It was the dying minutes of the game and Morrison still had not seen the ice all game.

He finally gave up all hope that coach Scotty Bowman was going to use him that night, so he decided to get himself a snack. He convinced an arena usher to bring him a hot dog and a soft drink.

Waiting for the coach to be watching the play in the opposite direction, Morrison would sneak a couple of bites before, much to his surprise, Bowman called his name. "Morrison! Get out there and kill that penalty."

Not wanting to get caught pulling this stunt, the startled Morrison slipped the hot dog down the cuff of his glove and leaped onto the ice.

In the midst of a fierce battle for the puck, Morrison was jolted and the hot dog flew high into the air, mustard and relish flying in all directions!

"I never did find out if Scotty knew it was me who had the hot dog in my glove," he recalled. "But I'm sure he suspected it was me. He must have, because it was a long time before he played me again."

3 comments:

Anonymous,  November 13, 2008 at 5:44 PM  

George passed away this week from brain cancer. He was quite a guy and I have known him since the late 70's. The hot dog story was one of many that he told while lighting up any room he happened to occupy. He will be missed and fondly remembered.

Anonymous,  November 16, 2008 at 7:31 AM  

I've known George as a friend living in the Beach area of Toronto and had many a laughs talking to him. He told me so many stories. He was one of the Blues players on the ice, the time that Bobby Orr scored that diving goal against the Blues to win the cup in 1970 and George's favorite line to me was, "I was covering my man" He will be missed. R Rox

Anonymous,  November 7, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

i met george when he lived in saratoga springs ny and he use to bring some old hockey friends to stay during the great thoroughbred meet.george had a big heart and a proud man.i was so sad to hear when he took sick and died and i often drive by his old house in saratoga because i miss him dearly.he brought many smkiles in the community and to me and john deconno 2 of his newest friends since moving to ny.

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