Kenney Morrison

Hometown:

Lloydminster Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

210 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Kenney Morrison played for the Lloydminster Tanroc Bobcats midget AAA team in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. He had 7 assists with 14 penalty minutes in 34 games. The Bobcats finished seventh in the Dodge Division, one point out of a playoff spot. 

2009-10: Morrison played one game of junior A hockey with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and was one of the top defensemen for the Bobcats’ midget AAA team. He had no points with 2 penalty minutes in his only AJHL game. Morrison scored 7 goals with 18 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 35 regular season as the Tanroc Bobcats finished first in the Dodge Division. Lloydminster reached the AMHL finals before falling to Chrysler Division champion Red Deer. Morrison scored 2 goals with 7 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. 

2010-11: Morrison moved to British Columbia to skate for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the BCHL. He scored 8 goals with 27 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games. The Bulldogs finished sixth in the Coastal Division and were swept by Langley in a first-round playoff series. Morrison had 2 assists with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was selected by the Omaha Lancers in the fifth round (71st overall) in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft. 

2011-12: Morrison joined the USHL’s Omaha Lancers and committed to playing college hockey at Western Michigan University in 2012-13 in November. He scored 15 goals with 19 assists and was +4 with 44 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games. The Lancers finished second in the Western Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Morrison was -5 with no points nor penalties in three playoff games. 

2012-13: Morrison skated in 38 games for Western Michigan University as a freshman. He was the team’s third-leading scorer with 7 goals and 13 assists and was -2 with 32 penalty minutes. The Broncos finished third in the CCHA but were swept by eighth-place Michigan in the conference tournament quarterfinals and did not receive an NCAA tournament at-large bid.

2013-14: Morrison led Western Michigan defensemen in scoring for the second straight year in his sophomore season with the  Broncos. He scored 4 goals with 15 assists in 40 games and was +2 with 83 penalty minutes. Western Michigan finished tied with Minnesota-Duluth for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Broncos reached the semifinals of the NCHC tournament but did not receive an NCAA tournament bid after falling to North Dakota in the conference’s third-place game. 

2014-15: Morrison signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Calgary in March 2015 following his junior season at Western Michigan. He scored 5 goals with 10 assists and was -1 with 36 penalty minutes in 37 games in his final season of college hockey. Western Michigan finished seventh in the NCHC. The Broncos took first-place Miami to a decisive third game in the conference quarterfinals, falling 4-0. 

Talent Analysis

Morrison a big defender with heavy, accurate shot from the point. Despite that powerful shot, he didn't score many goals during his three-year college career. Defensively, his game steadily improved and he is a well-rounded player.

Future

Morrison attended his first NHL training camp with the Flames and barring any surprises or injuries will begin his pro career with Calgary AHL affiliate Stockton in 2015-16. The Flames have a wealth of young defense prospects in their system but Morrison's combination of size and all-around play make him an option to play in all situations. He could be one of the first players called up by Calgary if an injury occurs.

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