Brendan Morrison

Title Brendan Morrison
Artist Glen Greensides
Medium Wood Carving
Location Pitt Meadows Arena
Year Installed 2012
Funded By Donation (Mountain Festival Society); Brendan Morrison and his family
Also thanks to Maple Ridge Mountain Festival Society; Spirit of Wood Festival; Maple Ridge Arts Council; Meadow Ridge Rotary Club; Nustadia Recreation; Graphix Unlimited; Beckville Woodcrafts; Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services; The City of Pitt Meadows; Government of British Columbia; Government of Canada

Originally from Pitt Meadows, Brendan Morrison was a scoring sensation in minor hockey. He came up through the Maple Ridge Minor Hockey Association and was such a standout, he attracted the attention of the NCAA. Brendan chose college over Junior Hockey, attending the University of Michigan, where he helped the wolverines win the national championship in 1996, scoring the winning goal in overtime. In 1997, Brendan won college hockey’s most prestigious honour – the Hobey Baker memorial Award, presented to the most outstanding player in college hockey. 

Brendan started his NHL career with New Jersey Devils in December of 1997 when he was drafted 39th overall in the NHL entry draft in December of 1997. He proceeded to score his first NHL goal in his first game on his first shot. Brendan went on to spend two and a half years with the New Jersey Devils before being traded to his hometown Vancouver Canucks in March of 2000. He was thrilled to be coming home to play for the Canucks and this deal was instrumental in his career development. Being a local player, he was welcomed with a tremendous amount of support from the entire province of BC. 

Brendan went on to play for the Canucks for seven seasons and these years proved to be the most successful in his career. During the 2001 -2002 campaign Brendan was united with Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi and this marked the beginning of what was widely considered to be the most effective line combination in the NHL for several years.  This line was dubbed the “West Coast Express” and they were known for playing a fast and entertaining style. Over the course of his tenure with the Canucks, Brendan proved to be a dependable player as he held the Ironman record with the Canucks for consecutive regular season games played with 534. Brendan ended his career with the Canucks ninth overall on the team's all-time scoring list with 136 goals and 257 assists for 393 points in 543 games.

Since his tenure in Vancouver, Brendan has played for the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, and Chicago Blackhawks. He has posted career numbers of 934 games played with 200 goals and 401 assists for 601 points.

Internationally, Brendan has represented Canada on three occasions at the World Championships winning a gold medal in Prague in 2004 and silver medal in Vienna in 2005.

At the unveiling of the wood carving in 2012, Brendan spoke about his memories of many practices at the Pitt Meadows Arena and his pride in being a past resident of Pitt Meadows, and encouraged young Pitt Meadows athletes to work hard toward their goals and dreams.