April 02, 2011

Bernie Morris

Did you know the first American based team to win the Stanley Cup was the Seattle Metropolitans. Representing the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, the western equal of the NHL back then, the Mets won it in 1917, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3 games to 1 (best of five final).

The star of the Seattle Mets was this man, Bernie Morris. Morris would have been the obvious choice as Stanley Cup MVP had they had such an award back then. He led all contestants with 14 goals in the 4 game series, including 6 goals in game 3.

The versatile forward had scored 23 goals in 18 regular season games. He was the fan favorite in Seattle, starring there from 1916 through 1923. He did miss much of two seasons due to World War I. He did not serve with the military, which was exactly the problem. Morris, who was born in Brandon, Manitoba, missed remainder of 1918-19 and majority of 1919-20 seasons after being charged for Draft Evasion by U.S. authorities, March 16, 1918. He was sentenced to serve time on Alcatraz Island. All charges were dropped in 1920.

Morris returned to the ice but was never quite the same. After a couple of seasons back with Seattle he moved to Calgary to play with the Tigers before bouncing around a few leagues and cities. He did play 6 games with the Boston Bruins (2 goals) in 1925. That would be his only taste of NHL action.

It is very safe to say that Bernie Morris is one of the long forgotten greats in Stanley Cup history.

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