October 25, 2013

Covered: Morris Mott

This a Goal magazine from 1973 featuring the now-defunct California Golden Seals. Marv Edwards is the goalie in the frame. Morris Mott, one of hockey's most interesting stories, skates in front of him.

Morris Mott was a terrific skater and penalty killer. The diminutive Mott represented Canada in 3 World Championships (winning 2 bronze medals) and 1 Olympics (1968, winning a bronze medal) before playing a minor role with the NHL's California Golden Seals.

Before joining the Seals Morris attended two years at Queen's University where he was studying history. Perhaps his only greater love than hockey was Canadian history

Mott played 3 years in California. Because of his lack of size he wasn't given much of a chance to show any of his offensive gifts, but he proudly excelled as a defensive specialist and penalty killer. His breakaway speed was his best hockey attribute. As he played with the Seals continued working on his doctorate in history. A professional athlete excelling at scholastics while still playing his sport was a rarity back then (and today for that matter). The Sporting News editors were so impressed that they ran a full page article on him in the 1973-74 season.

Mott left the Seals in the summer of 1975 and returned to a venue he really loved - international hockey. He signed with Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League and did quite well for himself, scoring 16 goals in 36 games. Following the completion of the Swedish season, Mott finished the year by playing 2 games for the WHA Winnipeg Jets before hanging up the blades for good.

Since his hockey days Mott has evolved into a University professor (in Brandon, Manitoba) specializing in Canadian history.

Here's the full Morris Mott biography

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