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Catching Up With Brendan Morrison

The Vancouver Province recently caught up with former Vancouver Canucks standout Brendan Morrison and asked him what he's been up to since retiring:

I am still based in Calgary (Morrison played for the Flames in 2010-11 and 2011-12), going into our fourth year right now. It’s kind of the way things worked out, the kids are settled in school. And, to be honest, we were kind of tired of moving because I’d done enough of that the last couple years I played. I started a company in Calgary a year ago in January that supplies equipment to the oil and gas industry. I also do some commercial real estate.

The Province also pointed out Morrison has become a bit of a television star thanks to his passion for fishing. Morrison hosts SportFishing Adventures on Wild TV.

Yes, we’re in our third season, myself and Chris Burns, the ex-CFL player. We’re co-hosts, and to have the opportunity to travel to different lodges in different locations; it’s been a lot of fun.

Morrison was one of the more underrated players of his day. He was overshadowed by his more famous linemates on Vancouver's West Coast Express line, which was arguably the best line in hockey for a couple of seasons. "Mo" was the man in the middle of a three-pronged attack that features 2003 Lester B. Pearson Award winner Markus Naslund and power forward Todd Bertuzzi. While Naslund brought the flash and Bertuzzi brought the brash, Morrison brought a dash of hockey sense, patience and defensive conscience.

"He creates a lot, giving us the puck and jumping into the holes," Naslund said. "He drives the net, and he's doing all the dirty work down low. It's a tiring job. I don't think he gets the recognition he deserves."

Yes, it worked out really well for Morrison, a native of Pitt Meadows, BC, and the Canucks, who traded Alexander Mogilny to New Jersey to get him.

When asked if he would consider a return to the hockey world in some capacity, Morrison, who has an economics degree from University of Michigan, said:

I was actually offered a position with a team last year to come back and be involved right away. I just wanted to take a break, a year off and spend more time with the family. I just felt I owed it to them after travelling for 15 years. Getting back into hockey still hasn’t been ruled out. I still follow the game and you never know if I’ll be back in it.

Here's the full interview.


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