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Q & A With Brendan Morrison

Friday, 03.13.2009 / 4:37 PM CT / Feature
By Graham Clark  - DallasStars.com
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Q & A With Brendan Morrison

Brendan Morrison’s game-winning goal against the Hurricanes on March 12 was his first point as a Dallas Star and leaves him just three points shy of 500 career NHL points. Brendan sat down with DallasStars.com after practice Friday to answer a few questions in this exclusive Q&A.


Q: What do you think is the biggest difference between playing in a Canadian US city than in the US city?

A: The biggest thing is the exposure of the game. The media is huge and the sports and talk radio is about hockey pretty much all the time. We have other sports, like football and baseball, but hockey is by far the biggest sport. The national sports media in Canada, TSN, starts with hockey and ends with hockey every day.

Q: What’s it like coming to Dallas where your brother-in-law, Daryl Reaugh, is on the Stars broadcast?

A: It’s nice anytime you know someone before you come to a new team. I got to catch him sometimes on TV when we weren’t playing on my other teams.

Q: What was your perception of the Stars before you came here?

A:  I knew it was a real first class organization. I am good buddies with Marty (Turco) and Razor has been here for a lot of years too, so I knew they did everything first class. Before I came they always talked about how great the organization is. The facilities and practice rink are both very nice. They do everything they can to get their guys ready to go for the games.

Q: Who was your biggest rival when you played for Michigan and what are some of your fondest memories from Ann Arbor?

A: The Spartans, definitely (Michigan State). Winning the national championship would have to be my best memory. It was my junior year in 1996 and we beat Colorado College in overtime.

Q: If you were not playing hockey what would you be doing?

A:  My passion is fishing. If I could be a professional fisherman (laughs), I would definitely do that if it was possible. If not, I got my degree in Economics from Michigan so I would probably do something in the business world.

Q: Favorite fishing spot/best fishing story?

A: British Columbia salmon fishing is huge. I like salmon and halibut fishing. I like fishing for freshwater fish also like steelhead, which is a really difficult fish to catch, but it’s a lot of fun when you do. A buddy of mine has a place back home about an hour from my house and we go for sturgeon there. The biggest fish I ever caught there was about a nine-foot sturgeon.

Q: Who was your favorite player growing up and favorite NHL team?

A: My favorite player was definitely Wayne Gretzky growing up, like a lot of guys my age. In the 1980s, those Oilers teams were so fun to watch. It looked like they had a lot of fun out there.

Q: Why did you decide to go to play in college rather than play in Juniors?

A: At the time they did not have a Draft and teams would protect certain players, I was protected by the Portland Winterhawks. They were trying to get me to play there but I think the biggest reason for me was to get my degree for my education. Back then, I felt that there were more and more players making the jump to the NHL from the college level and I think if you were a good enough player you were going to get there no matter which route you took.

Q: You are three points away from 500 career NHL points, what does that mean to you?

A: When you are kind of in the moment you don’t really think about it that much. Maybe when everything is said and done it will be something special to look back on. I would have liked to get there a lot quicker but the last couple years have been a little injury riddled. Closing in on it, you look back and think about the great teammates and linemates, like the special ones in Vancouver (Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi) I had for a few years. It’s a fun thing and when you are scoring goals when you are supposed to score goals, it makes it fun.

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