When Prince Albert Minto head coach Ken Morrison was a young man, he was a pretty talented hockey player in his own right.
In fact, he was good enough to be named to the University of Saskatchewan’s all-decade team for the 1980s, which will be unveiled this weekend when the University Cup is held at Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon.
“It’s a nice honour to be included in that group,” said Morrison on Sunday prior to guiding his Mintos into a Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League semifinal series against the Saskatoon Blazers. “I had no idea what they were doing, but I guess in between the second and third periods of the games they will be introducing different decades.”
Morrison followed up an outstanding junior career with four more exceptional years with the Huskies.
As a junior, Morrison scored 179 goals for the Prince Albert Raiders and Kamloops Blazers from 1982-86 and was a member of the 1985 Memorial Cup championship team in Prince Albert. After being traded to Kamloops for his final year, Morrison made a return trip to the national championship, but was denied a second straight ring.
At the U of S, Morrison scored 116 goals in his four years, which is still a Canada West record. His 224 points are second most all-time for the Huskies and that production got him two Canada West all-star selections in addition to a pair of CIAU all-Canadian honours.
Morrison, who played with the Huskies from 1987-90, will be joined by goaltender Ross McKay (1985-88), former Raider defenseman Robin Bartel (1983), defenseman Ken Lovsin (1987-88), defenseman Rob McKeckney (1985-87, 1989-90), forward Willie Desjardins (1979-83) and forward Dennis Fenske (1982-86).
With the Mintos in the middle of their playoffs, Morrison wasn’t sure if he would be able to go to the celebration this weekend, but things have worked out in his favour.
“I think it is Friday afternoon so it is possible for me to go,” says Morrison. “Now that we know when we play the Blazers, I will try and make it.”
Morrison, who graduated from the U of S with an education degree, is presently a vice-principal at Carlton Comprehensive High School.