Former Salmon Kings' General Manager & Head Coach Named to Winnipeg Jets' AHL Staff
Victoria, BC - RG Sports & Entertainment is very proud to announce that former Victoria Salmon Kings' General Manager and Head Coach Mark Morrison has been hired as the Assistant Coach of the Winnipeg Jets' American Hockey League Affiliate in St. John's, NL.
Morrison, 48, joins newly appointed Head Coach Keith McCambridge behind the bench in St. John's, NL. He has spent the past five seasons coaching the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings, coaching against McCambridge for two of those seasons when McCambridge was head man in Alaska.
"We would like to congratulate Mark on taking the next step in his coaching career," RG Sports & Entertainment President Dave Dakers said. "We would like to thank Mark for his efforts and dedication to the Victoria Salmon Kings and RG Sports & Entertainment over the last six years and wish him all the best moving forward."
The long time Victoria resident began his coaching career in 2005-06 as an Assistant Coach with the Salmon Kings. The 2006-07 season saw Morrison take over as Head Coach 27 games into the season. It was a post he would hold through the 2010-11 season.
Morrison was the longest tenured and winningest coach in Salmon Kings' history guiding the team to a record of 173-133-27 during his time. He also led the team to the playoffs in each of his five seasons. Last year, Morrison and the Salmon Kings reached the Western Confernce Final of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Morrison is well known to the Victoria hockey community, beginning his junior hockey career as a member of the Western Hockey League's Victoria Cougars in the 1979-80 season. Collecting 394 points in 191 games, the team's all-time career record, Morrison was taken 51st overall by the New York Rangers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. At the age of 19, he notched his first NHL goal at Madison Square Garden against the Chicago Blackhawks.
In 1981, Morrison was named as a member of the Team Canada squad that captured the gold medal at the World Junior Championships. He was also the captain of the 1982 team that captured the bonze medal. Morrison later continued his international experience with the Canadian National Team in 1983-84 and 1988-89. He later played 15 seasons in Europe, playing three seasons in Italy with Merano and Milan and another 12 seasons in Scotland with the Fife Flyers.
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