Scott Morrison Podcast Interview
In today’s show I interview former Canadian forward Scott Morrison.
Scott spent 10 seasons here in the UK playing for 6 different hockey teams.
Twist of fate
At the end of the 1986 – 87 season Scott had decided to retire.
He was a member of the Brantford Motts Clamatos Allan Cup winning team, lead the play offs in scoring and was voted MVP of the Championship winning series.
He’d decided to retire from the game at age 22 and took a full time job with shipping giant TNT as an assistant manager with their home delivery service.
However, by an amazing twist of fate, his life was to take an incredible turn.
As Scott explains;
One Tuesday afternoon, I received a call from a player agent asking if I’d like to go play in England!
The player agent had called my old coach to check another players CV, this player had copied my achievements and stats to his own resume!
The coach immediately recognised this and gave the agent my number
3 days later I was stepping off a plane at Newcastle Airport.
Interestingly the Brantford Motts Clamatos team also included, future Ayr Bruins GM, Don Edwards and a certain Rocky Saganiuk.
Scott flew out on the Saturday night, landed the next day and instantly became a hero with the Warriors fans.
I landed in Newcastle Sunday morning, played against the Billingham Bombers that evening and despite being out of condition and carrying a few extra pounds, I managed to score a hat trick.
By the end of the season the Warriors, with other imports Luc Cabot and current Toronto Maple Leafs coach, Mike Babcock had had their best season ever.
The team had finished as league runners up and Wembley Play off semi finalists.
Scott was the League’s top scorer and Player of the year.
We move on to talk of his time with his other teams, the Humberside Seahawks, Billingham Bombers, Basingstoke Bison, Newcastle Warriors and the Ayr Scottish Eagles.
I also ask about his part as an “extra” in an episode of the TV series Spender, staring Jimmy Nail.
Yeah you get to see my butt on TV!
It was an interesting experience being a TV extra.
It took about three days of shooting at the Hillheads rink
Interesting, interesting experience.
Moving on and I asked Scott about his time with the Basingstoke Bison and why he chose to return back to the North East after just 14 games.
Incredibly, in his first game back in the Warriors colours he scored the game winning goal against, the Basingstoke Bison!
All in all Scott had 10 terrific seasons playing hockey in the UK.
He met his wife here and his daughter was born here and all because some other player had tried to cheat the system by using Scott’s resume as his own!
It’s a funny old life!
You can also listen to Podcast interviews from Scott’s alumni of former team mates:
Simon Leach (Whitley) Episode S1 E19
Hilton Ruggles (Whitley) Episode S1 E24
Luc Chabot (Whitley) Episode S2 E04
Frank Killen (Humberside) Episode S1 E12
Todd Bidner (Humberside) Episode S1 E27
Anthony Payne (Newcastle) Episode S3 E06
Peter “Jonker” Johnson (Humberside) Episode S4 E01
Dave Whistle (Billingham) Episode S3 E07
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