EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Mike Morrison, who began his professional career with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the ECHL. Edmonton is the NHL affiliate of the Greenville Grrrowl.
In his first professional season in 2002-03, the 6-3 and 194-pound Morrison was 9-18-6 with a goals-against average of 3.48 and a save percentage of .892 in 38 games with Columbus.
Selected in the seventh round (186th overall) by Edmonton in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old Morrison was 12-8-2 with three shutouts and a team-leading goals-against average of 2.52 and a save percentage of .913 in 27 games with Toronto of the American Hockey League in 2003-04. Recalled to Edmonton in February 2004, Morrison dressed as a back-up to Tommy Salo for the Oilers games at Nashville on February 15 and Detroit on February 16, but did not see any playing time.
There were former ECHL coaches behind the benches of 14 of the 28 teams in the American Hockey League and all 28 teams in the AHL had an ECHL player take the ice for them in 2003-04. The ECHL had affiliation agreements with 21 of the 28 teams in the AHL and there were over 90 players on AHL contracts in the ECHL in 2003-04. There were more than 220 players that played in both the ECHL and the AHL in 2003-04 and the ECHL had 425 call-ups, involving 234 players, to the AHL during the regular season.
For the 15th consecutive season, an ECHL player is a member of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Champion. In addition to Claude Noel, who is in his first season as head coach, Milwaukee had eight players and radio announcer Kyle Schultz, who are all alumni of the ECHL.