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Bernie Morris, RW/C



- 5'7", 145 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1917)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1920, 1924)
- PCHA First All-Star Team (1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1922)
- PCHA Second All-Star Team (1921, 1923)
- Top-10 in PCHA Goals 7 times (1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th)
- Top-10 in PCHA Assists 6 times (1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 6th)
- Top-10 in PCHA Points 7 times (1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th)
- 6th in goals, 10th in assists, 7th in points in his one WCHL season (1924)
- Stanley Cup scoring leader (1917)
- 2nd in playoff scoring behind Howie Morenz (1924)
- SPHL Scoring Leader (1912)
- 175 Goals, 85 Assists, 260 Points in 217 Top-level games
- 19 goals, 10 assists, 29 Points in 22 Top-level playoff games

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Originally Posted by The Trail Of The Stanley Cup, Vol. 1
With the addition of Morris, the Mets had a team that was always a contender. Morris was a very versatile player and was used at both RW and Centre. He was a great favourite with the Seattle fans for eight years and they were sorry to see him traded to Calgary, where he had one more good year. He figured on four championship teams, played in three cup series and was on one Stanley Cup winner.

In his first two years at Seattle he centred a line of Jack Walker and ***** ****** with Frank Foyston at rover, alternating with Foyston at Rover. He was the scoring leader in his first year and in the 1917 cup series, when the Mets defeated Candiens three games to one, Bernie scored 14 goals in four games, the best effort since the days of Frank McGee.

The next year he centred ****** and Gord Roberts while in 1919 he played RW on a line with Foyston and ****** and the Mets won another championship... He was chosen for the PCHA All-Star Teams of 1918 and 1919... He had three more good years with Seattle centering Foyston and *** *****. Two of those years they were in the playoffs but lost to Vancouver.

He was traded to Calgary in 1924, where playing on a line with ***** ****** and Rusty Crawford he was a big factor in the Tigers winning the championship of the WCHL.
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Originally Posted by Total Hockey
A goal-scoring star who helped bring the first Stanley Cup to the USA. He is sixth all-time in goals and fifth all-time in points in the PCHA.
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Originally Posted by Lord Stanley's Cup
The goal-scoring star of the year.
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Originally Posted by Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide Of Every Player Who Has Ever Played In the NHL
It was not because of his NHL career that Morris was a legend by the time he retired. He was one of the great players of the PCHA, winning a Stanley Cup with Seattle and establishing himself as one of the great scorers of the game. In the 1917 Finals, he scored 14 goals in the series against Montreal with the great Georges Vezina in the nets. He is not in the HHOF, but some consider his exploits comparable to other PCHA stars such as Cyclone Taylor, Tommy Dunderdale, Mickey MacKay, and Frank Foyston, who are in the Hall. Perhaps his exclusion is because of the 1919-20 season, which he spent in prison after some trouble with U.S. Authorities.
We don't know much about how Morris played, other than he was an offensive whiz. But I did find one passage describing him from his short time with Boston:

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Originally Posted by Globe and Mail, 1/12/1925
Bernie Morris, aggressive little center player...
Bernie Morris' Main claim to fame is being the star of the 1917 Stanley Cup Finals:

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Originally Posted by The Trail Of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1

(game 1, 3-1 Habs) Bernie Morris was the best for Seattle, scoring three of their goals and keeping Vezina hopping with many other attempts.

(game 2, 6-1 Seattle) Bernie Morris and Frank Foyston were the stars.

(game 3, 4-1 Seattle) Bernie Morris was again the star for Seattle.

(game 4, 9-1 Seattle) Bernie Morris was sensational and easily the outstanding star. He scored six goals in this match, raising his total to 14 for the series, the best record since Frank McGee.
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Originally Posted by Backcheck: A Hockey Retrospective
Morris seemed to be the principal fly in the Montreal ointment, the Seattle forward snagging six scores alone.
In all, Seattle outscored Montreal 23-11. Morris scored 14 goals,over half Seattle's total, and more than Montreal scored.

Morris' reputation as a draft dodger is not a reputation that was fairly earned:

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Originally Posted by Seattlehockey.net
The 1918-19 season was the fourth consecutive in which Morris led the Mets in scoring, and confidence in Seattle was high going into the two games, total goals playoff with Vancouver for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. A few hours before the start of the first game Bernie was informed that he was being sought by the authorities on charges of draft evasion. He immediately turned himself in, figuring that it was just a misunderstanding that would be cleared up quickly. He was wrong, and the subsequent investigation and court proceedings not only kept him out of the playoffs and 1919 Stanley Cup finals, but also resulted in his detention at Camp Lewis (now Fort Lewis) for almost a year, preventing him from taking the ice for the 1919-20 season. His name was finally cleared in the spring of 1920, just in time to make the trip east with the Mets for the 1920 Stanley Cup finals against Ottawa. Morris wasn't in game shape, only earning two assists in five games as the Mets lost the series three games to two.
The two assists in 5 games help to skew his playoff numbers downward, but The Trail indicates he was a spare in three of those games, and spares rarely set foot on the ice. Morris had 27 points in his other 17 playoff games.

There should be little doubt that Morris was the offensive catalyst behind the Seattle attack, and perhaps he was a better player than Frank Foyston. Take a look at Seattle's top-4 scorers in every season that Morris was in Seattle: (He missed 1920 thanks to his detention which apparently took a toll on him throughout the 1921 season as well) It is also important to note that Foyston and Morris were born less than one year apart so this is apples-to-apples.

Seattle Metropolitans Scoring Leaders, 1916-1919 and 1921-1923

Name GP G A Pts PIM
1916
Morris, Bernie 18 23 9 32 27
Walker, Jack 18 13 6 19 6
Player A 18 12 5 17 57
Foyston, Frank 18 9 4 13 6
1917
Morris, Bernie 24 37 17 54 17
Foyston, Frank 24 36 12 48 51
Walker, Jack 24 11 15 26 3
Player B 23 9 12 21 45
1918
Morris, Bernie 18 20 12 32 14
Roberts, Gord 18 20 3 23 24
Foyston, Frank 13 9 5 14 9
Player A 17 7 6 13 46
1919
Morris, Bernie 20 22 8 30 15
Foyston, Frank 18 15 4 19 0
Player A 18 11 5 16 37
Walker, Jack 20 9 6 15 9
1921
Foyston, Frank 23 26 4 30 10
Player C 24 23 5 28 19
Morris, Bernie 22 11 12 23 3
Walker, Jack 22 6 4 10 6
1922
Morris, Bernie 24 14 10 24 9
Foyston, Frank 24 16 7 23 25
Player C 24 16 2 18 27
Walker, Jack 20 8 4 12 0
1923
Foyston, Frank 30 20 8 28 21
Player C 30 23 4 27 70
Morris, Bernie 29 21 5 26 30
Walker, Jack 29 13 10 23 4
Totals
Morris, Bernie 155 148 73 221 115
Foyston, Frank 150 131 44 175 122
Walker, Jack 134 60 45 105 28

Morris was scoring 9% goals per game and collecting 61% more assists per game than Foyston, even when you include his off-year. Jack Walker's totals are also included for comparison.

In fact, if you were to cherrypick Foyston's 7 best PCHA seasons (essentially dropping 1916 and 1918 and including 1920, when Morris was gone, and 1924, when Morris was in Calgary) he would have 156 goals and 44 assists for 200 points in 171 games, only approaching Morris' goalscoring rate but not even close in playmaking or total points.

As for how Morris was doing compared to the rest of the PCHA forwards and rovers throughout his career:

PCHA All-Time Forward Scoring Leaders

Name DOB HHOF? GP G A Pts PIM GPG APG PPG Best 5 G Best-5 A Best-5 Pts
Cyclone Taylor 1884 Y 130 159 104 263 65 1.22 0.80 2.02 1, 1, 1, 2, 2 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Tommy Dunderdale 1887 Y 241 194 60 254 494 0.80 0.25 1.05 1, 1, 1, 3, 6 3, 4, 5, 6, 6 1, 1, 3, 3, 5
Smokey Harris 1890 252 156 90 246 416 0.62 0.36 0.98 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 1, 1, 2, 2, 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Mickey MacKay 1894 Y 192 159 82 241 193 0.83 0.43 1.26 1, 1, 2, 5, 6 1, 2, 2, 2, 4 2, 2, 2, 3, 5
Bernie Morris 1890 167 155 76 231 137 0.93 0.46 1.38 1, 2, 2, 2, 4 1, 2, 2, 2, 3 1, 2, 2, 2, 4
Frank Foyston 1891 Y 202 174 53 227 133 0.86 0.26 1.12 1, 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 5, 7, 8, 11 2, 3, 3, 4, 4
Eddie Oatman 1889 195 129 81 210 278 0.66 0.42 1.08 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 3, 4, 4, 5 3, 3, 4, 4, 6
Jack Walker 1888 Y 186 82 58 140 31 0.44 0.31 0.75 4, 7, 9, 9, 11 3, 4, 4, 4, 6 4, 8, 9, 9, 10
Frank Fredrickson 1895 Y 105 93 46 139 83 0.89 0.44 1.32 1, 3, 4, 4, DNP 1, 2, 2, 3, DNP 1, 2, 2, 3, DNP
****** 1885 174 100 30 130 126 0.57 0.17 0.75 3, 5, 6, 8, 8 7, 9, 14, 15, 17 3, 8, 9, 9, 11
****** 1895 164 93 27 120 214 0.57 0.16 0.73 2, 2, 3, 6, 16 7, 9, 13, 15, 15 5, 5, 7, 7, 19
****** 1889 122 91 29 120 203 0.75 0.24 0.98 4, 6, 6, 8, 12 6, 9, 13, 15, 21 5, 6, 8, 9, 13
****** 1888 92 78 39 117 176 0.85 0.42 1.27 4, 5, 8, 8, 11 2, 2, 9, 11, 19 2, 3, 7, 8, 14

The per-game figures and best 5 seasons indicate that Bernie Morris is arguably both the 2nd-best goalscorer and playmaker in PCHA history, behind only the great Cyclone Taylor in both categories.


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