A young Morrison with the Denver Pioneers
Morrison was a NCAA All-American with Denver
Morrison made his NHL debut with St. Louis
Morrison is introduced as the newest Fighting Saint by Glen Sonmor
photo courtesy of VintageMinnesotaHockey.com
It was during the next season that George would achieve the finest season of his professional career and cap it off in stunning fashion. Going into the final game of the 1973-74 season against the Vancouver Blazers, Morrison had 36 goals, needing four to join teammates Mike "Shakey" Walton and former Blues teammate Wayne Connelly with 40 or more goals.
The speedy Morrison in flight for the Fighting Saints against
a background of the clear dasherboards used at the St. Paul Civic Center,
the only rink in North America to install them.
Of course, when you're hot like that your teammates will try to set you up for the rest of the night, especially knowing you need one more to reach 40, which George was later able to get for a four goal night to finish his season in style, joining Connelly (42) and Walton (57) as those who hit 40 for the Fighting Saints that year.
Sadly, that remarkable record died with the WHA and is a forgotten achievement today, although Morrison's stick from that game does reside in the archives of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
In today's video section, a look back at the Minnesota Fighting Saints first season, featuring the late Glen Sonmor, which shows both the early season gold "S" jerseys and the later white "Little Saint" jerseys. Sharp eyed viewers will be able to spot #9 Morrison during the video.
Additionally, the early season footage of the gold jerseys shows the team playing in the antiquated St. Paul Auditorium while the finishing touches were being put on the new St. Paul Civic Center, easily identifiable by its clear boards.