The Manitoba Moose have announced the team’s head coach for the 2021-22 American Hockey League season will be Mark Morrison.
A familiar face within the organization, the 58-year-old spent four years as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets’ former AHL affiliate St. John’s IceCaps from 2011-15, before relocating to Winnipeg where he remained as an assistant with the Moose for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
Morrison joined Randy Carlyle and the Anaheim Ducks in 2017-18, where he has served as an assistant ever since.
Following a strong junior career with the former Victoria Cougars, the Prince George, BC product went on to pursue professional hockey, to which he dipped his toes at the NHL level of play in the early 1980s. Unable to stick in North America, Morrison travelled overseas, where he suited up for many seasons in Switzerland, Italy and most memorably, Great Britain.
Morrison finished his playing career in 2005 after 12 seasons as a player-coach with the Fife Flyers of the British National League. He joined the ECHL’s Victoria Salmon Kings in 2006-07, where he spent five years as a head coach/GM, serving as the ECHL affiliate to the Manitoba Moose.
From there, the rest is history.
In his Zoom availability on Monday, Morrison said that accepting this job as head coach of the Moose is something that he wanted for the past 10 years. As a coach who enjoys player development, Morrison said he is excited for the opportunity to help turn every day Manitoba Moose players into every day Winnipeg Jets players.
The 2021-22 AHL regular season is set to begin on Friday, October 15.