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Derek Morris

Derek Morris registered 20 points in 75 games split between the New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes last year, but signed with Boston as a free agent this summer.  (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Derek Morris registered 20 points in 75 games split between the New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes last year, but signed with Boston as a free agent this summer. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Boston Bruins defenseman

Ht: 6-feet Wt: 221 pounds

DOB: August 24, 1978 In: Edmonton

Hockey Inspirations: "I grew up watching Paul Coffey, being from Alberta, so obviously I enjoyed his game. I like Chris Chelios when he was in Montreal, I liked his game there."

First Hockey Memory: "I can remember going to a small town outside my town called Ponoka and getting beat 7-2, but I was pretty young."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "Fishing, hunting. Obviously, I've got a family so I like spending time with them watching my kids at the hockey rink."

Nicknames: "Mo's about all I get. You know, in hockey you don't get original nicknames, you kind of just get your last name chopped in half, so I got Mo."

Favorite Movies:
"Braveheart."

Last Book Read: "The Last Lecture."

Favorite TV Shows: "CSI."

Musical Tastes: "Metallica."

First Job: "I pumped gas."

First Car: "My first year pro was a Toyota Four-Runner (silver)."

Current Car: "A 2500 Chevy Diesel pick-up truck (black)."

Pre-game Feeling: "I just try to think about moving my feet, playing hard, make it miserable for the other forward to make a tough play. And just really play a simple game. Everything else kind of goes off of that."

Favorite Meal: "Steak."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla."

Greatest Sports Moment: "My first NHL game was my most honored moment."

Most Painful Moment: "First NHL game, I passed one up the middle, it got picked off. For a loss; 3-2 against Detroit. So that one was a little painful. Bittersweet, I guess. (Who got the goal?) I think Yzerman got it, actually. So I should have known better than to pass it through the middle with him, but I was 19 and foolish, you know?"

Favorite Uniforms: "I like the tradition and the history of the Original Six unies."

Closest Hockey Friend(s): "Mike Comrie. I know Paul Mara well. Jarome Iginla is another guy who is a good friend of mine. Rob Blake."

Funniest Player Encountered: "Daniel Carcillo. He's in Philadelphia now. He's got a good personality, he's a real energetic kid. He's got a lot of upbeat. He's kind of funny, witty and quick."

Toughest Competitors: "Brenden Morrow in Dallas is obviously competitive. Competes very, very hard. Skill-wise, Forsberg was really tough to play against. Joe Sakic – quick release. Yzerman."

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Funny Hockey Memory: "I was in Calgary, you probably saw it, we had a streaker one day. The guy jumped over the glass and ran the ice nude, so that was a pretty funny one. We were all laughing. We had a really mean coach, I thought Brian Sutter was a real intense coach, so we didn't know whether to laugh. But after I looked at it, it was pretty funny."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "There's a lot of those. I think, every time you try to pull one off the line and trip or something, it obviously looks bad and everybody laughs. (What do you mean 'pull one off the line?') When you get a pass from the forward to the blueline and defensemen go back and pull it and shoot it. When it catches your heel and you lose the puck and they go on a breakaway. Usually funny and not funny."

Favorite Arenas To Play: "I played out west my whole life, but I really like Dallas. Obviously Madison Square Garden is a big one when you come in. (Why Dallas?) It was a good atmosphere, they had a good, rowdy crowd. It was a nice, physical game. It's a big building, they have 18,000 there. So it's an exciting building and a good rivalry."

Favorite Players To Watch: "Defensively, I like watching Adam Foote. I think Dan Boyle's an exciting defenseman, plays real well offensively. Those are the key D's that I watch. Forward-wise, obviously there's a lot of them, Crosby, Ovechkin. There out west, Iginla's a real crafty guy. He doesn't get a lot of recognition, but he's got real good hands, makes real good plays, big and strong. As a hockey player, he's the type of forward you like to watch."

Last Vacation: "Cabo (Mexico) for a buddy of mine's wedding."

Most Memorable Goal: "My first one obviously is always the one that's the most memorable. I shot it over Belfour's shoulder from the point. Just a little slapper, so, that's probably the most memorable one."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Just be genuine. There's too many people out there nowadays trying not to be genuine. And they kind of get caught in the lifestyle or try to get caught in a certain lifestyle. I just like people who are down to earth and real genuine."

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