It's been a record-breaking season for a number of Cariboo Cougars, and not surprisingly one of those is Brad Morrison.
The 16-year old entered this Major Midget League season as one of the most highly touted Western Hockey League prospects having been chosen seventh overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by his hometown Prince George Cougars.
Recently Morrison set a new Cariboo Cougar benchmark for rookie scoring now sitting with 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points in 34 games so far this season.
The winger wasn't sure at first if he'd be able to surpass the 39 point mark set by a 15-year old Brett Bulmer back in 2007-2008, but as he crept closer Morrison realized he was about to join an exclusive group of alumni.
"I knew as hard as I worked I'd just keep getting points, and I saw all the names that have been up there for first years for that record with Bulmer and (Brett) Connolly and all those guys, and it's pretty cool."
It hasn't been an easy year for Morrison who had been used to scoring at will throughout his minor hockey days including playing both bantam years with the Okanagan Hockey Academy before being drafted by the Cougars and moving back home to Prince George. With head coach Trevor Sprague and the Major Midget Cougars, Morrison has had to develop his defensive game as he prepares for the next level. He's had a good taste of what's to come as well by playing five games this season with the WHL Cougars scoring a goal and two assists.
"It's great, it gives me a lot more confidence coming back down to this league, after being up there for a couple games or a few practices it just makes you a lot better player, you got to work your hardest."
Morrison is third in 1997-born player scoring in the BCMML behind first overall bantam pick Matthew Barzal of the Vancouver NE Chiefs and fellow Prince George Cougar draft pick Jansen Harkins of the Vancouver NW Giants. Overall, Morrison is fourth in team scoring and 14th in the league.
Morrison is feeling confident about his game heading into the last couple weekends of the regular season and into playoffs but he knows there's a lot of work ahead both for the team and personally.
"Probably just my positioning, getting out of my end easier and being harder on the puck, maybe playing a bit more aggressive."
The hockey genes run strong in Morrison's family with his older brother Curt having played for the Prince George Spruce Kings and father Doug enjoying a lengthy professional career.
After winning gold with Team BC at the U-16 Western Canada Challenge Cup back in November, Morrison is hoping to double-up on his championships this season as the Cougars are gunning for their second ever BCMML title with the post-season just around the corner.
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