WINNIPEG —There were a lot of things about Josh Morrissey that jumped out for the Winnipeg Jets long before they called out his name in the first round of this year’s National Hockey League draft.
His skating is top notch. His compete level is through the roof. He’s got outstanding skills and vision with the puck on his stick. There’s also the fact he was the Western Hockey League’s Scholastic Player of the Year last season, an impressive highlight on his resume that was reinforced Thursday when the Jets announced they had signed him to a three-year, two-way, entry level contract with an average annual value of $1.425 million.
Asked how he might treat himself thanks to a $92,500 signing bonus — the rest doesn’t come until he makes it to the NHL — Morrissey quipped:
“I’m thinking about maybe a new truck. It seems like every guy who plays in the WHL or Western Canada eventually wants some kind of truck. My younger brother has just turned 16 and he’s in line to be driving so I think the Jeep I’ve been driving the last few years gets passed on to him as his first car.
“I’ll reward myself with something, although I’m not going to be going out and buying some $100,000 souped-up truck. But it’s standard, particularly out west here, for guys to reward themselves that way.”
When it was suggested a fancy ride might not hold up in our tough Prairie winters anyway — Morrissey is back with the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders, where he will serve as captain, after an impressive training camp with the Jets — he added:
“No kidding. I don’t know how well a Porsche would fare out here in the winter.”
Yes, it would seem the kid is both book smart and street smart.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 4, 2013