Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rod and Don Morrison to enter Hall

Recently, I wrote a story on Rod and Don Morrison - Brother Act - who played together with the 1945-46 Detroit Red Wings. Last week, I was informed by the Morrison family that both Rod and Don will enter the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame on February 11, 2011. Full Story.

Don Morrison played 2 seasons ('45-46 & "46-47) with the Omaha Knights of the USHL and Rod Morrison played 1 year ('45-46). At the conclusion of their playing time, both Rod and Don settled in Omaha and started a construction company.

With the game of hockey in their blood, the brothers took over the Omaha franchise, which was playing in the International Hockey League, in the summer of 1960. The previous season, 1959-60, the Knights were cellar-dwellers in the Western Division, only mustering 35 points. The following year was a different tale with the Morrison duo in control. Playing in a tough and competitive division, Omaha's points total jumped to 73, an increase of 35 points. Their wins catapulted from 15 to an amazing 35 games. The better results on the ice, translated into more bodies going thru the turnstiles at Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum.

The late Don and Rod Morrison would be involved with the Omaha pro-team until 1965. This included the Knights first 2 years in the CPHL (Central Professional League). In 1963-64 the Omaha Knights were crowned CPHL champions.

Congratulations to the Morrison family!

1 comment:

  1. Do you know when and where Rod passed away? Any info appreciated. Thanks, Andrew.