Fort McMurray, AB - For the third time in three weeks, a Fort McMurray Oil Baron has committed to a post secondary institution. The Oil Barons are pleased to announce that Reed Morison (Calgary, AB) has committed to the Western University Mustangs (London, ON) of USPORTS. Morison's commitment to Western will begin this Fall.
"Reed's a player that returned to us last season as a stronger, faster player due to his high work ethic and training program last summer," said Oil Barons Head Coach and General Manager Tom Keca.
"Throughout the course of the year, he was a go-to player for us and played in every game situation," added Keca. "Reed was a force for us all season and that's a testament to the work he put in last summer to be ready for the year. As an organization, we're happy he's able to continue his playing career and begin his studies at Western next season."
The 20-year-old forward led the AJHL in goals with 41 and finished first in team scoring and third in league scoring with 79 points. Morison’s consistent play all season also earned him three awards at the team's annual awards banquet in March, including the team’s Most Valuable Player Award and Top Scorer honours. He also a co-recipient of the Rody MacNeil Memorial Scholarship with linemate Kole Gable.
Morison’s consistent play was also recognized at the AJHL level, as he was nominated for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award and North Divsion's All-League Team in March. Morison was also named a co-recipient of the AJHL's Viterra Cup after he received Viterra Star of the Game honours 13 times during the regular season and was named the AJHL's Player of the Week once.
“Over the course of the last two years, Reed has proven himself to be one of the elite scorers in the AJHL," said Mustangs Head Coach Clarke Singer.
"He is power forward with great hands, tremendous vision and the ability to play a complete 200 foot game. He is a proven leader that can contribute to team success in many different ways," added Singer. "We are excited that Reed has chosen Western University to pursue his post-secondary education and look forward to him being a key player in our line up for the next four years.”
Morison becomes the sixth Oil Baron from the team's 2018/19 roster to commit to a post secondary institution, joining Liam Izyk (Alabama-Huntsville, NCAA), Ryan Conroy (Yale, NCAA), Jaedon Leslie (Ohio State, NCAA), Peter Tomaras (Concordia, ACAC) and Taner Miller (Grant MacEwan, ACAC).