The Moose Jaw Warriors have gotten off to a strong start to the season, but there are still areas that need work.
The Tribe is hoping that adding veteran blueliner Tyler Morrison to the fold can help in some of those areas.
The 20-year-old was acquired off WHL waivers on Wednesday and joined his teammates on the ice for practice at Mosaic Place on Thursday.
“It was a 48-hour window to get picked up and it was right at the end that they called me,” said Morrison on being added by the Warriors. “I was just sitting at home and was excited obviously, I packed up and came right out here.”
Morrison played 45 games with the Tri-City Americans last season after being dealt there by the Vancouver Giants. The six-foot, 186lbs defenceman has 12 goals and 57 points in 199 career WHL games.
“I'm more of a puck moving defenceman, I like to jump up in the rush, my strength is my skating and I try to use that to my advantage by beating my check up the ice,” said Morrison. “In my own end, I consider myself pretty responsible, I try to keep things pretty simple.”
One of the biggest attributes that Morrison will bring to the Warriors is some more leadership, joining Dryden Hunt and Tanner Faith in the overage group on the team.
“My whole life I've been considered a leader on every team that I've been on, so coming here, I'm looking to add leadership to the team and experience,” he said.
“I'm more of a lead by example, I'm not the loudest guy in the dressing room, but I try to work hard on and off the ice.”
This is the third team in the past two seasons for Morrison, but he's excited about getting a chance with the Warriors and in Moose Jaw.
“I've never been to Moose Jaw, so it's definitely be different,” he said. “I've just got to get to know all the guys, the city and my billets.
“Coming to the rink, it's a beautiful facility, it's first class all the way so far. I'm looking forward to the first practice, I haven't had a full practice in a while, so I'm itching to get on the ice again.”
Morrison added that the biggest adjustment will be getting acquainted with what the coaching staff is looking for out of him.
“You've just got to get out there and work as hard as you can,” he said. “I'll just ask a lot of questions and follow the older guys to catch on to what they're doing.”
Morrison is expected to make his debut this weekend with the Warriors. The Tribe welcomes in the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday and the Kootenay Ice on Saturday.
All the action will be live on Country 100 with Western Nissan Warriors Hockey, the Pre-Game Show hits the air at 6:40pm both nights.