ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brendan Morrison's 542-game playing
streak, the longest current run in the NHL, ended Wednesday night
when the Vancouver Canucks center was forced out of the lineup by a
wrist injury that will require surgery.
Morrison left the team after posting two assists in the Canucks'
4-2 loss Monday in Los Angeles to return to Vancouver to have his
wrist evaluated. It was announced hours before the Canucks beat
the Stanley Cup champion Ducks 3-2 in Anaheim that he would undergo
surgery this week and be out indefinitely.
"After further consultation with our team doctors, it was
decided that surgery was the best course of action," general
manager Dave Nonis said in a statement. "The best long-term
decision for Brendan and our hockey club is to have this addressed
Morrison has been bothered by a sore wrist since he jammed it
into the boards while taking a hit during an exhibition game on
Sept. 26. He often conducted postgame interviews with the wrist
wrapped heavily in ice, but played through the pain, recording
eight goals and 12 assists in 30 games this season to rank fourth
on the team in points.
His ironman streak, the 11th longest in NHL history, started
Feb. 27, 2000, when he was with the New Jersey Devils. He played
eight straight games before being dealt to Vancouver two weeks
later, then dressed for 534 consecutive with the Canucks.
Morrison played six complete seasons in Vancouver, keeping the
streak alive despite a serious hip injury at the end of the 2005-06
campaign, and an abdominal injury last season. Both required
Former Montreal Canadiens center Doug Jarvis holds the NHL
record of 946 consecutive games played.