Cale Morris
Born (1996-05-22)May 22, 1996,
Larkspur, Colorado, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Shoots Left
NCAA team Notre Dame
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career TBD–present


Christopher Cale Morris[1] (born May 22, 1996) is an American collegiate ice hockey goaltender for the University of Notre Dame of the Big Ten Conference (B1G).

Following success in the United States Hockey League with the Chicago Steel and Waterloo Black Hawks, Morris joined the University of Notre Dame. During the 2017–18 season, he was awarded the Mike Richter Award as the most outstanding goaltender in Division I NCAA men's ice hockey, Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and Big-Ten Player of the Year as he led Notre Dame to the 2018 NCAA National Championship Finals. He was also selected for the AHCA First Team All-American, All-Big Ten First Team, and named a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Early career[edit | edit source]

Morris was born on May 22, 1996, to mother Kathy Morris. He has two older sisters, Kalee and Jessi.[1] Growing up in Colorado, Morris played football, baseball and soccer on top of hockey, however, he states that he was inspired to become more committed to hockey in part due to goaltender Kyle Hayton's guidance.[2] Hayton was a friend of his sisters who let Morris use his old equipment and practice in net.[3] Morris played AAA hockey with the Colorado Thunderbirds from 2008 to 2013.[2][4]

USHL[edit | edit source]

Going undrafted into the United States Hockey League (USHL), Morris made the Chicago Steel roster following tryout camp in 2013.[5][6] In his senior year of high school, Morris moved to Bartlett, Illinois, to play with the Chicago Steel and lived with teammate Robby Jackson.[2] In his first year with the Steel, Morris finished the season with a 19–6–3 record and a .937 save percentage and graduated from South Elgin High School. His success with the Steel drew attention from college scouts.[2]

In his first NHL draft eligible year, Morris posted a .895 save percentage with the Chicago Steel to begin the 2014–15 season. He was traded in January 2015 to the Waterloo Black Hawks. While playing with the Black Hawks, Morris posted a 19-6-3 record and a .937 save percentage in 28 games. With a season record of 27–15–4 and .920 save percentage that placed second in the league, Morris was selected for the USHL Third All-Star Team.[7] During that season, Morris committed to play NCAA college hockey for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish.[8] Although the final rankings from the NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked Morris 15th for North American goaltenders,[9] he went undrafted in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[10]

In his second season with the Black Hawks, Morris was named an alternate captain.[11] By December 2015, Morris had a 7–4–2 record and was in the league's top goals-against average and save percentage. As a result, he was selected to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.[12][13] While playing in the tournament, Morris became the fifth goaltender to post a shutout at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.[14] On March 22, 2016, Morris set a new Black Hawks record with his seventh regular season shutout. His seventh shutout came in a 5–0 win over his former team, the Chicago Steel.[15] A month later, Morris was voted as the Waterloo Black Hawks MVP.[16] During the summer, Morris was invited to the Anaheim Ducks Development Camp Scrimmage as a college invite before joining Notre Dame for his freshman year.[17]

Collegiate[edit | edit source]

Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, Morris made his Notre Dame collegiate debut on October 7, 2016, against Arizona State.[1] He spent the rest of the season backing up Cal Petersen and did not play another game in the regular season.[18] At the conclusion of the 2016–17 season, Petersen signed a professional contract, ending his collegiate career and leaving an opening for Morris to become the new starter.[19]

After beginning his sophomore season, he split his time in net with freshman Dylan St. Cyr, Morris gained the starter position and helped Notre Dame win 16 games in a row.[18] On December 6, 2017, Morris was named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) Player of the Month for November after he posted an 8–0–0 record with three shutouts and a nation-leading .969 save percentage.[20] On February 9, 2018, Morris made 31 saves in a 2–1 victory over Ohio State to help the Fighting Irish win the Big Ten regular-season championship and qualify for the 2018 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament in their first year in the Big Ten conference.[21][22] Ohio State and Notre Dame met again during the post-season in the Big Ten Championship Finals. Before the Championship Finals, Morris was named Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Big-Ten Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, and a Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist.[23] On March 17, the Fighting Irish beat Ohio State in overtime to clinch the Big Ten Conference Tournament championships and qualify for the 2018 NCAA National Championship tournament.[24] Morris was named Big Ten Tournament MVP and selected for the Big Ten All-Tournament Teams due to his play.[25] He then helped the Fighting Irish qualify for the 2018 NCAA National Championship Final by defeating the Michigan Wolverines in the National Semifinals.[26] After Notre Dame advanced to the National Championship Finals, Morris was awarded the Mike Richter Award, becoming the first Notre Dame goaltender to receive the award.[27] His .945 save percentage led the United States collegiate league while his 1.91 goals against average was sixth.[27] Notre Dame played the 2018 National Championship game against Minnesota Duluth, losing 2–1 with Morris making 33 saves.[28] Although Notre Dame lost, Morris was named an AHCA First Team All-American.[29]

Leading up to the 2018–19 season, Morris was named a unanimous selection on the Big Ten Preseason Watch List.[30] In the annual Ice Breaker Tournament, Morris posted a 22 save shutout in a 3–0 win over Providence Friars to win the Championship.[31] His second shutout of the season came on December 31 in a 4–0 win over Boston College.[32] This shutout helped earn him Big Ten First Star of the Week honors.[33] On January 16, 2019, Morris was named a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award.[34] Morris helped the Fighting Irish qualify for the 2019 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament where he posted back-to-back shutouts to defeat the Michigan State Spartans in the quarterfinals.[35] On March 12, Morris was again named a finalist for Big Ten Goaltender of the Year[36] and was later selected for the All-Big Ten Second Team.[37] On March 23, 2019, Morris and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won their second Big Ten Conference Tournament championship title after a 3–2 win over Penn State.[38] After the game, Morris was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and selected for the Big Ten All-Tournament team.[39] However, in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament against the UMass Minutemen, Notre Dame lost 4–0 and was eliminated from the competition.[40]

On April 12, Morris committed to return to Notre Dame for his senior year, citing "unfinished business" as his reason.[41] He was subsequently named an alternate captain on September 19 alongside Tory Dello, becoming only the second goaltender to become an alternate captain under head coach Jeff Jackson.[42] However, before he could begin the collegiate season, Morris was injured during training camp which forced his season debut to be delayed.[43] He eventually made his season debut on October 26 against Lake Superior State where he made 29 saves in the 6–4 win.[44] By December, Morris was named a Big Ten First Star of the Week for recording his ninth career collegiate shutout while facing 37 shots.[45] On February 21, in his 100th collegiate game, Morris recorded his 56th win in a 2–1 victory over the Michigan Wolverines.[46]

International play[edit | edit source]

In his second season with the Chicago Steel, Morris was selected to play for the United States at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.[47] With his help, Team USA won the 2014 World Junior A Challenge championship title.[48]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2016–17 Notre Dame HE 1 0 0 0 19:43 1 0 3.04 .875
2017–18 Notre Dame B1G 37 27 8 1 2192:43 71 4 1.94 .944
2018–19 Notre Dame B1G 35 19 13 3 2086 76 4 2.19 .930

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Award Year Ref
USHL
USHL Third All-Star Team 2015 [7]
College
Mike Richter Award 2018 [27]
Big Ten Goaltender of the Year 2018 [23]
Big Ten Player of the Year 2018
All-Big Ten First Team 2018
AHCA First Team All-American 2018 [29]
Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist 2018 [49]
Academic All Big Ten 2018 [50]
Big Ten All-Tournament Team 2018, 2019 [25][39]
Big Ten Tournament MVP 2018, 2019
All-Big Ten Second Team 2019 [37]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cale Morris. Archived from the original on March 1, 2020. Retrieved on March 1, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Sunday Brunch: Much Ado About Morris (January 14, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  3. Featured Performer: Cale Morris (February 10, 2020). Retrieved on February 11, 2020.
  4. Former Thunderbirds, Cale Morris, Names Big Ten Player of the Year! (March 19, 2018). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
  5. Former T-Bird Morris Commits To Notre Dame. Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  6. New Teams Lead to Fresh Starts for USHL Goaltenders (February 8, 2015). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 You must specify archiveurl = and archivedate = when using {{cite web}}.League Names 2014-15 All-USHL Teams (May 28, 2015). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  8. You must specify archiveurl = and archivedate = when using {{cite web}}.Black Hawks Goalie Picks University of Notre Dame (March 31, 2015). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  9. 2015 NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings: North American Goalies (April 8, 2015). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  10. 2018 Frozen Four preview: Players to watch, keys for each team (April 4, 2018). Retrieved on March 2, 2020.
  11. USHL - Team Captaincy. Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  12. Three Black Hawks Chosen For Prospects Game (December 15, 2015). Retrieved on January 29, 2019.
  13. USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game rosters revealed (January 11, 2016). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  14. @USHL (January 12, 2016). Cale Morris becomes 5th goaltender in history of USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to post a shutout #USHLTPG #WhosNext.
  15. Postgame Recap: Morris Blanks Former Club (March 22, 2016). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
  16. Hawks Recognize Season Stars (April 3, 2016). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
  17. Ducks to Host Development Camp Scrimmage July 4 (June 28, 2016). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Notre Dame's Smooth Transition (February 1, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  19. "Cale Morris’ unexpected emergence lifts Irish to Frozen Four", NDSMCObserver, April 5, 2018. Retrieved on January 2, 2019. 
  20. Irish's Morris tabbed as HCA Player of the Month (December 6, 2017). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
  21. Notre Dame clinches Big Ten Championship (February 10, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  22. Notre Dame hockey wins Big Ten regular season title with 2-1 win over Ohio State (February 9, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Hockey Postseason Honors Announced (March 13, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  24. "Notre Dame beats Ohio State in overtime for Big Ten hockey title", March 17, 2018. Retrieved on January 2, 2019. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 You must specify archiveurl = and archivedate = when using {{cite web}}.All-Tournament Team. Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  26. "Notre Dame stuns Michigan with last-second goal to win Frozen Four semifinal game", USA Today, April 6, 2018. Retrieved on January 2, 2019. 
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Notre Dame's Cale Morris wins 2018 Mike Richter Award (April 7, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  28. Minnesota-Duluth Beats Notre Dame 2-1 to Win 2018 NCAA Hockey Championship (April 7, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  29. 29.0 29.1 2017-18 All-Americans. Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  30. Morris A Unanimous Big Ten Preseason Watch List Selection (September 24, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  31. No. 2 Notre Dame beats No. 4 Providence to win Ice Breaker Championship (October 14, 2018). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
  32. Morris shutout, Irish offense provide Jackson with record 308th victory. Notre Dame Insider (December 31, 2019). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
  33. Cale Morris Named Big Ten’s First Star of the Week (January 3, 2019). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
  34. Sixteen Nominated for Hobey Baker Award (January 16, 2019). Retrieved on March 10, 2019.
  35. #15/16 Irish Sweep Spartans, Advance To B1G Semifinals (March 10, 2019). Retrieved on March 10, 2019.
  36. Jackson, Graham And Morris Named B1G Award Finalists (March 12, 2019). Retrieved on March 14, 2019.
  37. 37.0 37.1 Hockey Postseason Honors Announced (March 19, 2019). Retrieved on March 19, 2019.
  38. Penn State hockey drops Big Ten title game to Notre Dame; will Lions make NCAA tournament? (March 23, 2019). Retrieved on March 23, 2019.
  39. 39.0 39.1 "Penn State hockey falls to Notre Dame in Big Ten championship game", Centre Daily Times, March 23, 2019. Retrieved on March 24, 2019. 
  40. "UMass punches ticket to Frozen Four, blanks Notre Dame", Boston Herald, March 30, 2019. Retrieved on April 1, 2019. 
  41. Notre Dame announces goaltender Morris will return for senior season in ’19-20 (April 12, 2019).
  42. IRISH NAME 2019-20 CAPTAINS (September 19, 2019). Retrieved on January 4, 2020.
  43. Cale Morris could make his season debut against Lake Superior State (October 23, 2019). Retrieved on January 4, 2020.
  44. Lakers Defeated by No. 4/5 Notre Dame in a High-Scoring Game (October 26, 2019). Retrieved on January 4, 2020.
  45. Morris And Hellickson Earn B1G Honors (December 18, 2019).
  46. Irish Down Michigan, 2-1 (February 21, 2020). Retrieved on February 24, 2020.
  47. Cale Morris added to U.S. Junior Select Team (November 20, 2014). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  48. U.S. Claims Third Straight WJAC (December 22, 2014). Retrieved on April 7, 2019.
  49. Cale Morris Named Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalist (March 14, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  50. Six Irish Named Winter Academic All-Big Ten Honorees (March 28, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.

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