CALGARY, Canada – Dr. Allan Morris, the chairman of Hockey Canada’s board of directors, passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 74.
“Dr. Allan Morris was the ultimate volunteer and the game of hockey in Canada is better today because of his devotion to the sport he loved,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “At Hockey Canada, we are all better off for having known and worked with Dr. Morris. Our condolences go out to Lorraine, Tom, John, Susanne and all of his extended family. He will be greatly missed.”
A tireless contributor to Canada’s game, Dr. Morris spent more than four decades involved in hockey as a coach, administrator and dedicated volunteer, the last two years as the chair of the board for Hockey Canada.
He started coaching in 1961 before beginning an administrative career in 1981. He served as chairman of the board of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1993-96 and was president and chairman of the Ontario Hockey Federation from 1997-2001 before joining the Hockey Canada board of directors, where he rose from vice-chair at large (2001-06) to executive vice-chair (2006-07) and finally to chairman of the board, replacing René Marcil in 2007.
Dr. Morris was named the Town of Markham’s sportsman of the year in 1978, received a Gold Stick from the OHA in 1997 – the highest honour given by the organization – and received Hockey Canada’s outstanding volunteer service award in 2001. He also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and was named a life member by the Ontario Hockey Federation in 2005.
Canada’s national teams will be pay tribute to Dr. Morris at upcoming international events (World Women’s, World U18's, World Championship), with players wearing a special decal commemorating his contributions to hockey.