Morgan Ellis

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Morgan Ellis
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Ellis with Eisbären Berlin (2021)
Born (1992-04-30) April 30, 1992 (age 29)
Ellerslie, PEI, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
DEL team
Former teams
Eisbären Berlin
Montreal Canadiens
Skellefteå AIK
Färjestad BK
Kölner Haie
HC Sochi
Dinamo Riga
ERC Ingolstadt
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 117th overall, 2010
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2012present
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Ellis with Eisbären Berlin in 2021

Morgan Ellis (born April 30, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing under contract with Eisbären Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Ellis was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 4th round (117th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Playing career

Ellis played four seasons (20082012) of major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), scoring 27 goals and 96 assists for 123 points, while earning 222 penalty minutes, in 237 QMJHL games. He was recognized for his outstanding performance during the 2011–12 season when he was selected to receive the Kevin Lowe Trophy as the league's best defensive defenceman, [1] and was also named to the 2011–12 QMJHL Second All-Star Team. [2] Ellis, who played the majority of his career with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, was traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes in December 2011, and would help them capture the 2012 Memorial Cup that following April. [3]

Ellis was drafted 117th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On March 1, 2012, Ellis was signed to a three-year entry-level contract. [4] He was assigned to play the 2012–13 season in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs where he skated in 71 games, registering 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points, along with 57 penalty minutes, in his first professional season.

On June 1, 2015, Ellis was signed to a one-year, two-way contract extension by the Canadiens. [5] On January 27, 2016, Eliis was named to represent the North Division roster for the AHL All-Star Game as part of the Canadiens AHL affiliate the St. John's IceCaps. [6]

On February 26, 2016, Ellis was recalled by the Canadiens and played in his first NHL game on March 2, 2016, in a 3–2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. He would play two additional games before being reassigned to the IceCaps on March 6, 2016. [7] [8]

On July 2, 2016, having left the Canadiens organization as a free agent, Ellis agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues. [9] After competing in the Blues 2016 training camp, Ellis was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves for the duration of the 2016–17 season.

As an impending unrestricted free agent, after the conclusion of the Wolves post-season exit, Ellis opted to sign his first contract abroad in agreeing to a one-year deal with Swedish club, Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League, on May 15, 2017. [10] He split the 2017–18 season, between SAIK and Färjestad BK, posting 10 points in 49 games combined.

As a free agent, Ellis moved to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, agreeing to a one-year contract with German outfit, Kölner Haie, on May 9, 2018. [11]

Ellis continued his journeyman European career, signing a one-year contract for the 2019–20 season, with Russian club, HC Sochi of the KHL, on May 2, 2019. [12] As a free agent at the conclusion of his contract in Sochi, Ellis continued in the KHL by securing a one-year deal with Latvian-based club, Dinamo Riga, on August 3, 2020. [13]

In the 2020–21 season, Ellis began the year as an alternate captain with Riga, posting 1 goal and 3 points through 17 games. On November 30, 2020, Ellis left the KHL and returned to Germany after signing for the remainder of the season with ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL. [14]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2008–09 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 5206645100114
2009–10 Cape Breton Screaming EaglesQMJHL604252956510110
2010–11 Cape Breton Screaming EaglesQMJHL65828366540008
2011–12 Cape Breton Screaming EaglesQMJHL347182518
2011–12 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL2681927381147116
2012–13 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 7144857
2013–14 Hamilton BulldogsAHL59371036
2014–15 Hamilton BulldogsAHL2736913
2014–15 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 391313262250220
2015–16 St. John's IceCaps AHL7316264251
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30002
2016–17 Chicago Wolves AHL749213036100110
2017–18 Skellefteå AIK SHL 3905540
2017–18 Färjestad BK SHL94154601127
2018–19 Kölner Haie DEL 5212223426110444
2019–20 HC Sochi KHL 541161728
2020–21 Dinamo Riga KHL171234
2020–21 ERC Ingolstadt DEL38419233651128
NHL totals30002
KHL totals712182032

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2008 Canada Atlantic U17 8th50004
2009 Canada AtlanticU179th51120
2022 Canada OG 6th20005
Junior totals101124
Senior totals20005

Awards and honours

AwardYear
QMJHL
Kevin Lowe Trophy – Best Defensive Defenceman 2011–12 [15]
Second All-Star Team 2011–12 [16]
Memorial Cup Championship 2012 [17]

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