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George Harold Morrison (born December 24, 1948; died November 12, 2008, in Toronto, Ontario) was a retired professional ice hockey player who played 361 games in the World Hockey Association and 115 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Fighting Saints and Calgary Cowboys.

He played college hockey at the University of Denver from 1968 to 1970. Despite scoring 70 goals in 64 games he was overlooked in the draft. The St. Louis Blues signed him as a free agent in 1970. He scored 15 goals and 10 assists as a rookie in 1970-71.

1971-72 was a less successful season and he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in March. The Sabres suspended Morrison for refusing to report to the Rochester Americans.

The following year he jumped to the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association (WHA). He played three seasons for the Saints and then two more for the Calgary Cowboys. He retired in 1977.

In the last game of the 73-74 WHA season, Morrison set a WHA record for the fastest hat trick in league history—scoring three goals within 43 seconds. He later scored his fourth goal of the game allowing him to reach the 40 goal milestone for the season.

In the NHL he played in 115 games and scored 17 goals and 21 assists. In the WHA he scored 123 goals and 142 assists in 361 games.

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