Chips off the old block
In his day, Frank Morris was a two-way player who gave everything in every game, which is why he was so attached to the group of teams for which he played in Scotland.
After signing for Ayr Bruins in the 1987-1988 season, he turns to Murrayfield Racers, Ayr Raiders and, most famously, Fife Flyers, with whom he is captain in a playing career that ends in 2004 -05.
More recently, he was assistant coach of Bruce Richardson, Drew Bannister, Paul Gardner, Jordan Krestanovich and Ryan Finnerty with the Braehead Clan from 2010 to 2014 before returning to Canada in 2015.
Although he is no longer involved in sport, he enjoys seeing his two children and three stepchildren each follow their own path, either in the United Kingdom or in his native Canada. And he could not be more proud.
The sons Connor and Liam play in the NIHL respectively for Invicta Dynamos and Basingstoke Bison, while the stepchildren Matthew, Aimee and Chloe Headland all play in Canada, the two girls having been called for the women's team British in Britain. World Championships in April.
Matthew currently plays in the NAHL with the Corpus Christi Ice Rays and is expected to be transferred to the NCAA with Fredonia State next year, while his career moves on to the next stage.
And Frank, a teacher, could not be more proud and revealed that he always called them after every game to see how they had come out.
"It's funny, because whenever children play, I'm on the phone to call them and I feel like a relative of the helicopter, but I'm proud of them all. the five because they've all been up to the mark and are doing extremely well where they play, "he said.
I was so proud of Aimee and Chloe who won the bronze medal for the Under-18s of Great Britain and who are now called in the main team. I was sorry I could not be there to see them a few weeks ago. I would have liked to see them in Dumfries, but I was working.
"In fact, I played one of the games in class. It was around the end of the day, so the kids found this amazing. It was exciting to see them cope so well and the girls were so clearly an important part of this team.
"Kids love the fact that I was playing ice hockey and one of the little guys asked me about it not so long ago, so I'm I took pictures on the Internet. He thought it was the most amazing thing. "
Their lives were shaken in November 2017 when Frank's wife and mother, Chloe, Aimee and Matthew, Michelle, died of cancer. It was a battle that she thought she had won after being diagnosed in September 2016, after undergoing treatment, and she believed she had defeated the following July.
However, in October, she and her family were shaken by the fact that she had come back and very aggressively. It was a fight that Michelle could not win and she died a month later.
Michelle was very involved in all their careers and, as Frank says, she was their greatest admirer.
He spoke of the impact on the five children and how they evolved after a massive and deeply personal loss.
"We all joined forces to succeed, both before and after, and of course, it had an impact on the five children. Michelle was such a strong figure and was very involved in their hockey as a support and parent. She was the number one fan of the kid, "said Frank.
"To Aimee, Chloe and Matthew, of course, it was huge for them, but all five of them excelled and I'm so proud of all the work they've done."
"Matthew plays in the North American Junior Hockey League and has been named as a Junior A player since the beginning of the season. I know that Michelle would be extremely proud of him. It was one of his goals because it's the first league in junior hockey.
"With Aimee and Chloe called to play for GB, not once, but twice this year and Liam and Connor playing in the NIHL, they have been up to it and I know she will cheer them on."
But he admits to missing the British game and all that goes with it, having lived in Scotland for three decades. However, he is lucky enough to relive his days on the ice when the children he instructs have wind of his old life.
He added: "It is certain that I miss the British game and that I am involved. There was such a passion out there and I was recently listening to a podcast interview with John Kidd, which brought back some memories. I've been involved there for so long and this has been such a big part of my life.
"Kids love the fact that I played ice hockey. In fact, one of the little guys in my class asked me about it not so long ago, so I took pictures on the internet. He thought it was the most amazing thing.
"As far as my old teams are concerned, I think it's great to see Fife Flyers and Glasgow Clan climb the tables as well. They are in fourth place and could completely escape play-offs if they make a bad race.
"The rivalry between the two teams was fantastic. I loved going there and training against them, in a good way. The atmosphere in the old Fife Arena is amazing and I liked it at the Braehead Arena when it's full. It's electric.
After leaving the UK, Frank ran a junior hockey franchise for two years, then another year as a coach before it came out completely. So, given the different hats that he has worn over the years, it's fair to say that he's a great sounding artist. for advice.
Given his experience, he is always available to offer and guide them as best he can as they embark on a career that has served Frank so well over the years.
He admits that all the major decisions to be made, particularly with regard to the movement of the teams, fall to him.
"I try to give them advice as best I can," he said. They can sometimes be frustrated and Liam, for example, has himself been found in a penitentiary penalty where he has had three suspensions and has gone through a difficult time. All I can do is be there for him and I also support the coaches.
"He works under Ashley Tait and Tony Redmond, whom I know very well and Liam is similar to what I was at that age. I try to support the coaches and guide them through the challenges of the game.
"I do the same thing for girls. Chloe plays here, so I take her to her games and practices whenever I can. I try to be there to give them the advice and experience that I have to offer.
"When it comes to removals, they call me and call me. The American colleges contacted the girls and they immediately told me to talk about it.
"It's important for me to be there to help them make the decisions, but in the end, the final decision must be theirs. It's their career and all I can do is be there for them. "