The Devils would like to thank Jake Morissette, who confirmed he will not be returning to the Devils for the upcoming 2019-20 season, for 6 years of service to the club.
Morissette finishes his career as the most successful Captain in Devils history, captaining the team to back to back league titles in 2017 & 2018, a Challenge Cup win in 2017 and most recently their 2ndPlayoff championship in a row.
As a player, he won a total of 9 trophies (2 Challenge Cups, 3 Conferences, 2 League, 2 Playoff titles) wearing the ‘C’ on his jersey for 7 of those. He led by example, on and off the ice, with a level of professionalism and dedication hard to match.
Morissette joined the Devils a few weeks into the 2013-14 season and was one of the few players that were asked to stay when the new ownership took over in the summer of 2014. He finished in the top 10 in overall scoring in the Elite League in 2014-15 then 20thoverall the following season playing on the Devils top line beside Joey Martin in those two seasons.
He took over the captaincy for the 2016-17 season after Tyson Marsh retired and was the first Devils captain to lift a league trophy in 20 years. The following season, he was lifting the League trophy for a 2ndtime and capped off the season by scoring an empty net goal to seal the first Devils playoff title in 19 years. This past April, Morissette and the Devils were once again celebrating a playoff championship, their second in a row after the 19 year drought in the playoffs.
Devils Managing Director Todd Kelman spoke about Morissette:
“Mo was one of the few guys we kept when we took over the team and thank goodness we did. He is one of the best team players I have ever had play for a team I was involved with. He does whatever it takes to win and always put the team’s success ahead of his own.
“He played on our top line for 2 years, then it seemed like whenever we felt someone was struggling or a line needed to get going, we would switch him onto that line and things would start to pick up.
“He blocks too many shots to even count, Is one of the best penalty killers I’ve ever seen in this league and would go through a wall for his teammates if it meant they had a better chance to win. Just a total pro and a great captain.
“I don’t worry about him as he moves into a career outside of hockey. When people bring a good attitude and a great work ethic to anything, which I know he will, they tend to succeed at whatever they choose to do.”