Denny Morrison recovering after stroke

Denny Morrison at a homecoming event in Fort St. John in 2014.

CALGARY, A.B. – Speed Skating Canada has confirmed Denny Morrison suffered a stroke Saturday while visiting Utah.

According to Speed Skating Canada, Morrison completed a month of bike touring on the Arizona Trail and was spending some free time in the Salt Lake City area to conclude his trip. However, Saturday afternoon, Josie Spence, a member of the Long Track National Team who was travelling with him and who is a certified lifeguard, noticed some signs of a cerebrovascular accident in Denny Morrison and immediately drove him to a nearby hospital and contacted Speed Skating Canada’s Long Track National Team medical staff.


During his transportation to a second hospital, Denny Morrison showed improvement in his symptoms. A computerized tomography (CT Scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans confirmed a brain blood clot and a carotid artery dissection. No surgery was required and no blood thinners are being used.

“The doctor suggested that I recovered quickly because I am a very healthy young person”, said Denny Morrison. “I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support, and especially Josie who is with me and who was able to recognize the signs quickly.”

Speed Skating Canada’s Long Track National Team medical staff has been in communication with Denny Morrison’s doctor in Salt Lake City and is closely following the situation.

At this time, Denny Morrison’s return to Canada is still to be determined. Speed Skating Canada will share updates, if any.