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Manitoba Moose
City: Winnipeg, Manitoba
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: North Division
Founded: 1996 (IHL)
Home Arena: MTS Centre
Colours: Black, green, bronze, white


Owner(s): True North Sports & Entertainment Limited
General Manager: Craig Heisinger
Head Coach: Scott Arniel
Media: Shaw TV Winnipeg
CJOB 68 (680 AM)
Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Sun
Affiliates: Vancouver Canucks
Victoria Salmon Kings
Franchise history
1994 to 1996: Minnesota Moose
1996 to 2001 IHL: Manitoba Moose
2001 to present AHL: Manitoba Moose
Regular Season Titles: 1 (2008-09)
Division Championships: 2 (2006–07), (2008-09)
Conference Championships: 1 (2008-09)

The Manitoba Moose are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League that play out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in the MTS Centre in the city's downtown.



In 1996 the struggling Minnesota Moose moved north from St. Paul, Minnesota to fill the vacated Winnipeg Arena, becoming the Manitoba Moose. At the time, they were a member of the International Hockey League (IHL), and enjoyed moderate regular season and playoff success under head coach and former Winnipeg Jets player Randy Carlyle.

In their first season in Winnipeg, the Moose finished with a 30-42-0-10 record, missing the playoffs, yet, the Moose would begin to turn things around as they had a strong second season under Randy Carlyle before losing out in three straight to their arch rivals Chicago Wolves.

The Moose had their first taste of playoff success in the 1998-99 IHL playoffs when they beat the Milwaukee Admirals in two games, including a Game 2 overtime win at home. However, their playoff hopes were dashed again by the Chicago Wolves in three straight.

After another first round exit in 1999-2000, the Moose advanced to the second round of the IHL playoffs in 2000-01 with a seven game series win over the Houston Aeros, in a series that included three overtime games, of which, the Moose would win two. In the Conference Finals, the Moose once again would play the Chicago Wolves. Yet, despite going up 2 games to 1 on the Wolves early in the series, the Wolves would outscore the Moose 11-5 in the final three games to capture the series and ending another Moose playoff run.

When the IHL folded in 2001, the Manitoba Moose joined the AHL and became the official farm team of the Vancouver Canucks. Upon joining the AHL, former Vancouver Canucks player Stan Smyl became the Moose coach. In their first season in the AHL, the Moose would finish with a respectable record at 39-33-4-4, yet lost to the Worcester Ice Cats in the first round. In 2002-03, the Moose would make a deep run in the playoffs when they beat the Portland Pirates to make it to the Quarter-Finals, in which they would defeat the Providence Bruins 3 games to 1 before bowing out in seven to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

After missing the playoffs in 2003-04, head coach Stan Smyl was replaced by former Moose coach Randy Carlyle. In Carlyle's first season back behind the bench, the Moose would finish 44-26-7-3 and make a deep playoff run, beating the St. John's Maple Leafs in five games and the Rochester Americans in five games, before bowing out to their long time rival Chicago Wolves in the Conference Finals in four straight.

In November 2004, the Manitoba Moose unveiled their new logo, and officially opened the new downtown arena in Winnipeg known as the MTS Centre. Carlyle soon acquired a job with the Anaheim Ducks, and Alain Vigneault was hired for one season, as the Moose went 44-24-7-5 while capturing their first 100 point season in franchise history. The Moose would beat the Syracuse Crunch in six games before losing out to the Grand Rapids Griffins in seven games. Vigneault was called up to coach the Vancouver Canucks the following off-season.

In 2006-07, former Winnipeg Jet and Moose player Scott Arniel was named head coach and the Moose responded with another 100 point season with a 45-23-7-5 record. After dispatching the Grand Rapids Griffins in seven games, the Moose would lose to the eventual Calder Cup champions Hamilton Bulldogs in six games.

After a quit playoff exit in 2007-08 at the hands of the Syracuse Crunch, the Moose posted a franchise year in 2008-09 by winning a franchise record 50 games and posting another franchise record 107 points en route to finishing first in the AHL (both the Milwaukee Admirals and the Moose had 107 points, but the Moose had 50 wins while the Admirals only had 49).

During the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Moose began a march to the Calder Cup Finals by ousting the Toronto Marlies in the North Division Semi-Finals in six games, sweeping the Grand Rapids Griffins in the North Division Final and defeating the Houston Aeros in a six game Western Conference final.

In Game 1 of the 2009 Calder Cup Finals, the MTS Centre was packed to capacity as 15,003 fans came to watch the Moose take on the Bears, which is the largest crowd at a Game 1 in Calder Cup and AHL history. The Moose would lose the game in overtime.

Team Records

Single Season Records

Goals: 45, Flag of the United States Scott Thomas (1998-99)
Assists: 81, Flag of Canada Stephane Morin (1994-95)
Points: 114, Flag of Canada Stephane Morin (1994-95)
Penalty Minutes: 285, Flag of Canada Wade Brookbank (2004-05)
Wins: 28, Flag of the United States Cory Schneider (2008-09)
GAA: 2.04, Flag of the United States Cory Schneider (2008-09)
SV%: .928, Flag of the United States Cory Schneider (2008-09)

Career records

Goals: 102, Flag of Canada Jimmy Roy
Assists: 193, Flag of the United States Brett Hauer
Points: 251, Flag of the United States Brett Hauer
Penalty Minutes: 1103, Flag of Canada Jimmy Roy
Games: 603, Flag of Canada Jimmy Roy
Career Wins: 69, Flag of Canada Alex Auld
Career Shutouts: 10, Flag of Canada Alex Auld

Franchise Scoring Leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in Moose franchise history. Stats are updated to the end of the 2008-09 AHL season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Moose player; ** = current Moose coach

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Brett Hauer D 322 58 193 251 0.78
Jason Jaffray* LW 263 95 138 233 0.89
Jimmy Roy LW 603 101 111 212 0.35
Stephane Morin F 173 63 138 201 1.16
Bill Bowler C 187 55 134 189 1.01
Brandon Reid C 259 70 111 181 0.70
Lee Goren RW 193 80 91 171 0.89
Scott Arniel** F 222 67 104 171 0.47
Brian Chapman D 447 24 135 158 0.35
Brad Moran C 143 47 102 149 1.04

Reference: Franchise Leaders on Manitoba Moose website

Current roster

As of May 10, 2009 Reference: Team Roster on Manitoba Moose website

# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
30 Flag of Canada Todd Ford R 2009 Calgary, AB
31 Flag of Canada Curtis Sanford L 2009 Owen Sound, Ontario
35 Flag of the United States Cory Schneider L 2007 Marblehead, Massachusetts
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Flag of the United States Travis Ramsey R 2008 Lakewood, California
3 Flag of Canada Travis Ehrhardt L 2009 Calgary, Alberta
5 Flag of Canada Nolan Baumgartner R 2008 Calgary, Alberta
6 Flag of Sweden Daniel Rahimi L 2008 Umeå, Sweden
8 Flag of Canada Nathan McIver L 2006 Summerside, PEI
26 Flag of Canada Shaun Heshka R 2006 Melville, Saskatchewan
27 Flag of Canada Maxime Fortunus R 2005 La Prairie, PQ
36 Flag of Canada Taylor Ellington L 2009 Victoria, BC
45 Flag of Canada Mark Fistric L 2009 Edmonton, AB
47 Flag of the United States Zack Fitzgerald L 2007 Two Harbors, Minnesota
48 Flag of Canada Evan Oberg L 2009 Forestburg, AB
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
7 Flag of Canada Michel Ouellet RW R 2008 Rimouski, Quebec
10 Flag of Canada Jason Krog C R 2008 Fernie, British Columbia
12 Flag of Canada Mike Keane RW R 2005 Winnipeg, Manitoba
15 Flag of Canada Jason Jaffray LW L 2005 Olds, Alberta
16 Flag of Canada Derek Nesbitt RW L 2009 Egmondville, ON
18 Flag of Canada Cody Hodgson C R 2009 Markham, ON
19 Flag of the United States Mark Cullen C L 2008 Virginia, Minnesota
29 Flag of Canada Raymond Sawada RW R 2008 Richmond, BC
32 Flag of Canada Pierre-Cedric Labrie LW R 2007 Baie-Comeau, Quebec
37 Flag of the United States Eric Walsky F R 2009 Anchorage, AK
38 Flag of the United States Greg Rallo C R 2008 Gurnee, Illinois
40 Flag of Austria Michael Grabner RW L 2007 Villach, Austria
41 Flag of Canada Guillaume Desbiens RW L 2008 Alma, Quebec
42 Flag of Canada Matt Pope RW R 2009 Langley, BC
43 Flag of the United States Dusty Collins C L 2008 Gilbert, AZ
44 Flag of the United States Tommy Maxwell RW R 2009 Spokane, WA
49 Flag of Canada Alexandre Bolduc C R 2006 Montreal, Quebec
55 Flag of Slovakia Mario Bliznak C L 2007 Trencin, Slovakia

Season-by-season results


Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
1994–95 81 34 35 12 80 271 336 4th, Central
1995–96 82 30 45 7 67 254 322 5th, Midwest
1996–97 82 32 40 10 74 262 300 5th, Midwest
1997–98 82 39 36 7 85 269 254 4th, Northwest
1998–99 82 47 21 14 108 269 236 2nd, Midwest
1999–00 82 37 31 14 88 227 237 5th, West
2000–01 82 39 31 12 90 222 230 3rd, West
2001–02 80 39 33 4 4 86 270 260 4th, Canadian
2002–03 80 37 33 8 2 84 229 228 2nd, Canadian
2003–04 80 32 35 11 2 77 214 232 6th, North
2004–05 80 44 26 7 3 98 243 210 3rd, North
2005–06 80 44 24 7 5 100 243 217 3rd, North
2006–07 80 45 23 7 5 102 232 201 1st, North
2007–08 80 46 27 3 4 99 236 197 3rd, North
2008–09 80 50 23 1 6 107 230 177 1st, North


Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994–95 L, 0–3, Denver
1995–96 Out of playoffs.
1996–97 Out of playoffs.
1997–98 L, 0–3, Chicago
1998–99 W, 2–0, Milwaukee L, 0–3, Chicago
1999–00 L, 0–2, Long Beach
2000–01 W, 4–3, Houston L, 2–4, Chicago
2001–02 W, 2–1, Worcester L, 1–3, Bridgeport
2002–03 W, 2–1, Portland W, 3–1, Providence L, 3–4, Hamilton
2003–04 Out of playoffs.
2004–05 W, 4–1, St. John's W, 4–1, Rochester L, 0–4, Chicago
2005–06 W, 4–2, Syracuse L, 3–4, Grand Rapids
2006–07 W, 4–3, Grand Rapids L, 2–4, Hamilton
2007–08 L, 2–4, Syracuse
2008–09 W, 4-2, Toronto W, 4–0, Grand Rapids W, 4-2, Houston , 1–1, Hershey


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