Andy Moog

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Andy Moog
Born (1960-02-18) February 18, 1960 (age 54)
Penticton, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Boston Bruins
Dallas Stars
Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 132nd overall, 1980
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1980–1998

Donald Andrew Moog (/ˈmɡ/; born February 18, 1960) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender.

He played for the WCHL's Kamloops Chiefs, WHL's Billings Bighorns, CHL's Wichita Wind, NHL's Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and the Canadian national team. Moog is a three-time Stanley Cup winner: 1984, 1985 and 1987. He earned the 1989–90 NHL season William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest total goals against the team during the regular season, sharing the trophy with his goaltending partner, Reggie Lemelin.

Moog spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars.

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Moog was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1980 and spent most of the season in the minors, until injuries to goaltenders Ron Low and Eddie Mio forced him into action late in the season. That year he was spectacular in a three-game first round sweep of the Montreal Canadiens. The following year, Moog was expected to share goaltending duties with Low, but a then 19-year old Grant Fuhr surprisingly made the team straight out of training camp. Moog was once again relegated to the minors, appearing in only 8 NHL games that season.

In 1982–83, Oilers general manager and coach Glen Sather decided to go with the young duo of Moog and Fuhr and traded Low. Moog was given the starting job in the playoffs, and helped lead the Oilers to their first Stanley Cup Finals, though they were swept by the New York Islanders, who captured their fourth straight Stanley Cup. The next year Sather chose to go with Fuhr in the 1984 playoffs. Fuhr was injured in the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals in a rematch against the Islanders. Moog stepped in and led the Oilers to a series win.

Fuhr continued to be the number one goalie for the subsequent seasons. After demanding a trade, Moog walked out on the Oilers in 1987 to play for Team Canada at the Calgary Winter Olympics. There, Moog and Sean Burke played four games each, with Canada finishing fourth. Oilers general manager Glen Sather offered to trade Moog to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Steve Guenette and a first round draft pick, but Penguins owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. told his general manager, Eddie Johnston, that he could not trade a first round draft pick.[1]

Boston Bruins[edit]

At the trading deadline of the 1987–88 season, Moog was traded to the Boston Bruins for Bill Ranford shortly after the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The Bruins implemented a goalie timeshare, with Moog and Reggie Lemelin sharing starting duties. Lemelin was in goal for most of the action during the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1988, as Boston was swept by the Oilers in four games — Edmonton's fourth Cup title in five years. Moog was in goal for the series loss clinching game. Despite Lemelin initially starting in net during the 1989–90 playoffs, when the Bruins were on a streak to win the Presidents' Trophy, Moog eventually took over the starting position. After a few games and performing heroics, Moog's team went all of the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

One Stanley Cup highlight was during the first round against the Hartford Whalers. With Hartford leading two games to one and leading in game four owned a 5–2 entering the third period. Moog replaced Lemelin in goal and shutout the Whalers for the remainder of the game. The Bruins then rallied for a comeback by scoring four goals in the third period. Another memorable moment followed in the second round when the Bruins finally clinched a playoff series win against longtime rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, in the Boston Garden for the first time since 1944. In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins lost in five games to Moog's old team, the Oilers, who were backstopped by Ranford.

In both the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins defeated the Canadiens in the second round to make it to the Prince of Wales Conference Finals. Moog soon gained a reputation as the Bruins' biggest "Hab-killer" shutting out the Canadiens as part of a sweep in the 1992 postseason. However, the Bruins lost both series to the Pittsburgh Penguins who were led by Mario Lemieux. In 1991, Boston took the first two games of the series each by a of 5–4, but Pittsburgh went on to win the next four games and the series; followed by a win of the Stanley Cup. Again in 1992, Boston was no match for Pittsburgh and was swept in four games during the PW Conference Finals.

In the 1992–93 season, Moog did not start well partly because of a poor relationship with head coach Brian Sutter and partly because of the death of his father in January 1993. After the rough start, things improved and Moog backstopped his team to the Adams Division title and the second-best record in both Conferences, behind Pittsburgh. Moog finished the season strong and was runner-up for the William Jennings Trophy. The 1993 playoffs, however, were a disaster. Boston was unexpectedly swept by the Buffalo Sabres, three of the four losses coming in overtime. In the final game of the series Moog gave up the overtime goal to the Sabres' Brad May.

During the middle and latter years of his career, Moog served as Vice-President of the National Hockey League Players Association. This position made him a spokesman for the players, both during the 1992 NHL players strike and the 1994-95 NHL lockout.

Andy Moog's Bruins mask was voted one of the scariest goalie masks by The Hockey News.[2]

Dallas Stars[edit]

Moog was traded to the Minnesota North Stars, who relocated to Dallas for the 1993–94 season. He backstopped them to a winning record to return the Stars to the playoffs where they reached the second round. In the 1996–97 NHL season, Moog helped Dallas to the Central Division title, but they were upset in the first round in seven games by the underdog Edmonton Oilers. During his time with the Stars, Moog often shared the workload of regular season games with Darcy Wakaluk and later Arturs Irbe.

Later career[edit]

With the Stars bringing in Ed Belfour, Moog signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens for the 1997–98 NHL season. Ironically while Moog had helped eliminate Montreal from the playoffs four times (once with the Oilers and three times with the Bruins), he backstopped the Habs to their first playoff series win since 1993. In the summer of 1998, Moog was offered a contract to play for the Vancouver Canucks, but he chose to retire and instead became the team's goaltending coach.

Moog was selected to play in the National Hockey League All-Star Game game four times over his career. He was selected to the All-Star team with: the Oilers (1985 and 1986), Bruins (1991), and Stars (1997). In his two All-Star appearances as an Oiler, both he and Fuhr were selected to the team.

On August 19, 2005, Team Canada appointed Moog as goaltending consultant for the 2006 Winter Olympics team.

On September 12, 2009, Moog was named assistant coach of the Dallas Stars. His contract expired July 1, 2010 and he was not offered an extension.

Currently, Moog is an on-air analyst for Fox Sports Southwest during Dallas Stars games.[3]

Moog & Friends Hospice[edit]

In the early 1990s, Andy Moog helped fund Moog & Friends Hospice in Penticton, BC.[4]

Awards and achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oilers send goalie Moog to Bruins
  2. ^ "Top 10: Scary goalie masks". THN.com, Sympatico MSN. October 31, 2008. Archived from the original on 1 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  3. ^ http://starsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/01/fox-sports-southwest-announces-stars-television-schedule.html/
  4. ^ "Moog & Friends About Us". Penticton Hospice. 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 

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Preceded by
Patrick Roy, Brian Hayward
Winner of the Jennings Trophy
1990
(with Réjean Lemelin)
Succeeded by
Ed Belfour