Ethan Moreau

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Ethan Moreau
Ethan Moreau 2010.jpg
Moreau in 2010
Born (1975-09-22) September 22, 1975 (age 38)
Huntsville, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Edmonton Oilers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 14th overall, 1994
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1995–2011

Ethan Byron Moreau (born September 22, 1975) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Moreau was selected in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 14th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He also played with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Minor[edit]

Moreau played his minor hockey with the Huntsville Blues of the OMHA, before playing Jr.B. hockey for the Orillia Terriers in the 1990—91 season.

Junior[edit]

Pre-OHL, Moreau played OHA-B junior hockey in Orillia, Ontario, for the Orillia Terriers, where he won the coveted Steve Philips Memorial Award for Most Improved Player (1990—91 season).[1] When Moreau was selected by the Blackhawks, he had just completed his third year in the OHL, playing for Niagara Falls. In addition to good physical presence and skating, Moreau had shown a remarkable scoring touch in his draft year. The Blackhawks allowed Moreau to play another year in junior (for Sudbury), before bringing him to their IHL team in Indianapolis. Moreau also saw spot duty in the NHL, playing 8 games.

NHL[edit]

The following season (1996–97) was Moreau's first full year in the NHL, and he went on to play parts of four seasons with Chicago.

On March 20, 1999, Moreau was dealt in a blockbuster trade to the Edmonton Oilers along with Chad Kilger, Daniel Cleary and Christian Laflamme in exchange for Boris Mironov, Dean McAmmond and Jonas Elofsson.

In 2003-04, he scored a career-high 20 goals and was one of the team's best players in a failed late run for the playoffs. The following NHL season was cancelled due to the lockout, so Moreau played with EC VSV Villach of the Austrian Hockey League.

Ethan Moreau skates with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2009-10 season

Moreau was part of the Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, in which the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Moreau had 2 goals and 1 assist in the playoffs.

On October 6, 2006, Moreau was signed by the Oilers to a 4-year contract extension, staving off the unrestricted free agency and keeping the winger with the team through the 2010–2011 season.

On October 2, 2007, Moreau was named captain of the Oilers, replacing the recently departed Jason Smith. However, he fractured his tibia a day later, (blocking a shot by Adrian Aucoin) during an exhibition game, which would result in missing 38 games. He returned during the mid-season, only to be injured again with a broken left leg, on February 25. Moreau had struggled with injuries during the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons and managed to play only 32 games, between these two seasons.

Moreau was also the last remaining asset that the Oilers retained, as a result of the Wayne Gretzky trade — taking all subsequent trades into account.[2] He was also one of the longest-serving Oiler players in recent history, having been a member of the team from March 20, 1999, until June 30, 2010.

On January 18, 2009, Moreau scored his first career hat-trick in a 6-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

During a game against the Minnesota Wild, in Edmonton, on February 28, 2009, Moreau suffered an eye injury. Antti Miettinen of the Wild caught Moreau with a high stick, sending him sprawling to the ice. Doctors at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton concluded that he suffered a scratched cornea and bleeding behind the eye.

On June 18, 2009, Ethan Moreau was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for best exemplifying leadership qualities on and off the ice and by also making significant humanitarian contributions to the Oilers Community Foundation.

On June 30, 2010, Moreau was claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Oilers were intending to buy out the final year of his contract had he gone unclaimed.[citation needed]

On August 20, 2011, he signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings for $600,000.[3]

Retirement[edit]

On June 20, 2012, following the Kings' Stanley Cup Championship, Moreau joined the Montreal Canadiens' scouting staff as professional scout for the Western Conference.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 62 30 25 55 39 17 4 6 10 4
1992–93 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 65 32 41 73 69 4 0 3 3 4
1993–94 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 59 44 54 98 100
1994–95 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 39 25 41 66 69
1994–95 Sudbury Wolves OHL 23 13 17 30 22 18 6 12 18 26
1995–96 Indianapolis Ice IHL 71 21 20 41 126 5 4 0 4 8
1995–96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 0 1 1 4
1996–97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 15 16 31 123 6 1 0 1 9
1997–98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 9 9 18 73
1998–99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 66 9 6 15 84
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 1 5 6 8 4 0 3 3 6
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 17 10 27 62 5 0 1 1 0
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 9 10 19 90 4 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 11 5 16 81
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 14 17 31 112 6 0 1 1 16
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 20 12 32 96
2004–05 EC VSV Villach Aust 16 10 6 16 73 3 4 0 4 0
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 11 16 27 87 21 2 1 3 19
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 1 0 1 12
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 25 5 4 9 39
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 14 12 26 133
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 76 9 9 18 62
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 37 1 5 6 24
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 1 3 4 20
NHL totals 928 147 140 287 1110 46 3 6 9 52

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Preceded by
Eric Lecompte
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
1994
Succeeded by
Dmitri Nabokov
Preceded by
Jason Smith
Edmonton Oilers captain
200710
Succeeded by
Shawn Horcoff
Preceded by
Vincent Lecavalier
King Clancy Trophy winner
2009
Succeeded by
Shane Doan