Manitoba Moose

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Manitoba Moose
Manitoba Moose.svg
City Winnipeg, Manitoba
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division North Division
Founded 1994 (In the IHL)
Operated 1996–2011
Home arena Winnipeg Arena
MTS Centre

Green, black, bronze, and white

Affiliates Independent
Vancouver Canucks
Franchise history
1994–1996 IHL Minnesota Moose
1996–2001 Manitoba Moose
2001–2011 AHL Manitoba Moose
2011–2015 St. John's IceCaps
2015– Winnipeg AHL team
Regular season titles 1 (2008–09)
Division Championships 2 (2006–07), (2008–09)
Conference Championships 1 (2008–09)

The Manitoba Moose were a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba that played in the International Hockey League from 1996 to 2001 and American Hockey League from 2001 to 2011. The team, founded as the Minnesota Moose in 1994, relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011 to become the St. John's IceCaps.


International Hockey League (1996–2001)[edit]

After the departure of the National Hockey League's Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, Arizona in 1996, a group of local businessmen, including Mark Chipman, purchased the Minnesota Moose of the IHL. The team was relocated to Winnipeg in order to provide a new tenant for the Winnipeg Arena and keep professional hockey in the city.[1][2]

The team's first season in Winnipeg was a disaster. Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jean Perron was brought in to replace Frank Serratore as head coach and general manager. The Moose won only 16 games of 50 games under Perron before he was fired on January 4, 1997.[3][4][5] Upon his dismissal, Perron lashed out at team ownership, the media, and the players, including a personal attack on team captain Randy Gilhen.[6][7] Perron threatened legal action against the team, but nothing came of it.[8] Assistant coach Randy Carlyle, a former Jets defenceman, took over as head coach and led the team to a winning record in their final 32 games of the season, but the team did not qualify for the playoffs.

Carlyle went on to serve as head coach and general manager for remainder of the team's tenure in the IHL. The Moose had moderate regular season success and qualified for the Turner Cup playoffs three out of the next four seasons, making it as far as the second round. Carlyle was named the league's General Manager of the Year for the 1998–99 season.[9][10] During their five seasons in the IHL, the Moose remained independent and did not affiliate with any NHL teams, although several did loan players to the Moose.[3]

American Hockey League (2001–2011)[edit]

The Moose and five other IHL teams were accepted into the AHL after the IHL's demise in 2001. The Moose were required to affiliate with an NHL club and became the top affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks,[3] a partnership that would last ten seasons. Former Canucks star Stan Smyl was chosen by the Canucks as the new head coach of the Moose while Carlyle remained as general manager for one season before leaving to join the Washington Capitals coaching staff. In 2002–03, Smyl led the team to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs, but lost to the Hamilton Bulldogs in seven games. After the team missed the playoffs the following season, Smyl was reassigned within the Canucks organization.[11]

Following the departure of Smyl, Carlyle returned as Moose head coach for the 2004-05 season. It was a season of big changes and new highs for the organization, as the Moose, now owned by True North Sports & Entertainment, played their final game at the old Winnipeg Arena and moved into the brand new MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The Moose made it to the conference final for the first time in team history, but were swept in four games by their old IHL rivals, the Chicago Wolves.[11] Mark Chipman was awarded the James C. Hendy Memorial Award for AHL Executive of the Year. After the season, Carlyle was hired by the Anaheim Ducks as their new head coach, becoming the first of four consecutive Moose head coaches to leave the team for head coaching positions in the NHL.[10]

Former Canadiens head coach Alain Vigneault was brought in as the new head coach for the 2005–06 season. The Moose signed Winnipeg native and three-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Keane and named him captain. Keane quickly became a fan favorite and the team had another great year, but again lost in the second round of the playoffs. After the season, Vigneault was promoted by the Canucks to fill their vacant head coaching position when Marc Crawford was let go.

A Moose game at the MTS Centre

Former Moose captain and assistant coach Scott Arniel was selected to replace Vigneault. Arniel coached the team for four seasons and, in 2008–09, led them to their best season in franchise history when the team finished with 107 points, the best record in the league. The Moose went all the way to the Calder Cup Finals, losing the final to the Hershey Bears. Arniel was awarded the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL Coach of the Year, while general manager Heisinger became the second member of the Moose front office staff to win the James C. Hendy Memorial Award.[12][13]

Arniel became the third Moose coach in six years to make the jump to the NHL when he was hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets as their new head coach in 2010. Ironically, Arniel was replaced by former Blue Jackets interim head coach Claude Noel, whose contract had not renewed by the club.[14] During the same off-season, Keane's contract was not renewed and his #12 jersey was later retired on Mike Keane Tribute Night, February 12, 2011.[15][16] During the 2011 playoffs, the Moose came back from 3 game to 1 deficit to the Lake Erie Monsters in the first round to advance. They fell behind 3 games to 1 again in round two, this time to the Bulldogs, and came back to force a seventh game. However, the Bulldogs won Game 7 and the series with a 2–1 win in triple overtime in the longest Game 7 in AHL history.[17]

During their ten seasons in the AHL, the Moose were one of the league's most successful franchises. Moose attendance was among the best in the league every season, including an average of 8,404 per game in the 2010-2011 season.[18] The organization was also popular with the players, as the Moose "had the reputation of being run like an NHL club".[19] League president and CEO David Andrews called the Moose "a flagship franchise for the AHL".[20]

2008–09 Calder Cup Finals[edit]

The Moose finished the 2008–09 season with the best record in the AHL. In the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Moose completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins. After beating the Houston Aeros in six games to win the Western Conference final, the Moose advanced to the Calder Cup finals for the first time. Their opponent was the Hershey Bears, the defending champions.[3][21]

Games 1 and 2 of the final series were played at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The Bears took the first game 5–4 in overtime in front of a sold out crowd of 15,003. In Game 2, the Moose were led by Jason Jaffray's hat trick and tied the series with a 3–1 victory.[22] [23]

After the teams split the first two games in Winnipeg, the series shifted to the Giant Center in Hershey for Games 3, 4, and 5. Hershey won Games 3 and 4 by scores of 3–0 and 2–1 to take a 3 to 1 series lead. However, the Moose came back to win Game 5 and send the series back to Winnipeg for Game 6 and hopefully a Game 7.

In Game 6, in front of another sold crowd at the MTS Centre, the Bears scored three first period goals en route to a 4–1 win over the Moose and their team's tenth Calder Cup.[24]

Relocation to St. John's[edit]

Main article: St. John's IceCaps

On May 31, 2011, Mark Chipman announced True North Sports and Entertainment's acquisition of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers with the intent of relocating the team to Winnipeg for the 2011–12 season. The return of the NHL to Winnipeg prompted True North to find a new home for its AHL franchise, thus ending the team's 15-year tenure in Manitoba. A deal with former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Danny Williams was quickly negotiated to relocate the team to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, which was swiftly approved by the AHL Board of Governors.[25] Upon relocation to St. John's, the team was renamed the St. John's IceCaps and became the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.[26][27]

Return to Manitoba[edit]

Main article: Winnipeg AHL team

As early as January 2014, Chipman confirmed that True North was looking to move its AHL franchise closer to Winnipeg, with Thunder Bay, Ontario being cited as a preferred destination. Although True North and Danny Williams' group had extended their agreement through 2016, Williams was able to negotiate a deal to relocate the Hamilton Bulldogs to St. John's for the 2015–16 season. In response, the AHL Board of Governors approved a request for True North to relocate their franchise back to Winnipeg. True North has not announced what the team's name will be or if it will retake the Moose moniker. [28]

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: 45 United States Scott Thomas (1998–99)
Assists: 81 Canada Stephane Morin (1994–95)
Points: 114 Canada Stephane Morin (1994–95)
Penalty minutes: 285 Canada Wade Brookbank (2004–05)
Wins: 35 United States Cory Schneider (2009–10)
GAA: 2.04 United States Cory Schneider (2008–09)
SV%: .928 United States Cory Schneider (2008–09)


Career goals: 102 Canada Jimmy Roy
Career assists: 193 United States Brett Hauer
Career points: 251 United States Brett Hauer
Career penalty minutes: 1434 Canada Jimmy Roy
Career goaltending wins: 84 United States Cory Schneider
Career shutouts: 12 United States Cory Schneider
Career games: 603 Canada Jimmy Roy

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
United States Brett Hauer D 322 58 193 251 0.78
Canada Jason Jaffray LW 275 96 139 235 0.85
Canada Nolan Baumgartner D 451 45 169 214 0.47
Canada Jimmy Roy LW 603 101 111 212 0.35
Canada Stephane Morin F 173 63 138 201 1.16
Canada Bill Bowler C 187 55 134 189 1.01
Canada Brandon Reid C 259 70 111 181 0.70
Canada Lee Goren RW 193 80 91 171 0.89
Canada Scott Arniel F 222 67 104 171 0.77
Canada Brian Chapman D 447 24 135 158 0.35

Reference: Internet Hockey Database

Updated to 2010–11 inclusive.

Team captains[edit]

Team coaches[edit]



Team general managers[edit]

  • Canada Jean Perron, 1996–97 (fired 50 games into first season)
  • Canada Randy Carlyle, 1997–2002 (became Washington Capitals assistant coach)
  • Canada Craig Heisinger, 2002–2011 (continued with St. John's IceCaps)

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 12 – Canada Mike Keane

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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, League
2009–10 80 40 33 5 2 87 204 232 4th North
2010–11 80 43 30 1 6 93 220 210 3rd, 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 L, 2–4, Hershey
2009–10 L, 2–4, Hamilton
2010–11 W, 4–3, Lake Erie L, 3–4, Hamilton

See also[edit]


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  18. ^ "AHL Attendance Report 2010-11". May 31, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Winnipeg's new NHL team faces economic realities (AP)". MSN Money. May 31, 2011. 
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  21. ^ "Moose advance to Calder Cup final with 3–1 victory over Aeros". Winnipeg Free Press. May 25, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Game 1 Recap". May 30, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
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