The Manitoba Moose are vacating the MTS Centre in Winnipeg to make way for the NHL franchise formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers. The Moose came into existence as the Minnesota Moose of the IHL for the 1994-95 season. When the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets were relocated to Phoenix, the Moose moved north. The team shifted to the AHL for the 2001-02 season. The franchise will relocate to St. John’s, Newfoundland for the 2011-12 season.
In 2010-11, seven Ontario Hockey League alumni played at least a game in a Manitoba Moose jersey. Note – there were others that were called up but didn’t play.
Mark Flood – Mark played four seasons with the Peterborough Petes from 2001-02 to 2004-05, serving as team captain in his final season. Flood appeared in 63 regular season and 14 playoff games with the Moose in 2010-11.
Ryan McGinnis – Ryan played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2007-08. He played his first four with the Plymouth Whalers and his final season with the Oshawa Generals. McGinnis played 19 games with Manitoba in 2010-11 while the bulk of his season was spent with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.
Ryan Parent – Ryan played four seasons with the Guelph Storm from 2003-04 to 2006-07. The two time Team Canada world junior played 39 games with the Moose in 2010-11 with an additional four games played with the NHL Canucks.
Jonas Andersson – Jonas played one season in the Ontario Hockey League with the North Bay Centennials in 1999-00. Andersson began his 2010-11 season playing 20 games with the Moose and four with the Canucks. He finished the season in Russia’s KHL and will play there in 2011-12.
Cody Hodgson – Cody starred with the Brampton Battalion for parts of four seasons from 2006-07 to 2009-10. Hodgson played 52 games with the Moose in 2010-11 and eight with the Canucks. Cody also appeared in 12 playoff games with Vancouver.
Victor Oreskovich – Victor played two seasons with the Kitchener Rangers, 2005-06 and 2006-07. Oreskovich started the 2010-11 season with 40 games in a Manitoba jersey and finished up with 16 games with the Canucks. He has played 17 games in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs so far.
Jason Pitton – Jason played parts of four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-03 to 2005-06, mostly with the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. He appeared in one game with the Greyhounds in his first season and his final seaon was split between Sault Ste. Marie and the Guelph Storm. Pitton played the bulk of his 2010-11 season with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder but did get into one game with the Moose. He also made AHL appearances with the Worcester Sharks and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.