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Ethan Moreau
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Born September 22, 1975 (1975-09-22) (age 43)
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots 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 Moreau (born Ethan Byron Moreau on September 22, 1975) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.

He was selected in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft (14th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Ethan also played with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL.

Playing CareerEdit

Minor Playing CareerEdit

Ethan 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 Playing CareerEdit

Pre-OHL, Ethan 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).

When he 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, Ethan had shown a remarkable scoring touch in his draft year.

The Blackhawks allowed Ethan to play another year in junior (for Sudbury), before bringing him to their IHL team in Indianapolis. He also saw spot duty in the NHL, playing 8 games.

NHL CareerEdit

The 1996-97 NHL season was Ethan's first full year in the NHL, and he went on to play parts of four seasons with Chicago.

On March 20, 1999, he 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.

Although Ethan has not shown the scoring touch he had in junior hockey, he has been an excellent checking forward for the Oilers, providing leadership and grit from their third line.

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 Ethan played with EC VSV Villach of the Austrian Hockey League.

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

On October 6, 2006, Ethan 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 NHL season.

On October 2, 2007, Ethan was named captain of the Oilers, replacing the recently departed Jason Smith, however, a day later on October 3, 2007, he fractured his tibia bone, (blocking a shot by Adrian Aucoin) during an exhibition game, which would result in missing 38 games.

Ethan returned during the mid-season, only to be injured again with a broken left leg on February 25th.

He had struggled with injuries during the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons and managed to play only 32 games, between these two seasons.

Ethan was also the last remaining asset that the Oilers retained, as a result of the Wayne Gretzky trade — taking all subsequent trades into account.

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, he scored his first career hat-trick in a 6-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

On February 28, 2009 (during a game against the Minnesota Wild in Edmonton), Ethan suffered an eye injury after Antti Miettinen of the Wild caught him with a high stick which sent 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, he 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, Ethan was claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Had he gone unclaimed, the Oilers were intending to buy out the final year of his contract.

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

RetirementEdit

On June 20, 2012 (following the Kings' Stanley Cup Championship), Ethan joined the Montreal Canadiens' scouting staff as a professional scout for the Western Conference.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92Niagara Falls ThunderOHL62302555391746104
1992–93Niagara Falls ThunderOHL653241736940334
1993–94Niagara Falls ThunderOHL59445498100
1994–95Niagara Falls ThunderOHL3925416669
1994–95Sudbury WolvesOHL2313173022186121826
1995–96Indianapolis IceIHL7121204112654048
1995–96Chicago BlackhawksNHL80114
1996–97Chicago BlackhawksNHL8215163112361019
1997–98Chicago BlackhawksNHL54991873
1998–99Chicago BlackhawksNHL66961584
1998–99Edmonton OilersNHL14156840336
1999–00Edmonton OilersNHL731710276250110
2000–01Edmonton OilersNHL68910199040002
2001–02Edmonton OilersNHL801151681
2002–03Edmonton OilersNHL78141731112601116
2003–04Edmonton OilersNHL8120123296
2004–05EC VSV VillachAust16106167334040
2005–06Edmonton OilersNHL74111627872121319
2006–07Edmonton OilersNHL710112
2007–08Edmonton OilersNHL2554939
2008–09Edmonton OilersNHL77141226133
2009–10Edmonton OilersNHL76991862
2010–11Columbus Blue JacketsNHL3715624
2011–12Los Angeles KingsNHL2813420
NHL totals 928 147 140 287 1110 46 3 6 9 52
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