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Moreau in 2009
Born September 22, 1975 (1975-09-22) (age 34),
Huntsville, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Edmonton Oilers
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 14th overall, 1994
Chicago Blackhawks
Career 1995 – present

Ethan Byron "Chopper" Moreau (born September 22, 1975 in Huntsville, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey left wing and team captain of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. He was selected in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 14th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Playing career

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Pre-NHL

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

The following season was Moreau's first full year in the NHL, and he went on to play parts of four seasons with the Hawks. Then, 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.

Although Moreau has not shown the scoring touch he had in junior, 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 Moreau played with EC VSV Villach of the Austrian Hockey League.

Moreau was part of the Edmonton Oiler team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Moreau had 2 goals and 1 assist in the 2006 Playoffs. On October 6, 2006, Moreau was signed by the Oilers to a 4-year contract extension, staving off 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. However, a day later on October 3rd he fractured his tibia bone blocking a Adrian Aucoin shot during an exhibition game missing 38 games. He returned during the mid season only to be injured again with a broken left leg on February 25th. Moreau has struggled with injuries during the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons and played only 32 games between these two seasons.

Moreau is currently the only remaining asset that the Oilers retain as a result of the Wayne Gretzky trade—taking all subsequent trades into account.[1] He is also the longest serving Oiler on the current roster having been a member of the team since March 1999.

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 Saturday 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 Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton concluded that he only 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 has made a significant humanitarian contribution to the Oilers Community Foundation.

Personal life

Moreau and his wife Ornella have two children, Trey (b. 2001) and Mia (b. 2003). They have been married since 1999 but met in 1992 in Niagara Falls where he played junior hockey.

Ethan Moreau is the younger brother of the Edmonton Oilers Strength & Conditioning Consultant Dr. Chad Moreau

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Niagara Falls Flyers OHL 62 30 25 55 39 17 4 6 10 4
1992–93 Niagara Falls Flyers OHL 65 32 41 73 69 4 0 3 3 4
1993–94 Niagara Falls Flyers OHL 59 44 54 98 100
1994–95 Niagara Falls Flyers 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 VSV EC 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
NHL totals 787 136 123 259 1004 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 captains
2007–present
Incumbent

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