Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE

No love for former Moose netminder in Winnipeg

Saturday, 12.03.2011 / 11:47 PM / News

By Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

Share with your Friends


No love for former Moose netminder in Winnipeg
Even his Winnipeg history could not save Johan Hedberg from being the latest NHL goaltender to receive a rough welcome from the MTS Centre faithful on Saturday night.
WINNIPEG – Even his Winnipeg history could not save Johan Hedberg from being the latest NHL goaltender to receive a rough welcome from the MTS Centre faithful on Saturday night.

Jets fans serenaded the 38-year-old Devils' goaltender with chants moments into the contest. Even a video welcome failed to rally much support for the netminder, whose hockey resume includes 62 games with the minor-league Manitoba Moose. The game was his first at the MTS Centre, however -- he played with the Moose when the city’s former NHL building, the Winnipeg Arena, still housed the minor-league club.

Hedberg spent three separate stints with the Moose in both the former International Hockey League and in the American Hockey League when was a member of the Vancouver Canucks. His second season in Winnipeg came a year before the breakout 2001-02 campaign with the Pittsburgh Penguins that helped to establish him as an everyday NHL goaltender.

Despite the reception, Hedberg still expressed his pleasure to see the NHL back in Winnipeg.

"It was exciting," Hedberg said of his return to Winnipeg. "I'm happy Winnipeg got a team back. You can tell the fans are with them. It's an exciting building."
Quote of the Day

There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.

— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury
Winter Classic sweepstakes