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Kings Sign Moreau to One-Year Deal

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Ethan Moreau, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Moreau, 35, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons and a King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner played in 37 regular season games and registered six points (1-5=6) and 24 penalty minutes with the Columbus Blue Jackets this past season, his first season with the team.  During his one season in Columbus Moreau served as an alternate captain.

Prior to his stint with the Blue Jackets, Moreau logged 10-plus NHL seasons with the Oilers, where he ranks seventh in all-time short-handed goals (17), 10th in all-time game-winning goals (23), 11th in all-time penalty minutes (782), 12th in all-time games played (653), 16th in all-time in goals (112) and 22nd in all-time points (212) for that franchise’s history. 

Moreau amassed 18 points (9-9=18) and 62 penalty minutes in 76 regular season games during the 2009-10 season, and in 2008-09 he collected 26 points (14-12=26) and 133 penalty minutes in 77 regular season games with the Oilers.  Soon after the completion of that season, Moreau received the National Hockey League’s King Clancy award, which is given “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community” after missing the majority of the previous two seasons (2007-08 and 2006-07) due to injuries.  Moreau was named the 12th captain in Oilers franchise history on October 2, 2007. 

In 2005-06, Moreau had a productive regular season as he totaled 27 points (11-16=27) and 87 penalty minutes in 74 regular season games.  Additionally, his strong play carried into the postseason as he helped the Oilers reach the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals (Edmonton lost in the Finals to Carolina in seven games) by recording three points (2-1=3) in 21 playoff games.  Moreau was a teammate of both Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene on that Edmonton team. 

Moreau registered career highs in goals scored (20), game-winning goals (5) and points (32) during the 2003-04 season while appearing in 81 regular season games, and from 1999-2003 he averaged nearly 75 regular season games played, 13 goals, 24 points and 86 penalty minutes.   

Originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round (14th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Moreau made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks during the 1995-96 season.  He would spend the majority of his next three seasons with Chicago before he was acquired by the Oilers in a seven-player trade on March 20, 1999. 

In 15 NHL seasons with Columbus, Edmonton and Chicago, the 6-3, 219-pound native of Huntsville, Ontario has collected 283 points (146-137=283), 1,090 penalty minutes and 17 short-handed goals in 900 career regular season games.  In 46 career NHL postseason games, Moreau has recorded nine points (3-6=9) and 52 penalty minutes.

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