With former Moose captain Patrice Cormier leaving North America to sign a one-year deal with the Kazakhstani team Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League, it left the door open for someone to step in the team captain role that had previously been held by Cormier for the last two seasons.
It was announced that Winnipeg native and fourth-year Moose defenceman Peter Stoykeywch will serve as Manitoba’s captain in 2018-19, along with alternates JC Lipon and Cameron Schilling. Lipon is entering his sixth professional season with the Winnipeg Jets organization, while Schilling will be playing in his eighth AHL campaign, but just his second with Manitoba.
Stoykewych – the eighth captain in Manitoba Moose franchise history – grew up in the Winnipeg Minor Hockey system, playing for both the AAA Bantam Monarchs and the Midget Wild before transitioning to the Winnipeg South Blues en route to a four-year NCAA career in Colorado. In 199 career AHL games, the defenceman has 14 goals, 55 points and 142 penalty minutes.
The Moose picked up their first victory of the season Friday night in their home opener from Bell MTS Place as they doubled up the visiting Belleville Senators 2-1, before falling to the same squad 6-2 the following day in the second game of the back-to-back matchup. Manitoba’s next stop comes in San Antonio on Friday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. central.