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Moose to Retire Jimmy Roy’s No. 21 Friday

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Moose to Retire Jimmy Roy’s No. 21 Friday

The Manitoba Moose will retire the sweater of one of their all-time fan favourites on Friday, February 7 at Bell MTS Place prior to the American Hockey League game between the Moose and the Chicago Wolves at 7:00 PM central. The game will be recognized as the 20th Season Game.

Jimmy Roy – who spent nine seasons in the AHL with the Moose – will see his No. 21 raised to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony this week. The former alternate captain of the only professional hockey team in Manitoba during his time remains as the franchise leader in games played (603) and penalty minutes (1,434), while ranking second in goals scored (101).

Roy, 44, of Sioux Lookout, ON. was drafted 254th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, but failed to ever crack the big league. He joined the Moose in 1997 and played with the team until the completion of the 2005-06 season.

Roy’s professional career with the Moose featured a team that made the Calder Cup playoffs for eight of his nine years in town. He was named team captain for the 2006 AHL All-Star Game, while also being named the recipient of the 2002-03 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for his strong acts of service within the local community.

Following his nine year career with the Moose (four years in the IHL, five years in the AHL), the 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward moved overseas, where he laced up for five seasons with the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL. He finished his professional career with 168 total goals, 351 points and 1,951 penalty minutes combined through play across three leagues.

At the conclusion of his paling career, Roy joined arms with the Winnipeg Jets in 2011, and has since served the role of Director of Player Development. Roy will be the second player in Moose history to have his number retired by the team, following Mike Keane.

Friday’s 20th Season Game against Chicago will also see the team suit up in a special edition commemorative sweater, while the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a miniature Jimmy Roy 21 banner. The game-worn sweaters will be auctioned off following the game, in support of Hockey Manitoba. Many distinct Moose alumni are also expected to offer their thoughts and reflections upon their time spent playing in Manitoba throughout the evening.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com

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