On Monday, former Manitoba Moose star forward Jason Jaffray announced his intention of retiring from professional hockey following the completion of the 2019-20 season. Currently playing the past five seasons in Germany with EHC Munchen of the DEL, the 38-year-old has skated for 14 years over four leagues as a professional.
The five-year member of the Winnipeg-based American Hockey League team was a fan favourite during his time with Manitoba. Coming to the Moose after spending three seasons in the ECHL with the Roanoke Express and Wheeling Nailers, Jaffray was loaned to Manitoba for the conclusion of the 2004-05 season, where he put up four goals and eight points in 14 regular season games.
He then spent 2005 through 2009 in Manitoba with the Moose, putting together 91 goals and 225 points in 249 regular season games. In the playoffs, Jaffray was nearly unstoppable, adding six goals and seven points in 2005-06, six goals and 13 points in 2006-07, one goal and five points in 2007-08 and nine goals and 19 points in 2008-09.
Jaffray moved to Calgary for the 2009-10 season, where he bounced between the NHL and AHL, before returning home to Manitoba for the 2010-11 season. Upon the return of the Winnipeg Jets, Jaffray signed with the local club and got himself into 13 games during the 2011-12 campaign, where he recorded one assist.
He served as the captain of the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL for the next four seasons, where he concluded his AHL career, finishing with 224 goals, 541 points and 565 penalty minutes in 697 total games. Jaffray then travelled to Germany for the start of the 2015-16 DEL season. He has spent the past five years playing for EHC Munchen, where he has won three league championships.