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Moose re-up with Canucks for three years

The Vancouver Canucks and the Manitoba Moose have jointly announced an extension to their affiliation agreement that will see the Moose serve as the American Hockey League affiliate of the Canucks for three more seasons.

The Manitoba Moose first became the AHL affiliate of the Canucks back on June 5, 2001.

“We are very happy to have reached this long-term extension with the Moose,” said Dave Nonis, general manager of the Canucks. “Winnipeg has a rich hockey tradition and the Moose have a very strong local ownership and world-class facility to play their home games. We believe that this helps our players greatly throughout their development.”

“We are pleased our relationship with the Canucks will continue forward for the next three seasons,” said Craig Heisinger, vice president of hockey operations and GM of the Moose. “We have established a good working relationship over the previous years that has seen good young players such as Bryan Allen, Ryan Kesler or Alex Auld sent here to develop in Winnipeg and found others like Alexandre Burrows and Rick Rypien who elevated their careers to the next level. We hope to continue to provide those type of players with a good foundation upon which to build outstanding NHL careers.”

Since becoming the Canucks top minor league affiliate in 2001-02, the Moose have posted a record of 196-151-23-18-12 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) in 400 games over five seasons.