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Moose, Canucks renew affiliation agreement

mtb_200.jpgThe Manitoba Moose, in conjunction with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, today announced that the two teams have renewed their affiliation agreement through the 2011-12 season.

“We are pleased to once again renew our partnership with the Vancouver Canucks and look forward to continuing the development of young quality hockey players for both organizations,” said Craig Heisinger, Senior Vice-President & General Manager of the Manitoba Moose. “The strong relationship with Mike Gillis, Lorne Henning, Laurence Gilman, and the rest of the Canucks staff this season has greatly contributed to the success both teams are having on the ice in 2009.”

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with Manitoba over the past eight years,” said Lorne Henning, Canucks Vice-President, Player Personnel & Assistant General Manager. “The Manitoba Moose have played a large part in developing a number of Canucks, including the likes of Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler. The two organizations have worked closely to ensure our goals are one in the same and we are very proud to develop this strong relationship.”

Current members of the Vancouver Canucks roster who have played with the Manitoba Moose in the past include Burrows and Kesler, along with Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Mason Raymond, Rick Rypien, and Jannik Hansen. Current members of the Moose roster who have played games with the Canucks this season include Jason Jaffray, Alexandre Bolduc, Jason Krog, Michel Ouellet, Cory Schneider, and Curtis Sanford.

The Canucks and Moose originally announced their partnership on June 5, 2001.