The Manitoba Moose today announced they have completed their coaching staff by extending the contract of assistant coach Mark Morrison and adding Eric Dubois as an assistant coach. Morrison and Dubois join new Moose head coach Pascal Vincent along with current goaltending development coach Rick St. Croix to round out the Moose coaching staff.
Dubois, 46, has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL. He has spent 11 years coaching in the QMJHL including six years as a head coach with Acadie-Bathurst from 2011-13 and four seasons with Baie-Comeau 2005-09.
Dubois, who calls Rimouski home, started his QMJHL coaching career as an assistant with Baie-Comeau in 2004 following a 12-year professional playing career with stops in the AHL, IHL, CHL and professional leagues in Europe. Dubois was a defenseman with the Manitoba Moose in their inaugural 1996-97 season in the IHL where he appeared in 80 games and scored 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists). He appeared in 15 AHL games in 1991-92 with the New Haven Nighthawks and Halifax Citadels.
Dubois is the father of Pierre-Luc Dubois, the third overall pick by Columbus in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Morrison is entering his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Jets’ AHL affiliate. He was in St. John’s for four years prior to moving with the team to Manitoba last season. The 53-year-old native of Delta, B.C., was head coach of the Victoria Salmon Kings from 2006-11.
Morrison was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the third round, 51st overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. In 1981, Morrison was named as a member of the Team Canada squad that captured the gold medal at the World Junior Championship. He was also the captain of the 1982 team that captured the bronze medal. His playing career included 31 AHL games with New Haven and Nova Scotia.
St. Croix is back for his second straight season as the Jets’ developmental goaltending coach working with the organization’s goaltending prospects. He was an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets from 1987-89 before being named goaltending coach in Dallas from 1998-2003, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999.
St. Croix then returned to Winnipeg to work with the Manitoba Moose from 2003-11 and spent the 2011-12 season with the St. John’s IceCaps after the return of the Jets to Winnipeg. St. Croix then was named goaltending coach for the Maple Leafs in 2012 and worked three seasons in Toronto.
The 61-year-old St. Croix played 11 pro seasons, including stints in the AHL with Springfield, Maine, Philadelphia and St. Catharines. He won a Calder Cup championship with the Maine Mariners in 1978 and shared the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for team goaltending in 1979-80.