Player Profile: Los Angeles Kings' Forward Ethan Moreau
Moreau, 35, joins former Oilers teammates Matt Greene (played for the Oilers for three years) and Jarret Stoll (five years).
“I just can’t wait to get back, just to show my teammates that I’m not just here for leadership. I’m not just here to be a piece of the roster,” Moreau told Rich Hammond of kings.nhl.com. “I want to re-establish myself and score goals and play tough and do what I’ve always done. I don’t feel like my play has gone down. I’ve just had some unlucky injuries. It’s exciting for me to be able to re-prove myself in the league and have some incentive. I’m mad, which is good. I’m motivated that more teams didn’t want me, and hopefully I can take it out through my play.”
The 6-foot-3 Ontario native began his professional hockey career in 1994 after the Chicago Blackhawks selected him in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Moreau played with the Blackhawks for four seasons, until he was traded in 1998 to the Edmonton Oilers. He played for the Oilers for 11 seasons, and was captain for three of them.
While at Edmonton, Moreau was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player who has shown leadership qualities both on and off the ice, who is also involved in their community. The left-winger worked on the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation’s Inner City High School project.
During the 2010-11 season, Moreau played only 37 games (because of injuries) with the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring one goal and five assists.
A slew of injuries (including rib and eye injuries, a broken left leg, and a fractured tibia) have plagued Moreau’s career, but he now has a chance to prove to critics that he is still a force to be reckoned with on the ice.
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