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Niagara hires NHL veteran Ethan Moreau for hockey staff

NHL veteran Ethan Moreau joined the Niagara hockey team as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.

Moreau played 15 seasons in the NHL, notching 147 goals and 140 assists in 928 games with the four teams -- Chicago, Edmonton, Columbus and Los Angeles. He made his NHL debut in 1995 with Chicago then spent 10 seasons with the Oilers. His 653 games with Edmonton rank 13th in the franchise's history. His best year came in 2003-04 when he scored a career-best 20 goals and was named team MVP.

Moreau retired from the NHL in 2012 and was a pro scout for three seasons for the Montreal Canadians. Last year he was a development coach at the Academy of Hockey in HarborCenter.

Moreau's connection to Niagara head coach Dave Burkholder dates to his major junior playing career with the Niagara Falls Thunder in the OHL. Burkholder began his coaching career wit the Thunder for the 1993-94 season when Moreau played for the team.

"Ethan's decorated professional career on the ice will help him transition quickly to coaching," Burkholder said in a statement. "We want our players at Niagara to develop a professional attitude and mindset, and there is no one better for them to learn those skills from than a former NHL player. Ethan's experience is a huge gain for us in the hockey department. Beyond that, he is a tremendous person with a track record of helping out in the community. I know Ethan as someone who is dedicated to living all aspects of his life with class and character. He is a family man first and brings so much to our campus. I welcome his wife, Ornella, and children, Trey and Mia, to the Niagara University family."

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