Manitoba deserves to have NHL hockey, and we have no doubt that the NHL will be successful in its return to Winnipeg. Our sincere thanks go to the Manitoba Moose fans who have supported the American Hockey League loyally and passionately for the past 10 years.
The future of the Manitoba AHL franchise will be determined in the weeks ahead, and we look forward to Winnipeg’s NHL club developing its top prospects in the AHL.
And in the end, if this was the end, let it be known that Cory Schneider went down fighting.
The Manitoba Moose netminder, in what will almost certainly be his final game for the Moose in what has been a spectacular three-year American Hockey League career, did everything possible — and a few things that weren’t — to keep his team alive in their opening-round playoff series with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
But in the end, not even the magic of Schneider that Winnipeggers know so well was enough to turn back a Bulldogs onslaught that had to pepper the Moose goalie with 49 shots in Game 6 Sunday night at Copps Coliseum before they were finally able to break the 23-year-old phenom.