Card of the Week: The Moose

1990-91 ProCards AHL/IHL #294 – The Moose

1990-91 ProCards AHL/IHL #294 - The MooseSome old school hockey fans might think of Mark Messier when they hear a reference to “The Moose.” Yes, Messier was indeed moose-like–big, strong and hard to knock over–during his playing career. True hockey fans, however, know that hockey’s real moose is none other than The Moose–the mascot for the Rochester Americans.

I never understood why a moose, of all things, was a mascot for a team called the Americans. Why not a personified American flag, or an apple pie, or some sort of cartoon-y Revolutionary War soldier similar to the  NFL’s New England Patriots, circa 1986.

So, I did a little digging (very little) and discovered that The Moose originally began as a mascot for the Rochester-area radio station WMJQ in 1979. That same year, the Moose also started appearing at Americans games. The next season, the Moose became the official team mascot, and a year later he was no longer affiliated with the station.Guess he didn’t have a face for radio, eh?

1990-91 ProCards AHL/IHL #294 – The Moose (back)This card is from the 1990-91 ProCards AHL/IHL set. The back of the card informs us of The Moose’s height (7 feet), weight (300 pounds) and birthplace (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan…as if you had to ask).

Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

6 thoughts on “Card of the Week: The Moose”

  1. If you want to go football, you can add Daryl “Moose” Johnston, ex-Cowboy and current commentating annoyance on Fox. Or there was a baseball player for the Yankees in the 50s I think named Moose Skowron. Or if you really want to go obscure, there was this men’s doubles tennis player in the 1970s named Moose Knuckle McGee. He wore his pants way too tight.

    Ok, maybe I made that last one up.

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