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Winnipegger Peter Stoykewych named as Manitoba Moose captain

Manitoba Moose defenceman Peter Stoykewych has been named the team's eighth captain. True North Sports + Entertainment

Winnipegger Peter Stoykewych has been named the eighth captain in Manitoba Moose history, with JC Lipon and Cameron Schilling serving as alternates.

Stoykewych, 26, is a defenceman in his fourth season of pro hockey. He had a breakout season in 2017-18, with 27 points in 70 games. Stoykewych also came close to a team record last year, posting a plus-28 rating, the second-highest in franchise history.

He’s the second Winnipeg native to wear the ‘C’, after Mike Keane, who captained the Moose from 2005-10. A third Manitoban, Randy Gilhen, was captain of the IHL Moose in their inaugural 1996-97 season.

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Lipon, 25, is a six-year veteran of the Moose/IceCaps franchise, with 333 games under his belt and more assists than any other right winger in the club’s history.

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Schilling, 30, had 32 points in 71 games last season, earning him an invite to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic.

The Moose hit the ice at Bell MTS Place Friday night for their 2018 home opener against the Belleville Senators.

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