Manitoba Moose General Manager Randy Carlyle announced that left-winger Jimmy Roy and defenseman Justin Kurtz will be returning to the Moose line up in 2001-2002 after both agreed to one-year contracts. Last season, Roy posted career highs with 18 goals and 31 points in 77 games with racking up 150 minutes in penalties and was plus-five. Kurtz scored eight goals and added 22 assists for 30 points and was plus-two in 69 games. In the playoffs, Kurtz played some of the best hockey of his career recording five points in 13 games.
Over the past four years, Roy became known around the International Hockey League for his aggressive style of play and his ability to take the opposition off their game. Off the ice, Roy has become Manitoba’s most recognizable player because of his efforts in the community.
Kurtz, who enters his fourth season with the Moose, has developed and improved consistently from year to year. His points and assists totals from last year were both career highs and following last season, Kurtz received the Moose’s annual Community Service Award.
“The signing of both Jimmy Roy and Justin Kurtz were important steps for our hockey club,” said Carlyle. “As much as both contribute on the ice, they are equally as productive off the ice and play an important role for our organization in the community. We are pleased to have Justin and Jimmy back and along with Brian Chapman, they will provide some continuity for our fans as we enter the AHL.”
Roy was originally drafted by the by the Dallas Stars with their 7th pick, 254th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Between 1994 and 1996 he played two years of collegiate hockey at Michigan Tech of the WCHA recording 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points in 80 games. Prior to joining the Moose, Roy spent the 1996-97 season with the Canadian National Team.
Kurtz was originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with their fifth choice, 84th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. As a junior, he played four seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings which included two WHL championships and two Memorial Cup appearances. The Winnipeg native was first signed by the Moose as a free agent prior to the 1998-99 season. Having played only 240 games at the NHL/AHL/IHL level, Kurtz does not fall in the AHL’s veteran category. Under the AHL’s developmental rule, only six players with 261 games or more may dress for each game (excluding goalies).