Jersey raising Moran's 'biggest honour'

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

'Bugsy' managed to keep his emotions in check -- just barely. Brad (Bugsy) Moran, the Calgary Hitmen's all-time leading scorer, said he was overwhelmed by last night's ceremony that saw his No. 20 hoisted to the Saddledome rafters -- the first Hitmen player to have his jersey raised to the roof.

"This is the greatest moment of my hockey career," Moran told the cheering crowd of 16,388.

"It's the biggest honour I've ever received."

Moran thanked a long list of people who helped him develop during a five-year WHL career. A video of Moran's highlights was shown on the Jumbo-Tron to Aretha Franklin's Respect.

"It would be nice to turn back time and go out there tonight," Moran said during the first intermission of last night's Hitmen-Red Deer Rebels tilt. "That's how much fun it was here."

Moran listed the 1999 WHL Championship run as his favourite memory but also listed a close second.

"Our third year in the playoffs, we were down three games to one and down 5-2 in Game 5," Moran said.

"With five minutes to go, they gave us a standing ovation that lasted five minutes. That's something I'll never forget."

Moran set franchise marks for goals (204), assists (244), points (448) and games played (357) during his career, which spanned 1995-2000.


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