Moog's net worth keeps climbing
Catching up with Andy Moog
DALLAS - The last time the Bruins were in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Garden stood tall on Causeway Street and the man between the pipes was Andy Moog. Moog was always a fan favorite; his No. 35 Bruins jersey was a popular sight at games. During the Stanley Cup Finals, a Boston radio station even transformed Def Leppard's popular song "Animal" into an "Andy Moog" version.
"They were real demanding of the team," Moog said. "They wanted us to play hard and play aggressively and play with passion every night. I think they were prepared to accept the outcome if we showed up and played that way. They were demanding fans, but in a good way."
In all, Moog enjoyed five seasons with the Bruins. He currently ranks among Bruins goaltending top ten categories in games played (261), minutes played (15,056) and wins (136).
After retiring from the NHL, Moog became the owner of the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League. It was a different perspective for Moog who went from on the ice to the front office.
"It was an opportunity to get involved on the other side of the business," said Moog. "It was a great learning experience and did that for about four years. I am no longer involved in that, but it was just a really good opportunity to understand the game from the business side."
Now Moog is back in the NHL as the goaltending coach for the Stars. This is Moog's first full-time coaching position, but he has coached part-time before, working as a goaltending consultant for the Vancouver Canucks and for the gold medal-winning Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was also the goaltending coach for Team Canada at the 2002 IHHF World Championships.
"This opportunity presented itself right here in Dallas where I have lived for the past 11 years," said Moog. "I thought it was a great opportunity to be back in it on a full-time basis. This is a great chance for me. My involvement with the Canucks and Team Canada has really sparked my interest in the coaching side of the game. I am extremely fortunate to be given this opportunity with the Stars."
Moog reached the Stanley Cup Finals twice with Boston teams (1988, 1990), and both times they fell to the Edmonton Oilers. Moog was in goal the night the lights went out in the middle of the game at the Garden because of a power failure during the Finals.
"Other than the lights going out, it was pretty exciting," joked Moog about making the Finals. "We had a couple of really good teams there and a bunch of great guys. Our success came as working as a team and we had a lot of fun together. It was very gratifying to get to the finals with that kind of team."
Even with the power failure during the Stanley Cup Finals, what did Moog think of the Boston Garden?
"People have always had a lot of criticism about the Garden and the conditions, etc., but we had a philosophy that it's a dump, but it's our dump," he said. "It didn't really matter what anyone said about it because it was our place. It was our advantage as a home team to be playing in there."
It's easy to understand why many fans were disappointed when Moog was traded to the Dallas Stars in 1993 for goalie Jon Casey. Moog, who recorded the Stars first victory in 1993 after the team moved from Minnesota, played four years in Dallas then one more year with the Canadiens before retiring in 1998. He currently resides in the Dallas area with his wife, Karla, and his three daughters, Alyssa, 23, who just graduated from Texas Christian University, Arielle, 19, a student at TCU, and Abby, 17, who is in high school.
Moog enjoyed a stellar career in the NHL, which featured three Stanley Cup Finals and four All-Star Game appearances. He also won the Williams Jennings Trophy for being the goaltender on the team with the fewest goals allowed in a season.
"There are a lot of ups and downs you go through with a long career and I like to think I made the most of my opportunities over the course of my career," Moog said. "I enjoyed myself and played the game with a lot of passion.
"I see myself continuing to do this job as a goaltending coach for the next few years. I have been able to take it year by year and make decisions based on what I felt in previous years. I think I will continue that. I would like to stay in the game, but I am just going to take it one year at a time."
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