Cam Moon (left) and Brent Sutter had a Hot Stove Q and A session at Rebels Fan Fest. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

‘I was stunned’, voice of the Red Deer Rebels Cam Moon gets call to NHL

Moon will call the first game of his hometown Edmonton Oilers Thursday

Cam Moon remembers doing cartwheels nearly a decade ago – when the Red Deer Rebels travelled up Highway 2 to play the Edmonton Oil Kings – the franchise’s first game at Rexall Place.

Moon grew up in Edmonton in the ‘80s, watching the Oilers play at the old Northlands Coliseum and was downright giddy at the chance to call a game at that arena.

“Seriously, I was through the roof. The first time the Rebels played in Edmonton against the Oil Kings, I was doing cartwheels I was so excited,” said the man affectionally known as ‘Mooner’ across the hockey community.

That excitement never waned in 22 years and over more than 1,700 games as the Rebels play-by-play voice – Moon will move on and make his NHL debut, calling the Oilers on the radio Thursday night.

“I was stunned. I didn’t expect it. Quite honestly never thought the day would come,” said Moon, who has never missed a Rebels’ broadcast since the day he took the job.

“I love calling Rebels games, I love the WHL and love Red Deer… something changes, you get the call and you get the opportunity to go back to your hometown and all that kind of stuff, call games for the team you grew up watching – there’s no way I could say no to that.”

Read also:

WHL commits to 24-game season; still needs approval from health authorities

Canada’s NHL franchises ready to get familiar with each other during 56-game sprint

It was a whirlwind weekend for the long-time WHL broadcaster, who was more than happy with his role as director of broadcast and media relations for the Rebels.

The Oilers called Rebels Owner, GM and head coach Brent Sutter on Thursday – interviewed Moon on Friday and Saturday, and by Sunday, he was packing a bag to get ready for the NHL season.

Sutter said it was a bittersweet day for the Rebels, losing someone like Moon, who had become like a part of the family over the years.

“We’re very excited and happy for Mooner but at the same time we’re sad. Everyone in the office is thrilled for Cam but we also know that he’s going to be missed,” Sutter said.

“He’s been a big part of this for so long and he’s been such a loyal soldier. He’s been a big part of the community with his charity work and a big part of Rebels hockey.”

The Rebels owner added it will be a near-impossible task to replace Moon, but they have an interim plan for the upcoming 24-game WHL season, which could start in late February.

Beyond that, they’ll go through an exhaustive search this summer to find the right fit for a position that requires a lot more than just calling games.

“With the role he’s had here, you won’t find someone better than Mooner because of all the boxes he checks off,” Sutter said.

Sutter’s sentiment was echoed by the hockey community at large Monday when the news dropped. Moon said he was overwhelmed at the messages, calls and tweets. He was emotional about how much simply doing his job meant to so many people.

“It’s a lot. It’s a bit over the top and I’m not always comfortable with that. Crazy though,” he said.

“I guess it just speaks to hockey fans and how important the game is to people.”

Former Rebels captain Ethan Sakowich, who is also an Oilers fan added his name to the list of those thrilled for Moon. Sakowich said he meant a great deal to the players, making them feel welcome from the day they arrived in town.

“I texted him right away. He’s been great, it’s long overdue and he deserves to be there. Really happy for him,” said Sakowich, who played 264 WHL games, all in a Rebels uniform.

“He was just another voice you got to here. He was always positive. Always shared his insight. He was great to everyone, doesn’t matter how old you were.”

Moon says there are so many memories that he’ll cherish from his time in Red Deer. The Memorial Cup run in 2001 and the subsequent success over the next three seasons– hosting the Memorial Cup in 2016 and all the games in between.

But it was off the ice, the bus trips and the people in the organization that he’ll miss the most. From getting snowed in, in Hood River, Oregon to putting chains on the bus tires to get up a snowy highway, there are enough memories to last a lifetime with the Rebels.

“Seriously, I’ll miss the bus trips,” he said, with his typical, unbridled enthusiasm.

Moon will call his first game on 630 CHED Thursday when the Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks.



Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Cam Moon (left) and Brent Sutter at a Hot Stove Q and A session at Rebels Fan Fest in March 2018 at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

Just Posted

The Town of Ponoka and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) have ratified a new agreement, averting a strike. (File photo from Facebook)
Alberta gov’t ‘using pandemic as shield to lay off workers,’ says AUPE

The Government of Alberta’s “attacks on workers” is continuing with a new… Continue reading

Rocky Mountain House RCMP, EMS, Search and Rescue, STARS air ambulance and Alstrom Helicopters worked together to rescue a fallen ice climber Friday. (Photo contributed by Rocky Mountain House RCMP)
Rocky Mountain House RCMP help rescue fallen ice climber

Rocky Mountain RCMP helped assist a fallen ice climber Friday afternoon. At… Continue reading

Students Association of Red Deer College president Brittany Lausen says she’s pleased the college is offering students a choice to attend class in-person or remotely. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)
Red Deer College winter term enrolment dips

Enrolment down about six per cent but mix of online and in-person instruction is going over well

Brett Salomons, of Salomons Commercial, and Mark Jones, CEO of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, in the CACAC's new temporary home. (Contributed photo)
Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre’s One Day Challenge returns

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre has announced its One Day Challenge is… Continue reading

Dwayne Buckle, 40 of Red Deer finished a 1,638-kilometre walk, in honour of his family. The 12-week, 82 day-journey wrapped up in Port Hardy, B.C. on Monday. Facebook photo
Red Deer man completes 1,638 km hike for cancer research

Dwayne Buckle, a Red Deer firefighter returned home Friday after his 12-week journey

A Suncor logo is shown at the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Thursday, May 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Body of worker whose bulldozer fell through ice on inactive tailings pond recovered

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Oilpatch giant Suncor says the body of a… Continue reading

A restaurant manager in Orlando used a sign to secretly ask an 11-year-old boy if he needs help from his family after they were spotted withholding food from him. (Photo courtesy Orlando Police Department)
WATCH: Restaurant manager uses secret note to ‘rescue’ child, says Orlando Police

The manager of an Orlando restaurant is receiving praise from police after… Continue reading

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will cripple struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

VICTORIA — A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

Quebec and Ontario, the two provinces hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic,… Continue reading

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. A young snowshoer who set out alone on a rugged mountain trail on Vancouver's north shore Thursday has died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Snowshoer dies after overnight search on Vancouver-area mountain: RCMP

SQUAMISH, B.C. — A snowshoer who set out alone on a rugged… Continue reading

nunavut
‘It was joyous:’ Sun returns to some Nunavut communities for first time in weeks

IQALUIT — A sliver of orange rose over Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, earlier… Continue reading

People take photos through the extensive security surrounding the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, ahead of the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Susan Walsh
Less pomp, very different circumstances as D.C. prepares to inaugurate Biden, Harris

WASHINGTON — Some pomp. Very different circumstances. Inauguration day is supposed to… Continue reading

Winnipeg Jets' Nathan Beaulieu (88) and Nikolaj Ehlers (27) defend against Jansen Harkins (12) during scrimmage at their NHL training camp practice in Winnipeg, Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Winnipeg Jets cancel practice due to possible COVID-19 exposure

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets have cancelled their practice today due to… Continue reading

Most Read