We all have a reason we do what we love. We all have our own reasons for doing it – my mother, my father, my sibling, my wife, etc. These are all reasons for one to be passionate about what we want to do with our lives. That same message resonates for Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltender Brian Elliott, better known as ‘Moose’.
Moose was the nickname given to the veteran goaltender by Chris Stewart, a teammate of his, who saw the design of ‘Mr. Moose’ on his mask for a long time. Elliott explained that the nickname began at that moment and grew since the first day that Stewart called him it. But the story doesn’t end there, nor really begins.
Why does Elliott have Mr. Moose on his helmet? Well that story begins at a young age to a family friend – Owen Scott, a champion moose-caller.
Scott opened his home to Brian and his father Bill during the time that the home Bill built wasn’t ready to live in yet. Bill told Sportsnet in an interview that Scott basically gave his house to the Elliott’s while he went and lived in his RV for a couple of months while the renovations were going on.
The relationship between Brian and Mr. Scott grew from that time. Elliott told the story of how Scott would let him drive the tractor around and cut the grass at the house and how Scott let him keep the Doug Gilmour jersey that he had in the house (a jersey he still has to this day).
Scott made an impact on the Elliott’s and helped them through a tough time in their life. Let’s take a look at the origin of the ‘Moose’ and his road to the NHL, which Scott predicted years before his death.
An eerie, yet poetic story for Elliott and his route to surpassing the tough odds of making it to the NHL. The Flyers hope that ‘Moose’ is loose for them in net this season.