Hockey tryouts hit the ice

— By Connor Bonfe,

Cardinal Staff —

 

It is the time of year when hockey players prepare for one of the toughest and most stressful parts of hockey season. 

Monday, Oct. 19 was the first day of hockey tryouts. Forty-four talented players tried out to make the team over the next three days. This year there are fewer men trying out, which could mean more pressure as coaches focus on each player even more.

Head coach Bill Moore is in his ninth year coaching the men’s varsity hockey team. “The biggest thing that I do with players, especially with the freshmen, is get to know them,” said Moore. “I need to build a relationship with them so that they feel comfortable when the season starts.”

 

Head Hockey Coach Bill Moore

Head Coach Bill Moore talks to the players at tryouts
Photo by Haley Jung

Moore spends a good chunk of his time recruiting the best players he thinks will fit his team. “When we travel for recruiting, part of what we do is meet potential recruits and the other part of what we do is try to create a relationship with the coach so that he will recommend us to his players,” said Moore.

So far this year, Moore has traveled to Saskatchewan, Nevada, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota to find the top prospects that would be the most beneficial to his future teams.

Moore is passionate about hockey, but he wants his players to succeed on and off the ice as students and as individuals. In order to be successful, well-rounded athletes by playoff time, Moore wants the players to be academically and physically prepared by attending class as well as practice, doing their homework, and getting good grades.

Kelvin Walz, 22, is a returning sophomore who is expected to make the varsity team this year for the second time. “I hope to help contribute even more this year to our team offensively as well as defensively,” said Walz.

Walz, who had four goals and 14 assists with a total of 50 shots on goal last year, has gained a lot of respect and experience with coach Moore. Walz played for Moore’s summer hockey clinic, which gave him a foreshadowing of Moore’s coaching skills in college hockey.

 

Hockey tryouts

Photo by Haley Jung

“Coach Moore has been a great influence on my hockey career and is a phenomenal coach and recruiter,” said Walz. “He never gave up on me and once I decided to come to Saint Mary’s, he has always been there for me as he always puts his players before himself.”

One of the most stressful parts of hockey tryouts is players being cut from the team. “We are looking to fill all of the roles that we need to be successful and the skills that we are looking for are based on that role,” said Moore. “Sometimes, we are looking for goal scorers, or defensive specialists, but we are always looking for good young men.”

Moore’s team made a push in the playoffs last year coming in second place, compared to eighth place the year before. With the talent coming from tryouts this year and last year’s hockey team, Moore expects his team will make the playoffs again.

“Our league is tough and expectations are very high, but the work ethic must be even higher if we expect to have a successful season,” said Moore.

 

Hockey tryouts

Photo by Haley Jung

The last day of tryouts were Wednesday, Oct. 21. The 2015-2016 roster is available at saintmaryssports.com. The first men’s home game is on Nov. 14 against Bethel University.

 

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