Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Tyler Moffat
It’s been said that a change is as good as a rest.
For Tyler Moffat, a change in scenery has definitely made an impact on his save percentage, wins and almost everything else with the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club.
In 11 games, the Calgary native has backstopped Nelson to 10 wins — the lone loss coming in overtime.
Moffat is second behind teammate Brad Rebagliati in both goal average (2.13) and save percentage (.921).
“Moffs” as he’s known to his teammates no doubt will get the call this weekend — even against his former Creston club — when the Green and White take to the ice for a three-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend.
First up is Friday against Princeton Posse before Murdoch rival Spokane makes its first appearance at the NDCC Arena.
Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.
Sunday is that Kootenay Conference showdown in the East Kootenay against the Thunder Cats.
Here’s a quick look at Moffat in the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.
Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week
Place of birth: Calgary, Alta.
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Height: 5-foot, 9 inches
Weight: 175 pounds
Years in Hockey: 17
Years playing goal: 14
Favorite NHL Player: Jonathan Bernier
Favorite NHL Team: Calgary Flames
Favorite Music: Hip Hop
Pre-Game Meal: Chicken/Pasta
Biggest accomplishment in hockey: Stopping 70 shots during a KIJHL playoff game against Kimberley Dynamiters.
School: Selkirk College, Castlegar, Economics/English
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Other interests: Fly-fishing
2012-13 Kindersley Klippers, SJHL, Creston Thunder Cats
2011-12 Lloydminster Bobcats, SJHL, Creston Thunder Cats
2010-11 Calgary Midget AA
2009-10 Calgary Midget AA
2008-09 Calgary Minor Midget AAA
The Nelson Daily: What brought you to the Leafs?
Tyler Moffat: A trade. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back to Creston and when I found out you could attend post secondary school with Nelson, and obviously they’re a good team I asked my coach if it would be possible to get a trade worked out with Nelson.
TND: What type of a goalie are you?
TM: I’m a more athletic goalie. I can’t really rely on my size so I have to rely on reactions and agility.
TND: What strengths do you bring to the Leafs?
TM: I think I can give the team a chance to win in every game we play. I consider myself a bit of a leader in the room. I’m pretty easy-going guy but I can definitely give the rookies advice if they need it.
TND: Your former team is having a pretty good season. Any regrets leaving? Why?
TM: No. I enjoyed my time in Creston but it just wasn’t the best place for me to go back to for my final year considering I do want to start post-secondary education and Nelson’s really the only team that offers that opportunity.
TND: The recent success of Brad Rebagliati, do we have the makings of a Luongo/Schnieder Canuck goalie controversy with the Leafs?
TM: Not really. I think it’s really good we have two goalies that can win us games every night. This isn’t just like any other year in Nelson because the team is hosting the Cyclone (Taylor Cup). So to be in tournament like that and have the pressure of being a championship team you need two goalies that can steal a game on any give night. . .. It’s only going to help us win more games and just going to make everybody look better. . .. It gives me motivation to play well as well because otherwise I won’t be able to get in the nets.
TND: What are your individual goals this season and beyond?
TM: Win league this year because this is my last year of junior. So definitely win the league and if we win the Cyclone, that would be a huge bonus. And individually, it’s a goal of mine to get a scholarship in hockey for a post-secondary education in either Canada or the USA.
TM: Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in petroleum land management. Being from Alberta obviously oil huge for us. So to get into that industry would be great.
TND: Where do you hope to be next year?
TM: At a post-secondary institute in Canada or the USA getting an education.
TND: In 5 years?
TM: Definitely be graduated and looking for a job somewhere.
TND: In 10 years?
TM: Married, for sure, settled down somewhere in Alberta.