Former Red Knight captain T.J. Moore (’13) continues to impress people in the hockey world. Something he’s done from his youth hockey with the Minnesota Blades, a four-year varsity career at BSM and now in the college ranks.
Recently, Moore took part in the Boston Bruins’ prospects camp. The undrafted senior-to-be at Holy Cross, who will serve as an assistant captain in 2017-18, has put together a college career in three seasons that has begun to catch the attention of those at the next level of the game.
He was named the Crusaders’ most valuable player as a sophomore in 2016 when he led the team with 15 goals and 28 points. This past season he was second on the squad in goals (13) and third in points (25) despite missing nine games due to injuries.
Moore was one of 29 players participating in the camp, July 6-9, at the Bruins’ training facility at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Mass. He said the connections of his head coach, David Berard, and the proximity of Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., to Boston, allowing the Bruins’ to see a number of his games, helped get him invited and he said it was a great learning experience.
T.J. Moore has scored 39 goals and 76 points in 97 career games at Holy Cross.
Moore ranks among BSM's top five in career goals (70), assists (90) and points (163).
“It was very professional and run by a top-end organization,” he said. “They stressed hard work and teaching, and what the organization expects of each player.
“There was a lot of skill, a lot of talent and the work was at a very high level. You learn how hard you have to work to get to the next level.”
Being successful at Holy Cross has been a big part of Moore’s dream to get to the NHL level, but he’s had the opportunity to play with NHLers in Da Beauty League, a 4-on-4 pro-am summer hockey league in his hometown of Edina.
“It’s fun to be around and you really get to pick up things,” he said of the league, where he was a member of the league champions last year and has already scored three goals in his first two games this year.
“You learn trends and the little things the top players do that you don’t see by watching the game. You get to learn the details of what the guys do to play at the highest level.”
Before he moves on his in hockey career, Moore has one more season at Holy Cross and he expects big things of himself and his team.
“We have a good group with a lot of talent and experience,” he said. “Our goal is to win a championship.
“I have a lot of personal goals but they’re all based on team results and I’m looking forward to going, back, working hard and making those things happen.”
If he’s going to get to the next level in his hockey career, it will be that approach to the game that carries him and his talents there.