Boston College head coach Jerry York has landed another outstanding hockey player in Brooks School defenseman Connor Moore. The 1997-born Cumming, Ga. native is in his second season playing for Dave Ries at the North Andover, Mass. prep school.
Brooks is off to a 7-1-1 start in the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association's Independent School League Eberhart Division. Ries' team is the defending champion of the small division and will play BB&N on Wednesday Jan. 8 at Fenway Park.
Moore plays split season midget hockey for the highly successful Neponset Valley River Rats organization. He might grow a little, but he doesn't project to be a big, physical shutdown defender. Moore is a player who could quarterback the power play and be an impact player in the transition game. He had 10 goals and eight assists last season for Brooks.
"Connor has a great work ethic and skill set. He's dynamic offensively and capable of taking over the game any time he has the puck. He has a good stick, great vision and can really shoot it. Connor's skating ability allows him to lead or join the rush effectively, and to recover quickly if the puck is turned over," said Ries, a former assistant coach at Tufts.
Ries emphasized that Moore's defensive game has improved drastically, and his young pupil will continue to progress in that phase of the game.
"He has always had the offensive side, but has really come a long way defensively since coming to Brooks. He's a powerful kid who plays with an edge and is our go-to guy in all situations."
Moore will likely matriculate to Boston College in the fall of 2016.
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