Alex Moore Brings Competitive Fire to Highly Ranked Whitby Wolves Squad

Mark StaffieriContributor IIDecember 27, 2012

Photo by Mark Staffieri
Photo by Mark Staffieri

Hailing from Kingston, Ontario, Whitby Wolves sniper Alex Moore resides in one of Canada’s legendary hockey hotbeds.

The community has produced NHL hockey talent such as Don Cherry, Doug Gilmour, and Kirk Muller. In recent years, the community has started developing female hockey talent, and Moore’s accomplishments are testament to that. Having led the Kingston Bantam AA in scoring for two consecutive seasons, she brought her remarkable skills to Whitby for the 2011-12 campaign, where she ranked third in PWHL rookie scoring.

Statistically, the 2011-12 PWHL season brought with it great accomplishments. Moore would log 18 goals (second on the Wolves) and 18 assists for a sparkling 36 point effort.

She is very humble about the accomplishment, crediting Hanna Bunton for part of her success.

“Last year was a great year," said Moore. "Hanna Bunton and I were on the same line together. She would score a goal, I would get the assist. I scored a goal, she would get the assist.”

One of Moore's female hockey heroes is fellow Kingston resident Jayna Hefford.

One of the greatest women’s ice hockey players in Canadian history, Hefford has scored over 150 goals with Team Canada. She is also someone that Moore looks up to.

“Last year, she did a speech and a presentation at our school," Moore said. "I had the opportunity to take a picture with her. Her accomplishments are amazing.”

During her junior year of high school at St. Theresa’s in Kingston, Ontario, she claimed an OFSSAA (Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association) gold medal. “It was exciting because we got to play in front of our whole school," she said. "It was my first time playing high school hockey.”

An aspect of life in the PWHL involves learning how to balance the demands of academic and the competition of elite junior women’s hockey.

“It is difficult, but you have to use your time wisely," Moore said. "Time management is important. As some drives to games are two and a half hours, I tend to do homework in the car.”

The academic commitment has paid off for Moore, as she will be playing hockey at the NCAA level with the St. Lawrence Skating Saints of the ECAC Conference.

Having won the 2012 ECAC postseason title, Moore is looking forward to joining a nationally prominent program. “It will be a big adjustment," she said. "The speed of the game is different, but I am excited.”

She will be competing for Canada (along with Whitby teammate Bunton) at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships in Finland.

“I am excited," Moore said. "I was kind of upset that I was released for the 2012 US series (contested in Minnesota). I am really excited to represent Canada.”

The opportunity to claim the gold medal with her teammate Bunton is not lost on Moore, “We are really good friends," she said. "We are spending the holidays together in Finland (with the rest of the team) for two weeks.”

As the 2012-13 edition of the Wolves offers a squad with an embarrassment of riches in terms of talent, Moore is very excited at the opportunity of grabbing the PWHL title.

“We have a great chance," Moore professed. "If we work hard, and play as a team, we can win.”

“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated.”