The Nipissing Lakers men’s hockey team continues to make a splash in the recruiting department and they’ve been able to address key areas in the process.
The Lakers are thrilled to announce the signing of OHL graduate, goaltender Brent Moran, who just wrapped up his overage season with the North Bay Battalion.
Moran joins Brett Hargrave as the second Battalion player to commit to Nipissing in the past few weeks.
The five-year OHL veteran is excited for the next chapter of his career and is looking forward to joining the Lakers.
“I’m very excited to join a team and community like Nipissing. I have a lot of friends here so I am looking forward to going to school and playing hockey all at once,” he said.
Moran, originally a second round pick to the Niagara Ice Dogs, split five seasons between the Ice Dogs, Flint Firebirds and Battalion.
Moran was also drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Lakers head coach Mike McParland said Moran’s experience, ability and resume should help the program get back to the post-season.
“We are very pleased to announce that Brent has committed to Nipissing University as our second North Bay Battalion Player in the last six weeks,” he said. “Brent brings his 4 years of OHL experience to Nipissing to help us solidify our goaltending.”
McParland noted that while the league is often known for its offence, the teams that find the most success, like any hockey team, are built from the net out.
A prime example was the two OUA finalists this year, as both Queens and York rode hot goalies to the championship game and to the USports Championship.
“In this league without outstanding goaltending it is tough to be an upper echelon team,” McParland noted.
Moran, who will be enrolling in criminal justice at Nipissing, hails from Orleans, ON and while he’s best known for his work in the OHL, also took part in the U17 World Hockey Challenge in 2012-13 and represented Canada at the U18 World Championships in 2013-14.
Aside from his impressive time with the Battalion, local hockey fans might also recognize Moran from his outstanding series against the Battalion in the 2014 OHL playoffs, when he led the seventh seed Ice Dogs to a seventh game versus the local juniors and were very close to upsetting the Battalion in Round 1.
The 6-foot-4 netminder played a total of 193 games during his junior career after graduating from the Ottawa Jr. 67s program.
He describes his play as a mix of styles, but his goal is to battle to stop the puck, no matter how he gets the job done.
“I’d say I’m a hybrid type of goalie. I try to use my size and mobility to my advantage. I also like playing the puck and helping my defensemen behind the net,” Moran explained.
Moran has high expectations of both himself and the team, but he believes with his experiences, along with the teammates he’ll have on the Lakers for the 2017-18 season and beyond, the goals are within reach.
“I expect us to have a good team and have the confidence of winning every night. I’m looking forward to meeting the guys and getting started,” Moran stated. “I’ve lived a lot of different experiences in my junior career that I hope could help our team’s success. There are many guys on the team that have been through the same junior experiences I’ve had so I think we could learn from each other.”
With the latest addition, along with potential returning goalies and still time to recruit, the Lakers are reloading to make sure they are back to being a force in the OUA East Division.
“We hope to again have our goaltending and team be a force in the OUA,” McParland said.