The Powell River Kings are very excited to announce the commitment of 2000-born forward Reilly Moran for the 2019/2020 season!
Moran, from Milton, Massachusetts has spent the last four seasons playing at Thayer Academy where he recorded 29 goals and 52 assists in 119 games.
“Reilly has good offensive instincts,” says Kings Head Coach and General Manager Tyler Kuntz, “he’s also extremely hard working and has great character and leadership. I think he’s going to help our team dynamic, everyone I’ve talked to about him says what a great teammate he is.”
Heading into the 2019/2020 season, the Kings believe Reilly will play a big role in the team’s leadership group. “We wanted to improve the leadership and character within our group,” said Kuntz, “Reilly brings that to the table. To add a kid who’s as mature as him is something we’re very excited about.”
Moran says that being a leader is something that began when he started high school. “I’ve always felt it was important to look after the younger guys on my team and not be afraid to go to the older players and ask for advice,” Says Moran, “That translated into my college decision with West Point and serving in the army. It started early in high-school; Thayer presented the opportunities to lead, I was on the community council there and it gave me the chance to work with younger people and become more of a leader.”
On the ice, Moran gives credit to his coach at Thayer, Tony Amonte, for the role he played in his development. “Being under coach Tony Amonte was a big part of my development,” says Moran, “I played for Tony with the South Shore Kings before Varsity at Thayer. He taught me the importance of systems and how to be a hard-working, below the dots type of player.”
When it came down to picking where he’d play junior hockey, the isolation that the city of Powell River provides along with the dedication to development from the Kings’ coaches is ultimately what attracted Reilly. “Powell River seemed like the perfect spot for me to focus on hockey and school since there are no real distractions like there are in other places.” Said Moran, “Coach Kuntz is very confident in his strategies, he sent me a very detailed PDF about his coaching style and the way he wants to play. It felt like a perfect fit for me.”
The chance to play with his close friend Ryan Stevens also played a big role in bringing Reilly to the Kings, “I’ve known him since I was probably 11 or 12 years old.” said Reilly “I played with Ryan on the South Shore Kings. It’s great having the ability to play with my close friends especially since it’s my first time away from home, I think it’s going to help the transition for me.”
Reilly will join his new teammates in Powell River for main camp, starting August 19th.