The Calgary Buffaloes Hockey Association has been the launching point for many NHL players including Jordan Eberle, Dany Heatley and hopefully recent Calgary Flames’ 1st Round Pick Morgan Klimchuk in the near future. Another prominent Buffalo alum enjoying a successful career is Mike Moore, who grew up in the McKenzie neighbourhood of South East Calgary. Mike was the captain of the Midget AAA Buffaloes during the 2001-02 season and went on to captain Princeton University, the Worcester Sharks and the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. Mike made his NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks in 2010 and this off-season he signed with the Boston Bruins for another shot at the big league. The Bruins like their rugged, competitive players and Mike fits the bill. We recently caught up with him and he told us, “it’s a huge honour to represent your teammates as a captain, so absolutely you take a lot of pride in that role. As far as being a captain, I believe staying calm and composed, acting honourably and striving to become better as a hockey player and a person are qualities of leadership you try to emulate.”
“My best memory from playing with the Buffaloes is how close you can become as a team. It was the first season of hockey where you had your own team dressing room. There was something sacred about entering that room and putting on that jersey.”
One of the places where Mike learned these traits was with the Calgary Buffaloes organization. “My best memory from playing with the Buffaloes is how close you can become as a team. It was the first season of hockey where you had your own team dressing room. There was something sacred about entering that room and putting on that jersey.” It’s amazing how character traits and habits set in minor hockey can persist all the way to the NHL. Calgary Buffaloes President Allan Mowbray informs us that the organization is, “far more than just a hockey program. We want to instill values and a foundation that will aid [our players] to being successful in life beyond their playing days.” Stressing these values definitely helped with Mike Moore, who achieved a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton. Intangibles such as grit, determination, passion, perseverance and respect are essential to structuring a successful career, whether in hockey or any other pursuit. Mr. Mowbray believes that insistence on these core values may not be “the secret sauce that makes us successful but I do believe it is a strong foundation that helps these people as they leave us and take on life. “
We want to instill values and a foundation that will aid [our players] to being successful in life beyond their playing days.”
Another thing Mike has found out during his hockey career is that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of past teammates. Fans from home or from past teams find it hard to send Mike a nod of congratulations after signing a new contract or (hopefully) earning a call up. That’s why he recently started using the iPhone app “Shnarped Hockey.” With Shnarped, fans can send Mike a “pound” (like a virtual fist bump) if he does something notable. It’s a great way to keep track of players around the hockey world and also interact with about 400 pro players in North America who are verified on Shnarped. Young players and parents looking for advice should not be afraid to ask guys like Mike. He’s willing to send you a note back on Shnarped because it is a positive, youth friendly environment (unlike some other social media apps out there).
Mike’s final words of advice to young players trying out or playing with the Buffaloes this season: “That’s easy. Always have fun. Even when you are getting bag skated and your legs are burning, think to yourself this could be a lot worse. I could be digging ditches!!”
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