MEET YOUR MOOSE – DANNY MOYNIHAN
Danny Moynihan is entering his second season with the Halifax Mooseheads. The 18-year-old forward tried out for the hockey club last August and was able to earn a spot on the roster after an impressive training camp.
“Last summer I was a little unsure about my future but when I got up there (Halifax) but it was an amazing experience and that’s when I realized that this is where I wanted to play,” he said.
The Windham, New Hampshire native says he realized how special it would be to play with his brother Connor, who was drafted by the Mooseheads in the 5th round earlier in the summer.
“Growing up playing hockey we never got to be on the same team so this was the first time we weren’t competing against each other and that was a great feeling.”
He admits their natural sibling rivalry helps them become better hockey players.
“When we get home to our billet’s house we’ll criticize each other and tell each other what we did good and what we did bad, so I think that just helps us with our overall game.”
Moynihan says moving to another country can be a bit daunting so it is comforting to have a family member with him at all times.
“It’s awesome to have Connor with me because it just makes us both feel at home that much more.”
The eldest of the Moynihan brothers says he feels he’ll need to step up into more of a leadership role with the Mooseheads this season with many veteran players gone from the team.
“I think we have some good leaders on the team, but I will try to do my part as well because we lost a lot of key guys in the dressing room.”
Danny says he and Connor have been on the ice five or six times a week for the past couple of months and have attended a hockey camp.
“I don’t have a summer job, but have really been focusing on training and getting better for next season, I’m up to about 190-pounds now so I’m quite a bit stronger than a year ago.”
What sorts of things do the Moynihan brothers like to do back home when they are not on the ice or working out?
“Oh lots of fishing, we love it. There’s a lake about five minutes from our house and our Grandparents have a spot right on the water so we’re out there all the time on the boats either fishing or just chillin’.”
He says family is extremely important and he’s grateful for the support he has received over the years.
“They’ve been amazing and have always been there for us, no matter what decisions we make.”
The drive to Windham is approximately 10 hours, but that doesn’t stop the family from coming to visit.
“Mom and Dad are up all the time actually. Pretty much every weekend they come to games, they drive up. It’s crazy I don’t know how they do it but they just love to see us play.”