The dream of every North American Hockey League (NAHL) player is to gain that ever so coveted NCAA Division I scholarship and for Alexandria Blizzard blue-liner Michael Mooney that dream became a reality as Mooney, 20, committed to NCAA Division I Miami of Ohio RedHawks Hockey Team of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).
When asked about the opportunity Mooney stated, "It's an unbelievable opportunity and I am very excited to join such a great program that Miami-Ohio has to offer. I would like to thank my parents and the whole Blizzard organization for their support over this past year and my career."
Miami, who was a national championship runner-up in the 2008-09 season, is looking to continue a long NCAA hockey tradition. Part of the reason why they brought Mooney, known for his solid and consistent defense in for the 2012-13 season.
“I think my hard work on and off the ice and my dedication to do whatever it takes to help the RedHawks as best that I can," said Mooney. During his one year stint with the Blizzard, Mooney had two goals to go along with a Blizzard defensive-leading 20 assists, and a +21 rating, which ranked 3rd on the team.
Former Assistant Coach and now Head Coach of the Alexandria Blizzard Jeff Crouse had the following to say about Mooney's commitment, "It is great to see a player's hard work and determination payoff. Michael has dedicated himself on and off the ice and it has really paid off for him. I was very fortunate to coach Michael this past year and look forward to watching him play at the Division I level."
The RedHawks are coached by Enrico Blasi, a former player and captain for the RedHawks. Blasi will be entering his 14th season as Head Coach posting a career record of 286-184-48. Miami is currently a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), but will be making the switch to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) in the 2013-14 season which will be Mooney’s Sophomore year. The NCHC will now be home to Colorado College, University of Denver, University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha as well as the Miami Ohio RedHawks.
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