Connecticut College Magazine · Winter 2011


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Living the Dream
Brett Moore '10. Photo by Paul Brandon

Hockey player Brett Moore '10 is still in the game — in France

The men's hockey program qualified for the NESCAC championship tournament during three of the four years power forward Brett Moore '10 played for the team. In his junior year, the Camels posted a 10-game unbeaten streak on home ice and Moore was honored as a semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the Division II/III level. Connecticut College Sports Information Director Will Tomasian recently caught up with Moore, who is still skating on the other side of the Atlantic.

Q: You play semi-professional hockey overseas in France for the Wasquehal Lions. This must be quite an exciting venture for you, playing the sport you love in a foreign country.

A: To be able to pursue such a deep passion of mine like hockey, it would be hard not to go anywhere, but being able to play the sport that means so much to me in a foreign country like France is incredible. … Living and submersing myself in a completely different culture as well as playing hockey every day makes this experience that much better. It really is a dream come true for me.

Q: How did you land your position on the team?

A: My path to playing hockey in Europe has been different from many (others'). After graduating from Conn in 2010, I contacted teams in Europe throughout the summer, but the few options that I had fell through last minute. I thought my hockey career was over, so I got a full-time job working in commercial real estate in Boston. It was a very good job and I enjoyed it, but the desire to play hockey never left me. I always thought that if I had one more chance to play hockey — and furthermore live in Europe — I would jump on it immediately. I think because of this job experience, my perspective on the post-college life changed and I was able to take a step back. It allowed me to realize how important playing hockey in Europe was to me personally and it became something I needed to do. When this opportunity came about, I went after it and didn't look back. After this experience, I will be able to return home, ready to approach a career in a hands-on, sales-oriented role, much like real estate or even something in hockey.

Q: How did your experience with head coach Jim Ward influence your pursuit to continue your career in Europe?

A: Throughout my career at Conn, my class (2010) played a significant role on the team. Even as freshmen we contributed in numerous ways and Coach Ward instilled a sense of confidence in us to try and lead the team in any situation of the game. I've carried that confidence in myself to take the risk of playing hockey in Europe and trying to be a leader when the game is on the line. In NESCAC games where the competition is so great, you have to maintain an even keel because anything can change at a moment's notice, so I've continued to maintain a balance, not too high where you lose sight of what's important, but not too low either. Coach Ward always said “park” the low points, think about it and move on. Approach the next shift as a new one.

Q: How do you deal with the language barrier? Are you enjoying the delicious food in France?

A: My coach here helped me transition into my situation by having me over for dinner for the first few nights with his family. It was pretty funny to sit around a table with five people and myself and not be able to understand anything that was being said. My coach speaks English fairly well and I've been able to pick up a few words here and there, but for the most part, there is not much English. It's pretty incredible to be thrown right into the mix of it all and I feel like it is only adding to the experience. I've given the thumbs up to show how good the food is.

Q: What was the most rewarding aspect of your experience as a student-athlete at Connecticut College?

A: Being a part of such a good group of guys, all representing our school together and working toward a common goal, was the most rewarding aspect of my experience. I formed friendships that will last a lifetime and the common bond that we shared was greater than just individual goals. Being able to represent our college, not just for the hockey players or athletes even, but the school as a whole, in NESCAC rivalry games and playoff games was such a rewarding experience. Playing for school pride in front of a crowd at the Camel dome and representing our school in a competitive NESCAC league made me feel a part of something incredible that I will not forget.

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