A high-scoring forward with championship pedigree and four seasons of experience at the Junior A level is on his way to Estevan for a run to the Centennial Cup.
The Estevan Bruins have acquired forward Joey Moffatt (’01) from the Portage Terriers (MJHL) in exchange for a Player Development Fee (PDF). Moffatt has played a combined 217 GP at the Junior A and Tier 2 level over four years, putting up a total of 185 PTS (86G, 99A). Moffatt also played a key role for Portage in 2018-19 as they won an MJHL championship and Anavet Cup, qualifying for the National Championship.
“We acquired Joey Moffatt for a few different reasons. Joey has played in the national championship, he knows what it takes to win and he has a history of putting up points. We feel his experience will be very valuable, we’ve watched quite a bit of video on him and we really like what he can bring to our team.” – Jason Tatarnic, Head Coach/GM
Moffatt (5’11, 195lbs) joins the Bruins along with the offseason acquisitions of forwards Ben Diamond (’02) and Carter Massier (’01, list rights acquired), and the offseason signings of Zach Burfoot (’03), Zachary Smith (’02), and Brenden Holba (’03).
Moffatt began playing for his hometown Portage Terriers as a 16-year-old in 2017-18, putting up 33 PTS (18G, 15A) in 49 GP. Moffatt then became a point-per-game players in 2018-19, tallying 56 PTS (26G, 30A) in 54 GP, and added 7 PTS (5G, 2A) in the playoffs as the Terriers won the MJHL Championship. Portage then defeated the Battlefords North Stars in the Anavet Cup, qualifying for the Centennial Cup (formerly RBC Championship) where Moffatt put up 4 PTS (1G, 3A) in 4 GP in the National Championship in Brooks, Alberta.
In 2019-20, Moffatt continued to progress with 68 PTS (26G, 42A) in 60GP and then put up 5 PTS (3G, 2A) in 3 playoff games before the MJHL playoffs ended due to COVID-19. Moffatt and the Terriers were slated to host the Centennial Cup in Portage in 2020, but that championship was cancelled as well. Moffatt then split last “season” with the Minot Minotauros (NAHL) and the Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL), putting up 10 PTS (6G, 4A) in 25 combined games.
The Estevan Bruins and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) are slated to begin the 2021-22 regular season on September 24th, 2021. The Bruins will be the host team for the 2022 Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Horton’s, taking place in Estevan from May 20th – 29th, 2022.