Mooney on the mark for Rayside

September 30, 2015

He is one of the younger players in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and seven games into the 2015-2016 season, he leads his team and all defencemen in scoring.

A 1998 birth-year skater, Ryan Mooney is already in his second season in the NOJHL and is making a mark with the Rayside-Balfour Canadians during the early going of the 2015-2016 campaign.

Through 7 games, Mooney’s 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points not only lead all Rayside-Balfour players but the totals have him atop the scoring chart for NOJHL defenceman.

Actually, Mooney was quick to adapt to the NOJHL as a 16-year old rookie in 2014-2015 with 7 goals, 29 assists, 36 points in 56 games from his blueline position.

While Mooney is an Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the Sudbury Wolves, he has also retained his Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility.

Should Mooney end up playing at the Division 1, NCAA level, he would be following in the path of his father, Mike, who is a part owner of the Rayside-Balfour franchise.

During his playing days, the elder Mooney played three seasons for the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

As a matter of fact, the younger Mooney is the same size now as his dad was as a Division 1, NCAA defenceman for Alabama-Huntsville — 5-foot-10, 180 pounds.

What you think about “Mooney on the mark for Rayside”

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  2. We talked about it early on, and I hate to say it because now it seems like hindsight……but, I was a bit surprised to see how the captaincy was dolled out in KL. Doesn’t seem like the type of player that conforms to the disciplined style of Mr. Lafleur. I guess there’s 6 games of reflection to be had……..

  3. Great Article Randy!!
    Ryan Mooney may not have the size on his side but he got everything else when it comes to “Hockey Smarts”.

  4. I dont think you strip the C based on a hit. Lauzon busts his butt game in game out, tough hombre easily the best hitter in the league and id say toughest kid in the league as well. He caught Mooney and his head was low and extended out. Play happened fast, i dont believe the intent was for head contact. Definitely a suspendable hit and you dont want others to make the same mistake, but evry coach wants a guy who will lead and stick for his teamates. Lauzon will do that then some.

    All that said, mooney played in the Igloo a week ago today, he was awesome, i really like his game.

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