Defender Evan Moore for St. Cloud Norseman brings with him every day a happy, soft-spoken button, creativity – Rink Life

ST. Cloud, Maine – Parts of a person’s personality are formed at a young age. Looks like this was definitely the case for Evan’s mother.

“I’ve always been a kid with a smile on my face and trying to be positive,” she said. “They would make fun of me and make fun of me because I would never shut my mouth as a child.

“My mouth would always be dry and I would have a smile from ear to ear.”

If you talk to people around St. Cloud Norseman in the North American Hockey League, the 19-year-old defender’s clever demeanor comes to the fore when asked about them.

“The great thing about him is that he comes to the ranks with a smile on his face and he likes to stay here,” said Norseman assistant coach Clark Coster, who works with the fans. “He likes to be around the boys, he likes to be on the ice, he loves to play and he wants to play for a long time.

“If you don’t joke and he explodes, you won’t go very far. It’s better to be in the ranks around him.”

His skills also make him a great asset to Norseman, who leads the Central Division with a 35-15-2-1 record and 10 from second-placed Aberdeen (29-20-3-2) with seven games remaining. The score is ahead. Their schedule. St. Cloud plays in Northern Iowa (22-23-4-6) on Friday at 7 p.m., April 1, at the Municipal Athletic Complex.

“He is in his element when he raises his head and moves and he creates. One thing we are trying to work on now is the time and place. Sometimes he is like that. , Time is always. ” St. Cloud Norseman head coach Corey Millen said of 19-year-old defender Evan Moore.

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The mother is one of the main losers who helped Norseman to third in the league (204, 3.85 per game). Among the defenders, he is seventh in the league with points (36) and third in power play assists (14). St. Cloud is fifth out of 29 NAHL teams in power play (26%).

“I’ve always been an attacking defensive player,” said the mother, who is from Steelwater, Maine. “The big focus for me this year is to improve the defensive side of my game. When I play well, it defends. Tough and still I leave myself in a position where I can get to the game.

“I play power play and when we are good, we are one of the best power games in the division. We want to compete with the best players in this league and that is important for my game.”

For the mother this smile also comes with confidence, which is a strength.

“Sometimes he’s a little too confident,” Millen said with a laugh. “She’s convinced she’s good. You don’t see enough of that.

“He’s a liar, he has good legs, he has good skills,” Millen said of his mother, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. “He has a good brain, he believes. His comfort – his fear button is a bit softer than most. Most of the time, it’s fine. But there are times when he’s a little bit troubled and She faces it.) A little too long. “

But the mother is eager to learn, to listen, and to do well.

“He wants to get better,” said Coaster, a former St. Cloud defender. “He wants to watch the video. He wants to ask questions and he wants to find the best way for him to become a big advocate.”

As his NAHL sports season passed in the winter months, his interest in college recruitment grew. He received a serious hint of recruitment from St. Cloud State and Bimidji State, but on February 18 ended a verbal commitment to Minnesota State University – Mancato.

The Mavericks qualify for their second straight NCAA Division I Frozen Four and the team culture looks like they have won.

“To see a place where you have gained trust between teammates and coaches – they implement the game plan and take the players and implement it is very important at the college level,” said Moore. “I’m really happy and looking forward to seeing them at Frozen Four this week.

“Winning is important and hockey is no fun if you don’t win games. I think since coach (Mike) Hastings got there, they are the number one team in the NCAA to win. I really I’m looking forward to working with people who know how to succeed and who are good at what they do. “

It also helps the Mavericks play in the state and be closer to his home.

“Being from Minnesota, you’ve always wanted to play college hockey in Minnesota – it’s a dream come true,” he said. “Everyone wants to play for the Gophers. I can’t say I was a fan. But you want to stay close to home and that means a lot to your family. Having a family is part of my college experience and it’s worth it.” Watching these games is really important to me.

The mother said her mother (Dedra) and father (Joe) play in most of her games and said they traveled to Mason, Iowa to watch the St. Cloud game against Northern Iowa on Wednesday.

The mother, who also has a sister, said, “These are the people my brother and I look up to.” “They always encouraged us to play sports. Three children have grown up in sports and it is not easy to manage.”

Austin’s mother, Austin, played first base and outfield for North Carolina for the 2020 and 2021 seasons and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round (165 overall) of the 2021 Major League Baseball draft. Austin, who is in spring training with the Tigers, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds and has helped Wolfpack reach the College World Series last year.

But Austin also defended in hockey, including his last two years of high school.

“His hockey game had a big impact on me,” said the mother. “His team was far from winning the (College World Series) final and they were eliminated due to COVID.

“You see it and I see it every day. I have to take advantage of what I have. You never know when something will be taken from you.”

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