Had you ever heard of the Anchorage Wolverines prior to June? We hadn’t, and neither had Joey Moffatt. Entering the North American Hockey League as an expansion team for the 2021-22 season, the Wolverines were in need of some players to add to the local Anchorage talent already on the roster for the team’s inaugural season.
This past week, the team selected three additional players in the NAHL Supplemental Draft, including that the talented Portage la Prairie product, Moffatt. Selected second overall, the 19-year-old winger was taken just ahead of fellow Wolverine additions Colton Friesen and Damon Byers.
Following three years of sensational play with in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Moffatt spent the COVID-filled 2020-21 season between the NAHL’s Minot Minotauros and the BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals.
“This past season has been a bit of a roller coaster, but I think it made me realize just how quick hockey can be over,” Moffatt told Game On. “I’ve learned things I can improve in my game both on and off the ice, and I’ll be working on those this offseason. Going into my fifth year of Junior it feels like I’ve still got a few years left, but in reality this is my last year. I think this is going to be a really good decision on how to spend it.”
Coming off back-to-back seasons in which he averaged over a point-per-game with his hometown Portage Terriers (52 goals and 124 points in 114 regular season games), the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Moffatt earned six goals and 10 points in 25 total games in the more difficult NAHL and BCHL last season.
According to the 19-year-old, Alaska will be an exciting experience for the 2021-22 season.
“I think obviously, with it being a new team coming into the league there is going to be lots of eyes on you,” he added. “Being a veteran player, I want to be able to help create an identity for the organization, while at the same time continuing to pursue a Division I Scholarship.”
The Wolverines will compete in the Midwest Divison in 2021-22 alongside the Chippewa Steel (Chippewa Falls, WI), Fairbanks Ice Dogs (Fairbanks, AK), Janesville Jets (Janesville, WI), Kenai River Brown Bears (Soldotna, AK), Minnesota Magicians (Richfield, MN), Minnesota Wilderness (Cloquet, MN), and Springfield Jr. Blues (Springfield, IL).