Throughout August, Rum River Mallards Forward Scott Moyer will keep his skates sharpened, his blood flowing and his mind squarely focused on all he needs to do towards making the next chapter of his life a success.
On July 20, Moyer and the Mallards announced that he has committed to Bethel University. The Stillwater, Minn., native will have just a 25-minute drive from his home to Bethel’s campus in St. Paul, where he can’t wait to get started with the Royals.
“At the start of the year, I just reached out to a lot of MIAC schools and was down to Bethel and [one other]. I chose Bethel because I like the campus, and the coach Chris McKelvie is a super great guy and I thought we connected really well,” added Moyer. “I went on a campus visit just about a week before the COVID closings began, so I was lucky.”
Bethel enjoyed its best season in eight years this past season, McKelvie’s second at the helm. Along with the acumen of its head coach, Moyer likes all of the amenities Bethel provides for a school of just over 5,000 total students.
“They have awesome facilities, a pretty new weight room. I’ve played at their rink before, just being a Minnesota guy. I felt like it was a good fit for me, and they were looking for more forwards,” Moyer said.
If the Royals need offense, they’ve found the right guy. Moyer clicked at better than a point per game this year for an improving Mallards squad that completed just its second year. He scored 22 goals and 47 points in 43 games, most played for new head coach Triston Jensen.
Moyer was also part of the Mallards’ first team in 2018-19 for the end of the season
“We had a great group of guys on that team, top-end guys who could be playing at higher levels,” he said. “This year, we had a lot of our guys coming back that no one thought would come back. We went through some rough patches, and we had a coaching change. For about a week, we were really running the team by ourselves.
“We started on a rough road when [Triston Jensen] came in, and lost a lot of games, but then we beat the Hudson Havoc, and that changed our attitude. We went on a roll after that. Triston was definitely the right guy to come in and change things around.”
Moyer’s 11 points in the last 11 games shows his dedication to pushing a team forward. That is the type of game-breaking style Moyer can bring to the Royals.
“I would like to think of myself as a speedy player. I try to beat people wide. I have good hands and I like to think of myself as a playmaker, but I can be a goal-scorer, too,” he added. “I can also take care of the D zone and get the puck out and help calm things down in the ‘D’ zone.”
The USPHL congratulates Scott Moyer, his family, the Rum River Mallards and Bethel University for his commitment.