TRURO - Hockey is Ryan Moore's significant other.
Truro Bearcats defenceman Ryan Moore has been a steady force on the blueline in his four seasons with the Hubtown's junior A hockey team. The 20-year-old, who quietly goes about his business on the ice, has missed just 13 of the 182 games the Bearcats have played since the start of the 2010-11 season. Matthew Veno - Truro Daily News
There's nowhere the 20-year-old defenceman would rather be than at the rink, with the game and the teammates he loves.
"It's everything for me right now," Moore said. "Everyday, I just love coming to the rink. It's fun. Just hanging out with the guys and being on the ice, it's hard to explain really. It's just fun."
It's the main reason the six-foot-three, 198-pounder is somewhat of an ironman for his Truro Bearcats (17-7-0-2), who take on the Dieppe Commandos (18-5-2-0) in Dieppe tonight before hosting the Bridgewater Lumberjacks (2-22-3-2) Saturday at 7 p.m. at RECC. Moore has missed just 13 of the 182 games the Bearcats have played since his arrival to start the 2010-11 Maritime Junior Hockey League season. He played in all 52 games in 2011-12 and has dressed for all 26 thus far this season.
"He's been durable," Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said. "He's only missed a handful of games."
What's even more impressive is that Moore was nursing a broken thumb for 10 of those 13 contests. He suffered the injury Dec. 15, 2012, while attempting to block a shot and needed surgery.
Luckily for him he got hurt just before the Christmas break, which gave him extra time to heal. Otherwise he would have missed more contests and 10 was tough enough on him.
"It was one of the toughest things I've had to do really," the Florence, Cape Breton County native said. "When I came back for the first two weeks it was just waiting because you couldn't do anything except try to keep your legs going. So it was nice when I could finally get on the ice and get playing again."
To keep such an impressive attendance record intact, Moore typically plays though minor injuries.
"He has no regard for his own body," said Evans, who drafted Moore in the first round in 2010. "He does whatever it takes. He'll block shots, get run over in the corner just to get to the puck first. That's him."
Those qualities are what Evans says make Moore one of the team's leaders, even though he doesn't wear a letter on his sweater and doesn't put a lot of points on the board. Moore has just seven points (2G, 5A) this season.
"He's a big, solid, stay-at-home defenceman and they don't come better than him," Evans said. "He's not the flashy type, he's just a quiet leader."
And he wants to win. Last year's playoff run, which carried the Bearcats all the way to the RBC Cup national championship, was hard on Moore's body. He was tired and sore by the time the pounding ended in mid-May. But emotionally, he was on top of the world and it's the same way he wants to feel at the end of this year's campaign.
"I just want to get back there and make it happen again," he said.
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