Hard work and good coaching sources of success for Lee Moffie

By DJ Powers

Sophomore defenseman Lee Moffie (SJ) has been enjoying a very solid season with Michigan thus far. In 31 appearances to date, Moffie has posted 17 points (eight goals, nine assists). Where he has really made his mark this season has been on the power play, where five of his eight goals have been scored.

Hockey’s Future caught up with Moffie after practice on Friday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

Hockey’s Future: First off, how does it feel to be here and playing for the National Championship?

Lee Moffie: It’s great and one of the best experiences of my life. You got out onto the ice and you’re preparing for battling and preparing for war. It’s unlike anything else. The compete level is amazing, so I’m just happy to be a part of it.

HF: Let’s talk a little about your development. You’ve scored eight goals this year, but I’ve noticed that a number of your goals were scored at crucial times. Is that by design?

LM: I don’t think so. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been given the opportunity to get more ice time and so I try to take advantage of it. My first thing is to play good defense and if I’m going to chip in offensively, I’m going to do the best that I can.

HF: You’re part of a great group of defensemen at Michigan. Can you talk about the camaraderie and what makes you guys as a whole work so well together?

Even though we are a team, there are parts of this team. As defensemen, we’re all on the same wall. We take a lot pride in being a good defensive corps and we’re kind of like our own little team within the team. We’re all pulling for each other and the team talk on the bench is unbelievable. The guys are pushing each other too. But I think the most important thing is that we trust each other and are willing to go to war for each other.

Last summer, you were taken very late in the NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks. Were you at all surprised by that?

LM: I was very surprised. I was in my last year (of eligibility) and I didn’t play in every game, so it did come as a surprise to me. I went to their development camp and it did wonders for my game both confidence-wise and development-wise. I feel very fortunate to have been drafted by a great organization like them.

HF: Are you planning to attend the Sharks Prospects camp again this summer?

LM: Yes I am.

HF: What is it like playing for Coach Berenson and what are some of the things that he has taught you that have made you a better player?

LM: I think just his intensity that he brings to the rink every day. It’s unbelievable. Seeing his work ethic makes me want to push myself. He’s just an unbelievable coach that’s also a legend, and to be able to be coached by him every day is both an honor and a privilege for me.