Moir better in blues

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Throughout the last-minute flurry of WHL trade activity yesterday, Kyle Moir stayed put.

The Calgarian, who toils between the pipes for the Swift Current Broncos, had heard his name bandied about in a potential exchange with the Calgary Hitmen but he didn't get dealt to the local club. Not that the 18-year-old would have minded a change of scenery from the Broncos, losers of their last four games as they struggle along at a 13-24-5-1 clip.

"I don't really care. I just want to play whether it's with Swift Current or any other team in the league," said Moir after the Broncos lost 3-0 to the Hitmen Sunday night on the eve of the WHL trade deadline. "I just want to play hockey and be the starting goalie and try and make a difference for whatever team I'm playing for."

The Broncos did make a deal for a netminder, sending Moir's backup, Andrew Leslie, 18, to the Red Deer Rebels for their second-string goalie Trevor Peeters, 17.

So with Moir staying in Speedy Creek, last week's WHL player of the week is now focusing on helping his club get on a roll that's big enough to somehow get into the post-season.

"We aren't out of the playoff race yet but we've got to start winning some games, especially in our own division and we just need to play consistent," said Moir, who is 11-18-3 this year with a 2.94 GAA and .912 save percentage.

"(The loss to the Hitmen) was a big game and it's kind of a downer but we've got to keep going and chip away at those points."

Currently, the Broncos are last in the Central Division, 14 points behind the Rebels and Hitmen, who are tied for third.

The speculation about him joining the Hitmen is the second time he's heard whispers about coming to the Stampede City.

The first was during the 2004 NHL draft.

"I'd heard the Calgary Flames had a bit of interest in me and that would have been awesome but Nashville called my name," said the 6-ft. 3-in., 185-pounder, who was selected by the Predators in the fifth round.

Moir spent some time at home this Christmas with his family and watched some of Canada's games at the world juniors in Grand Forks, N.D., where the Red and White won gold.

Seeing his peers in the biggest junior tourney in the world got the inner fire going and he's hoping for a berth on next year's team.

"It was pretty exciting and that's one of the goals I've set for myself, maybe getting invited to the summer camp," he said. "There's a lot of good goalies out there, so we'll just have to wait and see."


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