Moose Go 1 and 1 in Mustang Season Opener

Salt Lake City Moose (1-1-0, T-2nd in Mountain) vs. Ogden Mustangs (1-1-0 T-2nd in Mountain)

Series split between Salt Lake City, UT and Ogden, UT

The ever popular home-and-home series between the two Utah clubs proved to be one to look out for this season.

In state rivals are always fan-favorites, and these two teams both made the home crowds happy.

Game one on Friday was played in Ogden where the Mustangs snagged a 5-2 win.

The star of the game, none other than Schuyler Seyfert, notched three goals and an assist as he led his team from start to finish.

Jurijs Moiseicenko and James Bohan both scored for the Moose in the effort, but otherwise Christoffer Sjoo stood tall in between the pipes for Ogden.

On Saturday the series moved just up the road to Salt Lake City, where the change of scenery did the Moose some good when they won 5-2.

Bohan got things going that night with the first goal of the game, scoring less than four minutes in; it would be the only goal of the first period by either side.

The Moose received some additional support in the second where they sandwiched a Montell Greene goal with four of their own courtesy of Erik Ahlen, Moiseicenko, Ahlen again, and Hunter Dragosh.

That would be all Salt Lake City needed to win despite allowing a third period tally by Adam Zollner.

Sean Leahy had 27 saves in the win.

Now Seeking Moose Interns For 15-16 Season

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Moose Internship Program

2015-2016 Season (September 1 -March 31)

As a part of the Salt Lake City Moose organization, interns will be exposed to the inner workings of a professionally run hockey program. Specifically, interns will receive the opportunity to become involved with game night operations, marketing research and special projects. All interns will be required to handle computer applications with emphasis on Microsoft Office programs (i.e., Excel, Word, etc.). In addition to working games, the intern will have the opportunity to work in the office environment with a minimum of eight hours per week. The semester will offer a chance to learn the daily regimen of a sports franchise, meet important contacts, and the chance to be involved in many aspects of the operation.
Interns will be educated in the following:

  • Computer applications
  • Community and public relations
  • Game day operations
  • Marketing
  • Office management
  • Organization
  • Special events coordination
  • Video Production
  • Sponsorship activation

The internships offered by the Moose can be used to obtain course credits towards graduation.

Interns are required to find their own transportation to and from work. The Moose office is located at Acord Ice Center, 5353 W 3100 S, West Valley, UT.


    1. Game Night- the game of hockey is an event and much occurs behind the scenes to insure our guests have an enjoyable evening regardless of the outcome. Intern responsibilities on game night will include (but not limited to) the following:* Helping with in-arena promotions (i.e.: ticket sales, promotions, and intermission activities) at all Moose home games.
      • Assist with the Customer Service table in various matters
      • Performing other duties as assigned by full-time staff
    2. Research- you will be asked to assist in the research of general market information, hockey specific information and corporate partnership information as well as tracking of various media announcements.
    3. Create literature, ticket sales promotions, and other special interest projects as needed
    4. Collect and organize game notes, game stats, team rosters and media guides to distribute on game nights
    5. Help in compiling team statistics on team and league attendance figures and player performance
    6. Find and schedule community relations events
    7. Special Projects- depending upon your development and time commitments, you could be asked to create special projects to assist the Moose staff. This could include grassroots marketing programs, advertising community projects, etc.

Open Positions

  • FT Marketing Intern – 24 office hours per week and all home games.
  • PT Marketing Intern – 8 office hours per week and all home games.
  • Statistical Analysis Intern – 4 office hours per week and all home games.
  • In-Game Entertainment Intern – all home games.

To apply please send a resume, cover letter and two professional references to Scott Farrell, president@saltlakecitymoose.com to be considered for the 2015-2016 internship program.

2015-16 Open Tryout ~ Training Camp

The Salt Lake City Moose announced today that players will check in for the 15-16 training camp Sunday August 30th. The camp portion will run Monday Aug 31st and Tuesday Sept 1st with on and off ice training and testing each day. With the move to the tier 2 from the previous tier 3 level of the Western States Hockey League and the hiring of Head Coach Paul Taylor there is lots to look forward to.

The Moose will begin the on ice portion of training camp Monday Aug 31st and Tuesday Sept 1st 11:15am-12:45pm daily at Acord Ice Center in West Valley City. Fans are encouraged to attend.

2015-16 Training Camp Open Tryout

DAILY DISH: Transformative Coaching – Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015
By: Stephen Heisler | Web site: JuniorHockey.com

juniorhockeyDAILY DISH: Transformative Coaching

A new era begins for the Tier II Salt Lake City Moose as Paul Taylor takes over the Head Coach position for the 2015-16 season. Taylor, who is no stranger to the Western States Hockey League, quickly developed one of the top teams in the league with the former Dallas Ice Jets program. Taylors program, which also trained hundreds of players and operated as a Hockey Association and a Hockey Academy, was taken to another level when they put together a junior team that joined the WSHL in 2011.

Much like the AAA youth program, it didn’t take the Ice Jets WSHL team long to make a name for itself as Taylor guided the team to multiple Thorne Cup appearances, including a Thorne Cup Title game, as well as moving as many as 14 players per season to higher levels of junior leagues and NCAA Div. 1 & 3 programs. When it comes to player development and player advancement, Taylor is a coach who has delivered consistent results year after year for his players and his teams.

Fast-forward to the present and you can expect much of the same for the Salt Lake City Moose when they take the ice this fall. Anyone who knows Taylor knows how ambitious he is in his individual approach to team success. He is a coach who not only studies hockey development but also high performance athletic development. His motivations come from his quest to first and foremost, build elite players; and as a result, he is constantly in search of new pathways to evolve his players and his teams so they can offer greater value both individually and collectively. He is a coach who measures his success not only in wins but player conversion rates, meaning the amount of players he can convert to higher levels.

Taylor’s training methods and practice sessions are known to be intense, innovative, and fast paced. His teams typically train on and off the ice five days a week for up to 3-4 hours a day. Taylor has often referred to his junior teams as more like a National Training Team and himself as more of a talent developer, than just a coach.

“Players who choose to play for me do so because of my reputation and commitment to player development,” Taylor said on Tuesday. “Many of the athletes who reach out to me do so because they want to maximize their potential as a player and athlete; they have more long-term career goals, rather than short term game goals.”

In watching his teams compete, they play a distinct style utilizing a fast, skilled, puck possession style but yet are still responsible defensively. When watching his teams it is easy to notice the depth of skilled players on the roster as he typically rolls four lines, with six defenseman, throughout the games.

“I think development not only comes from how you practice, but how you play,” Taylor continued. “If we are going to work on our skills and encourage being creative and offensive in practice, then I feel I have a responsibility to promote that in games; otherwise our practices become wasted development.”

This model of development is in Taylor’s words, an inverse type of thinking. He strongly believes he can win because of development at a deeper level individually, and when multiplied that by a full team, winning will just take care of itself. This style of coaching might not appeal to all junior bench bosses, but it is hard to argue with Taylor’s results from both a winning standpoint and from the volumes of players developed for higher levels of play.

The player transformation Taylor often refers to is comparable to any weight loss before and after infomercial we’ve all seen, but with hockey knowledge and skills replacing body fat. All of it is done to give players a future.

“Winning is great, but winning through development and building toward a better future for the players is what I choose to center my program around,” the coach explained. He doesn’t want players to rely on the system and just filling a role, but instead asks them to be a one of a kind player that creates their own transformation. Instead of having to hope the right scouts are watching, those very scouts will naturally be attracted to a highly developed player. A phrase Taylor often tells his players and team when referring to scouts is, Be so good they can’t ignore you.

“I think one of the biggest myths in youth and junior hockey is that team success equates to personal success. There are many players who are playing on some pretty good junior teams but their individual value and contribution to the team’s success is low. Just because your team is winning does not necessarily mean that your individual future is bright,” the coach continued. “It is my opinion, that if players aren’t getting better every day and increasing their performance value, their careers are eventually coming to an end and they probably won’t achieve their athletic goals. This isn’t to say that being a team player isn’t important, of course it is, but I see way too many players with marginal talent levels hanging on to the success of their team.”

Taylor believes the best way a player can protect himself is to take ownership in what they’re doing and pushed each and every day to stretch their talents. It’s all about training, building, growing and becoming more valuable and a bigger contributor to the team. Through this methodology, when players leave Taylor’s teams, they don’t lose their identity; rather their skilled individuality becomes an asset to their next team.

Another key differentiator of the program is the environment Taylor creates for his players. His teams are known for being disciplined, hardworking and truly embracing the brotherhood aspect of being a team.

“It is every coach’s goal to have a tight-knit team but the challenge is producing that. I think another attribute of the training we put players through is that they gain a lot of respect for each other,” Taylor said of his teams. “They all know how hard each guy is working to become better individually and how that will translate into team performance. When a player shows up day after day, month after month and puts the work in he gains respect from his peers and this creates a team bond.”

Taylor admits his program is not for everyone and is designed for players with serious goals and dreams of playing at a high level.

“I know my program doesn’t appeal to everyone. I think my message is very black and white and players usually run to it or from it. The demands are high from a training standpoint. I also think my message isn’t as glamorous as other programs, as my main focus is on training, improving and building an opportunity,” the Moose coach said. “A lot of players today are more interested in talking about exposure and how many scouts will be watching them. I try and explain to players that it doesn’t matter who or how many scouts are watching if their game doesn’t measure up. I tell my players to focus on training, growing and becoming deserving of a scout’s interest. Once I feel a player is at that level, I will promote the heck out of him.”

At the very core of Taylor’s program and his many successes is how he attempts to break the mentality of doing everything for the team and get kids to seek out their own development and future. The investment a player puts into their career is huge in terms of both time and money and they owe it to themselves to work harder and focus on their own success. If they can take ownership in what they’re doing and push themselves each and every day, it will inherently lead to a better team.

Some may consider Taylor’s model upside down, but it’s not about who’s right or wrong, it’s about giving the players ownership over their career and not making them a victim or a slave to a coaches contacts or what scouts happen to be in the stands on a particular day.

Taylor sums up his philosophy perfectly, “Every effort a hockey player makes is to accumulate, so that after years of correct development, the player is transformed,” Taylor concluded. “That’s my heartbeat; it’s all about the player transformation.”

The proof is in the pudding with both team success and individual success through wins, championships, NCAA player advancement and even NHL draft picks. If hockey players truly want to achieve their dreams, Taylor shows it sure takes a hell of a lot of hard work and discipline, but it works.