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June 30, 2013

Around the Horn with two-sport star Connor Moynihan

When you see Connor Moynihan, it’s hard to believe he’s still only 15 years old.

Moynihan, who just finished his freshman year at Windham High, is already 6-3, 205 lbs. He’s a tremendous baseball prospect — the former Little League phenom batted .415 for the Jaguars — but hockey is his future.

He could play Division 1 like his father’s brother Ryan Moynihan (Cornell) or his cousins Chucky Tomes (Northeastern) and Scott Tomes (UConn). Connor’s older brother, Danny, also is a talented hockey prospect.

Ryan, a lefty-shooting left wing, led the U16 Islanders junior team out of Merrimack College in goals. Recently, he was drafted in the fifth round by the Halifax Mooseheads of the rugged Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Moynihan talks about his QMJHL vs. college decision, always being the biggest kid in class and the NHL player to which he’s often compared.

What was it like being drafted? “It was an honor to be drafted by Halifax. It’s a great organization.”

Did you know they were interested? “I knew they were interested but I didn’t think 5th round.”

Are you going to sign? “I don’t know what I’m going to do. If you play Quebec Juniors, you can’t play Division 1 college hockey. I’m not sure what path I will take.”

What’s the time frame on your decision? “I’m going to wait another year and see if colleges are interested. I’ll wait another year and play U18 hockey. I’m with the Islanders out of Merrimack College.”

Who did you play with last year? “The U16 Islanders.”

Does Halifax retain your rights? “If I decide to play, I’d have to play with them. I’m glad they picked me. They won it all last year.”

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