With the departure of Tom Train comes the arrival of rookie forward Chris Moran, who signed a contract with the Texas Brahmas today. Moran, 23, played 12 games with the Wichita Thunder, tallying seven points (2 G, 5 A) before he was waived on November 26th.
A business major at Niagra University in Lewiston, New York, Moran played four seasons with the Purple Eagles. The 5' 11" play making forward averaged nearly a point a game during his career, finishing with 141 points (38 G, 103 A) and 103 penalty minutes in 146 games played.
Moran earned College Hockey America Rookie of the Year honors and All-Rookie team accolades after the 2006-07 season. The Buffalo, New York native was a member of the 2008 CHA Championship team (he tied the game at two, before the eventual game-winning goal was scored by teammate Kyle Rogers).
The two-time CHA All-Academic Team member earned First Team All-CHA laurels as a senior and also participated in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
Prior to attending NU, Moran played a season with the Omaha Lancers (USHL) where he registered 42 points (15 G, 27 A) and 28 PIM in 60 games played.
Moran played two seasons with the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) where, during the 2004-05 season, he contributed 100 points (38 G, 62 A) and 69 PIM (second in the OPJHL and first in the West Conference). He was named the Ontario Hockey Association's Junior “A” Player of the Year, becoming the first American to ever receive the honor.
Photo Credit: Niagra University