By: John Doolan & Kody Moffat
PHATS Alumni

In last Spring?s letter, we had a cooperative article contributed by many of our alum.

One submission, I thought was of particular interest was from Kody Moffat. Kody was the trainer for the Kansas City Blade of the IHL for a few years. Due to space we were not able to print his complete story.  I would like to share his tale with you in this piece.


John,

Thank you for the email. I am honored you thought of me for this after all these years. My time in Professional Hockey was relatively brief but I have fond memories of the people and events during that time that come back to me almost daily.

I spent three years in professional hockey (?91-?94) working with the San Jose Sharks IHL affiliate the Kansas City Blades. During that time I had the privilege of being partnered with Tim LeRoy and Mike Aldrich (both exceptional professionals in their own right) while being mentored by Tommy Woodcock, who taught me more about sports medicine and the game than anyone else who I have ever met. While I was working at that level, I felt like I had the ability to do much of what our team physicians were doing. After months of soul searching my wife and I made one of the most difficult decisions of my career and left hockey to pursue a career as a physician. The tough part was I was not Pre-Med in college so I needed to go back and complete some of the basic science courses I did not take in college. It was a shock to go from locker room life to being a student in the classroom again.

I was fortunate enough to get accepted into medical school after making up that coursework and was completely confident on my first day of medical school I would complete my training and become an orthopedic surgeon doing sports medicine, because after all that was what I knew. By the end of my first year of medical school my career goals had completely turned around and I had made the decision to become a Pediatrician. I often joked that hockey players act like kids so that fit was a natural. I practiced general pediatrics while still dabbling in sports medicine for 12 years in the Omaha, NE area before the Children?s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha decided it wanted to start a Pediatric Sports Medicine program. I now practice that exclusively and still draw on the lessons learned during my years in professional hockey. I remember and appreciate the athletic trainers, equipment managers, coaches, and players fondly. I smile and laugh at many of the stories we share along with those that are better left unsaid. I am truly honored to have worked in professional hockey and to have been a member of PHATS. My colleagues at that time were truly the best in the world at what they did.

It was a difficult decision to leave the game. I miss the boys and the locker room banter along with my colleagues in the league the most. My time in hockey was a challenging but fantastic time in my life. Thanks for giving me an excuse to take a trip down memory lane.

– Kody