Ontario Hockey League grad Tyler Moss is trying to hitch a ride with the SCL Tigers of Switzerland’s National League A for the rest of the 2010-11 season. Moss hasn’t played since leaving Amur Khabarovsk of Russia’s KHL after the 2009-10 season. Tyler is currently on a try-out with the Tigers since goaltender Benjamin Conz is expected to play with Team Switzerland at the IIHF Under-20 World Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York.
Tyler Moss played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1992-93 to 1994-95, all with the Kingston Frontenacs. In his first season, he was named to the OHL’s All-Rookie Team. In his final season, he was a Canadian Hockey League Third Team All-Star and was selected the OHL Goaltender of the Year.
Moss was selected in the second round of the 1993 NHL draft, 29th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tyler never played for the Lightning but did get on the ice for 30 NHL games during his career with the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks. He won the first NHL game he played, a 6-3 win for Calgary over the Pittsburgh Penguins in October of 1997. An interesting fact about Tyler’s NHL career is that he was 1 for 2 in penalty shots. He was scored on by Joe Sakic and stopped Mike Modano.
In 1997-98, with the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League, Moss played in 39 regular season and 15 playoff games. He posted a 2.49 Goals Against Average and a .923 save percentage during the regular season and was awarded, along with current Toronto Maple Leafs goalie J.S. Guguere, the Harry Holmes Trophy as the league’s best goaltending duo. Moss led the Flames to the Calder Cup final before losing in six games to the Philadelphia Phantoms.
The following season, playing for the Orlando Solar Bears of the IHL, Moss played stellar again, leading the team to the Turner Cup final before losing in seven games to the Houston Aeros.
In 2005-06, Tyler made the move to Russia and put in five seasons in the RSL/KHL, the past four with Amur Khabarovsk. Each season, his GAA was below 3.00 and his save percentage was above .900.
The news story on Tyler’s arrival in Switzerland from the SCL Tigers official website can be found here.
Tyler will join fellow Ontario Hockey League alumnus, Brendan Brooks, if he sticks with the team. Check out this previous post at OHL Alumni Central on Brendan.