Alex Mozian made a positive impact on the Greenwich High School boys hockey team and his Southern Stars squad, so it’s no surprise to see him thriving on the ice at Hotchkiss School.
After excelling for several seasons on the Cardinals’ squad, Mozian opted to do a postgraduate year at Hotchkiss School, which also features a strong hockey program. As Monday’s game between Brunswick School and Hotchkiss illustrated, Mozian, a Greenwich native, has fit in nicely with his new team.
A 6-foot-3 forward, Mozian showcased his scoring prowess, tallying twice for Hotchkiss in its 2-2 tie against Brunswick at Hartong Rink on Monday, in what was, indeed a game he won’t forget.
“I was so excited going into the Brunswick game, because I knew my family and friends were going to be there to see me play and support me,” Mozian said. “I was happy that I was able to put some goals in the net, help my team and play a good game.”
A large contingent of his former Greenwich teammates lined the boards behind one of the goals at Brunswick’s Hartong Rink Monday to watch him skate for the Bearcats.
“It was good to be back in Greenwich,” Mozian said. “Growing up watching Brunswick play, I always wanted to be here and score a goal. But it just so happened that it came with another team.”
Coach by Mike Traggio, Hotchkiss, a NEPSAC Division I team, sported a record of 6-4-1 heading into Saturday’s game at Loomis Chaffee School and Mozian was one of the Bearcats’ leading scorers (six goals, four assists).
“Being here at Hotchkiss has been a great experience,” Mozian said. “The community is great and very supportive. There are a lot of student-athletes here, so the school gives you time to balance out your schedule between athletics and academics. Being on my own, away from home, has shown me how to balance my time as well and use it wisely.”
On the ice, Mozian, who ranked second on Hotchkiss in points entering the team’s latest matchup on Saturday, is impressed with the level of play the team faces each and every game.
“We have been facing Division 1 commits and players that are going off to play in college at high levels,” he said. “Some are even NHL prospects, so it’s been a great and exciting experience.”
After arriving at Hotchkiss, Mozian learned he had to adjust his game a bit to prepare to compete against NEPSAC foes.
“The pace is a little faster here and it took me a couple of practices to get used to it,” he said. “Overall, I have to be a couple of steps quicker, move faster and move the puck faster.
From the day I met coach, he and the coaching staff have been working with me non-stop to help me do what I need to do to improve and develop my skills on the ice.”
While Mozian was at Greenwich High last season, his playmaking ability helped the Cardinals advance to the championship game of the FCIAC Tournament and the finals of the CIAC Division I Tournament.
His junior year for Greenwich (2016-17) was cut short when he severed his anterior tibula tendon early in the season. He recovered from the injury, but later on, he also tore his left meniscus and injured the scraphoid bone in his right wrist while playing hockey, with both injuries requiring surgery.
The 2015-16 season saw Mozian skate on the same GHS squad as his older brother, Michael, and they were part of a team that captured the FCIAC title.
“Playing at Greenwich High School drove my passion for hockey,” Alex Mozian said. “It kept me going and made me realize hockey was the sport I wanted to play in college. Our FCIAC championship win and being able to play on the same team as my brother were moments that really stand out for me.”
Though he’s at Hotchkiss, Mozian still tracks his former team’s progress. He attended the Cardinals’ recent Winter Classic game against Darien, which was held outdoors at Greenwich Skating Club.
“Going back and watching Greenwich play, brought back a lot of memories,” he said. “It was different, I never got to watch Greenwich as a fan before.”
While at Hotchkiss, Mozian hopes to continue to improve his performance and earn attention from Division I colleges.
“I am looking to play Division I hockey,” he said. “I’ve been reaching out to coaches, just getting my name out there and hopefully, some will be interested. I want to play junior hockey as well after prep school.”
With the regular season a little less than halfway over, Mozian is aiming to help Hotckiss qualify for the postseason.
“We want to make the Elite 8 Tournament and to do that, we need a really strong record,” he said. “If we don’t make the Elite 8 Tournament, we can still qualify for the Large School Tournament. We have to continue to work and develop our team chemistry. Everyone here is a great hockey player and they all want to play at the next level, so we are all pushing each other to improve each day.”