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📝 by Patrick Williams
In one way, Hayley Moore’s story is quite typical.
“My passion for the game has been unwavering since the time I started playing hockey when I was four years old,” said Moore, who since 2021 has served as the American Hockey League’s vice president of hockey operations.
“That’s really been a driving force behind everything that I do. I love this game so much, and I can’t picture a life where it’s not kind of the centerpiece of what I do every day.”
But Moore’s tale veers off from there and becomes far less the norm. Before making her way to AHL headquarters, she had already played at the Division I college and professional levels, coached, and worked in both hockey and business-side executive roles. And now she is one of three female vice presidents in the AHL front office, where six of the league’s 14 current staff members are women.
“From a really young age, my parents supported me every step of the way playing boys’ hockey. They never told me that I couldn’t do it or that I didn’t belong, and they supported all of my crazy antics and wanting to pursue this sport. My father was really involved off the ice, and he helped run all of my tournaments and coached my teams when I was younger. I saw all the work that he did behind the scenes that nobody really gave him credit for… It’s really fueled me in my career. The work ethic that he has is something I strive to have every single day.”
That life in hockey prepared the Wakefield, Mass., native for her next stop in the game with the AHL. Her work now entails overseeing on-ice operations, including the AHL’s officiating program, and managing player discipline.
Moore starred as a forward at Brown University, where she captained the women’s hockey club in her junior and senior seasons. A two-time All-Ivy selection, she assembled 133 points in 123 games over four years with the Bears. After graduation, she continued to make her way through the game on as well as off the ice.
Along with one season with the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League in 2010-11, Moore also played professionally in Switzerland. She moved behind the bench, spending time as an assistant coach with the women’s clubs at Harvard as well as the University of Massachusetts-Boston, sandwiched around a season as a head coach at the…
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