The Motte Underrated
Coventry Blaze goalie C.J. motte comes with experience and hard work. What people might not know is how underrated he is when it comes to controlling the game from the crease.
Motte, whose real name is Connor James, is not the biggest goalie at 6-foot-0 and 176 pounds but he makes up for that with great athleticism and dedication to the position. He doesn’t get rattled and plays well under pressure.
Motte can control the play from between the pipes by giving instructions to his defense. This may include shouting for a back door play, a screen, or if someone is wide open.
Motte comes to the EIHL Coventry Blaze after spending many years between the AHL and ECHL. Before turning pro he spent this career with the Ferris State University Bulldogs, where he played 127 games, finishing his career with a 2.13 GAA, .926 save %, and a record of 66-49-12.
Motte has been a winner and competitor everywhere and at every level he has played. He is a positive goaltender, even when his team is down or has given up a goal.
Positionally he plays the game well, cuts down angles, and gives few rebounds. He is also good on low shots and stopping many shots at once.
Some of his accomplishments include playing in the 2016-17 ECHL All-Star game while with the Quad City Mallards. Motte was also named EIHL player of the week for October 3, 2021
His success led him to make a start for the. Buffalo Sabres during the 2015 prospects challenge. He also had a 17 game winning streak during the 2019-20 EIHL season while with Coventry.
The 2021-22 EIHL season marks Motte’s second season with the Blaze. He previously played during the 2019-20 season, playing in 24 games, recording a 2.52 GAA, a .927 save %, 3 shutouts, and a 15-9 record
While he is an active netminder, he also acts as a third defenseman. He can play the puck and pass it with authority, making an easy transition for his teammates to catch the opposition off guard.
While the Blaze sits in 4th place with 4 wins in 6 games and 7 points out of first, Motte has played every game, recording a 4-2 record with a 1.82 GAA, .940 save %, and one shutout.
Motte continues to provide leadership and motivation regardless of where he plays. He never quits on a play and will play his game from whistle to whistle.
Although the Blaze are in 4th, Motte has kept the squad in contention with his play. He has been very solid in the early start and looks for that to continue through the season.