The son of Irish immigrants, Matt McCoy grew up in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. At the age of seven, Matt decided he was going to become a professional hockey player and took the first steps to achieving his goal. As a naturally gifted player, Matt saw the opportunity to pursue his dream playing professional hockey. At age 15, Matt left home to play junior hockey. After playing in junior hockey, he decided to hang up his skates and focus on his education.
Matt graduated from BCIT with a major in Marketing Management setting his sights on pursuing his career as an executive but his passion for hockey and his desire to play returned. Matt launched an impressive comeback and returned to play professional hockey. After playing in Canada, Matt accepted offers to play professional hockey in the United States and later in Europe. After making the tough decision to hang up his skates after a knee injury, Matt returned to Vancouver, British Columbia to re-establish his career as an executive in the medical, health and wellness industry.
Matt’s passion for hockey never left him. Throughout his time away from hockey, Matt always knew he would one day be able to marry his memories and experiences as a professional hockey player with what he later achieved in the business world.
In 2013, Matt released his new work of fiction ‘The Kid Who Missed the Bus’. Matt uses his lifetime of experiences and insight from his years as a professional hockey player to deliver a tale that body-checks its way through Canada, Europe and the US through the eyes of his main character Danny Boy Doyle. This is a tantalizing tale of a boy who used his natural talents on the ice to get exactly what he wanted off the ice.
Matt is currently on a media tour promoting ‘The Kid Who Missed the Bus’ across Canada. Matt now splits his time between his business and working as a hockey commentator with radio and television stations across Canada and the United States.
“Hockey gave me a chance to see a little bit of the world and more importantly meet some fascinating people and build a lot of great memories. Please enjoy my book because my life has been a great ride so far.” Matt McCoy