About the Author


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.

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“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

17 Responses to “About the Author”

  1. Rosa Miller February 6, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    Proud of you. :)

    • Matt McCoy February 6, 2013 at 6:06 am #

      Thanks Kido! I hope you enjoy the book.

  2. kmack February 6, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    WTF cozy sweet great idea to place some of your adventure on line how is trinity/keegan and the wifey doing I send you some of my hockey pictures but it will be in crayon


    • Matt McCoy February 6, 2013 at 6:04 am #

      Doing well brother! You will get a good kick out of the book. Some stories I’ve shared with you over the yr.s over a bevy or 2. I hope the family is doing well and let me know once you read it. Ciao for now!! Matty McCoy

  3. Cindy Hurlburt Burns February 6, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    Congratulations Matt! Seems like yesterday we started off in green uniforms :-) i look forward to the read !

    • Matt McCoy February 6, 2013 at 6:05 am #

      Hi Cindy,
      I was just telling my sister that I still remember Annunciation like it was yesterday. That is what helped me so much in doing my book. I hope you enjoy the read. Take care

  4. Scott Harrigan February 7, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Congrats Matty, looking forward to a signed copy and reading it !!

    Good luck brother !!

    • Matt McCoy February 8, 2013 at 2:46 am #

      You got it Scotty. If anyone is getting a signed copy it will be for you 100%. Take care buddy and thanks for all of your help on the book.


  5. Rob Hick February 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Hey Amigo! Good job – I certainly like the cover so far! I am sure a lot of memories are woven into the book. Some may even resemble reality as we know it!!! hahaha!! Definitely look forward to reading it! I hope it does well for you.

  6. Dina Ventura March 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    This is awesome Matt!! Congratuations to you, well done!!! I look forward to reading your book!!! Good luck!
    Dina & Joe Ventura

  7. val blackstone March 13, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    so happy to hear your book is now outthere congratulations matt

  8. Craig Hess March 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Congrats Matt. (Only a Pharma / medical rep would have the “spare time” to do this!)
    Will be picking up a copy ASAP.
    All the best!

  9. "Tommyboy" Anderson March 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Hey Matty! Congratulation!!! Looking forward to a great read.
    Sure miss playing with you guys on Thursdays…..
    Hope your family is well…


  10. Steve Clow September 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Hi Hotshot,

    Congratulations on the book but dont forget to give me credit for those fantastic photographs you are featuring here – on the lines of Photo copyright – Steve Clow

    Thanks buddy, you still look awesome!

    Warm regards


  11. Bo Dietz-Larsen April 19, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Hey Matt, long time since your stay in Vojens Ice Hockey Club, Denmark. I found your book on the internet and have order it, so I looking forward to read the book.

    Best regards from a old team player.

  12. cyril johnson November 30, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    One of the nicest people on the planet so proud of you matt you da man


  1. The NHL Dream and the Kid who Missed the Bus - beyondthecheers | Beyond the Cheers - August 1, 2013

    […] Matt McCoy’s new book, “The Kid Who Missed the Bus” is a true-to-life account of life behind the scenes as an aspiring junior and European Pro hockey player looking to make it to the big league. McCoy’s hockey journey and desire to go Pro is the kind of story that doesn’t make the headlines, but it’s no doubt typical of the majority of kids who play minor and junior hockey, dreaming one day of making the NHL. This holds especially true for those not being the Wayne Gretzky’s or Sidney Crosby’s of their generation. […]

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