Halifax Mooseheads

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Halifax Mooseheads
Halifax Mooseheads Logo.svg
City Halifax, Nova Scotia
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference Telus
Division Telus Maritimes
Founded 1994
Home arena Scotiabank Centre
Colours Green, White, Red, Black
                   
General manager Canada Cam Russell
Head coach Canada Dominique Ducharme
Championships 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions

Website
www.halifaxmooseheads.ca

The Halifax Mooseheads are a CHL ice hockey club in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The team was founded in 1994 and began play in the Dilio division of the QMJHL for the 1994–1995 season.[1] They have appeared in the President's Cup Finals three times, winning in 2013. The other two appearances were in 2003 and 2005. They hosted the Memorial Cup tournament in 2000, and won the Memorial Cup in 2013. The team plays their home games in the Scotiabank Centre with a capacity of 10,595 seats.

History[edit]

The team was first envisioned by Moosehead Brewery Vice President of Sales and Marketing Harold MacKay in 1993, who believed that Halifax could host a QMJHL team. The QMJHL had teams exclusively located in Quebec, so adding a team in the Maritimes would add to travel costs for the other teams. MacKay was confident that the Halifax franchise could be successful and received financial backing from Moosehead Breweries President and CEO Derek Oland. After careful negotiations, the QMJHL expanded to the city of Halifax for the 1994–1995 season. In their first year in 1994, the Mooseheads finished in 6th place and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Beauport Harfangs, taking the first place team to seven games. The Mooseheads and Mackay are considered pioneers for the QMJHL. Following the success of the Mooseheads, the league began accepting franchises through relocation or expansion into Atlantic Canada, which lost most of its American Hockey League franchises in the mid 1990s. The QMJHL has franchises in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Moncton, New Brunswick, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Saint John, New Brunswick and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (the Bathurst, Charlottetown, and Sydney franchises were relocations from Quebec). While the league has had success with most of its Atlantic franchises, only the St. John's Fog Devils failed to garner the interest and following and moved to Verdun, Quebec after the 2007-2008 season which was only their third season in existence. In 2013, the Mooseheads won the President's Cup as champions of the QMJHL. The Mooseheads then went on to compete in the Memorial Cup final in Saskatoon, SK where they faced and defeated the Portland Winterhawks on May 26, 2013 by a score of 6-4 with Nathan MacKinnon recording a hat trick into an empty net with only 22 seconds left in the game.

Coaches[edit]

*interim (regular head coach fired, sick or suspended)

Players[edit]

NHL Alumni[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

List of top scorers by season.

Current Moosehead roster[edit]

# Nat. Player Pos. DOB From NHL Draft
5 United States Cavan Fitzgerald D 1996-08-23 Boston MA, USA Undrafted
6 Canada Joshua Fitzgerald D 1996-03-13 Gander NL Undrafted
9 Canada Jean-Sébastien Taillefer D 1997-02-25 Les Côteaux, QC Eligible 2015
10 Canada Jesse Lussier D 1994-03-05 Petawawa, ON Undrafted
11 Canada Morgan Nauss D 1998-04-20 Hammonds Plains, NS Undrafted
12 United States Danny Moynihan C 1995-12-08 Boston, MA, USA Undrafted
16 Canada Vincent Watt LW 1996-02-27 Ormstown, QC Undrafted
17 Canada Brett Crossley C 1998-01-03 Dartmouth NS Undrafted
19 Canada Ryan Falkenham RW 1995-10-09 Halifax, NS Undrafted
23 Canada Jordan King RW 1997-09-25 Brampton, ON Undrafted
24 Denmark Nikolaj Ehlers LW 1996-02-14 Aalborg, Denmark Winnipeg Jets 2014
26 Canada Taylor Ford D 1997-05-14 LaSalle, QC Eligible 2015
28 Canada Phillippe Gadoury C 1994-02-21 Greenfield Park, QC Undrafted
31 Canada Zach Fucale G 1995-05-28 Rosemere, QC Montreal Canadiens 2013
32 Canada Andrew Shewfelt RW 1996-06-01 Halifax, NS Undrafted
34 Canada Kelly Bent LW 1995-02-02 Halifax, NS Undrafted
41 Canada Maxime Fortier RW 1997-12-15 Montréal, QC Undrafted
40 United States Kevin Resop G 1997-04-03 St. Petersburg FL, USA Eligible 2015
44 Canada Matt Murphy D 1995-05-01 Fredericton, NB Undrafted
49 Canada Brandon Vuic LW 1995-07-06 Hamilton ON Undrafted
51 Canada Samuel LeBlanc C 1995-09-21 Moncton, NB Undrafted
71 United States Connor Moynihan LW 1997-07-20 Boston, MA, USA Eligible 2015
88 Canada Austyn Hardie D 1994-02-18 Montreal, QC Undrafted
96 Switzerland Timo Meier RW 1996-10-08 Herisau, Switzerland Eligible 2015

[2] Roster as of September 27, 2014

Yearly results[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1994–95 72 24 42 6 - - 54 0.375 257 317 6th in Dilio
1995–96 70 32 36 2 - - 66 0.471 258 262 4th in Dilio
1996–97 70 37 29 4 - - 78 0.557 267 255 3rd in Dilio
1997–98 70 24 41 5 - - 53 0.379 263 316 5th in Dilio
1998–99 70 46 20 4 - - 96 0.686 298 206 2nd in Dilio
1999–2000 72 41 20 6 5 - 93 0.611 316 259 2nd in Maritimes
2000–01 72 32 24 10 6 - 80 0.514 235 253 1st in Maritimes
2001–02 72 39 21 9 3 - 90 0.604 267 197 2nd in Maritimes
2002–03 72 44 15 10 3 - 101 0.681 289 206 1st in Maritimes
2003–04 70 17 43 7 3 - 44 0.293 194 274 4th in Atlantic
2004–05 70 42 16 10 2 - 96 0.671 242 172 1st in Atlantic
2005–06 70 35 33 - 1 1 72 0.507 246 258 5th in East
2006–07 70 32 31 - 3 4 71 0.457 269 287 6th in East
2007–08 70 42 23 - 0 5 89 0.600 278 241 1st in East
2008–09 68 19 41 - 3 5 46 0.279 193 290 6th in Atlantic
2009–10 68 13 48 - 3 4 33 0.191 171 288 6th in Atlantic
2010–11 68 20 43 - 2 3 45 0.331 186 262 5th in Maritimes Division
2011–12 68 39 22 - 2 5 85 0.625 250 238 2nd in Maritimes Division
2012–13 68 58 6 - 3 1 120 0.882 347 176 1st in Telus Maritimes Division
President's Cup champion
Memorial Cup champion
2013–14 68 47 18 - - 3 97 0.713 292 182 1st in Telus Maritimes Division

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.halifaxmooseheads.ca/default.asp?mn=1.7.25 Mooseheads history
  2. ^ http://www.halifaxmooseheads.ca/roster/index/team/5/season/178

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