The Halifax Mooseheads — a major junior hockey program from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia — has a long, successful record of developing top talent up to the age of 20. Many Halifax alumni have gone on to play in the professional leagues, including the NHL. The Mooseheads franchise was founded in 1993 following the departure of the Halifax Citadels from the professional American Hockey League. In 2013, Halifax won its first-ever President’s Cup with a five-game victory over Baie-Comeau. As the champion of the QMJHL, the team went on to represent the league in the Memorial Cup, which determines the best team in Canadian major junior hockey. In the final, Halifax triumphed over the Portland Winterhawks from the WHL to capture the coveted cup. The Mooseheads returned to the Memorial Cup in 2019 as the host, but it lost to league foe Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the final. Fans of major junior hockey can purchase Halifax Mooseheads tickets at StubHub, a leading source for live events.
Who are some of the top players in Halifax Mooseheads history?
Two former Mooseheads players have gone first overall in the NHL draft: Nathan MacKinnon to Colorado in 2013 and Nico Hischier to New Jersey in 2017. Jonathan Drouin, who ranks fourth all-time in career goals for Halifax, also went third overall to Tampa Bay in the 2013 draft. Other first-round draft picks include Jakub Voracek (seventh to Columbus in 2007), Pascal Leclaire (eighth to Columbus in 2001), Timo Meier (ninth to San Jose in 2015) and Nikolaj Ehlers (ninth to Winnipeg in 2014). Brandon Benedict holds the team’s all-time records for points, goals and assists.
How did the Halifax Mooseheads finish the 2019 season?
During the 2018 to 2019 season, Halifax finished at the top of the Eastern Conference with 102 points and a record of 49-15-2-2. In the first round of the playoffs, Halifax triumphed over the Quebec Remparts in a hard-fought seven-game series. The team then proceeded to sweep the Moncton Wildcats and claim the conference crown with a six-game victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs. However, the season came to an end with a six-game loss to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the finals. The two powerhouses fought each other evenly through the first four games, but the Huskies won the next two games 6-3 and 4-0 to capture the league title. Halifax also lost to the Huskies in the Memorial Cup final.
What are some of the top teams on the Halifax Mooseheads' schedule?
Halifax hired J.J. Daigneault as head coach on July 9, 2019. Early in his career, Daigneault was the assistant coach of Hartford/Connecticut of the AHL between 2006 and 2012. He then served as the assistant coach of the Montreal Canadiens between 2012 and 2018 and the San Antonio Rampage from 2018 to 2019. During his 17-year playing career, he won the 1993 Stanley Cup with the Canadiens.
Where does the Halifax Mooseheads play?
The Halifax Mooseheads plays all home games at the Scotiabank Centre located near the downtown waterfront. With a seating capacity of 10,500, it is the largest multipurpose facility in Atlantic Canada. Some of its amenities include full air conditioning, 47 skyboxes, premium seating lounges, executive suites and accessibility for people with disabilities. The arena is also the home of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the Halifax Thunderbirds and the Halifax Hurricanes.Back to Top