Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune
By: Henry Whitfield
He’s not flashy or a sniper, he works hard and battles on the boards, fighting every shift he’s on the ice.
Travis Randell has continually found a way to fit into the lineup over his five seasons in Moose Country, despite playing for three head coaches and a roster that has been in constant fluctuation.
As the Mooseheads close out the regular season tonight and Randell plays his last home game for the Herd, we reflect on the Newfoundland natives career in Halifax.
314 Regular Season
12 Playoff Games
45 Goals, Tied 28th All-Time
73 Assists, 24th All-Time
118 Points, 26th All-Time
-86 +/-, Probably not great.
His 314 regular season games rank behind only Brandon Benedict, who also holds the most goals scored, most assists and most points accumulated.
He now joins the ranks of Yuri Cheremetiev*, Frederic Belanger and Benedict as players to play five seasons with the Mooseheads.
While not known for his offence, Randell stepped up in the 2009/2010 season when paired with Tomas Knotek and Gerrad Grant, setting career highs and finishing third in scoring on the team. He finished with 18 Goal, 27 assists and 45 points.
He was rewarded the next season when named Captain of the team, playing a full 68 game season and adding in 24 points, despite his team finishing far below .500 with a 20-43-2-3 record and managing just 45 points on the season.
This season Randell saw his ice-time drop dramatically, adjusting at first to being replaced as Captain by new head coach Dominic Ducharme and then being asked to play defence for an injury riddled defensive unit. Not playing defence since minor league hockey, he moved into the role without losing a step and has been a key part of the Mooseheads success on the penalty kill.
Now as he reaches the end of the career, whether patrolling the blue line or up front forechecking, take a moment and cheer a little louder as he touches the puck, give the kid from Twillingate one last hurrah and the send off he deserves.
He may not be the greatest player we’ve ever had, but he’s been a Great Moosehead.
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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.