Mooseheads 3 Stars of The Week

Frk and Drouin battling hard for the Mooseheads

Frk and Drouin battling hard for the Mooseheads

A rough couple of weeks for the Halifax Mooseheads, dropping down to second in the CHL and a couple of tough games, capped off with an 8 – 5 loss to the Moncton Wildcats on National Television.

The biggest concern for the team is a lower body injury to star Nathan MacKInnon, the Cole Harbour native is expected to miss up to two weeks.


Sportstream Moose 3 Stars of the Week


3rd Star – Jonathan Drouin [2 Goals, 2 Assists]

The Quebec native opened the scoring against Rimouski and had picked up two goals and 2 assists over the week, he also showed some physicality throwing the body against Moncton.

2nd Star – MacKenzie Weegar [3 Assists, +2 plus/minus]

Frk continues his hot streak.

Frk continues his hot streak.

Weegar has continued to develop this season and has grown into a great two-way forward, dangerous on the rush and picked up three assists plus the shootout winner against the Oceanic. He capped the week with a shootout winner against Rimouski.

1st Star – Martin Frk [2 Goals, 3 Assists, NO Penalty Minutes]

Martin Frk was crucial on the last two goals against the Oceanic, scoring the 4th goal and setting up MacKinnon on the winner. The Czech forward has shown better discipline recently, staying out of the box both games this week.

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Last Weeks Results

Rimouski 4 – 5 Halifax

Halifax 5 – 8 Moncton

PEI – Halifax [Postponed]


This Week in Moose Country:

Feb. 12th – PEI @ Halifax

Feb. 15th – Shawinigan @ Halifax

Feb. 16th – Moncton @ Halifax

Feb. 16th – Halifax @ PEI

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and Host of the The Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets about sports far too much.


2011 Canada Games: Now Available on a TV Near You

Photo Credit: 2011 Canada Games

Throughout the first week of the 2011 Canada Games records have been broken, underdogs have beaten the odds and those in attendence have been treated to good old East Coast hospitality.

Canada’s youth athletics has been on display for all those to see.

Well, sort of.

Despite the success thus far of the games, the lack of television coverage and access has been a consistent complaint from those unable to physically attend the events or those who are stuck relying on less than reliable webstreaming.

Now one week into the games, the powers at be are moving to rectify this issue and coverage has been dramatically expanded for the rest of the competition. In an email today, the Host Society released the following statement:

For week two of the Halifax 2011 Canada Games, all TSN and TSN2 Canada Games coverage will be available on Bell Aliant, Bell ExpressVu, Eastlink and Shaw Direct.

TSN coverage will be available on Bell Aliant in Atlantic Canada and to Eastlink digital subscribers in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Bell ExpressVu and Shaw Direct satellite customers will now be able to access TSN2 coverage nationally.

Customers are asked to check their local listings for more details.

With a dramatic increase in access to the games, it remains to be seen whether those left in the dark will take advantage of the opportunity and tune in for the final week.

Henry is a contributor to Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Tuesday Mornings at 11. You can follow him on twitter at HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads games

Martin Frk Is Coming To Moose Country!


The Halifax Mooseheads have finally landed their off-season prize.

16-year-old Martin Frk has been picked up by the club, after intense negotiations where owner Bobby Smith was able to pry his much sought after trade pick.

The young Czech player has been compared to Cam Neely and is an exciting young product.

Frk will slot right into the lineup and will be in Halifax for his first Mooseheads practice on Wednesday.

Henry Whitfield is an avid Moosehead fan who covers everything and anything in the sports world that peeks his interest. You can follow him at his blog or on twitter @HenryWhitfield.

Have Faith With Frk

Will Martin Frk come to Moose Country? His Agent says Have Faith

In today’s Halifax Metro, Mathew Wuerst reported that attempts to sort out the signing of Import Draft pick Martin Frk were not going anywhere.

In the article he wrote that the player is apparently facing contractual issues in the Czech Republic and that his agent Allan Walsh had yet to return phone calls on the issue.

Remembering how active the high-profile agent was during the story-book playoff run by the Habs, he’s the agent for Jaroslav Halak, I took matters into my own hands and fired off a tweet to the agent, who uses the username @walsha:

@walsha How about getting the Frk deal sorted out with the #HalifaxMooseheads so that fans can enjoy his talent! He’s halaktastic! #QMJHL

After a few hours of nervous waiting, Walsh fired me off a reply. It was short but to the point:

@HenryWhitfield Have faith.

Well, there you have it Moose Country, Martin Frk’s agent is telling us to have faith and if all goes well, maybe we will see the young talented forward playing for the Herd this season.

And heck, if you’re reading this Allan Walsh, I’m you’re man if you want to break this story when its done.

That’s it for now out of Moose Country, but keep you’re eyes on my blog for updates as this story evolves and hopefully for next week’s CKDU show we’ll have more details for you.

You can also go listen to the archives for yesterday’s Bill McLean’s Sport Show where we talked Lebronmania, the World Cup and Baseball.

Mooseheads Season Review 09/10

Halifax Mooseheads End Of Season Report Card

So this is a little bit late, but with the QMJHL season drawing to a close, I figured it would be nice to throw a recap up before the draft.

These are just my thoughts on the team and by no means are they perfect, feel free to post up your thoughts on the team.

Best Forward: The Moosehead Captain Tomas Knotek was far ahead of the rest of the team as the best player. Turning up night in and night out down the stretch; he finished with 28 goals, 30 assists in 61 games played. In what may be his last season as a Moosehead, the Czech filled the season with endless highlight reel moments, rewarding the loyal fans who stuck by the struggling tem.

 Worst Forward: Many to choose from, but the most consistent letdown was

Best Defencemen:  Any team that wins just 13 games and gives up 288 is going to struggle to find a Top Defencemen. However, Pascall Amyot was a big part of the little success that this team had. He was given the tough challenge on most nights of shutting down the other teams top lines and for the most part played well.

Worst Defencemen: What can you say, other than Garrett Clarke was a huge disappointment this season. A highly touted pickup, he showed a lack of composure that more than once cost the team games while he sat in the penalty box. He’s a player that plays his game on the fine line that can cost your team a big game or get a big win. He’ll need to prove to Cam that he’s ready to be responsible for the coach/GM, or he’ll be on his way out before he plays another game for the Mooseheads

Best Trade: In picking up Peter Delmas at the trade deadline Cam Russell made one of his best moves since taking over as the GM of the team. Providing solid Veteran backup to an overworked youngster in Mathieu Corbeil, and picking up a goalie that had something to prove after a disappointing stint in Quebec. Delmas went on to post just 5 wins in 14 starts, but gave Corbeil the break he needed.

Worst Trade: The loss of Spencer Metcalfe on trade deadline took away a veteran presence on the backend and removed the toughness that bottom dwelling clubs need. Hannay forgot how to fight when Metcalfe left, and the team lost the edge that helped protect their more skilled players.

Biggest Surprise: Steve Gillard made a case to be the best defencemen this season and there are high hopes for the young defencemen in the future. He showed great speed and the ability to shut down the top players in the league, move over Clarke, Gillard is the key player this defence needs to be build around. 

Biggest Disappointment: Coming off a season where Yuri Cheremetiev 22 goals and 27 assists, the Russian born player was a huge disappointment at the start of the season which led to his eventual trade to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Overall Feeling: The team finished with a dismal 13 win season that saw them score just 177 goals and let by 288. With a 0.192 winning percentage the positives are few and far between.

Cam Russell showed so far that he has been able to wheel and deal to put the team into a great position heading into the draft. However, over the course of the season he showed he lacks the skill and experience to properly coach a young team. Inconsistency and the inability to get his boys to show up for the ‘easy’ matchups caused the team to drop points way to easily.

The Young Herd showed heart at moments and allowed the boys a glimpse into what the team could be in the future.

What the future holds: With a young core on the backend and some young talented forwards coming up next season, not to mention 7 picks in the first 35 in this years draft; Well it is safe to say Moose Country is optimistic for next season.  Missing the playoffs will cost Cam Russell his job, but there is little worry that will happen with just 2 teams missing the playoffs each year.

Coming up before the draft will be my “Draft Wishlistand what the Moose need to step up next season!