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5 Mooseheads named to Canada-Russia Series

2018-10-17

Your Halifax Mooseheads are going to be very well represented during the upcoming Canada-Russia Series. Five players will suit up for Team QMJHL when they face Russia in the final two games of the event on Tuesday, November 13th in Sherbrooke, QC and Thursday, November 15th in Drummondville, QC.

Forwards Raphael Lavoie, Antoine Morand and Benoit-Olivier Groulx will be joined by defencemen Jared McIsaac and Justin Barron on the QMJHL squad that will be led by Head Coach Jim Hulton of the Charlottetown Islanders. This will be the third time Morand (Anaheim Ducks) has participated in the Canada-Russia Series. The newly named Mooseheads Captain also represented Acadie-Bathurst in 2016 & 2017. McIsaac (Detroit Red Wings) and Groulx (Anaheim Ducks) will be playing in the event for the second consecutive year while Lavoie (2019 NHL Draft eligible) and Barron (2020 NHL Draft eligible) are suiting up for the first time.

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The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team and is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship which returns to Canadian soil this December in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

Both games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Canada-Russia Series Schedule

With Barron, Lavoie and Morand representing the Mooseheads for the first time, that brings the all-time total to 19 different players from the franchise to play in the Canada-Russia Series.

Halifax puts a three-game winning streak and its Maritimes-Division leading 8-2 record on the line tonight in Moncton against the 6-3-1-0 Wildcats at 7pm.  Then it’s a busy slate of weekend road games at Victoriaville on Friday, Sherbrooke on Saturday and Drummondville on Sunday.

The Mooseheads home opener is set for Saturday, October 27th at 7pm versus Cape Breton. Individual tickets to all 34 Halifax Mooseheads home games are on sale now for the General Public at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Superstore outlets, TicketAtlantic.com, the Official Mooseheads Shop in Scotia Square Mall or by phone 902-451-1221.

All-Time Mooseheads players in Canada-Russia Series:

YEAR POSITION PLAYER
2004 C Marc-Andre Bernier
2004 C Frederik Cabana
2004 D Alexandre Picard
2005 C Frederik Cabana
2005 LW Ryan Hillier
2005 D Andrew Bodnarchuk
2006 LW Ryan Hillier
2006 D Andrew Bodnarchuk
2007 LW Ryan Hillier
2007 LW Logan MacMillan
2007 D Andrew Bodnarchuk
2011 C Nathan MacKinnon
2012 C Nathan MacKinnon
2012 LW Jonathan Drouin
2012 C Brent Andrews
2012 G Zach Fucale
2013 C Jonathan Drouin
2013 G Zach Fucale
2013 D Mackenzie Weegar
2014 G Zach Fucale
2015 RW Maxime Fortier
2016 RW Maxime Fortier
2017 LW Arnaud Durandeau
2017 C Benoit-Olivier Groulx
2017 D Jocktan Chainey
2017 D Jared McIsaac
2018 F Raphael Lavoie
2018 F Antoine Morand
2018 F Benoit-Olivier Groulx
2018 D Justin Barron
2018 D Jared McIsaac
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