Calder Cup Playoffs full of Mooseheads

Sam Iannamico

The American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs have seen some big-time production from a pair of former Halifax Mooseheads. Two of the franchise’s most well known import players from recent memory are set to square off in the AHL Western Conference Finals as Timo Meier and the San Jose Barracuda will do battle with Marty Frk and the Grand Rapids Griffins starting this weekend.

Timo Meier rejoined the Barracuda following the San Jose Sharks elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs and has been a force in his nine games played, helping the ‘Cudas reach the Conference Finals for the first time. Meier has scored three goals and three assists for six points. Two of his goals are game winners including a Game 3 overtime winner against San Diego in the second round.

The former Mooseheads star was taken by Halifax with the 12th pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft. He went on to score 170 points in a Mooseheads uniform over the course of two-and-a-half seasons before being dealt to Rouyn-Noranda. The San Jose Sharks made him the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Meier scored in his NHL debut on December 16th, 2016 vs Montreal and posted six points in 34 games played with the big club in the regular season.

Marty Frk was forced to miss the opening round of the playoffs as he recovered from an injury but he has bounced back in a big way, scoring five points in the Griffins five-game series victory over Chicago in the second round. Frk has two goals and three assists and plays on a line with Tyler Bertuzzi, nephew of Todd Bertuzzi. Former Cape Breton Screaming Eagles star Evgeny Svechnikov also plays for Grand Rapids. Frk scored 27 goals for the second straight season to lead the team in that category. He was selected third overall by the Mooseheads in the 2010 CHL Import Draft before the Red Wings took him in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (49th overall). He has yet to in the NHL for Detroit but instead made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes after being claimed off waivers earlier in the season. The Red Wings reclaimed him just a couple of weeks later.

Elsewhere, former Mooseheads forward Stefan Fournier’s Syracuse Crunch – coached by Benoit Groulx – are preparing for Wednesday’s Game 7 of their second round series against the Toronto Marlies. Fournier hasn’t played in the playoffs for the Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate. He was acquired from the Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes) part way through the season in exchange for forward Jeremy Morin.

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