Larry Harris was among the early fans supporting the Halifax Mooseheads during the beginning days of the franchise in 1994. He has been a constant site in the stands of Scotiabank Centre ever since.
“It was easy to fall in love with the team during those first years. From the draft choice of Etienne Drapeau to the story of Jody Shelley going from a walk-on to one of the most beloved characters in team history, it was special to witness.”
Harris joined the fold as a full-fledged season ticket member in 2008 and said it was one of the easiest decisions of his life.
“I went to as many games as possible over the years, but once my schedule allowed me to commit to season tickets, I was in. I haven’t missed a year since joining in 2008, not even Covid could stop me.”
He says the excitement of the 2012-13 Memorial Cup winning season was obviously a major highlight.
“The night of the President Cup win over Baie-Comeau was the loudest I have ever heard the building. It was incredible to see almost all the fans still standing and cheering long after the final buzzer sounded.”
As much as he has enjoyed watching the success of the hometown Mooseheads, Harris says he also relishes the chance to watch the best that the opposition has to offer.
“Getting the opportunity to see a young Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury come to Halifax was special. And watching a few meltdowns by Patrick Roy was fun too!”
Larry can be found in his section at Scotiabank Centre with co-workers from the local Automotive Shop he owns and runs. They enjoy making an event out of each and every game together.
“Game night is always fun and usually starts with us grabbing some take-out before heading to the rink followed by a beer and popcorn. It’s a ritual that must be followed, even on back-to-back nights.”
Whether it’s a good year in the standings for the team or a rebuilding one, Harris says the camaraderie amongst the fans and the in-game experience leaves him feeling fortunate to be a member of Moose Country.
“Our area hasn’t changed much over the years, so it’s nice to see familiar faces every night to share the highs and lows. The organization has done a great job to bring a professional feel to both the on- and off-ice experiences in Halifax. I think we are one of the most spoiled fan bases in all of the QMJHL, if not the entire CHL. We have definitely earned the nickname “Beast of the East” and I am fortunate to be part of it. GO MOOSE GO!”