It has been a busy summer for signings for the Halifax Mooseheads as the team continues to take shape in preparation for the 2020-21 season, despite not knowing when a return to the ice will occur. The team got another important commitment on Monday when Attilio Biasca officially signed a standard player agreement to join the Mooseheads. Biasca was the fifth overall pick in the CHL Import Draft and will immediately carry the role of one of the franchise’s key players when he arrives in Halifax.
The past few weeks have been filled with young prospects expressing their commitment to the Mooseheads including the likes of QMJHL first round picks Markus Vidicek and Jordan Dumais, along with second round picks Jake Furlong and James Swan.
“We are very pleased to have commitments from these top prospects and we are excited to watch them develop and become great players for the Mooseheads over the next few years,” said General Manager Cam Russell.
Biasca will be counted on the help generate offense among the forwards after scoring 29 points in 34 games with Zug U20 last season in Switzerland. He joins Belgium’s Senna Peeters as the two import players on the roster. Peeters was the Mooseheads’ Rookie of the Year last season and tied for second in the QMJHL in goals by a rookie with 23.
Vidicek, Dumais and Swan will be among the forwards hoping to contribute to the team in the upcoming season. Vidicek scored 15 goals and had 33 points in 39 games with Lac St-Louis en route to becoming Halifax’s top pick in the QMJHL Entry Draft at 14th overall. Dumais put together an incredibly impressive campaign south of the border with 47 goals and 125 points with Selects Academy 15U. Swan was touted as one of the fittest athletes in the draft and is considered a fierce competitor and a tough forward to play against. He was a teammate of Vidicek with Lac St-Louis and scored 33 points in 42 games. Fellow 16-year-old Jake Furlong is projected to fill a slot of a regular on defense and brings a high level of offensive talent with him as well. The native of Upper Tantallon, NS suited up for Mount St Charles Academy 15U in Rhode Island where he was the team Captain and tallied 44 points from the blueline in 56 games.
The five rookies are expected to join other newcomers Zachary L’Heureux, Elliot Desnoyers, Bobby Orr and Liam Peyton to solidify a young and exciting revamped lineup.
QMJHL Commissioner Gilles Courteau announced in early June that he has targeted October 1st as the start date for regular season. While this remains the plan, at this point there is still much to be determined before a solid date can be approved. The utmost priority of the Mooseheads is to ensure a safe return for our players, staff and fans, that will be in compliance with public health guidelines.