The Christmas trading period continues to be a busy one for Halifax Mooseheads General Manager Cam Russell as he made his second deal in the past three days on Monday.

The Mooseheads acquired Halifax native Michael O’Leary from the Moncton Wildcats along with a 2016 second round draft pick (Acadie-Bathurst) and a 2017 fourth round draft pick (Moncton) in exchange for veteran defenceman Cody Donaghey.

O’Leary is currently playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL where he has one goal and five assists in 24 games this season. The former Halifax Hawks forward was originally selected 14th overall in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Screaming Eagles but did not report to the team. The Wildcats then selected him in the third round in 2015 but he once again decided to stay south of the border.

The Mooseheads, already holding a pair of first round picks in 2016, have now nabbed additional second, third and fourth round picks over the past few days.

“It’s always nice to add draft picks when you’re building for the future,” Russell said.

“I think this trade will help out club in the long run.”

Donaghey’s tenure in Halifax was short but productive. In just 21 games this season since coming over to the Mooseheads in a trade with Quebec the St. John’s, NL native had 11 points and 33 penalty minutes.

“I think Cody played very well in his time here with us and we wish him all the best,” Russell said.

The Mooseheads will be back on home ice on Monday, December 28th at 7pm when they entertain the Wildcats at Scotiabank Centre.

Halifax will also face off with Cape Breton in the Battle of Nova Scotia on New Year’s Eve in a game where the Mooseheads’ special game-worn jerseys will be given away and all fans will also have a chance to win a trip to see Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche face the Senators in Ottawa courtesy of

Special packs for the New Year’s Eve game which include four tickets and four bags of popcorn are available now for just $60. On sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at Scotiabank Centre, select Superstore Outlets, or charge by phone at 902-451-1221.

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