The long-awaited return of Captain Justin Barron is here after General Manager Cam Russell confirmed on Thursday that the soon-to-be 19-year-old defenceman will be suiting up for the first time this season during this weekend’s road trip to Cape Breton.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be back! I’m really looking forward to being on the ice again with my teammates,” said Barron.
The first round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche was named Captain of the Mooseheads on October 1st ahead of his fourth season with the Herd. Barron has missed the first six games of the schedule following a corrective medical procedure that will prevent blood clots from occurring in the future. He was forced to sit out for a large portion of the 2019-20 season after a blood clot was discovered in his arm.
“He’s obviously a big part of our team and we are excited to have him back,” Russell said.
“It’s a big boost for our defense to have him out there. We’re extremely happy for him to be back at full health and ready to play.”
Barron, a Halifax, NS native, joined his hometown team as the 13th overall pick in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft and has scored 81 points in 154 career games while maintaining a +/- of +41. He scored a career high 41 points in his second season to help the Mooseheads reach the Memorial Cup Final. He tallied 13 points in the 2019 President Cup Playoffs.
Your Mooseheads will hit the road tomorrow for two consecutive games against the Cape Breton Eagles this weekend at Centre 200. The Herd will face off with the Eagles in Sydney on Friday and Saturday with both games starting at 7pm.
Halifax (2-3-1-0) is fresh off a 5-4 shootout victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs that secured the first win for the team since opening night against the Eagles. It was a step in the right direction for the young team who got even younger in the past week with 18-year-old Samuel Dube departing and the addition of 17-year-old William Robitaille. Robitaille won’t be eligible to play until early November as he must first complete his self quarantine before joining the team at practice.
Cape Breton (2-4-0-0) sits one point behind Halifax in the standings following back-to-back losses to Acadie-Bathurst last weekend. The Titan put on a goal scoring clinic in the two games, outscoring the Eagles 14-5 which included an 8-1 thumping on Saturday. The goalies have struggled for Cape Breton in their six games played. William Grimard (1-3) has allowed 21 goals on 148 shots for a 4.64 goals against average and an .858 save percentage. He has seen the majority of work while rookie Nicolas Ruccia (1-1) sports a 5.28 goals against average and an .833 save percentage after letting in eight goals on 48 shots.
The Eagles are not dealing with any injury issues while the Mooseheads will be without forwards Alex David, Kyle Petten and Cole Foston who are day-to-day with minor injuries. Forwards Sonny Kabatay, Ethan Landry have and been called up and will make the trip with the team.
Fans can listen to the games live on NEWS 957 radio or watch on the QMJHL Webcast.