MOOSEHEADS FANS’ 15
The Fans’ 15 was a promotion during the Mooseheads 15th anniversary season where fans could rank their 15 favorite Mooseheads of all-time. Below is a brief bio of the 15 players they chose.
#15 Kevin Cormier
The Cap Pele, N.B native played only two seasons with the Mooseheads (04-05, 05-06), but quickly became a fan favourite for his willingness to drop the goves in defense of his teammates. Cormier had 18 goals and 16 assists for a total of 34 points along with 442 penalty minutes in 130 games played. The enforcer was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round (168th overall) in 2004 and also played in the New Jersey Devils farm system before retiring from professional hockey in 2010.
#14 Petr Vrana
Vrana came to the Mooseheads in 2002 and made an imediate impact. The center from the Czech Republic scored 37 goals and added 46 assists for 83 points in his rookie season, which led to Vrana being drafted 42nd overall by New Jersey in the 2003 Entry Draft. He netted a total of 172 points in three seasons with the Mooseheads and appeared in 16 career games with the Devils.
He currently plays in the KHL.
#13 Ramzi Abid
Abid was acquired by Halifax from Acadie-Bathurst during the 1999-2000 and played one year for the Mooseheads. He had an outstanding season, scoring 137 points on 57 goals and 80 assists. Abid was named as one of the team captains during the season and helped the Mooseheads reach the semi-finals at the Memorial Cup which was hosted by Halifax.
#12 Alexandre Picard
Picard was a terrific offensive minded defenseman for the Mooseheads, playing three seasons in Halifax. His best year came in 2004-05 when he notched 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points. Picard played for six teams in the NHL (Flyers, Lightning, Senators, Hurricanes, Canadiens and Penguins). He most recently played in the Austrian league.
#11 Robbie Sutherland
Sutherland was a heart and soul kind of player with the Mooseheads. He put up good numbers offensively with 117 points in parts of three seasons, to go along with 225 penalty minutes. The Halifax native moved on to play in the CIS where he had a solid four year career with Acadia University.
#10 Jason King
The Corner Brook Newfoundland product was an offensive force in two of his three seasons in Moose Country. King had career 114 goals and 84 assists for 198 points in 186 games. His 63 goals in 2001-2002 ranks second all-time in franchise history. King played 55 career games for the Vancouver Canucks, after the team drafted him in the 7th round in 2001.
#9 Andrew Bodnarchuk
The slick skating defenseman was a co-captain for the Mooseheads in 2007-2008 and had 123 points and 321 penalty minutes in three seasons with the club. Bodnarchuk was selected in the 5th round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins and currently plays for the LA Kings top farm team in Manchester.
#8 Pascal Leclaire
Leclaire is tied for fourth all-time in Mooseheads franchise history with 49 wins. The goaltender played in Halifax from 1998-2001 and was drafted 8th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2001. Leclaire played parts of seven seasons in the NHL with the Blue Jackets and Senators.
#7 Ladislav Nagy
Nagy electrified the Mooseheads fan base with a team record 71 goals in his one and only season in Halifax in 1998-99. The forward from Slovakia went on to play for the St Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and LA Kings in the NHL. He currently plays for Jokerit Helsinki.
#6 Brandon Benedict
The fiesty forward is one of the most beloved captain’s in Mooseheads history. Benedict is the all-time team leader in goals (119), assists(184) and points (303). He is another player who would do anything for his team, which did not go unnoticed by the fans. The native of Avondale, N.S graduated from the Mooseheads in 2003 and played 4 seasons with Acadia University.
#5 Brandon Reid
Reid was the definition of a sparkplug for the Halifax Mooseheads. He thrilled fans with his speed and skill, and was a key contributer during the run to the Memorial Cup semi-finals in 2000 at the Metro Centre. Reid led Team Canada with nine points in seven games at the 2000 World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden, helping Canada to a Bronze medal performance.
#4 Jakub Voracek
The Czech Republic native put together two superb seasons with Halifax, scoring a total 187 points en route to being drafted in the first round (7th overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007. He currently plays a significant role for the Philadelphia Flyers.
#3 Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Giguere played for the Mooseheads during the first three seasons of the franchises exsistance, and quickly won the hearts of fans with his outstanding goaltending. He is second all-time in wins with 68. Giggy was drafted by the Hartford Whalers 13th overall in the 1995 Entry draft and has had an illustrious NHL career. Giguere was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff M.V.P in 2003 when his Anaheim Ducks lost to New Jersey in the Stanley Cup Final. He would have his name engraved on the cup four years later when the Ducks defeated Edmonton in the 2007 Final.
#2 Alex Tanguay
Tanguay was a tremendous member of the Mooseheads, scoring 101 goals in three seasons in Halifax before moving on to the NHL where he has had a remarkable career. Known as a fabulous playmaker, Tanguay won a Stanley Cup title with Colorado in 2001. He has also played for Calgary, Montreal and Tampa Bay.
#1 Jody Shelley
The Mooseheads original tough guy and adopted Nova Scotian has always been near and dear to fans in Halifax. Shelley joined the Herd as an 18-year-old in 1994. The Manitoba native moved to Yarmouth with his family six years earlier. Shelley would put up monsterous penalty minute numbers with the Mooseheads, wracking up 933 PIMS in his three seasons. The enforcer played for four teams in the NHL (Columbus, San Jose, NY Rangers and Philadelphia) with his best seasons coming with the Blue Jackets.