Leading up to the 2002 QMJHL Midget draft the Halifax Mooseheads were busy completing a few trades. In the first deal the Mooseheads acquired goaltender Michael Diloenzo and centre Jonathan Labelle from the Hull Olympiques in return for the Mooseheads second round pick in the 2003 QMJHL Entry draft. The other deal seen the Mooseheads pick up tough guy Adam Wojick from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, along with the Huskies 11th overall pick in the upcoming CHL European Draft. In return the Mooseheads sent forward Giulio Scandella, and the Mooseheads 41st overall European Pick and their 4th round pick in 2003 to the Huskies.
The dealing did not stop come draft day for the Mooseheads. In their biggest deal the Mooseheads acquired 20-year-old center Thatcher Bell and the 24th overall pick in the 2002 draft from the Rimouski Oceanic. In return the Mooseheads sent their 13th overall pick in 2002 to Rimouski. The deal also has clauses depending on the amount of games Bell plays with the Mooseheads. In their final deal of the day the Mooseheads sent 20-year-old defenceman Louis Mandeville and the draft pick obtained from Rimouski to the Sherbrooke Castors for the Castors 17th and 33rd Overall picks in the 2002 Entry Draft.
2002 Halifax Mooseheads Draft Selections –
Round 2 (17) – Defenceman James Sharrow (17) 6’02, 165, From USA Under-17 National Team (USA)
Round 3 (33) – Forward Frederik Cabana (16) 5’11, 168, From Les Cantonniers de Magog (Quebec)
Round 6 (94) – Forward Blake Careen (17) 6’00, 160, From St.John’s Midget AAA (Newfoundland)
Round 7 (110) – Goaltender Jason Churchill (17) 6’03, 170, From Tri-Pen Midget AAA (Newfoundland)
Round 8 (124) – Forward Colin MacCormack (17) 5’11, 188, From Halifax Midget AAA (Nova Scotia)
Round 8 (126) – Defenceman Jason Anthony (17) 6’00, 170, From St.John’s Midget AAA (Newfoundland)
Round 9 (142) – Forward Kyle Wilson (17) 6’02, 180, From Moncton Midget AAA (New Brunswick)
Round 11 (174) – Forward Kyle Doucet (17) 5’09, 164, From Halifax Midget AAA (Nova Scotia)
Round 12 (17 ) – Forward Andrew Pearcey (17) 5’11, 165, From St.John’s Midget AAA (Newfoundland)
Mooseheads News and Notes
It is except that American James Sharrow will report to the Mooseheads for the 2002-03 season. He will be a great addiction to the Mooseheads blueline, with the loss of Veteran Louis Mandeville.
The Mooseheads are also hoping that Frederik Cabana will develop into a scoring forward over the years, This past season in midget Cabana had 20 goals and 16 assists in 37 games with Magog.
It appeared that Halifax got a steal in the draft by selecting Colin MacCormack who was ranked 9th overall by QMJHL Central Scouting. When they picked him in the 8th round 124th overall. But Colin who is a honor student in high school has no intention of playing in the QMJHL. He’s more interested in pursuing the NCAA route.
Also earlier in the week the Mooseheads released forwards Ryan White and Louis-Philippe Lessard.
Cam Russell has agreed to remain with the team as an Assistant Coach. Although Russell will be involved with the team in a more limited role as a result of family commitments. But will continue to be responsible for the Mooseheads defence.