Mooseheads notes

By Ian Hamilton

Right-winger Jason King has been named the player of the month for October by the Mooseheads.

King netted 17 goals along with 5 helpers totalling 22 points in just 11 games during the month of October. It should be noted that the 20-year-old managed to get a point per game during 10 of the 11 games. Not too shabby considering a 7-2-2 record for the month.

After turning the big “2-0” on September 14, the talented forward recorded five games with more than one point in each during October and also turned a lot of heads when he set a single-game team record of 5 goals in an 8-3 win over Baie-Comeau on October 10. King also netted a pair of goals and added 2 helpers for a four-point night on October 6 against Val-d’Orand led to an 8-6 win. The following night, he led the Mooseheads to a 6-4 victory over Rouyn-Noranda, contributing a hat trick. October 24 also saw King with a hat trick against division rival, Moncton Wildcats, and also handing the Cats a 7-2 defeat.

The crafty winger also managed game-winning goals against Baie-Comeau (October 12, 8-3) and Shawinigan (October 14, 3-2) and scored the game-tying goal on Hull (October 16, 2-2). King is also becoming well-above his already-noticable proficiency on special teams–netting 3 powerplay goals and 4 shorthanded goals during October.

Hats off to Jason for having a great October!

Mooseheads’ Director of Hockey Operations Marcel Patenaude has announced that defenseman Milan Jurcina has been invited to represent the Slovakian Republic in the 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships. The announcement came yesterday, in the midst of many press releases from around the hockey world naming junior players to their respective national junior teams.

The 18-year-old Jurcina, selected in the first round, 35th Overall by the Mooseheads in the 2000 CHL European Draft, is set to depart on December 13 to join his country’s national junior team.

Jurcina has appeared in 20 games so far this season, with 2 goals and 6 assists. He stands at a decent +14 in plus/minus.

The 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships will take place in the Czech Republic from December 25 to January 4.

Hallowe’en saw the Mooseheads acquire 19-year-old defenceman Patrick Gilbert, following trades with the Sherbrooke Castors and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Herd traded forward Jean-Michel Boisvert to Sherbrooke and in return, took forward Benoit Genesse and a Fifth Round Pick in 2003.

Coming immediately after that, the Mooseheads then traded Genesse and the Fifth Rounder to Rouyn-Noranda for Gilbert. Both trades have now been approved by the league.

The 6’01, 212 lbs. Gilbert, born April 10, 1982, was the Huskies Third Round (31st Overall) pick in 1998.

In 16 games with the Huskies this season, Gilbert has two assists, while amassing 55 penalty minutes. Since first joining Rouyn-Noranda for the 1998-99 season, Gilbert has played in 221 games, with 8 goals, 34 assists, 43 points and 398 penalty minutes.

GILBERT, Patrick, left defence, 19, 1982-04-10, 6’01, 212lbs

1998/9962 2 12 14 60
1999/00 72 1 8 9 128
2000/01 71 5 13 18 155
2001/02 16 0 2 2 55

The Halifax Mooseheads returned home with two games of a three games road trip now listed in the “WINS” column.

After dropping a 3-1 decision to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Thursday, the Mooseheads bounced back with a 4-2 victory on Friday night in Chicoutimi. Sebastien Laprise netted a pair of goals, while Sergei Klyazmin and Michael Couch had one each.

It was a long-time coming but on Sunday, the Mooseheads got their first regular season win in franchise history in Baie-Comeau, edging the Drakkar by a score of 2-1. Laprise, again shining, as his hot hands found the net. Louis Mandeville had the other.

The Mooseheads were without the services of captain Robbie Sutherland (knee) and super-sniper Jason King (knee). Both players are listed day-to-day and could return Friday night to face the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at home. That game is a 7:00pm AST start at the Halifax Metro Centre.