REPORT: Fucale, Murphy to be dealt to Remparts
F-D Rouleau of the Journal de Montreal reported earlier this afternoon that Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Zachary Fucale and defenceman Matt Murphy will be traded to the Quebec Remparts.
The trade is expected to be made official on Jan. 6, 2015 when the winter trading period comes to a close. Murphy could be dealt to Quebec on Friday when the trade period opens and a second part of the trade, including Fucale, could be made on deadline day.
Fucale, 19, is currently with Hockey Canada at the SportChek Selection Camp in Ontario preparing for the upcoming 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship.
The Rosemere, Que., native is as well-decorated as any goaltender in the CHL. Fucale guided the Mooseheads to the MasterCard Memorial Cup in 2013 as a 17-year-old. The Montreal Canadiens prospect has won several individual awards in the QMJHL since entering the league in 2011. In his first season, Fucale was awarded the Raymond Lagace Trophy as QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Most recently, the six-foot-two netminder was named QMJHL Personality of the Year along with earning the Jacques Plante Trophy with a league-best goals against average of 2.26.
Murphy, 19, was originally a fifth overall draft pick of the Val-d’Or Foreurs in 2011. Since joining the Mooseheads in 2013, the Fredericton, N.B., native has tallied 79 points in 182 games. Despite going undrafted in the NHL, Murphy was invited to the Ottawa Senators training camp this past summer. Murphy, like Fucale, was a member of the Mooseheads club that won the MasterCard Memorial Cup in 2013.
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