CONFIRMED: Mooseheads send Fucale, Murphy to Remparts in blockbuster trade

Zachary Fucale, Anthony Duclair

The Halifax Mooseheads have traded goaltender Zachary Fucale and defenceman Matt Murphy to the Quebec Remparts.

In return, the Mooseheads acquire goaltender Eric Brassard, the Remparts’ first and third-round picks in 2016 and first and second-round picks in 2018.

Fucale, 19, is currently preparing for the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal, Que. and Toronto, Ont. The Montreal Canadiens prospect will be one of two goaltenders representing Canada at the annual U20 tournament.

The Rosemere, Que., native joins the Remparts after spending three-and-a-half seasons with the Mooseheads. Fucale entered the league in 2011-12 after being selected by Halifax 11th overall at the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft. As a rookie, Fucale led the Mooseheads to a surprising seminfinals appearance after defeating the Remparts in seven games despite losing the first three games. The following year, Fucale was a member of the Mooseheads team that captured the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup. In his time in Halifax, the six-foot-two netminder has set many franchise records including most regular season wins by a goaltender-126. Fucale leaves the Mooseheads with a record of 126-55, a goals against average of 2.68 and a save percentage of .900 per cent through the better part of four seasons.

Murphy adds experience to the Remparts blueline. The 19-year-old defenceman was, too, a member of the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads. The Fredericton, N.B. was dealt to the Mooseheads in Jan. 2013 by the Val-d’Or Foreurs. In two-and-a-half seasons with Halifax, the six-foot-two rearguard amassed 65 points.

Brassard is the lone player going back to the Mooseheads. The 19-year-old netminder is set to join a new team for the fourth time in his QMJHL career. Originally a walk-on with the Gatineau Olympiques, the Longueuil, Que., native has had stops in Charlottetown and most recently Quebec. Brassard has a record of 9-4, a goals against average of 3.52 and a save percentage of .778 per cent this season with the Remparts.

The winter trading period began on Dec. 19, 2014 and will run through Jan. 6, 2015.

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