Mooseheads name Midgley new head coach


It did not take much of a search for the Halifax Mooseheads to name their tenth coach in franchise history.

The promotion came from within, as former assistant coach Jim Midgley, of Cole Harbour, N.S., will take the reigns behind the Halifax bench. The move comes exactly one week after former head coach Andre Tourigny left the team after just one year to become the head coach and VP of Hockey Operations for the OHL’s Ottawa 67s. Family proximity also played a role in Tourigny’s decision to leave the team despite serving only one year of a five year contract with the hockey club.

On June 20, the news that Jim Midgley was named head coach was made public in a press conference. Halifax Mooseheads General Manager Cam Russell had the following to say on the decision:

“I’m very excited to be able to name Jim as the Head Coach today. He has been with the team for a long time and has put together an impressive resume. I think he is the perfect fit to take over behind the bench for the Mooseheads.”

Midgley was set to enter into his seventh season as assistant coach for Halifax serving under Dominique Ducharme from 2011-2016 and Andre Tourigny from 2016-2017. Midgley noted that it was an honour to take over behind the Mooseheads bench, saying that he can’t wait to get started with training camp in August. He feels that the young nucleus the Mooseheads have in place will be exciting for fans to watch. Midgley expects the team to be up-tempo. Halifax has placed a bid for the 2019 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Mooseheads fans wanting to get their first glimpse of Midgley as the new bench boss during the regular season can do so on Sept. 21, as the Mooseheads play the defending President Cup Champion Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2017-2018 regular season opener at Harbour station. Midgley and the Mooseheads will make their debut on home ice on September 30, against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Both of these games will be taking place at 7 p.m. Atlantic time.