Nathan MacKinnon in a Halifax Mooseheads jerseyHalifax Mooseheads General Manager Cam Russell officially announced today the acquisition of the rights to Nathan MacKinnon, selected 1st overall in the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

In exchange for MacKinnon the Mooseheads traded Carl Gelinas, Francis Turbide and three first round picks (HFX 2012 & 2013; QUE 2013).

“We are extremely pleased to add another talented young player to our team,” stated Russell. “The Mooseheads organization and our fans are excited to welcome Nathan home to Halifax.”

Details of this trade were made public today after approval came from the Commissioner.

“The fact that Nathan MacKinnon will play for a team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League next year is fantastic news for our league,” said QMJHL Commissioner Gilles Courteau. “Due to exceptional circumstances, the League has given the organizations the right to unveil the details of the trade prior to the opening of the trade period on August 1st.”

MacKinnon, a 16-year-old native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, played last season with Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep School in Faribault, Minnesota. The 5’11” 175 lbs centre also starred for Team Nova Scotia during the Canada Winter Games in Halifax this past February.

The acquisition of MacKinnon comes on the heels of Monday’s trade of Adam Erne to Quebec. The Mooseheads acquired two first round picks and a second round pick from the Remparts in exchange for the rights to Erne, who the Club drafted 22nd overall at the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.

“We’d like to thank Carl Gelinas and Francis Turbide for their outstanding contributions to our hockey club and we wish them success as they continue their careers in Baie-Comeau”, stated Russell.

The addition of MacKinnon gives the Mooseheads three of the top prospects from the 2011 Entry Draft. The Club acquired the second overall pick on draft day and selected highly-touted forward Jonathan Drouin. Halifax then used the 11th pick in the draft, acquired during the Lewiston Maineiacs dispersal draft, to select Zachary Fucale, the first goalie chosen during this year’s draft.

The Mooseheads kick off training camp Wednesday, August 17th at Cole Harbour Place. Their home opener is Friday, September 16th versus the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the Metro Centre.


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