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Mooseheads Higgins, McIsaac give back to Truro minor hockey

Truro native Jared McIsaac, a defenceman for the Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL team, warms up Truro Bearcats advanced novice goaltender James Johnson during a practice session on Monday in Truro.
Truro native Jared McIsaac, a defenceman for the Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL team, warms up Truro Bearcats advanced novice goaltender James Johnson during a practice session on Monday in Truro.

TRURO, N.S. – Ben Higgins and Jared McIsaac returned to their hockey roots on Monday to give back to their community.

Both teens, members of the Halifax Mooseheads Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club, provided three hours of on-ice instruction to Truro and area minor hockey players at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

“When I was younger I always liked it when the (junior) Bearcats, or someone who I looked up to, practiced with us, so it’s good to come back to my hometown and help out the kids and give back to the community a bit,” said Higgins.

Both teens, members of the Halifax Mooseheads Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club, provided three hours of on-ice instruction to Truro and area minor hockey players at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

“When I was younger I always liked it when the (junior) Bearcats, or someone who I looked up to, practiced with us, so it’s good to come back to my hometown and help out the kids and give back to the community a bit,” said Higgins.

Higgins, of Bible Hill, and McIsaac, a Truro native, instructed three levels of players – advanced novice, atom AA and peewee AAA – during three separate one-hour sessions.

Bible Hill’s Ben Higgins, a forward for the Halifax Mooseheads, provides instruction to Malky Murphy during an advanced novice ice-time on Monday at the RECC.

“You don’t forget where you came from,” said McIsaac. “As much as it’s fun for the kids, it’s just as fun for us, and I enjoy it – I enjoy it a lot.”

Mooseheads assistant coach Jim Midgley was also on the ice last night. Midgley mapped out drills for young players, while Higgins and McIsaac assisted in getting players to complete them.

Higgins, 17, is playing in his first full season with the Mooseheads. The five-foot-nine, 165-pound centre has seven goals and three assists in 29 games, while playing a checking role.

McIsaac, 16, was the second overall pick in the Q-league in last June’s draft. The six-two, 190-pound defenceman has three goals and eight assists in 25 games.

The Mooseheads are currently on Christmas break. They return to action on Dec. 28 in Charlottetown. Their next home game is Dec. 31 when they host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for a 2 p.m. start at the Scotiabank Centre.

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