Instead, the bus pulled off at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre to pick up its newest passenger, Ben Higgins.
Higgins will take another step in his young hockey career tonight, as he suits up for his first regular season major junior game. He was called up to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Tuesday morning, joining the Halifax Mooseheads for their game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
The 16-year-old right winger has skated with his hometown Truro Bearcats junior A club this season, registering 14 points in 27 games. He spent the preseason with the Mooseheads, skating in part of an exhibition game at home in Truro. He was a seventh round selection by Halifax in last year’s entry draft.
The Mooseheads roster is in a slight limbo, losing star forward Timo Meier to the World Junior Hockey Championships and playing its first few games without defenceman Cavan Fitzgerald, following his trade to Shawinigan.
Higgins will get the chance to partake in the “Battle of Nova Scotia,” as the two Bluenoser teams face off tonight in Cape Breton and again on New Year’s Eve in Halifax.