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The biggest news this Christmas season in Atlantic Canada

The biggest news this Christmas season in Atlantic Canada is the Halifax Mooseheads. cheap jerseys from china . Over the past few years Newfoundland had the return of the IceCaps to the AHL and then there was the arrival of the Saint John Sea Dogs, who were top hockey news with their junior success including a Memorial Cup a few years ago. But over the last few months the Halifax Mooseheads, for so many reasons, have become the talk of the hockey world in Atlantic Canada; in fact there are few sports stories that can knock them off the perch this season. For starters, for the first time since their inception in 1994 the Mooseheads hit the number 1 spot in so far as Major Junior hockey teams in Canada and have kept that honour for the last seven weeks. Now mind you, no trophies are bestowed to the team that finishes in first spot in those rankings but it is a measure of a teams success and let me tell you that Mooseheads hockey and success have not been synonymous over the last few years. This team for four of the last five years has finished in last place or very close to it. But last year one could see the improvement. They made a big, big trade prior to the draft for Nathan MacKinnon who lives in nearby Cole Harbour, a suburb of Halifax and the same town where Sidney Crosby played his minor hockey. That was a big move. They also drafted in the spring of 2011 another kid - a then-unknown player called Jonathan Drouin. The MacKinnon-Drouin combo continued a week ago when both 17-year olds were selected by Team Canada. It was a first of having any team getting two 17-year olds on Team Canada. But Drouin wanted to play midget and elected not to come to Halifax. In fact rumour was he wanted to play for a Quebec team or even look at the NCAA route. Negotiations continued between Moosehead GM Cam Russell and the Drouin family. One of the thoughts being thrown out by the Moose was "Drouin is an exceptional talent and the kid is not doing himself any favours by staying in midget hockey." Ultimately the Drouin clan got it and realized that Halifax may be the best place to play in the Q. Jonathan Drouin became a Moosehead around a year ago and he has flourished since. "He was good from the start and had exceptional skills and they showed from the beginning," Moosehead GM Cam Russell told TSN.ca. "There are few players who can see all the ice on plays. He is a very rare one." Drouin had a good first rookie season as a 16-year-old but his play picked up in the playoffs. The Mooseheads won the first round but then played the prohibitively favoured Quebec Remparts. It was no contest early as the Remparts took a 3-0 lead and fans were yelling sweep. But not so fast. The Moose werent finished - after all a team must win four games and as they say the fourth is the hardest to win. With Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon, a pair of 16-year olds leading along with some vets and a 16-year old goalie called Zachary Fucale, the Mooseheads started an improbable comeback and on Quebec ice, in Game 7, in overtime Drouin scored the overtime winner. Welcome to the NHL draft project list, Mr. Drouin. Drouins status has been rising since then. He has been enjoying an amazing start to this season and he is averaging two points per game which is the highest in Canada. Then he makes the World Junior team while not going to the summer camp. And now goes from #13 to #4 in Craig Buttons projected draft picks list. So how much further can this story go? That depends on how serious his "Charley-horse injury" is with Team Canada. Time will tell. It may be a couple of games but if he can play against the strong squads you can bet he will and dont be surprised if he continues to produce. He has from the minute hes joined the Mooseheads. It seems like its a story that has more to tell, and maybe even a golden junior ending. For TSN.ca Im Alex J. Walling. Alex J. can be reached at:  ajw@eastlink.ca wholesale nfl jerseys from china . -- Blaine Gabbert is back under centre for the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. wholesale jerseys china . A shoulder injury derailed that, and now he is headed back home to get his career back on track. Carlson signed a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, bringing him to the team he grew up cheering for as a kid in Litchfield, which is about 90 minutes west of the Twin Cities.NEW YORK -- Every time he connects at the plate, Carlos Beltran looks more attractive to those playoff contenders interested in trading for him. What his New York Mets teammates would really like, however, is to make their own run at October with Beltran by their side. "Whats the option, give up? Let us take it down a different path? We want to make it hard for the front office," starting pitcher R.A. Dickey said. Beltran hit a tying home run and Angel Pagan won it with a 10th-inning drive as New York rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the sputtering St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Wednesday night. Beltran, who can become a free agent after the season, is at the centre of trade talk all around baseball. The switch-hitting slugger is perhaps the biggest prize available on the market as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches. "Not really thinking about it. I hear what you hear, but I have to prepare myself and help the team any way I can," he said. "I cannot assume anything right now. Nobodys talked to me. Nobodys said anything to me." Beltran hit a two-run shot and new father Josh Thole had two RBIs for the Mets (49-48), including a tying single off Jason Motte with two outs in the eighth. Albert Pujols was not in the St. Louis starting lineup, rested against Dickeys knuckleball with a scorching day game on deck Thursday. But the Cardinals built a 4-0 lead for Kyle McClellan, who is 0-5 with a 5.48 ERA in his last eight starts. Matt Holliday had three hits and two RBIs for St. Louis. Locked in a tight race near the top of the NL Central, the Cardinals have dropped four of five since the All-Star break. "Youve got to finish out games and we havent been able to do that very well," Holliday said. "Weve got two months left, 2 1/2 months left. So yeah, youve got to start winning games. I mean, youre not going to win the division and accomplish your goals losing. But at the same time, you dont panic and start doubting yourself." The teams are back at it Thursday at 12:10 p.m., with expected temperatures in the mid-90s accompanied by sweltering humidity. Pagan connected on the first pitch from Fernando Salas (5-4), hitting a drive off the facing of the second deck in right field for his first career game-ending homer. "Fastball, right down Broadway," Pagan said. Right after he connected, Pagan pumped his fist and watched the ball fly as he tossed his bat aside. When he returned to home plate, he was mobbed by teammates in a joyous celebration. "I cant hit a ball any harder than that," said Pagan, happy that his family was in the crowd. "Youu want to be a role model for your kids. jerseys wholesale nfl. Its great for them to see something like this." Jason Isringhausen (2-0), also potential trade bait, worked two scoreless innings for the win -- one night after notching his 294th career save and first this season. Facing his former team, the veteran right-hander struck out Pujols, Holliday and Lance Berkman in succession. "That was a strange game in some ways," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "At the end of the game we did a lot of chasing, which is not our style." Pujols entered as a pinch-hitter with a runner on third and two outs in the seventh. He fouled out against reliever Pedro Beato, keeping the score tied at 4, and remained in the game at first base. Backup catcher Gerald Laird put St. Louis ahead in the eighth with a savvy bunt single. "Ive done that a few times," Laird said. "We had plenty of chances to win the game today, we just didnt get it done." A throwing error by shortstop Daniel Descalso on a tough play allowed Pagan to reach safely leading off the bottom of the inning. He scored from third when Thole lined Mottes second pitch to left. With two outs in the fifth and the Mets down 4-2, Beltran worked an eight-pitch at-bat against McClellan and sent a two-run shot soaring deep into the second deck in right field for his 15th homer. Five innings later, the Mets completed the comeback. "Hes a human being," manager Terry Collins said about Beltran. "Hes dealt with it before. In his heart, he wants to be here. Its where he wants to play." NOTES: A fan ran into the outfield in the top of the sixth and eluded several security guards for a while before he was tackled -- not far from Beltran. The fan was detained and led away through a gate in the right-field fence. ... It was the first time Pujols didnt start since he came off the DL on July 5. ... All-Star C Yadier Molina also was rested. La Russa said he might give Berkman a breather Thursday. ... Mets LF Jason Bay left with a tight right hamstring, brought on by him favouring a sore hip of late. He was replaced by Willie Harris in the fourth and his status for Thursday was uncertain. ... New York activated Thole from the paternity leave list and optioned INF Ruben Tejada to Triple-A Buffalo. Thole and his wife Kathryn, welcomed their first child Tuesday night and named the boy Camden. ... Mets 3B David Wright (lower back) played his sixth rehab game for Class-A St. Lucie. He went 2 for 2 with two singles and two walks as the DH against Clearwater. Wright is expected to return to the lineup this weekend in Florida. ' ' '

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