Another great Moosehead player that Halifax won’t be able to keep to ourselves.
Nico Hischier is a Swiss-born hockey player who came to the QMJHL and the Halifax Mooseheads for the 2016-207 season.
In April, the 18-year-old center won the QMJHL Rookie of the Year Award, the Michael Bossy Trophy (Best Professional Prospect), and the Michel Bergeron Trophy (Offensive Rookie of the Year). Hischier was also voted into the Rookie All-Star team. Recently, Nico won the Rookie of the Year for the entire Canadian Hockey League.
In his first season in the QMJHL, the young forward put up 86 points (38 goals) in 57 regular season games for the Mooseheads. He had a dominant breakout performance at the IIHF World Men’s Under 20 Hockey Championships and almost single-handedly carried the Swiss through the tournament (5GP 4G 3A 7PTs).
Nico and Nolan Patrick are in a battle to see who goes 1st (New Jersey) or 2nd (Philadelphia) in this year’s draft and my purely partisan hope is that Nico gets the coveted title of “1st overall”. It doesn’t make you faster or stronger but it might mean a few more bucks in the bank along the way. This is all good for Nicco. He will make a fantastic professional just as he’s made a fantastic amateur, and he’ll probably make the roster of whichever team drafts him this year. He’ll look good in Philly orange or New Jersey red. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him play and therein lies the rub.
Exceptional hockey players sell tickets. Winning teams sell tickets. If you have both you sell lots of tickets. We in Halifax have had a good run of great players. In only the last four years we have had the pleasure of watching such players as Nathan Mackinnon, Jonathon Drouin, Zack Fucale, Nikolaj Ehlers, Timo Meier and now Nico Hischier. These are all names of fine junior hockey players. Some are already great NHLers and the others have shown the promise to be as well.
For us here in Halifax, we still have the new names that you’re just beginning to hear about like the 2000 born Benoit Olivier Groulx, Jared McIsacc and Alexis Gravel eligible for the 2018 draft and the 1999 born Walter Flower, Arnaud Durandeau, Jocktan Chainey, Barret Dachyshyn, Mathieu Charlebois.
The Moosehead have made a bid for the 2019 Memorial Cup so the organization will not be trading them away. They’ll be needed to make the team great which is an achievable goal for this core group of players.
Yes, they’ll do just fine until the rest of hockey learns their names and takes them away too.