Halifax Mooseheads 'not going to back down to anybody' this season: captain
Herd begins new campaign Friday in Moncton before returning home Saturday against Saint John
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Leading the Halifax Mooseheads out of the depths of the QMJHL standings may sound like a daunting task, but Taylor Ford isn’t backing down from the challenge.
The 19-year-old defenceman is set to lead a squad of talented young players through this season, and is eager to show opponents this is a whole new team from the one last year that missed the playoffs.
“We’re not going to back down to anybody, we’re going to be that young feisty team that competes day in and day out,” Ford said after a team practice Wednesday afternoon.
This is Ford’s third season with the Herd, but it’s his first full season wearing the C.
He already has a philosophy when it comes to leadership this season: lead by example.
Kevin Resop, the team's returning goaltender, has played with Ford for the past two years.
Resop said he has witnessed Ford grow into a leader. And the team's No. 1 goaltender said Ford leads by not just telling players they did something wrong, but by showing them how to do things right.
“Taylor is more of a leader that shows by example, but he does say stuff in the room when he has to, and obviously his play speaks for itself,” said Resop.
Ford believes there are two types of captains, the type that tells, and the type that does, but to be the right kind of captain you just have to do a few things.
“Just by doing things on the ice, working hard, being on time for practice and stepping up for your teammates, stuff like that,” said Ford
He is leading a team full of young talent, including eight rookies, but Ford doesn’t see it as a challenge, just an opportunity.
“All these guys are going to be really, really, good, obviously they're going to take some time to get used to the league, but you can already see their talent and skill.”
The team is clicking off the ice as well said Ford, despite loads of new faces and a new head coach in Andre Tourigny.
“With Andre coming in the vibe in the room is really good, it’s always super positive, everyone is kind of bustin their butts, it’s really good I think,” said Ford.
With last years poor season in the rearview mirror, this young team appears full of optimism and excitement.
The team kicks off its regular season Friday in Moncton against the Wildcats before returning home to face the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday night at Scotiabank Centre.
“We just want to stay focused on being the hardest working team, day in and day out.“