'I'm ready for it:' Halifax Mooseheads name Jim Midgley as their new head coach
The Cole Harbour native had been an assistant coach with the club for several seasons.
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After a one-week search for a new head coach, the Halifax Mooseheads didn’t need to look far for a new bench boss.
The team announced on Tuesday that Jim Midgley is its new head coach, receiving the promotion after six seasons as assistant coach after joining the team in the 2011-12 season.
"One of the biggest things I'm looking forward to is working with the group of kids that we have here,” said Midgley who was informed of his hiring on Monday afternoon by general manager Cam Russell and owner Bobby Smith.
“The talent that Cam and our scouting staff have brought in, that’s one of the most exciting things about the opportunity is that we have great kids first of all.”
On top of the Mooseheads, Midgley, who is from Cole Harbour, was head coach of Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Winter Games in 2014-15 and was an assistant coach with the Saint John Sea Dogs for two seasons from 2007-08.
“I think I'm going to be a guy who's going to be a players coach and a coach that wants to play with a lot of pace and a lot of speed in our game.”
In his playing days, Midgley was a centre for Saint Mary’s Huskies from 1998-2002, including three seasons as captain.
Midgley and assistant coach Jon Greenwood are headed to the NHL draft this week and will discuss the upcoming season as the Herd looks for a second assistant.
“I know I'm ready for it and looking forward to the challenge and excited at the same time. I just can't wait for August to roll around."
Halifax was looking for a new coach after former coach André Tourigny accepted the role of head coach and vice president of hockey operations with the Ottawa 67’s in the Ontario Hockey League.