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Halifax Mooseheads or San Jose Sharks, Timo Meier ready to give it his ‘best’

The forward returned to Halifax to start his third season with the Mooseheads two weeks ago, but he’ll return to San Jose for training camp in early fall.

Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier has had some major life moments lately.

But what has been affectionately dubbed “Timo time” by green and red fans since his performance on the ice last season is likely far from over.

In fact, it’s only just started for the 18-year-old from Herisau, Switzerland, who was drafted ninth overall by the San Jose Sharks at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in June, and hits the ice at Cole Harbour

Place starting Wednesday for Mooseheads training camp.

“I’m really looking forward to getting on the ice tomorrow with the guys,” the six-foot, 209-pound player said Tuesday evening at a team meet and greet, following registration for the 40 Herd hopefuls at this year’s camp.

Meier returned to Halifax to start his third season with the Mooseheads about two weeks ago, although he’ll return to San Jose for the NHL club’s training camp in early fall.

“I want to get better every day,” he said, “and I want to be prepared for the NHL camp.”

But while he’s here, Meier said his mind is on being a Moose.

“It’s still a long way to play in the NHL, so I’m here right now, and that’s all I’m focusing on,” he said.

“No matter what team I’m going to be playing on, I’m trying to give my best.”

Meier notched 44 goals and 46 assists for 90 points in 61 regular season games last season, as well as 10 goals and 11 helpers for four points in 14 post-season games.

He comes into the 2015-16 season as a clear leader on and off the ice for the Mooseheads, with rookies such as forward Arnaud Durandeau and defenceman Walter Flower looking to him and other veterans for guidance.

“I’m very excited,” 16-year-old Durandeau, drafted seventh overall at the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft, said Tuesday

“I think I’m a very fast player, I can score some goals, too,” the Beaconsfield, Que., native said of what he hopes he’ll bring for Halifax, a city he saw for the first time upon arrival for training camp.

“I’m very offensive, so hopefully I can help out with that,” Durandeau added. “Hopefully, I can play here this year, and have a great year.”

Flower, also 16, is more familiar with Halifax. He’s from Yarmouth, after all, and idolized the Mooseheads having grown up in Nova Scotia.

“Watching them as a kid, I always wanted to play for this team,” Flower, drafted 26th overall by the Herd, said Tuesday.

“Just to have the chance … is awesome,” he said.

Moose camp

Wednesday, Aug. 12: 9-9:50 a.m. – Team Red practice; 10-10:50 a.m. – Team Green practice; 4-6 p.m. – Intrasquad game*

Thursday, Aug. 13: 12: 9-9:50 a.m. – Team Red practice; 10-10:50 a.m. – Team Green practice; 4-6 p.m. – Intrasquad game*

Friday, Aug. 14: 12: 9-9:50 a.m. – Team Red practice; 10-10:50 a.m. – Team Green practice; 4-6 p.m. – Intrasquad game*

* All practices and intrasquad games are open to public free of charge at Cole Harbour Place.

Pre-season puck drop

Saturday: 7 p.m. – Home game versus Cape Breton at Halifax Forum

Sunday: 4 p.m. – Road game against Moncton at Red Ball Internet Centre

Saturday, Aug. 22: 7 p.m. – Home game versus Charlottetown at Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro

Sunday, Aug. 23: 4 p.m. – Road game versus Cape Breton at Emera Centre Northside in North Sydney

Saturday, Aug. 29 – Road game versus Cape Breton at Centre 200 in Sydney

Thursday, Sept. 3 – Home game against Cape Breton at Halifax Forum

Get your tix

* Tickets for pre-season games at the Halifax Forum are $8 and at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Atlantic Superstore locations and at TicketAtlantic.com.
* Tickets for pre-same game in Truro are $10 at the Rath Community Eastlink Centre box office or Ticketpro.ca.
* Visit HalifaxMooseheads.ca for more.

Note to readers: This story is a corrected version. The previous version had incorrect statistics for Timo Meier last season.

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