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Regardless of what happens in Sundays Memorial Cup final, the Halifax Mooseheads will have completed their finest season in franchise history. The franchise was formed in the spring of 1994 when league president Gilles Corteau said "It is with pleasure that I welcome the Halifax Mooseheads as the first ever Maritime team in the QMJHL". I covered that announcement for TSN and the start of junior hockey kicked off in Atlantic Canada. The next year, the Moncton Alpines were in the league, then came the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Moncton Wildcats, Bathurst Titan, PEI Rocket, the Johns then came in, being the St. Johns Fog Devils in Newfoundland and the Saint John Seadogs from New Brunswick. The Moncton Alpines were awarded a franchise in 1995 but were poorly run and their games drew barely a few hundred fans. The league took over the franchise after the 1995-96 season and handed it over to Robert Irving, who changed the name to Wildcats and that franchise has done very well since. In fact, Moncton held the Memorial Cup in 2006 and the Wildcats made it to the final before losing to the Quebec Remparts, who were coached by Patrick Roy. Looking at the junior hockey map in Atlantic Canada, it resembles the American Hockey League map that existed from 1971 when the Nova Scotia Vees came to Halifax and became the first Canadian team to win the Calder Cup. The Vees left in the summer of 1993. There was no hockey at the Halifax Metro Centre in the fall of 1993. From the first game in October of 199,4 the city fell in love with junior hockey and fell for the Moose. From that time on, "Moose Mania" became part of the Atlantic lexicon. Nineteen years is a long time and the Moose watched several Atlantic teams who came in after them win the Presidents Cup, emblematic of the league championship. They watched Bathurst with Roberto Loungo take the Cup in 1999, Moncton Wildcats in 2006 and recently in back-to-back years watched Jonathan Huberdeau and the Saint John Seadogs win the Memorial Cup and two straight league titles. Prior to this year, the Moose went to the league finals twice. In 2005, they played Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic and in 2003, they led the the Hull Olympiques 3-2 before losing Game 6 in Hull and Game 7 on home ice. Theyve been to the Memorial Cup once before in their history. In 2000, they hosted the event at the Metro Centre. They made it as far as the semifinal in a tournament won by Brad Richards and Rimouski and featuring the antics of the Barrie Colts and Mike Jefferson, now known as Mike Danton. The Mooseheads have had good teams but when they were strong, there always seemed to be stronger teams. In their first season, their star was goalie Jean Sebastian Giguere, who was a throw-in in a trade. It was his goaltending that prevented Halifax from finishing in the basement. That was an accomplishment for a first-year team. One year, Alex Tanguay was on the team and Ladislav Nagy scored 71 goals, despite missing a month representing his native country at the World Juniors) but they ran into a very strong Bathurst team. But this year is their most remarkable season ever. They have yet to lose 10 games this season and have advanced to the Memorial Cup final. They started the season on a 16-1 note and finished with six straight wins at the end of the season. In the playoffs, the Mooseheads won 16 out of 17 games, including 14 straight. Those are amazing stats. By now, most have heard of Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin but this team has so much depth. MacKinnon and Drouin dont have to score because so many others can. In all, theyve got six players who scored 30 or more goals. Thats offence and thats balance. The unknown star to many Canadians is the goalie, Zach Fucale. He played big minutes last year as a 16-year old and starred this season. He reminds many of the 16-year old Giguere and may be the first goalie taken in this years NHL Draft. "This is the best team in Mooseheads history," said sports columnist Chris Cochrane, who has followed the team since opening day. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime team or once every 25 years. They are special." Drouin became a star during the World Juniors but Mooseheads fans remember him from last seasons playoffs when the favoured Quebec Remparts led 3-1 and Halifax beat them in Game 7 with Drouin scoring a bunch of goals, including the winner in the decisive game. MacKinnon has starred since day one and, in the first game of the Memorial Cup against the Portland Winterhawks, may have played one of the best games ever at the tournament. He scored three goals, showed some nifty passing skills and played defence in a showcase way. He has been compared to Sidney Crosby. Like Sid, he is from Cole Harbour, a standout at an early age but the more we see him, its the lower body strength he has that resembles Crosby. Haligonians have watched him and scored five goals in a game against the powerful Quebec Remparts. There is no guarantee that they will win on Sunday, after all this is a one-game showdown and anything can and may happen. But its been a tremendous year and regardless of the Sunday outcome, its been the best Mooseheads year ever. For TSN.ca Im Alex J. Walling Alex J. can be reached via email at: ajw@eastlink.caJimmy Garoppolo Womens Jersey . At a Manhattan federal court hearing, attorney Jordan Siev said his law office has gotten more evidence nearly every day to support its lawsuit accusing MLB and Selig of going on a "witch hunt" to ruin Rodriguezs reputation and career. He said the defendants went "way over the line. Deebo Samuel Womens Jersey .C. Lions has come to an end. 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Fernandez, coached in Toronto by former two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser, scored 267.11 points and is the first champion to successfully defend since Russias Evgeny Plushenko in 2005 and 2006.VANCOUVER -- After being unwanted in Winnipeg, Joey Elliott did what many other veteran CFL free agent quarterbacks would not do. He attended a B.C. Lions open tryout camp in Las Vegas in early May. The move paid Friday off as the Lions agreed to terms with him on a three-year contract. "They didnt know I was coming -- I just showed up," said Elliott from Indianapolis, where he has been working as a substitute teacher. "I just showed up." Lions general manager Wally Buono offered a slightly different version, saying the club asked Elliott to attend a camp after his representatives tried to negotiate a contract earlier in the off-season. Regardless, Buono, was impressed that Elliott was willing to pay his own way for a flight to the gambling mecca and bet on employment with the Lions. It took a special person to humble himself the way Elliott did, said the GM. "Its huge to get another opportunity," said Elliott. "Whether youre a quarterback, or as a professional, when you are released, youre just looking for another opportunity." The 26-year-old Franklin, Ind., native spent the past three seasons with the Blue Bombers. During that time, he dressed for 33 games, including nine as the teams starter. But the Bombers deemed him expendable after what was actually his first full season. He joined the team in the fifth week in 2010 and was sidelined much of 2011 with a torn knee ligament that forced him to miss the Grey Cup against the Lions. Last season, the Purdue grad had his most productive year as a pro as he threw for 2,101 yards and five touchdowns. Elliott is expected to battle for B.C.s backup quarterback job following Mike Reillys departure to Edmonton as a free agent, but he must advance beyond the teams rookie camp first before taking the field with veterans at main training camp, starting June 2 in Kamloops, B.C. . Elliott believes he can provide a calming influence to a B.C. squad while lending experience to the Lions, who won the West Division title in 2012 but were upset by the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final. Aside from starter Travis Lulay, the only other quarterback in the Lions den with CFL experience is second-year pro Thomas De Marco. Lulay and De Marco are also the oonly B.ddddddddddddC. quarterback holdovers from last season. Buono said his main concern is that Elliott understands the teams offensive system rather than opposing defences. While he has a strong, accurate arm and can pass on the run, "one of his issues is ball security." Meanwhile, one part of the Geroy Simon trade failed to pay off Friday when the Lions released Justin Harper, who was part of a package for the CFLs all-time leading receiver. Harper was out of shape when he came into a Lions camp for offensive players this spring. Coach Mike Benevides indicated he was impressed with Harper and was willing to give him more time to get fit. However, Buono was not. "This (release) was precipitated by me being disappointed with him coming into camp at almost 250 pounds," said Buono. "Im not blaming him, but when it comes to a first impression, I was disappointed." Buono said wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneauxs return to B.C. earlier this week from the NFL factored into Harpers release. But the GM was not sure whether Harper would have attended training camp if Arceneaux had decided to pursue another NFL opportunity. The Lions also released defensive lineman Maurice Evans. In another more positive move, B.C. re-signed receiver Courtney Taylor, who excelled late last season after a lengthy spell on the practice roster. Taylor, a 29-year-old Carrollton, Ala., native spent three years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, but after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009, he was released by the Seahawks in 2010 and did not get another opportunity until the Lions signed him in October 2011. He spent the rest of the 2011 and most of 2012 on the Lions practice roster, but recorded 16 receptions for 264 yards and three touchdowns in five games late last season. "Im excited about Courtney Taylor," said Buono. "When you think about this, Courtney was a starter in the NFL, and what prevented him from continuing to be a starter was his illness." Taylor has successfully managed his MS by taking daily medication that comprises just one pill, and has not experienced any symptoms since the diagnosis. "Hes had another life to live -- and now hes back," said Buono. ' ' '

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