Mooseheads fire Head Coach and Assistant after early playoff exit

The Halifax Mooseheads are now looking for a new Head Coach and Assistant. The club announced Tuesday morning that they had dismissed both Jim Midgley and Liam Heelis from their duties.

The Mooseheads won the Maritimes Division title and finished fourth overall in the QMJHL Standings with a record 42-18-7-1 in 2023-24 but were swept in a first-round playoff series upset by seventh-seeded Acadie-Bathurst.

“After lengthy discussions with ownership, we have decided to move in another direction behind the bench,” said General Manager Cam Russell. “I’d like to thank Jim and Liam for their hard work and dedication to the team, and we wish them all the best in the future.”

“Jim and Liam are good people, and we wish them nothing but the best in their future. This was a tough decision but one that’s right for the organization,” Sam Simon, Chairman and Owner of the Halifax Mooseheads and Peter Simon, President of Simon Sports said.

The team said the search for a new head coach is already underway.

Assistant Coach Brad MacKenzie will return for his fourth season with the team.

The QMJHL Entry Draft is scheduled for June 7-8 in Moncton, NB, while the CHL Import Draft will be held on Wednesday, July 3.

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