Travis Randell’s name will soon be added to the growing list of former Halifax Mooseheads captains who have played for the Acadia Axemen.
The 21-year-old forward, who wore the ‘C’ for Halifax during the 2010-11 season, has been recruited to play at the Wolfville university and, pending academic approval, will become the fifth former Mooseheads captain to suit up at Acadia.
Head coach Darren Burns coveted Randell’s character and leadership after watching him over his five-year in Halifax, during which he appeared in 316 career games, second on the Mooseheads’ all-time list and tied for 56th in QMJHL history.
“It’s great — the Mooseheads are one of the best organizations in the CHL,” Burns said. “The team had such a great resurgence this year so we’re excited. He was a great leader for them and I’ve heard great things about him.”
Graham Bona, who captained the Herd in 2008-09, is entering his fourth season with the Axemen, while Robbie Sutherland (2002 to 2006), Brandon Benedict (2003 to 2007) and Todd Row (1998 to 2002) are Acadia graduates.
“The Mooseheads have a program that is very high-profile, and that’s why I think that’s why a lot of those guys like coming here. We’re not going to draw what the Mooseheads are going to draw, but on the CIS level, (Acadia) is parallel … Guys are here, when they’re going to get groceries, going to the movies, coaching at hockey school … Every kid in town knows who they are.” — Acadia head coach Darren Burns
Randell, whose career-ending streak of 222 consecutive games ranks 13th in QMJHL history, finished his Mooseheads career with 118 points, including 45 goals.
The native of Twillingate, N.L., was used as a key penalty killer and also logged time on the Mooseheads’ blue line when injuries struck.
“His versatility is something that I really like,” Burns said. “The ability to play defence is huge for us … Not many people can do that. It’s tough to do. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people in the AUS because he’s going to be a very valuable player.”
The Axemen finished fifth among eight teams in Atlantic University Sport last season but are expected to improve this season. They last won a championship in 2006.
The only other 2011-12 Mooseheads grad headed for the AUS ranks is captain Cameron Critchlow, who recently participated in an NHL rookie camp with the Edmonton Oilers and plans to continue his career with the UNB Varsity Reds.