This season when Ryan Falkenham put on the Mooseheads jersey, it was a little different. On September 3rd, going into his fourth season with the club, #19 was named Captain. Joining the group of names such as Jason King and Andrew Bodnarchuk, being named the 45th captain in team history became the perfect redemption.
A 2013-14 season that had a great start, having four goals in seven games, was cut short. Having surgeries on both of his hips, Falkenham had to watch the rest of the season from the press box, including the playoffs which seen Halifax go to seven games in the Presidents Cup semi-finals.
Pressing pause turned out to be a great decision for the 18-year-old, who has come back in a big way this season, having five goals and two assists in just eight games. His return is great news for the team, with Falkenham bringing lots of veteran experience. He has spent one season as alternate captain, and is one of the few players left from the Presidents Cup and Memorial Cup championship team.
Ryan has a history of playing hockey in Halifax, playing for the Halifax Hawks AAA and was drafted #73 overall by the Mooseheads in the QMJHL draft. This 5’10, 185 lb RW grew up watching the team and plays a skilled, level-headed game and always manages to stay humble. Always one of the fan favourites, the food he loves the most is donair poutine and his most prized procession? His Championship ring.
The Mooseheads are off to a rough start so far this season, plagued with injuries and having a 2-4-1 record, 16th place overall in the league. With all players back from NHL training camp, there is still lots of time for players to shine, including captain Falkenham. The Mooseheads return to the Scotiabank Centre this Friday, looking for a win against the Charlottetown Islanders in Pink in the Rink.