Philippe Gadoury is a name that quickly became popular in Halifax. The 20-year-old from Quebec started his QMJHL career with a bang in the 2013-14 regular season, scoring more goals than games played. In 19 games as a rookie he racked up 20 goals and 26 points with the impressive play continuing on into the playoffs. For the Memorial Cup defending team, Gadoury scored 12 goals in 16 games, contributed 25 points and played on the top line along side Tampa Bay rookie Jonathan Drouin. The impressive debut caught the attention of his favourite NHL team, the Montreal Canadiens, who invited him to their rookie camp. An injury stalled his work in camp, but the overall experience has still improved Gadoury. Currently fourth on the Mooseheads in goals and third in points and assists, he has eight goals and 12 assists in 22 games so far in his second season. A favourite in Halifax, #28 brings exciting skill, quality shifts and lots of talent to every game.
"“I was really excited to come here because it was special for me. When I arrived here with all the fans and the great organization I had absolutely no regrets.”"
Gadoury came to the Mooseheads from the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL where he had 55 points in 44 games. Picked up as a free agent, he had planned to pursue college hockey but chose the QMJHL opportunity, a decision that turned out to propel Gadoury into the spotlight. No stranger to scoring goals, he was third in the CCHL in scoring and is on his way to having another great season with the herd. Philippe credits his talent to his father, who always built a backyard rink, allowing him to play hockey at an early age. Being far from home is never easy, and Gadoury will look to have a win at home in front of his family, who are attending for the first time, December 5th against the Charlottetown Islanders.
"“I was given a great offer to come to a very good team, be a top six forward and go to school after. I’ve been really lucky, I know that. What Halifax was offering, I couldn’t say no.”"
Special mention to: Herdhistory.com, Halifax Mooseheads, Metro News Halifax and Katie Whitty.