May 1, 2014 10:13 pm

Fans bid farewell to the Mooseheads

Michael Pellichero, 8, was excited to meet the players on the team.

Julia Wong/Global News

HALIFAX – It was a fond, fan farewell for the Halifax Mooseheads.

Hundreds of fans packed the Metro Centre Thursday night to say goodbye, for the time being, to the Halifax Mooseheads.

The Mooseheads lost 3-2 to Val D’Or earlier this week, meaning their run for the Memorial Cup was cut short.

Nevertheless, fans both young and old lined up for the chance to meet and snap pictures with their favourite players.

Fans line up to meet players on the Halifax Mooseheads.

Julia Wong/Global News

Michael Pellichero, 8, was among them. The young Mooseheads fan had a wide grin on his face as he clutched a poster that the players had signed.

“They did really good over the season,” he said.

Many fans were decked out in Mooseheads attire and ready to congratulate the team for all their hard work and effort.

“I just wanted to say thank you to all of these guys for a really good year,” said fan Wayne Mercer.

“I’m just so proud of how hard they worked.”

One player likely not coming back to the team is centre Jonathan Drouin, who has his eye set on a bigger stage.

“Obviously I want to make the NHL next year and play in Tampa. Summer training is coming up soon,” he said.

But Drouin is quick to note that it will be hard to leave his fans and his team behind.

“[The fans] have been giving us support all year. They’ve been there on our good and bad days. Giving back to them [tonight] is something big for us and obviously we’re leaving soon so we’re enjoying this.”

 

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