Halifax Mooseheads arrive with Memorial Cup
Halifax to host Mooseheads Day celebrations Tuesday
About 100 people cheered at Halifax Stanfield International Airport as the Halifax Mooseheads arrived with their prized possession — the Memorial Cup.
The team won the national championships Sunday night with a 6-4 win over the Portland Winterhawks.
The team mingled with their fans before heading to the Metro Centre.
Meanwhile, congratulations continued to roll in on Monday as the Mooseheads celebrated the first Memorial Cup win in their 19-year franchise history.
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil and Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie all weighed in to praise the team.
"This is a special group of young men who have accomplished something truly great. It's been an exciting journey for Moose fans," Dexter said in a statement.
"I can tell you they were cheering extra loud in my community of Cole Harbour for Nathan MacKinnon's hat trick."
Meanwhile, Halifax is set to celebrate its newly-crowned Memorial Cup champions with Mooseheads Day on Tuesday. The hockey team will be honoured during an event at Grand Parade starting at noon.
The Moose will march the cup from the Metro Centre on Carmichael Street to Grand Parade. Argyle Street between Duke and Prince Streets will be closed to traffic between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The players will also sign autographs after the ceremony.
"There has been tremendous public support for the Mooseheads throughout the season, bringing our community together as we've cheered them on to victory," said Mayor Mike Savage in a statement.
The city is providing free buses from the Mumford Terminal and the Bridge Terminal in Dartmouth to Grand Parade. The Alderney ferry will be free between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.