Hart in the right place

Bible Hill na­tive to play ma­jor ju­nior this sea­son with Moose­heads

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - JOEY SMITH TRURO NEWS

TRURO, N.S. – Per­sis­tence and hard work has paid off for Gavin Hart.

The Bible Hill na­tive and for­mer mem­ber of the Truro Jr. A Bearcats has made the Halifax Moose­heads’ ros­ter for the up­com­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League sea­son.

“I’ve been try­ing out there for the past three years and to crack the ros­ter is ob­vi­ously a big ac­com­plish­ment and I’m very proud of my­self and my fam­ily, and the coach­ing staff of the Truro Bearcats re­ally helped me crack that ros­ter and be the player I am to­day,” Hart, an 18-yearold right-winger, told the Truro News.

Hart was se­lected by the Moose­heads in the 12th round, 203rd over­all in the 2017 Qleague draft. He at­tended train­ing camp in 2017 and 2018 and was one of the team’s fi­nal cuts both times. On Aug. 29, he was told by gen­eral man­ager Cam Rus­sell dur­ing a meet­ing that he had made the team this sea­son.

“I worked hard and a lot of ded­i­ca­tion over the sum­mer and I couldn’t be hap­pier,” said Hart, who played a hand­ful of games with the Moose­heads over the past two sea­sons as a call-up.

“It’s a high-class or­ga­ni­za­tion and you get noth­ing but the best there, and it’s a great feel­ing.”

Hart, five-foot-six, 160 pounds, had one goal in four pre-sea­son games for Halifax. Play­ing as an un­der­sized for­ward against big­ger and stronger play­ers through­out the process was no easy task, how­ever, he held his own and felt he had a strong train­ing camp and a real shot at mak­ing the team.

“It’s a lot tougher than you would imag­ine,” he said. “I’m not an overly big guy but you’ve just got to go into camp and have the right mind­set and work as hard as you can to crack a spot on the ros­ter.”

Hart played for the Bearcats for the past two sea­sons. He had 10 goals and 18 as­sists dur­ing his Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League rookie year, and upped his point to­tal last sea­son with 16 goals and 15 helpers.

His role with the Moose­heads hasn’t been de­fined just yet, how­ever, Hart hopes to bring “a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion” to the team.

Hart said his par­ents – Dale and Ni­cole – have been his big­gest sup­port­ers over the years, and shar­ing the news with them was a thrill.

“My par­ents have def­i­nitely been root­ing for me over the past years to make this team and to fi­nally hear that I made it, they re­ally couldn't be (hap­pier) for me.”

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Af­ter two sea­sons with the Truro Bearcats of the Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League, Gavin Hart will skate with the Halifax Moose­heads of the QMJHL this sea­son. Hart was named to the team’s fi­nal ros­ter late last week.

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