By Tina Comeau
Interestingly enough, in his home there were already a lot of photos of Morgan Nauss wearing a Halifax Mooseheads jersey, even before the 2014 QMJHL draft and before the Mooseheads' training camp had started.
When Nauss was a little boy, this was the team he dreamed to one day play for. And so it wasn't unusual to see him sporting a Mooseheads jersey and carrying a hockey stick around his house.
Now 16, Nauss is getting ready for the upcoming Mooseheads season after making the roster of the QMJH team.
Here in Yarmouth County, Nauss has a lot of support. His mother Eugette grew up in Pinkney’s Point and he has lots of family and friends in the area.
“At the entire training camp people were talking about how I’m young and I’m smaller than some of the others, but I knew that didn’t really matter,” he says. “I just had to come to camp every day and work hard and I guess it paid off in the end.”
Nauss, who played major midget with the Halifax Macs last season, had been drafted by the Mooseheads in the 5th round of the 2014 Q draft. He recorded a hat trick in one of the training camp’s intrasquad games, adding, “I thought I showed good in all of the exhibition games. I was just hoping they thought so too.”
The hockey is faster and the players are bigger than what he’s used to. But Nauss feels he’ll adjust well and quickly.
“I always wanted to play in the Q but this is definitely the best thing possible, getting drafted to my hometown,” he says, adding he is thankful for the support from family, friends and his parents Eugette and Allen.
The Mooseheads’ home opener is Sept. 19 with some road games before that.
“I’m very excited to get going,” says Nauss.