By Tina Comeau
A Yarmouth hockey player – and another with ties to Yarmouth – were among the 253 players to be drafted by teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) on Saturday, May 31.
Goaltender Colby Muise – the son of Alan and Cherie Muise – says being drafted was an incredible feeling.
“You work so hard and so long for a moment like this and seeing the hard work pay off really is a great feeling,” he told the Vanguard. “What makes it really exciting is you don't know who or when you are going to get drafted or if you will get drafted, but when it happens it is a huge honor.”
Muise, who started goaltending while playing in the Yarmouth County Minor Hockey Association, was drafted in the 7th round, 121st overall, by Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Muise knew going into the draft that four or five teams were interested in him.
“They had contacted me over the last three weeks. When one of these teams had a pick, my anticipation went up,” he says.
During the last hockey season Muise goaltended with the Charles Pizza South Shore Mustangs major midget team, which plays out of Bridgewater. He also affiliated with the Wood Gundy Bridgewater Lumberjacks in the MHL.
“It was the first time that hockey took me away from home but it was a great experience,” says Muise, who had to billet away from home this past year.
Prior to that Muise played with the BMO Western Hurricanes in the major bantam hockey league. That year he was also selected to represent Nova Scotia on the Under 15 team at the Atlantic Challenge Cup. He’s also played spring hockey with Atlantic Hockey Group.
Another player drafted into the Q on draft day was Morgan Nauss of Halifax, the son of Allen and Eugette Nauss. He has ties to Yarmouth as his mother grew up in Pinkney’s Point. He still has a lot of family living here.
Nauss, who plays defence, was drafted in the 5th round, 79th overall, by the Halifax Mooseheads. He plays with the Halifax McDonalds major midget team, which this past season won the major midget Atlantic championship and competed at the national Telus Cup championship in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan. Nauss also played major bantam before moving on to major midget.
Most recently he was part of the Nova Scotia U16 team that won the bronze medal at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Excellence Challenge in Quebec.
There were many Nova Scotian hockey players drafted by teams at the QMJHL draft. Five of them were picked up in the first round. Overall there were 28 players from the province taken in the 14-round event.
Bedford native Luke Green became the fifth Nova Scotian in Q draft history to be selected first overall. The Saint John Sea Dogs, who had first pick, took the defenceman. Other Nova Scotians who have gone first overall include Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Grant and James Sheppard.
It was a good day for the Green family. Luke’s twin brother Matthew, a forward, was also drafted by the Sea Dogs. He was picked up in the second round, 22nd overall.