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Mooseheads hire Andrew Lord as 14th head coach in franchise history

Mooseheads hire Andrew Lord as 14th head coach in franchise history
Mooseheads hire Andrew Lord as 14th head coach in franchise history

Andrew Lord has been named the new head coach of the Halifax Mooseheads. (Submitted by Halifax Mooseheads – image credits)

The Halifax Mooseheads announced Friday in Halifax that Andrew Lord is the team’s new head coach.

Lord becomes the 14th head coach in team history. He replaces Jim Midgley, who was let go after the team was eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.

The team also announced that it has promoted Brad MacKenzie to associate coach. He has been an assistant coach with the team for the past three seasons, working with the team’s defensemen and penalty kill.

Lord led the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits to a 44-23-4-1 record and won the South Division championship earlier this year. The team is affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL.

The native of West Vancouver, B.C., also served as general manager and director of operations in Greenville.

“We are thrilled to have Andrew join our staff and look forward to having him lead our young, revamped squad,” said Halifax General Manager Cam Russell.

Lord, 39, said in a statement that he is ready to get started in Halifax.

‘Suitable for me’

“I am beyond excited to join the Halifax Mooseheads, a club with such a rich tradition,” he said, thanking the team’s ownership and Russell for their confidence in him.

“This is the right match for me at this point in my career. I am happy to have the opportunity to work with young talent and develop them.”

The Mooseheads reached the league finals in 2023 and had a strong roster again in 2024, posting a 42-18-0-8 record. But the team fell to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in four games in the first round.

The team has traded many of its experienced players and is expected to have a young roster for 2024-25.

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