Family matters for Halifax Mooseheads at Memorial Cup

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Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax

Family members of the Halifax Mooseheads players in town for the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Sask. pose for a photo Wednesday inside the Credit Union Centre.

It wasn’t so much her son’s goal that made Connie Falkenham so proud on Tuesday.

It was what Ryan Falkenham did right before he fired a perfectly placed laser past London Knights goalie Anthony Stolarz.

He looked up to pass.

“That the kind of player he is, but I liked seeing him score too,” said Falkenham, who came from Halifax to cheer on her boy.

Arriving from all over the country, the families that have showed up to Saskatoon to cheer on their guy, and the entire Mooseheads team, have their own standout moment in the Herd’s Memorial Cup run.

Marie Duke, the mother of defenceman Brendan Duke, was beaming with pride after the Herd’s 9-2 victory over the London Knights on Tuesday. It made her trek from Cole Harbour more than worthwhile.

“It’s his character, he’s a good guy with good morals,” she said.

Going into action Wednesday night, the Herd had at the very least earned a spot in the tournament semifinal.

The magnitude of the moment wasn’t lost on Kathy MacKinnon, whose son Nathan MacKinnon went into Wednesday leading the entire Memorial Cup with eight points.

“Nathan is very competitive and he said he wanted to win the Memorial Cup right from the start in August,” said Kathy, who traveled from Cole Harbour. “It’s one thing to say it, it’s quite another thing to stand here at the peak of their week and see that it’s attainable. I’m giddy”

Jack Fucale is just simply soaking everything up.

Arriving from suburban Montreal, he knows exactly how hard his son Zach Fucale, the Mooseheads’ netminder, has worked to get here.

“We’re following a dream,” he said. “We’re in the moment.”

Organizations: London Knights

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Montreal

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