Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
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Mooseheads fans gather for a pregame celebration in front of the Credit Union Centre before the Memorial Cup final between the Mooseheads and the Portland Winterhawks on Sunday.
You’d have no problem spotting the diehard Halifax Mooseheads fans in the parking lot of the Credit Union Center on this balmy Sunday afternoon.
No surprise to the folks back home that more than 200 of them decked out in Mooseheads jerseys to Moose antlers showed up for a good old tailgate party in the lead up to the Memorial Cup final between the Mooseheads and the Portland Winterhawks just a at 8 p.m. Atlantic time.
“It’s huge, it would be a dream come true if they win it,” said Devin Withers-Hym, who arrived from Halifax to take in the four-team tournament. “It’s been 19 years and everyone said it’s embarrassing that Halifax hasn’t won a league title with the assets we’ve had. We’ll, now we have that and we’re on the verge of doing something that not a lot of teams can say they’ve done, period.”
Bob Chisholm couldn’t have agreed more. That’s why he made the trip from Halifax.
“It’s the Memorial Cup!” said Chisholm, who’s held season tickets for the last seven years.
He made the decision to follow the Mooseheads all the way during the world juniors when the Herd kept wining even without their stars.
“We thought if they’re ever going to win it would be this year,” he said. “So we said let’s get our tickets,”
He wasn’t a bit surprised about the diehards who showed up in support of their team on Sunday.
“They’re as intense a fans as anywhere in the world. Look at this. If there’s one good thing that Saskatchewan allows it’s a great tailgate party.”
Graham Murray arrived from Ontario to cheer on the Moose.
“It’s not just Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin, they’re just awesome up and down,” he said.
“It’s going to be a great night and we’re just getting started.”