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The Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) will be without their captain, Jake Furlong, for the upcoming playoffs as he undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery. Furlong, a native of Upper Tantallon, N.S., sustained the injury during a game against the Moncton Wildcats on March 16. The team confirmed that Furlong will miss the entire playoffs and described his absence as a “major loss”. Despite this setback, the Mooseheads are gearing up to face the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the first round of the playoffs at the Scotiabank Centre.

General manager Cam Russell expressed disappointment in Furlong’s injury but emphasized that the player’s health is the top priority for his future hockey career. Furlong, who has played his entire QMJHL career with Halifax, is ranked third all-time in career points earned by a Mooseheads defenceman with a total of 132 points. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft and signed a three-year contract with the team in October 2023.

The Mooseheads concluded their regular season with a 7-4 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs and are now preparing to face the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. Furlong’s absence will undoubtedly be felt by the team as they strive to advance in the playoffs and compete for the league championship. Despite the setback, the Mooseheads are focused on putting forth their best effort in his absence and supporting Furlong in his recovery process.

As Furlong prepares to undergo shoulder surgery in San Jose, the Mooseheads will need to adjust their lineup and leadership structure to compensate for his absence on the ice. Furlong’s leadership both on and off the ice has been a key factor in the team’s success, making his absence a significant challenge for the Mooseheads as they navigate the playoffs. However, the team is determined to rally together and continue their pursuit of a successful playoff campaign in Furlong’s honour.

The Mooseheads will need to rely on the depth of their roster and the contributions of other key players to fill the void left by Furlong’s absence. As they face off against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the first round of the playoffs, the team will need to come together and elevate their performance to make up for the loss of their captain. With a strong team spirit and determination, the Mooseheads are poised to rise to the occasion and give it their all in their pursuit of playoff success without their trusted captain by their side.

Despite the disappointment of Furlong’s season-ending injury, the Mooseheads remain focused on their goal of making a deep playoff run and ultimately competing for the QMJHL championship. The team’s resilience and determination will be put to the test as they navigate the challenges of the postseason without their captain. As they face off against tough competition in the playoffs, the Mooseheads will need to rely on each other and their collective strength to overcome adversity and reach their full potential as a team.

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