Former Axemen Assistant Coach Midgley joins Mooseheads Staff

Midgley joins Mooseheads’ coaching staff

By WILLY PALOV Sports Reporter
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 – 4:55 AM

Jim Midgley is the latest addition to the Halifax Mooseheads’ bench.

The former Saint John Sea Dogs assistant coach will fill a similar role with the Mooseheads, joining Steve Hartley as an assistant to recently named head coach Dominique Ducharme.

“Jim brings tremendous communication and team development skills to our club,” Ducharme said in a news release. “He has a great reputation for growing players at this level and we look forward to him joining us behind the bench in Halifax next season.”

Prior to coaching with the Sea Dogs from 2007 to 2009, Midgley was an assistant with the Acadia Axemen for four years and played for the Saint Mary’s Huskies from 1998 to 2002, twice being named an all-Canadian. He was also team captain for three of his seasons with SMU. Most recently, he was the director of hockey operations at Rothesay Netherwood prep school in New Brunswick the past two seasons.

“I am excited to be joining an organization with as rich a history and tradition as the Halifax Mooseheads,” Midgley said in the release. “The organization has been very committed to building their program the right way, and as a coach I’m looking forward to working with the club’s talented young prospects. I am very thankful for my time at Rothesay Netherwood School and look forward to working with Dominique and the rest of the coaching staff.”

Midgley, 33, was also New Brunswick’s head coach at the 2011 Canada Games and was head coach of Team Atlantic at the 2010 world under-17 tournament.

Mooseheads training camp opens on Aug. 17 at Cole Harbour Place.