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Ryan Hillier

Former Mooseheads star highlights thin Saint Mary’s recruiting class

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Terenzio plans to be ‘ready to go’ Mooseheads goaltender Anthony Terenzio on the ice during the 2011-12 season. METRO FILE

QMJHL. Mooseheads goaltender skating, working out and putting health problems in past with training camp looming MATTHEW WUEST

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All signs are pointing toward Anthony Terenzio being back on the ice for the first day of Halifax Mooseheads training camp next month. The 19-year-old goaltender, sidelined since last October with a myriad of health problems, has been skating and working out since the start of the month and is hoping to win back his job in what will be his third season with the Mooseheads. “I want to go into training camp in shape and I want to show I’m back and ready to go,” Terenzio told Metro on Wednesday. “I’m not coming

just to hang out and sit on the bench. I really want to be playing and I’m trying to do all I can to get into solid shape.” The New Canaan, Conn., native hasn’t played since last Oct. 21, sidelined with concussion symptoms, neck and jaw pain, and a bout of mononucleosis. But after extensive consultation with doctors, Terenzio had minor neck and jaw surgery and the pain has subsided. Veterans don’t hit the ice for Mooseheads camp until Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Cole Harbour Place, so Terenzio has a full month to get ready. He’ll benefit from the QMJHL regular season starting later than usual on Sept. 21. “Training camp is a month long now, which is great for me,” Terenzio said. “I’ll have more time to work with the goalie coach (Eric Raymond) and get myself back into shape.” Zach Fucale seized the starting job last season and shared Mooseheads’ team

Training camp details •

The Halifax Mooseheads are currently expecting 49 players at training camp next month, including 28 rookies.

• Training camp opens Thursday, Aug. 16, at Cole Harbour Place, with a twoday rookie camp followed by a home-and-home preseason rookie series with the Cape Breton Scream-

MVP honours with Nathan MacKinnon, while Marc-Olivier Daigle saw limited action in place of Terenzio. But Terenzio’s return to health could give the team stability in the backup slot. The five-foot-nine, 160-pounder has appeared in 41 career games, posting 15 wins and a 3.85 goals-against average. After spending much of his recovery at his family home in Connecticut, Terenzio is excited about rejoining

ing Eagles. Veterans don’t report to camp until Monday, Aug. 20. • Twenty players on the preliminary roster played at the QMJHL level last season. • For the full roster, visit Metro’s Q Files blog at metronews.ca/qfiles

his teammates. And just the thought of strapping on his pads for a game stirs up many emotions. “There will probably be a few tears shed when I win my first game,” he said. “This is the hardest thing I’ve had to go through in my life. “I miss the guys, I miss Halifax, I miss the fans. They say you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, and I’m really going to appreciate everything that much more.”

Ryan Hillier has yet to play an Atlantic University Sport game, but Saint Mary’s Huskies head coach Trevor Stienburg already likes what he sees. Hillier, a former Halifax Mooseheads star and New York Rangers draft pick who announced in January he was putting his pro career on hold to attend Saint Mary’s and play for the Huskies, recently received academic admission to the school and has been working hard to get ready for the 2012-13 season. “I’ve been most impressed with his work ethic, his conditioning and his commitment to himself,” Stienburg said. “Guys can come back (from pro) and take the league for granted, and he isn’t doing that at all. He’s excited and glad to be back in Halifax.” Hillier is the highlight of what is a thin recruiting class for the Huskies. Defenceman Kyle Pereira of the Guelph Storm is the Huskies’ lone major junior recruit, coming off a 20-point season in the Ontario Hockey League. Stienburg has also added three junior A graduates: goaltender Chris Perugini of the Markham Waxers, defenceman Dylan King of the Metro Marauders and centre Brad Greene of the Woodstock Slammers. Hillier’s 190 career points rank seventh in Mooseheads history. The former third-round pick of the Rangers spent three years in the pros — mostly in the East Coast Hockey League — but was limited to 144 games because of injuries. Those injuries are behind him now, Stienburg said. “He’s going to be a good offensive player in the AUS,” Stienburg said. “He’s got great speed, good hands, works hard, he’s in phenomenal condition. The sky’s the limit with him.” MATTHEW WUEST/METRO

Ryan Hillier with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals in 2010-11. SUBMITTED/RICK BACMANSKI/ PHOTOARTISTRY

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