The Halifax Mooseheads
have extended the contract of head coach Cam Russell by two years and announced
that general manager Marcel Patenaude will be with the team for two more seasons
as well.

Patenaude made the
announcements at his office on Wednesday.


Russell's original
two-year contract was set to expire in the off-season, while Patenaude signed a
three year extension prior to this season that carries him through to the end of
the 2009-10 campaign.

Patenaude also
announced that assistant coaches Chris Donnelly and Jeff McLeod would be offered
one-year extensions, as would goaltending coach Patrick

The announcements mean
the staff from this year's team -- which fell short of its goal of a
championship after being swept by the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL
semifinals -- remains intact.

In player news,
Patenaude said that forward Daniel Smith, the son of majority owner Bobby Smith,
is leaving the Mooseheads to pursue a business degree in San Diego starting this

Latest From ...