Halifax Citadels

The Halifax Citadel was a Canadian ice hockey franchise in the American Hockey League from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The venue of the Citadel was the Halifax Metro Centre.


The Halifax Citadel was founded in 1988 as AHL farm team of the Quebec Nordiques after they had relocated the Fredericton Express of Fredericton, New Brunswick to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The name of the franchise refers to a fort in the area of Halifax. With the relocation of the franchise, the gap was closed, had the Nova Scotia Oilers leave with their move in 1988.

In the first two seasons Halifax reached the playoffs in each case, however, different from already in the best- of-seven series. First one failed 1988/89 clearly with 0:4 at the Moncton Hawks, a year later they lost the Sherbrooke Canadiens 2:4. In the last three seasons of existence, the team could not re- build on the early successes and missed the playoffs in each case. The low point presented the 1991/92 season, when the Citadel brought only 67 points and fifth in their division were.

In 1993 the franchise to Cornwall, Ontario was moved, where it continued to serve as Cornwall Aces as a farm team of the Nordiques in the AHL. The gap left by the departure of the Citadel, was closed in 1994 by the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

Team Records

Career Records

Former coach

  • United States Robbie Ftorek

Former Players

  • Sweden Tommy Albelin
  • Sweden Niklas Andersson
  • Canada Shawn Anderson
  • Canada Jamie Baker
  • Canada Don Barber
  • Canada Denis Chassé
  • Canada Daniel Doré
  • Canada Mario Doyon
  • Canada Stéphane Fiset
  • Canada Adam Foote
  • Canada Marc Fortier
  • Canada Mario Gosselin
  • Finland Jari Grönstrand
  • Czechoslovakia Miroslav Ihnačák
  • Finland Iiro Järvi
  • Canada Claude Julien
  • Canada Dave Carpathians
  • Canada Jon terminal