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2:35 PM EDT, 06/30/2006

HALIFAX (CP) - Former NHL player Cam Russell has been named the new head coach of the Halifax Mooseheads.

Russell, from Halifax, played 10 seasons in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche before retiring in 1999. He was assistant coach of the Mooseheads from 2000 to 2003 and has been a player development consultant for the past two seasons.

Russell, 37, replaces Al MacAdam who resigned earlier this month after two seasons as head coach.

"Cam's association with the team and our players over the past should make the transition into the head coaching position that much easier," general manager Marcel Patenaude said Friday in a release. "The rapid development of our young players speaks well for his abilities to lead our team."

Russell was a tough defenceman during his NHL career with nine goals, 21 assists and 872 penalty minutes in 395 games. He had five assists in 44 playoff games.

He suffered a torn rotator cuff during a game against Philadelphia on Feb. 14, 1999, and that brought an end to his NHL career.

Halifax had a 35-33-1-1 record this past season and lost in the second round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs to the eventual champion Moncton Wildcats.
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