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Brad Marchand dealt to Halifax Mooseheads in QMJHL trading spree @NHLdotcom

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. - When Brad Marchand returns from the world junior championships, he'll join a new team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Marchand was dealt by the Val d'Or Foreurs to the Halifax Mooseheads among a slew of moves on the opening day of the league's Dec. 17-Jan. 8 trading window on Monday.

The Mooseheads first acquired forward Maxime Sauve from the Quebec Remparts for centre David Gilbert and a second-round draft pick.

Then they shipped Sauve and five draft picks, including two first-rounders, to Val d'Or for Marchand.

The gritty Marchand is gunning for a second straight gold medal with Canada's national junior side, which won its opening exhibition game on Monday over Red Bull Salzburg.

Val d'Or followed up by acquiring forwards Jesse Cere and Joel Senecal from Drummondville, then got forward Marc-Andre Julien from Chicoutimi, both for draft picks. The Foreurs also sent winger Evan Brannon to Cape Breton for goalie Paul Dorsey.

The Gatineau Olympiques picked up defenceman Joey Ryan from Quebec, while Chicoutimi acquired Marc-Andre Labelle from Moncton.

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