Coxhead dealt to Q favourite Oceanic

Fall River’s Andrew Coxhead has been dealt to one of the QMJHL league championship contenders, the Rimouski Oceanic. (Healey file photo)

QUEBEC CITY, QUE.: A Fall River hockey player will be donning a new Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) uniform to start the second half of the new season, when hockey play resumes after the Christmas holidays.

Andrew Coxhead was dealt by his Quebec Remparts, who drafted him in 2016 in the first round, to the Rimouski Oceanic as the QMJHL trading season opened up. It continues until the Jan. 6 deadline at 1 p.m. He’s going from a team close to on the outside looking in at post-season play in 16th place, to the Oceanic a favourite to contend for the league title.

Coxhead was acquired by Rimouski for left-winger Cole Cormier and a first round in the 2021 Midget-age draft. Cormier was selected 44th overall in the third round during the 2018 draft.

This season, Coxhead has eight goals and 10 assists in 23 games while recording 25 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of -13. The forward was sidelined at the start of the year due to an illness.

Rimouski sits in third in the Eastern conference, and fourth overall in the QMJHL standings. They are also home to perennial NHL 2020 Draft number one favourite, Alexis Lafreniere.