Soccer recruits hail from different Londons, new coaches in football, hockey team sets date for camp
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Holland College Hurricanes
The Holland College Hurricanes men’s soccer team signed two centre midfielders for the 2013 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association season.
George Coles from London, England, and Tyler Ellis from London, Ont., will join the Hurricanes when training camp begins on Sunday.
Coles played for the University of Maine Fort-Kent after playing for the Colchester United club in England, which includes soccer and academics.
Ellis also played for the University of Maine Fort-Kent as well as the Marconi club in London and the Colorado Rapids Academy team.
“It is always great to add players with varsity experience,” said Holland College head coach Jonathan Vos.
“Both these players come from a strong program that has had success. They will add new ingredients to the team and offer more depth to the squad.”
The men’s and women’s Hurricanes teams begin exhibition play Saturday, Aug. 31, versus UNBSJ in Saint John, N.B.
Other pre-season games include at the University of Maine Fort-Kent and University of Vermont Tech on Sept. 1 and 2.
The Hurricanes open the Atlantic College Athletic Association regular season Saturday, Sept. 7, against the Mount St. Vincent University Mystics. Game times are 2 p.m. (women) and
4 p.m. (men) in Cornwall.
The Holland College Hurricanes football club unveiled its six-man coaching staff for the 2013 season recently.
Mark MacDougall, head coach and defensive co-ordinator, returns for his third season while Bernie Tierney returns as linebacker coach and Ben Parsons, who has been with the program since its inception, will coach receivers and running backs.
Newcomer Andrew Hickey is the new offensive co-ordinator.
Hickey was a captain and MVP with the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men and played quarterback, running back, receiver and on special teams.
Hickey’s brother, Sean, a former Vanier Cup MVP and an all-conference signal caller at Mount Allison, will work with the team’s quarterbacks.
The offensive line will be the responsibility of Dennis Sweet, a former head coach with Lyndon Institute in Vermont.
Mike Lyriotokis, a former All-Canadian defensive tackle at UPEI, will be a guest coach at training camp, which starts with registration on Friday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m., in the MacKinnon Lecture Theatre at Holland College in Charlottetown.
On-field work goes Saturday, Aug. 31, at 9 a.m., at UPEI.
The Holland Hurricanes men’s hockey team, a member of the Island Junior Hockey League, have set the open of training camp for the third week of September.
Through several trades at the IJHL draft last month, the Hurricanes acquired the rights to midget AAA sniper Pat Cummisky, goalie Kurt Willis and forwards Ben Buchanan, Nick MacDonald and Parker Diamond, as well as six draft picks and three territorial picks.
“I’m very eager to start our second season in the IJHL and look for some of our guys from last year to take on more of a leadership role,” said head coach Ryan Maxwell. “It’s great to have the rights to the top two players in midget AAA Nick MacDonald and Pat Cummiskey, who I feel can be impact players along with our other draft picks and recruits.
“The IJHL is a good league and I feel with a year under our belt we will know what to expect this upcoming season and be ready to go. I look forward to a competitive training camp."
In their first junior B hockey campaign last season, the Hurricanes finished last in the five-team IJHL with a 9-16-0-1 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs in five games to the Montague Maniacs.
On the web at www.islandjuniorhockey.com.