Island baseball player returns home to suit up with Hurricanes

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MacPhail will also patrol Holland College blue-line

Nick MacPhail will play baseball and hockey for the Holland College Hurricanes in 2014-15.

Nick MacPhail is coming home to play baseball for the Holland College Hurricanes.

The infielder from New Dominion spent last season at the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alta.

He will also play defence for the Hurricanes men’s hockey team while studying in the electrical technology program.

“I'm very excited to be back on P.E.I. to play with the Hurricanes,” MacPhail said. “I’m looking forward to playing both baseball and hockey this year while working on my education.”

The six-foot, 230-pound athlete will be one of the few dual-athletes at Holland College, and he looks to make an impact on both the field and the ice.

“My strengths on the ice are being a big, physical presence and a stay-at-home defenseman,” he said. “On the field, I am solid defensively and can bring power with my bat.”

MacPhail has set a goal of being the Hurricanes’ starting first baseman.

Head coach Andrew MacNevin speaks highly of MacPhail.

“We are very excited about our inaugural recruiting class, and Nick is an important signing for our baseball program,” he said. 

“I’ve had the opportunity to watch Nick play often and each year he continues to improve. Aside from his great size and offensive ability, Nick has attained valuable collegiate baseball experience having attended Prairie Baseball Academy, and we look forward to him bringing that style of play and approach to our team this coming September”.

Before going to Lethbridge, MacPhail was a member of the Cornwall Cougars minor baseball association where he won provincial championships in peewee, bantam and midget. He also won Atlantic championships in bantam and midget and played with the underage selects in bantam and attended three Canada Cups.

MacPhail didn’t play hockey last season due to his schooling in Alberta. In 2012-13 MacPhail was a member of the Mid-Isle Matrix midget AAA team that won the Island and Atlantic championships. He

“As an affiliated player two seasons ago with the ‘Canes Nick MacPhail made an immediate impact with his physical presence and style of play,” said head coach Ryan Maxwell. “He can play in all situations and brings a dynamic to our defence that we were lacking last year.”

Organizations: Holland College, Prairie Baseball Academy, Mid-Isle Matrix AAA

Geographic location: Lethbridge, P.E.I., Alberta

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