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DOUBLE DUTY: Paige Deighan joining Holland College soccer, hockey teams this fall

Paige Deighan will continue her soccer and hockey career at Holland College.
Paige Deighan will continue her soccer and hockey career at Holland College. - Holland College Photo
WILMOT VALLEY, P.E.I. —

Dual-sport athlete Paige Deighan is going to play for the Holland College Hurricanes this fall.

The Wilmot Valley native will start as a midfielder for the ’Canes soccer team before transitioning to the ice as a centre with the women’s hockey squad.

“Holland College is a great fit for me,” she said. “I am looking forward to beginning the human services program as well as playing soccer for the Hurricanes. I am excited about playing at the collegiate level with a new group of teammates.”

Team P.E.I.’s Sophie Flynn, left, celebrates with Paige Deighan after a goal against the Yukon during preliminary round play at the Canada Games in Red Deer, Alta. Brandon White/Canada Games
Team P.E.I.’s Sophie Flynn, left, celebrates with Paige Deighan after a goal against the Yukon during preliminary round play at the Canada Games in Red Deer, Alta. Brandon White/Canada Games

Deighan won a P.E.I. under-18 premier league soccer championship with Summerside United and was a Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association all-star while serving as a co-captain with the Three Oaks Axewomen.

“I am able to anticipate plays well, seeing the field both offensively and defensively,” she said. “I have a very competitive nature and will bring my best effort to every single game and practice.”

Holland College is bringing back women’s hockey this season.

The Hurricanes will play in the Eastern Canadian Women’s Hockey League, which took a one-year hiatus in 2018-19 after UNB rejoined the Atlantic University Sport. Cape Breton and Acadia will also play in the league during the upcoming season. Holland College will play its home games in Montague.

Deighan played hockey at the Canada Games in late February in Red Deer, Alta.

“Playing Canada Games hockey, she knows what it takes to play at a high level,” said Hurricanes women’s soccer coach Kris McKinnon. “This experience, paired with her excellent work ethic, will allow her to be a valuable member of our program.”

Holland College’s women’s soccer team went 8-3-1 during the 2018 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season and lost in the semifinal. They are aiming for their fifth ACAA championship this season.

“Fans can expect a hard-working team that will play with passion and have a drive to succeed.  If we do this, positive results will follow.”

Hurricanes soccer booster club memberships are on sale by contacting hurricanes@hollandcollege.com. For $100, members receive two season passes to all Hurricanes soccer home games plus two Hurricanes toques. Fans will also receive two passes to the ACAA soccer championships being hosted by the Hurricanes.

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