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Nominees released for 'Canes Athlete of the Year awards

This Friday at the Culinary Institute of Canada, the Holland Hurricanes will recognize the ‘Canes student-athletes from the 2018-2019 seasons at their annual Awards Gala.

The event will begin with a reception at 6:15pm followed by the meal and awards gala at 7pm.  The event is closed to the public, with live updates being posted at www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes throughout the evening.

Awards being presented include the male and female Athletes of the Year and Rookies of the Year plus the Coach of the Year.  Individual team awards will also be handed out as will the Hurricanes Physiotherapy Award, Hurricanes Award, Leadership in Sport Award, Citizenship Award and President’s Award.

Today we will announce the nominees for the male and female Athlete of the Year awards.  Yesterday, we announced the finalists for the male and female Rookie of the Year awards.

Female Athlete of the Year

Lexi MacInnis (Basketball)

MacInnis excelled on a rebuilding roster, being named to the ACAA first All-Conference team after missing the playoffs by just four points.  She led the ‘Canes in minutes, three-pointers, free-throws and points per game this season.

Kathrine McEwen (Soccer/Badminton)

McEwen and the Hurricanes finished the regular season with an 8-3-1 record, being eliminated from the ACAA playoffs in the semi-finals.  She was named to the ACAA’s second all-conference team after leading the Hurricanes in goals and points.  She also was a strong player for the Hurricanes badminton team in 2018-19.

Haley Shea (Cross Country Running)

Shea finished in fourth in the individual competition at the ACAA Championships hosted by the Hurricanes at the Mark Arendz Ski Park at Brookvale. She was named to the ACAA All-Conference team.

Brittany States (Volleyball)

States and the Hurricanes took home an ACAA silver medal after hosting the conference championships in Charlottetown in 2019.  She was named to the first ACAA All-Conference team.

Katie Wood (Volleyball)

Wood and the Hurricanes took home an ACAA silver medal in 2018-19 while hosting in Charlottetown.  She was named the ACAA Libero of the Year after leading the conference in digs per set.

Male Athlete of the Year

Brett Butler (Volleyball)

Butler led the Hurricanes to an ACAA Championship on home court in Charlottetown in February.  He was also named to the ACAA All-Conference team, as well as named a CCAA All-Canadian.  He led the ACAA in kills, plus led the Hurricanes in kills per set, service aces and points.

Jace Colley (Basketball)

Colley and the Hurricanes claimed the ACAA Championship this season while also being named the ACAA Player of the Year and a member of the first ACAA All-Conference team.  He was named a CCAA All-Canadian, as well as the CCAA National Player of the Year, leading the Hurricanes in points, minutes, field goals and free throws averaged per game.

Bobby Gamba (Soccer)

Gamba and the Hurricanes claimed the ACAA Championship before hosting the CCAA Nationals in Prince Edward Island.  He was named to the first ACAA All-Conference team while also being named a tournament All-Star at the CCAA National Championship.

Jay Oram (Baseball)

Oram and the Hurricanes went 10-0 during the regular season before competing at Nationals in Toronto.  He led the country with his batting average while leading the Hurricanes in home-runs and RBI’s.

Roosevelt Whyley (Basketball)

Whyley and the Hurricanes claimed the ACAA Championship after an undefeated regular season.  He was a CCAA All-Canadian as well as a member of the first ACAA All-Conference team.  Whyley led the ACAA in the field-goal percentage category.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, April 03, 2019