Holland Hurricanes announce partnership with Island Storm Basketball
September 27, 2017
The Holland Hurricanes, members of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, have teamed up with Prince Edward Island’s only professional basketball team, the Island Storm.
The partnership’s main feature is the creation of Basketball Day in PEI, set to tip-off February 3rd, 2018, as the Holland Hurricanes will play Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association regular season basketball games at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, home of the Island Storm. Later in the evening, the Storm will host the Halifax Hurricanes in NBL of Canada action.
Furthermore, the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement, the home of the Hurricanes, will also be recognized as the official practice facility of the Island Storm. The Storm practices will be open to the public providing a chance for visitors to watch high-level athletes and coaches work on their skills and strategies.
Vice-President of the Island Storm, Brett Poirier, believes the professional athletes will feel right at home within the Centre for Community Engagement. “Our coaching staff and players are sure to be astounded by the stunning facilities Holland College has to offer,” said Poirier.
Holland College’s Director of Athletics and Recreation, Albert Roche, is encouraged by the opportunities this partnership will create. “We view this partnership as a win-win-win for all involved. It serves to promote and develop both our programs while building the profile of the sport in the province and it will certainly stimulate additional joint basketball initiatives.”
Speaking on why Holland College was a logical fit for a partnership, Poirier credits the successes and endeavors of the athletic department. “The Hurricanes program is arguably one of the most pristine varsity programs in the Maritimes, if not in all of Canada. For the Island Storm and Holland Hurricanes to come together on this partnership proves both organizations are ready to keep growing and diversifying,” added Poirier.
In addition to the Hurricanes games to be played at Eastlink Centre in February, the Island Storm will also regularly feature Hurricanes Athletes of Distinction at their home games, and will offer the athletes a premium seating experience.
Holland College students and staff can also take advantage of a special two-for-one ticket promotion, being offered by the Storm as part of this immersive partnership for all regular season home games at the Eastlink Centre.
For more information on the Island Storm, please visit www.stormbasketball.ca
For more information on the Holland Hurricanes please visit www.hollandcollege.com/athletics, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.
For media inquiries please contact:
Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Department of Athletics and Recreation