Island baseball player returns home to suit up with Hurricanes
May 14, 2014
Nick MacPhail, an infielder from New Dominion, Prince Edward Island spent last season at the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alberta; he has elected to return to PEI to play for the Hurricanes in 2014.
The dual-athlete will also suit up as a member of the Hurricanes men’s hockey team as a defenseman; he will be studying in the Electrical Technology Program.
“I’m very excited to be back on PEI to play with the Hurricanes; I’m looking forward to playing both baseball and hockey this year while working on my education”, shared MacPhail.
The 6’ 230 lb. 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; while on the field I am solid defensively and can bring power with my bat”.
A goal MacPhail has set for himself this season on the ball field is to be 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. 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 attending the Prairie Baseball Academy, MacPhail was a member of the Cornwall Cougars minor baseball association where he won provincial championships at the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels including Atlantic Championships in Bantam and Midget. He also played with the Under-Age selects in Bantam and attended three Canada Cups.
After taking last season off due to his schooling in Alberta, MacPhail is keen to return to the ice. During the 2012-2013 season MacPhail was a member of the Mid Isle Matrix Midget AAA team that won the Island Midget AAA Championship as well as the Atlantic Midget AAA Championship. He also spent time with the Hurricanes during the regular season and playoffs; in six games MacPhail scored once and added three assists. He was drafted in the second round of the IJHL Entry Draft in 2012 by the ‘Canes.
“As an affiliated player two seasons ago with the ‘Canes Nick Macphail made an immediate impact with his physical presence and style of play. He can play in all situations and brings a dynamic to our defense that we were lacking last year. I look forward to Nick joining the Hurricanes as we continue to build a winner. It’s an exciting time to be part of the ‘Canes and Nick will bolster our blue line and help us compete for a league championship”, shared head coach of the men’s hockey Hurricanes, Ryan Maxwell.
MacPhail has already set personal goals for himself heading into the 2014-2015 hockey season.
“I’d like to be one of the top defenseman for the Hurricanes this season and to contribute 25 points to my team.”
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