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WRING | Hurricanes making strides in forming ringette club

May 5, 2017

Isabelle Saunders and Ashley Hollis.

Isabelle Saunders and Ashley Hollis.

The Holland College Hurricanes have been gauging the interest in forming a ringette club and recently they have made strides with positive feedback from current and incoming students.

Ringette has grown in popularity in recent years around Atlantic Canada to the point that teams have been formed at post-secondary institutions in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Mike James, President of Ringette PEI, is encouraged with the efforts of the Hurricanes and feels it’s ready for intercollegiate ringette to come to Prince Edward Island.

“Ringette PEI is proud and excited to work with Holland College as the game of ringette becomes part of Holland Hurricanes Athletics. It is an opportunity for the athletes who love this sport to be able to combine their love of the game with playing at a collegiate level.”

Albert Roche, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Holland College is excited about the new program.

“We are impressed with the growth of the sport and the fact that Island teams are successfully competing nationally is encouraging. Ringette PEI has to be commended for their commitment to the long term development of the sport.”

Ideally, the Hurricanes would join the Canadian University Ringette’s Atlantic league that includes teams from Acadia University, Dalhousie University and St. FX University in the future.

Isabelle Saunders and Ashley Hollis are both excited with the news of the new team.

“It will provide an opportunity for students to continue to play ringette at a competitive level,” shared Hollis. “It will greatly expand the amount of teams and games available to these student-athletes who otherwise have limited places to play.”

Saunders is also looking forward to this exciting new program.

“I think adding ringette at Holland College is going to give the sport more recognition here on PEI. It gives student-athletes the opportunity to stick to ringette knowing that there is a competitive league when they get older. Having the opportunity to be on a college team without having to switch to a different sport will make the sport grow on PEI.”

Hollis (Stratford, PEI) has played on Team PEI for nine years including at the 2015 Canada Games; she also played with the Atlantic Attack for two seasons.

“We will look to work hard, gel as a team and compete with these developed university/college teams this season,” she shared.

Saunders (Charlottetown, PEI) also has played for Team PEI and attended many Atlantic, Eastern Canadian and National Championships in recent years.

“The goal for the team this upcoming season will be to build a strong program to match up with the other university/college teams and to compete hard.”

Players looking for more information or who are interested in playing ringette at Holland College are asked to email the Hurricanes at hollandhurricanes@hollandcollege.com.

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.

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