It’s been a frustrating 2020-21 season for most student-athletes with the cancellation of intercollegiate competition during the pandemic. But the formation of a new league by Holland College, UPEI and Basketball PEI will provide a place to play for members of the Hurricanes men’s basketball team for the next few months.
“As was the case with soccer in September, we are very pleased to partner with UPEI and Basketball PEI, our provincial sport partner, to provide a place for our student-athletes to compete while attending school in this extremely trying year,” shared Albert Roche, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Holland College. “Undoubtedly, we would all like to have collegiate basketball back on the Island, however we realize just how fortunate we are to jointly offer this league as a safe option for our players compared to what is available in the rest of the country for student-athletes.”
Fifteen members of the Hurricanes will join ten student-athletes from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) men’s basketball team and ten local senior players (former university and college players) to form the league. Players are being divided into four evenly matched teams and will complete a 12-game schedule which began on Sunday at UPEI and continued last evening at Holland College.
“We’re happy to provide the administrative support for these student-athletes and senior players,” shared Executive and Technical Director of Basketball PEI, and head coach of the Hurricanes, Josh Whitty. “It’s been a long break without games. Because there are enough players currently here in the province and PEI has a low number of Covid-19 cases, we’re thankfully able to help coordinate this league and get back to the gym.”
The plan is for the league to run twice per week, Sundays at 1pm at UPEI, and Wednesday evenings at the McMillan Centre for Community Engagement at Holland College. Courtside Sneakers has provided the t-shirts for the teams with the league running until the end of March.
“We’re incredibly lucky to be living in this part of the world, and it’s great to be able to play actual games again,” said John Alex Vos, member of the Hurricanes men’s basketball team. “A huge thank you goes out to Heather Morrison and her staff, as none of this would be possible without their hard work. All of the boys on the team are super fired up to finally get some competition and I am too.”
The men’s Hurricanes are seven-time Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) champions (2013-2019) and four-time Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national medalists (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018).
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021