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Irving announced as new 'Canes women’s hockey head coach

Brody Irving is the new head coach of the Holland Hurricanes women’s hockey team. He replaces the outgoing, Meagan Ferguson, who led the team since 2020 as the head coach, and previously served as an assistant coach. 

Irving, from Cornwall, PEI, is a High-Performance Level 1 Certified coach and current Physiotherapy Assistant at the Hurricanes Physiotherapy clinic.  He previously served as an assistant coach with Hockey PEI at the U14 Atlantic Challenge Cup, as well as with the U18 Mid Isle Matrix.

“I am honored and excited to assume the role as head coach of the Holland Hurricanes women’s hockey team,” shared Irving. “I am committed to working together with players and staff to continue to build a successful program. Together, we will build a program focusing on player development, fostering an inclusive and empowering team culture. I look forward to the challenge and I am excited to grow and promote female hockey on the Island.”

Irving’s coaching philosophy centers around skill development and fun.  He aims to promote a positive environment where the players want to come to the rink each day.  He stresses the importance of choosing players who have a combination of strong character, a solid work ethic and a willingness to learn.  Coupled with general guidelines of treating teammates, coaches, opponents, parents, and officials with respect, zero tolerance for bullying, and establishing personal responsibility, Irving feels confident in his abilities to develop a program that will take the Hurricanes women’s hockey program to the next level.

“The goal is to not only develop our student-athletes on the ice, but to develop them as productive members of the community.”

Albert Roche, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Holland College, is happy with the addition of Irving to the program.

“Brody is a great fit for our program. He has a solid knowledge of athletics at Holland College, a proven coaching resume, and a keen interest in developing our hockey program. He understands the goals in place for the women’s hockey team and our focus on optimizing the student-athlete experience. As an employee in our Hurricanes Physiotherapy clinic, he has built a strong connection to student-athletes and is available to his players daily. We look forward to working with Brody in the coming year.”

The Hurricanes, the 2023 Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Champions, won the title on home ice in February by outlasting the top-ranked Acadia University Axewomen 2-1 in the Atlantic Championship game.

The ‘Canes are now accepting registrations for those wanting to try out for the Hurricanes for the 2023-24 season.  Interested players are asked to visit www.hollandhurricanes.com and submit their information by selecting “Become a Hurricane”.

Interested players with questions can email head coach, Brody Irving, at bsirving@hollandcollege.com.

Connect with the women’s hockey Hurricanes at www.twitter.com/caneswhockey andwww.instagram.com/caneswhockey.

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.


For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023