CHARLOTTETOWN – Infielder Nick MacPhail is returning home to play for the Holland College Hurricanes in 2014.
© Photo courtesy of Holland College
MacPhail, who is from New Dominion, P.E.I., spent last season at the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alta.
MacPhail will also suit up as a member of the Holland College men’s hockey team, and he will be studying in the electrical technology program.
“I'm very excited to be back on P.E.I. to play with the Hurricanes,” said MacPhail. “I’m looking forward to playing both baseball and hockey this year while working on my education.”
The six-foot and 230-pound 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 defenceman while on the field I am solid defensively and can bring power with my bat,” said MacPhail, who has set a goal to be the Hurricanes’ starting first baseman.
“We are very excited about our inaugural recruiting class, and Nick is an important signing for our baseball program,” said Holland College baseball coach Andrew MacNevin. “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 won provincial championships at the peewee, bantam and midget levels, including Atlantic championships in bantam and midget, with the Cornwall Cougars.
MacPhail also played with the under-age selects in bantam and attended three Canada Cups.
Returning to ice
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 that won the P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League and Atlantic midget AAA championships. He also spent time with the Hurricanes during the regular season and playoffs.
“As an affiliated player two seasons ago with the ‘Canes, Nick MacPhail made an immediate impact with his physical presence and style of play,” said Holland College men’s hockey head coach Ryan Maxwell. “He can play in all situations and brings a dynamic to our defence 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.”
MacPhail has already set personal goals for himself heading into the 2014-2015 hockey season.
“I’d like to be one of the top defenceman for the Hurricanes this season, and to contribute 25 points to my team,” he said.