Hurst Expects a “Bigger & Better” 2010


by Dave Watson

The Hamilton Hurricanes’ 2010 season is approaching quickly and the team is poised to make a run that will top last year’s semi-final loss.

Returning slot-back and kick returner, Skyler Hurst, likes what he has seen during the pre-season mini-camp.

“I don’t see how we can’t be a contender for the best team in Ontario this year,” said Hurst.

Hurst comes from Guelph and loves the opportunity the Hurricanes have given him. With no competitive place to play after high school, Hurst was left with a competitive itch with no place to scratch it.

After some online recruiting by team president, Mike Samuel, an opportunity presented itself. While playing against Hamilton teams throughout his childhood, Hurst was familiar with the calibre of coaches and players that are the makeup of Hamilton junior football.

Looking to continue to compete on the field, Hurst jumped at the chance to come and play for Hamilton. With some reservations about playing in a different city, the chance to play as part of a team has meant a lot to the second year player.

“They didn’t make me feel singled out or any different than any other guy on the team,” said Hurst. “They treated me as one of their own.”

Winning the 2009 Most Outstanding Rookie award has meant a lot to Hurst but he still sees room for improvement.

“I plan on doing bigger and better things in 2010 and this award just helps add to my confidence for the upcoming season.”

Away from football it is clear Hurst focuses on health and nutrition. While working as a personal trainer and Martial Arts instructor, he also works at a nutritional supplement store and as a part-time security guard. Options well suited for his aspirations of becoming a police officer.

As a second-year player, it will be up to Hurst to become part of the welcoming committee for players in his position last year. The Hurricanes’ coach, Jason Hayes, says there should be 30-40 new players added to those already taking part in the July 26th training camp.

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