Hurricanes’ energy takes on new role with junior football conference

Brain Copeland, who was the driving force behind Hamilton’s return to the Ontario Football Conference after a hiatus of 14 years and then unexpectedly left the team late last year, is back in junior football.

Copeland, a former player with the Hurricanes, assumes one of two new positions announced after the OFC’s annual meeting on the weekend. The conference’s executive of the year in 2007, becomes a member at large whose main focus will be assisting new entries to the OFC as well as other special projects.

His appointment comes with the league’s introduction of the Brampton Bears who were accepted unanimously at the meeting and will begin play in the junior division in 2010. The Bears are led by President Ian Smith and head coach Mark Houlder.

The Brampton Satellites (1975-1978) were the last OFC team from Brampton.

The 2010 OFC executive is led by returning president Doug Dittmer. Paul Bartle is the past president. The two vice presidents are Peter Downey and Mike Ramsay. The 2010 OFC appointments are secretary and referee-in-chief Bill Butcher, treasurer Rob Annen, registrar Gary Strong, statistician Jim Stevenson and media coordinator Jack Emerson Low, all returnees from 2009.

In addition to Copeland’s new positions for 2010, John Smyth is the medical coordinator

The 2010 OFC schedule will be released shortly.