Quartet of Hurricanes make All-Canadian team

Four members of the Ontario Football Conference champion Hamilton Hurricanes have been named to the Canadian Junior Football League’s All-Canadian team.

Selected were offensive lineman Dan Brown, running back Troy Croonen, defensive lineman Anthony Dinguana, and linebacker John Hornby.

At the same time, Burlington Braves president Larry Irish was awarded the Ed Henick Meritorious Service Award.

Brown is in his final season as a Hurricane and anchored the O-line at center. The 6-1, 325-pound lineman gave the Hurricanes a great deal of experience this season after being invited to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ training camp earlier this year.

He is a student of the Recreation and Leisure program at Mohawk College and wants to work in the recreation field in the future. The 22-year-old currently works for Mohawk College and the summer camps that are run by the college. Brown commits a great deal of time to the community through volunteer coaching with the Senior Ironmen football team and creating and running a free football program for youth in Hamilton. His hard work and dedication to the community has not gone unnoticed: Brown was awarded the Sam Mercanti Community Service Award in 2009 and the Bill Prest Award for Community Service in 2010.

He was also a member of the 2010 OFC championship team.

Croonen, also a senior in his final season as a Hurricane, is a product of Brock University who is enrolled in General Studies. He is currently employed by the City of Hamilton with ambitions of becoming a high school teacher. In addition to the 2010 provincial football championship, the 5-11, 190-pound running back was named Offensive MVP in 2010, and won the Russ Jackson Award in 2010.

Dinguana, at 6-2 and 310 pounds is an imposing defensive lineman, is considered to be the most talkative person on the team who has a way of getting inside the oppositions’ heads and he has a special way to motivate his own teammates by using a few simple words. A junior, he is currently employed at ABL Employment and plays basketball when away from the football field.

Hornby concluded his junior football playing this year after a successful career. The resume for 6-1, 225-pound linebacker includes winning the city championship, Golden Horseshoe Athletic Council and Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships.

Hornby won the Defensive Player of the Year Award three times and played for McMaster University for two years. He is currently employed at Stoney Creek Commercial Oil Company and volunteers his time at the Blessed Sacrament Basketball Association. His ambition is to attend Law School.

The players were honoured at the annual Jostens Banquet of Champions on the eve of the Canadian junior football game. The Hurricanes and the Saskatoon Hilltops were to meet for national junior crown. The awards included:

Peter Dalla Riva Offensive Player of the Year Award: Ryan Marsch, Winnipeg Rifles.

Larry Wruck Defensive Player of the Year Award: Steven Doege, Okanagan Sun.

Gord Currie Coach of the Year Award: Mike Lachance, Windsor AKO Fratmen.

Executive awards went to:

Past Commissioners Community Service Award: Dustin Whetton, Calgary Colts.

Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year Award: Jim MacArthur, President of the Twin Cities Predators.

Life Member: Bill Butcher, OFC, Referee in Chief and Secretary.