Posted on: June 18, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team are hoping that their latest addition can help provide some offensive power that the squad might be missing this coming Canada West season.
Head coach John Antulov and the WolfPack are pleased to announce the commitment of Dylan Hooper of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“We are excited to have Dylan join our program, “states Antulov. “He is a young player who is big, strong, quick and technically sound. He is going to be a great addition to our program from an attacking sense. He will give us a lot of depth in the midfield. He will push players for valuable minutes and is a very versatile player who can play multiple positions effectively.”
The six foot tall Hooper is a winger who also excels at the striker and attacking midfield positions. He is a graduate of West Kildonan Collegiate.
“It’s been a goal of mine since I was younger to play university soccer somewhere in Canada,” Hooper says. “I thought this 2018/19 year would be a good time to pursue this goal. Thompson Rivers has a great coaching staff, with a great program and team as well as having a great reputation.”
Hooper contacted Antulov several months ago. “Watching him play through his season with his Winnipeg WSA team in the PDL, I saw some really great things. With his skill set he will be a valued addition to our lineup.”
Antulov says Hooper is a younger version of WolfPack veteran Justin Donaldson (Kamloops, BC), who is going into his fourth year of eligibility with Thompson Rivers. “Justin is a little more physical but they possess the same great attributes. Both like to go at players and take shots.”
Hooper believes his main strengths are dribbling, speed/agility and shooting.” He will be taking courses to fulfill his pre-law prerequisites.
“It will be a big jump for me,” Hooper replies when asked if he thinks it’ll be tough adjusting to Canada West and USPORTS. “Having to move from Winnipeg to Kamloops will be huge as I have never lived away from home before. I believe I will have to make a few small adjustments to my game as I get used to the team and its playing style, developing chemistry with my new teammates and being in a new atmosphere. But, I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Antulov thought thinks the adjustment won’t be as daunting as his new player thinks. “This is Dylan’s second year in the PDL. He was initially recruited by the University of Winnipeg before their program ceased operation. The two years of him playing in the PDL, he is starting now and playing a lot of minutes against much older players. This has been a great test for him for him to play at a higher level. That should bode well when he comes here.”
Hooper becomes the fifth recruit committing to Thompson Rivers for the upcoming season. The others are: Jackson Gardner (6’1” keeper, Chilliwack, BC-Sardis Secondary), Stanley Obinna (6’2” Wing, Kristiansand, Norway-Grim Ungdomskole/Staffordshire County U-18), Kolton Storzuk (5’8” back, Kamloops, BC-Valleyview Secondary/Fraser Valley) and Masen Fernandes (5’9” midfield, Kamloops, BC-Sahali Secondary/Midfield College (NAIA),