Hanson football stars land at Simon Fraser & UBC

Over the past two seasons, Greg Bowcott, Mark McCutcheon, Mitch Lesyk and Avi Harry have engineered some thrilling moments playing together on the Rick Hansen Hurricanes senior football team.
Those memories will live on thanks to Lesyk, a budding documentarian who put together a nine-minute short film on the Hurricanes’ 2009 campaign. Lesyk captured nearly 30 hours of behind-the-scenes footage to take viewers on a journey from training camp to the playoffs.

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“I had my camcorder with me all season,” said Lesyk. “People got annoyed sometimes, but it turned out really cool in the end.”
A possible epilogue to Lesyk’s cinematic creation might be entitled, “Where are they now?”
Bowcott, perhaps the most coveted quarterbacking prospect in the province, has accepted a scholarship offer from the Simon Fraser University Clan after piloting the Hurricanes to back-to-back appearances in the provincial AA semifinals.
The Calgary Dinos and Toronto Varsity Blues were among the finalists for Bowcott’s services, but the provincial AA offensive player of the year felt most comfortable with Clan coach Dave Johnson.
“I’ve built up a really good relationship with Coach Johnson over the last three years,” said Bowcott, who led the AA circuit in passing yards (1,826) and touchdown passes (24). “All the players there at SFU really love to play for him, and it really feels like home.”
McCutcheon, Lesyk and Harry, meanwhile, have committed to the UBC Thunderbirds, where they’ll line up on the defensive side of the ball. McCutcheon, who will play middle linebacker for the T-Birds, is a scholarship player, while Harry and Lesyk cracked the UBC roster out of spring camp as walk-ons.
“When (UBC coach) Shawn Olson talked to us, it seemed like he was really interested in us,” Harry said. “When he called us in and told us we’d made it, it was a relief.”
As they move onward and upward, Lesyk’s documentary ensures that the Hurricanes’ football stars won’t soon forget their high school gridiron days. The highlight of the doc is the soft-spoken Bowcott’s impassioned speech prior to the team’s final game of the season.
“It made all of us tear up a little bit,” Harry said. “Greg didn’t really say much all year, but before our last game, he just let it all out. He gave the best speech I’ve ever heard.”

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