Warrior football: Canadian imports

by Stephen Tsai on January 9, 2017

The Warriors showed their recruiting reach when they received a commitment from defensive back Jeremie “Jay” Dominique of Old Montreal Cegep. Dominique joins this week. UH’s spring semester begins today.

Credit Nick Rolovich and his staff for re-establishing the Canada-Hawaii pipeline. There have been several student-athletes from Canada in men’s volleyball (Matt Carere, Steven Hunt) and basketball (Phil Martin, Carl English). UH football also has had some notable Canadians, such as:

Jim Mills played in the NFL and CFL.

Jim Mills played in the NFL and CFL.


Dane McArthur was a standout slotback named as one of UH's 100 best football players

Dane McArthur was a standout slotback named as one of UH’s 100 best football players

> Kenny Moore was a hybrid tight end known as much for his blocking as his receiving.

Joe Sardo was a UH rover who now is a co-defensive coordinator at McMasters University in Canada

Joe Sardo was a UH rover who now is a co-defensive coordinator at McMasters University in Canada

Bobby Singh, who had a successful career in the CFL, won a Super Bowl ring as a practice-squad player with the St. Louis Rams

Bobby Singh, who had a successful career in the CFL, won a Super Bowl ring as a practice-squad player with the St. Louis Rams

> Winston Haynes was the Warriors’ No. 1 punter in 1990 and 1991.

> Joseph Malabuyoc was a walk-on noted for his long hair and aggressiveness on special teams.

Quarterback Cayman Shutter was born in Saskatchewan and played in Canada after his UH career, so that counts, right?

Quarterback Cayman Shutter was born in Saskatchewan and played in Canada after his UH career, so that counts, right?

1 Truegreen January 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

First? Sounds like a great recruit. Keep em coming!

2 MauiBoyAlaska January 9, 2017 at 10:39 am

Dane McArthur was a very sweet SB on the 89 and 90 team who scored a TD in the 89 Aloha bowl and had a running and receiving TD against BYU in 1990.

3 Stephen Tsai January 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

Re: McArthur
That triple-option was a lot of fun when Paul Johnson was calling plays.
At Michael Carter’s wedding reception, they showed clips of his runs. The place went crazy.

4 Stephen Tsai January 9, 2017 at 10:48 am

By the way, if you ever need UH history lessons, do what I do. Call Dick Tomey, Rick Blangiardi, Bob Wagner, Jim Donovan and Keith Ah Yuen.

5 Old School Dave January 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

Big TE Henry Sovio was also from Canada, during the Holmes era. There are some talented players in the Vancouver BC and surrounding areas. Glad to see Coach Rolovich and his staff recruiting Canada and the Pac NW. Dane MacArthur actually approached the UH coaches while in high school during his family’s winter vacation to Hawaii.

6 H-Man January 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

Good reading. Enjoyed the recap of Dane MacArthur. Jim Mills had a great career in the CFL and was inducted into their Hall of Fame a few years ago.

7 mctruck January 9, 2017 at 11:48 am

Off subject but wonder if UH has offered Dan Fotu who’s a Jr. at Kahuku??
Might be a good time as UH already has a good one committed from Kahuku for next season.

8 A-House January 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

holy kaka molly!

I did not realize how many Canadian football players UH had – Dane was the last one that stuck in my head

of course Carl English left early and Phil Martin is also from Canada?

9 A-House January 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

mctruck:

was tinking the same – if he is as good as his older bro or has the potential and grades, why not?

with a larger hair growth – he really looks like older bro!

would help the men’s BB fan base — remember the “afros’ at games?

10 Da Punchbowl Kid January 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Welcome to the Warriors, Jay!

So many Canadians here in the past – not to bad. eh!

11 HawaiiMongoose January 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

A-House and mctruck, because of the NCAA sanctions UH doesn’t have any basketball scholarships left to offer Fotu or anyone else. The only player on the current team not scheduled to return next year is Noah Allen, and his scholarship has already been offered to and accepted by Fotu’s teammate Samuta Avea.

12 madeinhawaii January 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm

The CFL’s mvps on defense and offense are from the Warrior program. Gotta take advantage of that. To become a legend, go where the legends trained.

13 NotNasti January 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Dan Fotu is a junior this year, so a scholarship offer would be for the 2018-19 school year. However, after what happened to his brother, I don’t know how he or his parents would feel about his attending UHM.

14 al January 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Arent we getting back 2 scholies in mbb?

15 H-Man January 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

I’m wearing Crimson.

16 turfwar January 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm

While the younger Fotu is a pretty good player he is not Issac and Ganot is going to need a lot more than that to keep his job. Talked to a former college coach last week and even he said Ganot’s recruits this year would be back ups at HPU and Chaminade right now. None would make the starting lineups of either teams. It’s embarrassing to compete with the roster he has assembled over the last two recruiting classes. I can’t believe he went all the way to Australia and Europe to get those guys. I have been to a couple of HPU and Chaminade games and it’s obvious those players come with much better skills. Not to mention they are simply better athletes and they feature better players from Australia and Europe. But go and see for yourselves if you don’t agree. If you are a basketball fan you will enjoy seeing them play. I think Ganot has the right intentions but recruiting is everything in college athletics. Go see the men’s volleyball team and see what Charlie Wade has assembled this year. They have the most talented and skilled athletes of any sport at UH this year including the Wahine volleyball program. These are top level talents. Austin Matautia will remind long time fans of a young Allen Allen. Kid does so many things and 6’9 lefty opp Rado Parapunov hasn’t even seen court time yet. When he is healthy he will be hard to keep off the court. The new big man in the middle Patrick Gasman is so skilled he can set the second touch when called upon and pounds the ball with the best. Tui looks like a guy who can be a national team caliber libero if he chooses. The game simply comes so easy to him. He needs to forget about football and focus on volleyball. and Stin Van Tilberg will be an all american. With a veteran athletic setter and a talented back up in Worsley the ceiling is so high for this team. The basketball team? Not so much. But did hear that a Big West basketball coach say that in his nearly 20 years in the league he had never seen a more talented team than last year’s ncaa bows.

17 J-Dog January 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Brook Sedore (Men’s Volleyball)
Paul Campbell (Men’s Basketball)

18 Kahuna January 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm

How can anyone forget Stefan Jankovic, Negus Webster Chan, Natasha Burns, Emily Maglio and recent beach volleyball signee Lea Monkhouse?

Canadian athletes have been great for us. Keep them coming!

19 z January 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

I don’t know but Gasman sure looks like he could play some football.

20 z January 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Edwards said he was happy to see Dane graduate.

21 ALLAN January 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

WHAT ARE THE ODDS THAT THE NCAA WILL FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DERAIL HAWAII’S MVB!?!

22 Maddog50 January 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Cal Murphy an Assistant Coach late 60 early 70s brought many Canadians to the team-Henry Sovio, Doug Sojquist and Bill Baker to name a few. Murf is a CFL legend and HOF. He had his hand in 9 or so Grey Cups as head coach asst coach and GM working for at least 4 Franchises in the CFL. Great guy and proud to have known him-

23 Buffoman January 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

I cannot remember his name but wasn’t Coach Tomey’ s defensive coordinator from Canada or played in the CFL? The guy had a terrific defense.

24 Jonj January 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Wasn’t Stephen Jankovic from Canada and Negus webster-chan

25 islandman January 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Wait until UH plays the top MPSF teams before giving out accolades. Those teams may have just as much or more talent. Every year, it is said UH has a good team but the results fall a bit short sometimes. Maybe this year is different ?

26 jm2375 January 9, 2017 at 8:39 pm

Howzit Tsaikos!

turfwar – #16 – totally agree with you about MVB. According to Charlie Wade, many of the players turned down offers from other top schools, including UCLA. He attributes it to some old-school recruiting, i.e., the home visit, sitting down and talking to the player and his parents.

BTW, I got to meet Mamane Namahoe’s mom after Saturday’s match. Mamane’s grandpa was BigHiloFan2, Tsaiko extraordinaire. She calls Mamane her karma, because he’s so much like his grandpa.

27 jm2375 January 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm

islandman – MVB has never had so much depth.

28 islandman January 9, 2017 at 9:38 pm

And the other MPSF schools have any depth ? I heard that about the Wahine team at the start of several seasons.

29 al January 9, 2017 at 10:14 pm

This is true.
But, they left us just when we needed them most.

30 Maddog50 January 10, 2017 at 2:22 am

So Clemson is now National Champs-game winning score was a rub/pick with clear cut offensive pass interference. No fan of Alabama but have disdain for poor officiating. Clear cut no call

31 H-Man January 10, 2017 at 3:05 am

Great championship football game. Clemson’s winning TD looked like a play the Warriors run with John Ursua.

32 Haoa January 10, 2017 at 3:40 am

Regarding Turfwar’s comments… I have to agree. I’m just a casual fan so to speak because I live so far away that I have to catch what I can on Youtube, etc. I’ve watched the summer league BB clips this year. I saw Ganot’s recruits in action on the clips. I was dismayed. Here is what I seriously wonder: I wonder if good guys finish last in recruiting. I mean, it is a deceitful game in some ways–selling a program amidst stiff competition. Look at the opposite view, the so called bad guys. Namely Gibb Arnold and, okay way back, Bruce O’Neil. Incredible recruits. They must have promised the world to these top athletes to come to Hawaii–and more. And once they got here the reality may have been different, but such is the recruiting game. I get that Ganot wants to invite scholar athletes who will remain in good standing in the community. I can respect that. But he will not be here long if he becomes the Norm Chow of men’s BB–okay that is a stretch because as we know Chow did have a break out season from the get go. I have another question: How did Gibb Arnold get his recruits to leave on their own fruition once he found better recruits? That was uncanny, one after another. No complaints, just “I’m leaving.” Did he just tell them outright, “You will have no playing time from here on”? Maybe he used his connections to find them a place to transfer to in return for some kind of unspoken silence clause. All to say, I agree with Turfwar’s comments.

33 Buffoman January 10, 2017 at 7:08 am

#30 I wondered about that that as that “pick play” was run on several occasions. Made me wonder if the officials in the MW just had it wrong since we were flagged for less obvious picks during our games.

The two Clemson touchdowns were similarly run. I give Clemson tons of credit for continuing to run it since there was no penalty being assessed for doing the pick.

34 Ipu Man January 10, 2017 at 7:11 am

Gib Arnold was a genius…

35 A-House January 10, 2017 at 7:20 am

Maddog50:

acknowledge receipt – beautiful!!! thanks.

announcers mentioned an “illegal pick & roll”, but no call — was it on the other WR who “blocked” the DB?

but, thankful that Clemson won — no fan of Alabama and their coach.

36 RSYmoney January 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

Turfwar, Who is this so called former college coach that said Uh recruits would be backups at HPU and Chaminade? He is a former coach because he doesn’t know what he is talking about. Let’s have UH play HPU and Chaminade play 10 times each and see how many times they beat UH. Maybe your former coach friend was one of the many scrub coaches at HPU and Chaminade.

37 Stephen Tsai January 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

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