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This is the first in a series of articles that will introduce you to the new members of the Vancouver Nighthawks before the MLU season begins on April 19 against the Dogfish in San Francisco.

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Playing History
Nitikman been playing for eight years, most recently for Simon Fraser University.

Player Most Admired / Role Model
“Soccer was my primary sport in high school, so I was never involved in ultimate enough to admire a player. That said, I remember when I was in grade 9, [former Nighthawk] Kevin Underhill came out to coach an ultimate summer camp at my high school, Stratford Hall. I told him that one day, we would play on the same team. Just missed him. He’s the best example of someone that I’ve looked up to.”

Most Influential Ultimate Coach
“My high school coach, Kyle Nystad, has had by far the most influence on me. I was always a good enough athlete and thrower to play the game, but he kept pushing me to become a better teammate and leader on the field.”

How many of your 2015 Nighthawks teammates have you played with before?
“Jon Hayduk was my coach for West Coast Tribe in summer 2014, but I have never played with anyone on the team.”

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Playing History
Lin has been playing for eight years, most recently with Furious George and UBC.

Player Most Admired / Role Model
“Kevin Underhill was the player that I most admired when I was moving through the juniors program because of how young he was when he made Furious George. I remember hearing of one team saying their game plan was formulated on keeping the disc away from him because he doesn’t turn over the disc. Since then, I’ve focused my game on making the fewest turnovers possible and really breaking down moments when I do turn over the disc to improve on my decision making and skill set.”

Most Influential Ultimate Coach
“My coaches have all influenced me in different ways, but the most influential have been Mark Soto, Mike Fung and Marc Seraglia [a former Nighthawk]. Mark Soto pushed me to take a dominant role and to work hard on the field. Mike Fung taught me the basic strategy of ultimate and is a large part of the reason I’m here now. I was ready to quit ultimate after high school, but he told me to consider trying to play open. (Junior was always mixed back then). Marc Seraglia is my current coach at UBC and he has an amazing wealth of knowledge, so I always try to take bits of knowledge from him to apply to my game.”

How many of your 2015 Nighthawks teammates have you played with before?
“Of my 2015 Nighthawks teammates, I’ve previously played with Aaron Loach, Alan Macfarlane, Anthony Phan, Brendan Wong, Bobo Eyrich, Evan Taylor, Michael Yi, Levi Jeske, Matthew Berezan, Taylor Nadon, Sam Creed, Samson Hoy, Ted Chu and Will Vu, a total of 14.”

Creed (628x360)

Playing History
Creed has been playing for eight years, most recently with UBC.

Player Most Admired / Role Model
“Two players come to mind. The first is [former Nighthawk] Oscar Pottinger for his unbelievable throwing ability. I played against him once in 2013, and during the post-game handshake, he said I threw ‘nice breaks,’ the best compliment I’ve ever received. The second is Kyle Parker from Winnipeg General Strike. His optimism and fun and upbeat attitude to the game are contagious, and I aspire to play like that.”

Most Influential Ultimate Coach
“This is a very tough question for me; every coach from high school to college to club has influenced me a lot. Yacine Bara from General Strike taught me the most about field vision and smarter movement.”

How many of your 2015 Nighthawks teammates have you played with before?
“I’ve played some combination of club and college ultimate with Nick Lin, Samson Hoy, Ted Chu, Anthony Phan, Michael Yi, Kevin Chan, Levi Jeske, Gyorgy Aponte and Jon Hayduk, nine in total.”

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