The Toronto Arrows has activated Hank Stevenson, a High-Performance Academy (HPA) athlete to the Senior Team squad. The 23-year-old lock is 6’5″ and 250 lbs.
Hank made six appearances for the Arrows Senior Academy in 2022. The Toronto Arrows added Henry ‘Hank” Stevenson for the 2022 Major League Rugby season with the Utah Warriors receiving a conditional 3rd Round Pick MLR Collegiate Draft in 2022. He was signed by the Dallas jackals for the 2021 MLR season, but following the team’s postponement of league entry until 2022, he was available in the Supplemental Draft but was not drafted. This made him a free agent and he signed with the Utah Warriors, who were building a younger team.
Hank did not play during the regular season for the Utah Warriors in 2021, and after being loaned to the Arrows, whose squad was depleted during the international tests, he trained with the team but didn’t play.
Hank is from Toronto, Canada, and began playing rugby in the seventh grade with the Toronto Nomads Rugby Club. He attended Royal St. George’s College and in 2017 he represented Canada at the Auckland School 7s tournament in New Zealand. The team was coached by Fred Asselin and comprised 16-18-year-old players. He also played for the Ontario Blues U19s against the USA High School All-Americans in 2017, as well as took part in the Canadian Maple Leafs 7s National Development Program, and was selected to represent Canada at the Youth Commonwealth Games, which were held in Nassau, Bahamas.
Hank progressed through the Ontario Blues program and played for Canada’s Maple Leafs Sevens development program, and won a National Sevens Championship.
He enrolled at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario in 2019, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He later transferred to York University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics.
While at Wilfrid Laurier University, he played rugby and toured with the Canada U20s to Portugal and Spain and also helped his team win the North American Invitational 7s Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was part of the extended U20s Trophy squad but was not included in the final Trophy competition.
Henry also played for the Ontario Blues against Old Glory during the 2019 DC exhibition season and has spent time with the Canadian Misfits.
As part of the inaugural cohort of HPA athletes, Black and Stevenson have regularly trained with the Senior Team throughout the 2023 MLR season.
As part of the inaugural cohort of HPA athletes, Black has regularly trained with the Senior Team throughout the MLR season.