The bustling all-rounder has a glittering T20 resume and one of the few disappointments of BBL|02 was the fact the skipper was not on the podium to receive the trophy.
Hopes slipped on the side of the Docklands pitch while warming up just minutes before the semi-final against the Renegades and missed both finals triumphs with a hamstring strain.
He had been a key contributor to that point, with his economical bowling and astute captaincy in particular.
The highlight of his campaign was a man-of-the-match performance in a vital win over the Melbourne Stars at the Gabba in front of more than 24,000 fans, where he opened with 49 and took 3-28.
He was a man on a mission in BBL|02 after playing just the opening match in the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League summer.
The Heat captain fought a frustrating battle against a nagging knee injury that ultimately saw him face fitness tests on no less than four occasions, but not play again for Brisbane.
The consolation was a decent one though, with a fully fit Hopes able to skipper the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls to a Bupa Sheffield Shield win a few months later.
Hopes was a member of the Kings XI Punjab IPL squad for three seasons and spent 2011 with the Delhi Daredevils, where he captained the side in the absence of Virender Sehwag.
He also won two Player of the Year awards for the Queensland Bulls in the old Big Bash.
He has played a total of 71 T20 games, including 12 T20 Internationals for Austrqalia.
Hopesy's sporting prowess extends further than cricket, playing off single figures in golf.
He married his American sweetheart Maria in Denver, Colorado in the winter of 2012 and is an unabashed Broncos NFL fan.
In Australia, his loyalties all lay with the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL, having spent his formative years in Townsville and Cairns.
As befits a player whose latter junior career was launched by the Ferny Fireballs, James will fire it up for the Heat in the Champions League and BBL|03!