Former Canada West football stars ready for 2016 CFL season

Former Canada West football stars ready for 2016 CFL season

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • 43 former Canada West football players open the 2016 CFL season on active rosters
  • The University of Calgary leads the way with 17 former players on CFL rosters
  • Four UBC Thunderbirds, who captured the 2015 Vanier Cup, open the 2016 season on active rosters
  • All nine CFL teams sport at least one CW alum on their roster, with the defending Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos leading the way with eight CW products
 

NEW WESTMINSTER – There will be no shortage of former Canada West football talent on display beginning later this week when a new CFL season kicks off.

Canada West football alums dot CFL rosters from Vancouver to Montreal, as a total of 43 former Canada West players start the 2016 CFL season on active rosters across the nine-team league, which opens this Thursday. 

The University of Calgary leads the Canada West charge with 17 former players ready for the return of pro football.

Among the 17 former U of C stars on active CFL rosters to start the season are three players who suited up for the Dinos last season, as Andrew Buckley (QB - Calgary Stampeders), Mercer Timmis (RB - Hamilton Tiger-Cats), and Sean McEwen (OL - Toronto Argonauts) are set for their rookie seasons.

Buckley, who won the prestigious BLG Award this past season as the top male athlete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), is the lone former CIS quarterback and one of only two Canadian quarterbacks on a CFL roster to start 2016. Montreal's Brandon Bridge of South Alabama is the other.

Coming in behind Calgary in terms of producing CFLers is the Univeristy of Manitoba, which landed eight players on active rosters to open the new CFL campaign.

Highlighting the group of former Bisons on CFL teams are defensive tackles Don Oramasionwu and Eddie Steele of the Edmonton Eskimos, who sport a CFL-high eight former Canada West players on their roster. The pair of former Bisons helped the Eskimos capture the 103rd Grey Cup a season ago at Investors Group Field on the campus of their alma mater. 

For a quintet of former UBC Thunderbirds, 2016 marks a rare chance to make the jump from Vanier Cup champion to Grey Cup champion.

Coming off last season's Vanier Cup title, CFL rookies Quinn Van Gylswyk (P – Saskatchewan Roughriders), Taylor Loffler (DB – Winnipeg Blue Bombers), Mitch Barnett (DB – Hamilton Tiger-Cats), and Terrell Davis (LB – Hamilton Tiger-Cats) are all looking for the rare feat of adding a Grey Cup ring the year after topping CIS football. 

The 2016 CFL season kicks off Thursday, June 23 when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats head to the new home of the Toronto Argonauts, BMO Field, while tomorrow's homegrown CFL stars kick off the Canada West season Thursday, September 1 in Winnipeg when the Manitoba Bisons host the Calgary Dinos.

Every Canada West football game, including the 80th edition of the Hardy Cup on November 12th, can be seen live on Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of Canada West. 2016-17 Canadawest.tv passes will go on sale August 22, with early bird pricing available on both multi-sport and single sport passes available until September 9.

 

Canada West grads on CFL active rosters by university:

Calgary – 17

Manitoba – 8

UBC – 6

Saskatchewan – 6

Regina – 4

Alberta – 2

TOTAL – 43

 

Canada West grads on CFL active rosters by CFL team:

Last name, First name / Position / Height / Weight / Age / University

*Italics denotes CFL rookie

 

Edmonton Eskimos (8)

Beard, David / OL / 6'5 / 297 / 23 / Alberta

Rottier, Simeon / OL / 6'6 / 295 / 32 / Alberta

Coehoorn, Nate / WR / 6'2 / 210 / 29 / Calgary

Konar, Adam / LB / 6'2 / 225 / 22 / Calgary

Shaw, Grant / P / 6'3 / 225 / 31 / Saskatchewan

Getzlaf, Chris / SB / 6'1 / 208 / 33 / Regina

Oramasionwu, Don / DT / 6'2 / 290 / 30 / Manitoba

Steele, Eddie / DT / 6'2 / 280 / 27 / Manitoba

 

Saskatchewan Roughriders (7)

Van Gylswyk, Quinn / P / 6'2 / 192 / 25 / UBC

Walter, Matt / RB / 5'10 / 215 / 26 / Calgary

Steinhauer, Levi / FB / 6'3 / 245 / 25 / Saskatchewan

Campbell, Tevaughn / DB / 6'0 / 200 / 23 / Regina

Hus, Jorgen / LS / 6'1 / 230 / 26 / Regina

LaBatte, Brendon / G / 6'4 / 320 / 29 / Regina

Demski, Nic / WR / 6'0 / 208 / 23 / Manitoba

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7)

Loffler, Taylor / DB / 6'4 / 220 / 24 / UBC

Chungh, Sukh / OL / 6'4 / 308 / 24 / Calgary

Hurl, Sam / LB / 6'1 / 231 / 26 / Calgary

Kohlert, Rory / WR / 6'2 / 207 / 28 / Saskatchewan

Neufeld, Patrick / OL / 6'6 / 317 / 27 / Saskatchewan

Rempel, Chad / LS / 6'3 / 240 / 34 / Saskatchewan

Sherman, Teague / S / 5'11 / 199 / 28 / Manitoba

 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6)

Barnett, Mitch / DB / 6'1 / 192 / 23 / UBC

Davis, Terrell / LB / 6'0 / 225 / 22 / UBC

Gaydosh, Linden / DT / 6'4 / 305 / 25 / Calgary

Timmis, Mercer / RB / 6'1 / 220 / 22 / Calgary

Woodson, Anthony / RB / 6'0 / 215 / 27 / Calgary

Rice, Landon / OL / 6'6 / 315 / 28 / Manitoba

 

BC Lions (5)

Dhillon, Jaskaran / OL / 6'3 / 302 / 27 / UBC

Husband, Cody / G / 6'7 / 307 / 28 / UBC

Edem, Mike / DB / 6'1 / 210 / 26 / Calgary

Fabien, Kirby / G / 6'6 / 305 / 25 / Calgary

O'Neill, Tim / C / 6'3 / 305 / 36 / Calgary 

 

Calgary Stampeders (4)

Buckley, Andrew / QB / 6'0 / 203 / 22 / Calgary

Federkeil, Dan / OL / 6'6 / 316 / 32 / Calgary

Parker, Anthony / WR / 6'1 / 211 / 26 / Calgary

Power, Charlie / RB / 6'3 / 238 / 25 / Saskatchewan

 

Toronto Argonauts (3)

McEwen, Sean / OL / 6'3 / 297 / 22 / Calgary

Coombs, Anthony / RB / 5'9 / 199 / 23 / Manitoba

Miles, Thomas / LB / 6'1 / 232 / 23 / Manitoba

 

Ottawa Redblacks (2)

Harty, Jake / WR / 6'2 / 210 / 25 / Calgary

Lafrance, Kienan / RB / 5'10 / 210 / 25 / Manitoba

 

Montreal Alouettes (1)

Klassen, Michael / DL / 6'5 / 275 / 25 / Calgary