ALOUETTES SIGN NIK LEWIS

February 26th, 2015

The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the team has signed international slotback Nik Lewis to a one-year deal with the club.

Lewis (5’10″, 240 lbs.) has had an exceptional CFL career thus far as he has won the Grey Cup twice (2008, 2014) and sits 11th on the all-time CFL receiving list with 11,250 yards. Throughout his career, the 32-year old caught 805 passes, including 65 for touchdowns. He played eleven seasons in the CFL, all with the Calgary Stampeders, where he was named to the CFL All-Star team three times (2010, 2011 and 2012) after being named the CFL Most Outstanding Rookie in 2004.

“Nik is another piece of the puzzle to an outstanding receiving corps for 2015,” declared Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. “His body of work speaks for itself and his style of play is very difficult to defend. We feel he adds a twist that every team in the CFL wish they could have.”

The former South Arkansas University Mulerider caught at least one pass in 166 consecutive games leading up to week 5 last season, when the sequence ended. He had nine seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards, which places him tied for third in the CFL all-time list. In three Grey Cup games, the Mineral Wells, TX native caught 17 passes for 235 yards. In 11 career playoff games he amassed 413 yards on 38 catches.

In Montreal, Lewis will join forces with Tom Higgins once again, as the latter was Lewis’ head coach in Calgary from 2005 to 2007.

STAMPEDERS NEWS RELEASE

After 11 seasons with the Red and White, receiver Nik Lewis is parting ways with the team as he signed as a free agent with the Montreal Alouettes.

“I’ve stayed in constant contact with Nik and his agent throughout the off-season and we looked at numerous possibilities that might allow him to stay with the Stampeders,” said Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel. “In the end, the Alouettes simply afforded him a better opportunity to compete for playing time and I wish him all the best.

“Nik will undoubtedly and rightly be remembered as one of the best receivers and players in the history of the Stampeders and I know some day we will see his name and number on the Stampeders’ Wall of Fame. I thank him for all of his contributions to the organization.”

Lewis is a storied veteran who was beloved in the community and made many valuable contributions to the team’s success. The Jacksboro, Tex., native is one of the most prolific receivers of all-time as he ranks 10th in CFL history with 805 career catches and 11th with 11,250 receiving yards.

He holds the Stampeders record with 165 consecutive games played with at least one catch and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving in each of his first nine seasons. Lewis was a CFL all-star three times as a member of the Stampeders and a West Division all-star on five occasions.

Lewis was a Grey Cup winner in 2008 and 2014 with Calgary.

WEDNESDAY CFL ROUND-UP

February 25th, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive back Michael Carter, national linebacker Kyle Jones, and national defensive back Kristopher Robertson have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Carter (5’10 – 175) has signed with the Riders after spending the last three seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. The Windsor, ON native spent his first CFL season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after originally being selected by the by B.C. Lions in the 3rd round (19th overall) of the 2011 Canadian Draft.

Through his first four seasons, the 28-year-old has collected 15 defensive tackles and 10 special teams tackles in 39 career games.

Jones (6’2 – 209) will join the Green and White for what will be his sixth CFL season. The Mississauga, ON native spent last season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, appearing in 14 regular season games.

Through his first five seasons, the 28-year-old Bishop’s product has collected 36 special teams tackles, seven defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in 66 regular season games.

Robertson (5’9 – 185) joins the team’s roster after the Riders acquired his rights in December’s 2014 negotiation list draft. The Pickering, ON native was originally selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2nd round (11th overall) of the 2013 Canadian Draft.

The 24-year-old missed the 2013 season after suffering an injury. He returned to Concordia University for his final collegiate season, where he was named a 2014 All-Canadian after finishing second in the CIS with five interceptions.

Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce that national offensive lineman Dan Federkeil has signed a contract extension. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Federkeil has played 24 regular-season games, two playoff games and a Grey Cup over two seasons with the Stamps. Playing right tackle, Federkeil was part of an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the league in both 2013 and 2014 and helped pave the way for running back Jon Cornish to finish as the CFL’s leading rusher in both of those seasons.

“For the past two seasons, Dan has been an important part of an offensive line that has been a big contributor to our success,” said Hufnagel. “He brings great ability, intelligence and veteran leadership to the unit.”

The Medicine Hat native spent four seasons with the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts, for whom he played 28 regular-season games and a playoff game and earned a Super Bowl ring. He was the fifth overall draft pick by the Toronto Argonauts in the 2006 CFL Draft and was traded to Calgary on Apr. 8, 2013.

Federkeil played five seasons with the University of Calgary and in 2005 was a finalist for the J.P. Metras trophy as top lineman in Canadian university football and was the Dinos’ male athlete of the year.

“I’ve enjoyed playing in Calgary and look forward to this opportunity to continue my career here,” said Federkeil. “Winning a championship with this group of players was a great experience and I’m ready for the challenge of trying to do it again in 2015.”

(Edmonton) – Long-time Eskimo Locker Room Attendant Joey Moss has been named to the 2015 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame induction class in the Achievement category.

Born with Downs syndrome, Moss joined the Eskimo family in 1986 and has remained an integral member of the Green and Gold through nearly three decades. The third longest-serving member of the organization, Moss works with the Eskimos from the opening day of training camp in June through mid-August when he heads to the Edmonton Oilers – a club he joined in 1984 with an assist from Wayne Gretzky.

Moss’s tireless work ethic and dedication to both clubs was commemorated with a mural on Oct.20, 2008 at 7016 99 Street. He was recognized again on Nov.14, 2012 with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Beyond sports, in 2007, Moss became the name sake of “Joey’s Home,” a $1.5-million, 12-unit barrier-free long-term assisted-facility overseen by the Winnifred Stewart Association.

This year, 11 individuals and one team have been named to the 2015 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame induction class. Athletes include participants and winners of Olympic medals and world championships, and builders who have dedicated endless hours to build sports and sport event legacies.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held on Friday May 29, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

(Vancouver) With the 2015 CFL season just around the corner, the BC Lions Football Club is pleased to announce that auditions for this year’s edition of the Felions Dance Team will take place on Sunday, March 8 at the Dance Centre (677 Davie Street, Vancouver) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with registration beginning at 9:00 am.

Long considered one of the CFL’s most skilled and entertaining group of dancers, Felions hail from all over the Lower Mainland and balance their time between attending weekly practices, thrilling fans at BC Lions home games and their own pursuit off-field endeavors such as attending university, teaching dance and working in varied fields such as law and broadcasting.

In addition to having dozens of players active in the community, the Lions also proudly boast this dedicated group of young women who are an essential source of team ambassadors and appear at up to 200 charity and corporate events throughout the year. Felions also take part in the club’s much-anticipated annual swimsuit calendar which continues to be a favourite among Lions fans and CFL supporters across Canada.

Up to 100 Felion hopefuls will showcase their dance skills and showmanship on Sunday, March 8th with 34 to 40 finalists being selected over coming weeks to form the 2015 squad. In addition to receiving an honorarium, members of the Felions will also proudly represent the BC Lions at the 103rd Grey Cup Festival in Winnipeg.

BATES TO GUIDE SFU

February 24th, 2015

Longtime CFL player and assistant coach Kelly Bates confirmed to 620 CKRM Tuesday evening that he’s been hired as the new head coach of the Simon Fraser University Football Program.

According to the Vancouver Province, Bates will be introduced at a news conference on Thursday. The Province also reports Bates beat out current B.C. Lions assistant coach Khari Jones for the job.

Bates, a product of Humboldt, SK, will succeed Jacques Chapdelaine as SFU coach. Chapdelaine spent one season with the Clan before jumping to the Saskatchewan Roughriders as offensive coordinator.

Bates spent 10 seasons in the CFL as an offensive lineman with B.C., Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Edmonton. Upon his retirement as a player, Bates spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Lions as well as being the club’s Canadian Draft Coordinator. Kelly is a two-time Grey Cup champion as well as a Vanier Cup champ. He was a CFL All-Canadian in 2007.

Congratulations Kelly!

Incidentally registration for Bates’ longtime football camp in Humboldt opens next Tuesday. Information and registration forms are available at www.kellybates.ca.

RIDERS FINALIZE FOOTBALL OPS STAFF

February 24th, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today the 2015 Football Operations staff.

For the sixth consecutive season the staff will be led by Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, Brendan Taman. The 2015 season will be the Saskatoon natives 28th season working in the CFL.

Assistant General Manager, Jeremy O’Day has signed a three year contract to remain with the Riders front office, adding Director of Football Operations to his title. O’Day will continue to assist in many day to day football operation activities, including player/roster evaluations and contract negotiations while taking an active role in the Club’s scouting department and overseeing the equipment, video and athletic therapy divisions. He also continues to play an integral role in preparing the teams transition into the new Mosaic Stadium.

Craig Smith will return for his sixth season as the Director of Player Personnel and Canadian Scout for the Green and White. Smith is responsible for the identification and evaluation of collegiate and junior players across Canada and the United States while also coordinating visits to NFL training camps. He plays an integral role in the Riders selections during the CFL Canadian Draft.

2015 Football Operations Staff
Brendan Taman – VP, Football Operations & General Manager
Jeremy O’Day – Assistant General Manager & Director, Football Operations
Craig Smith – Director, Player Personnel & Canadian Scouting
Ron Selesky – U.S. Scout
Ryan Pollock – Manager, Media Relations & Football Communications
Ivan Gutfriend – Director, Athletic Therapy
Gordon Gilroy – Manager, Equipment
Chad Hudson – Manager, Football Research and Development
Aaron Thompson – Manager, Football Administration

VIKINGS SIGN PETERS

February 23rd, 2015

The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings announced on Monday they’ve signed free agent linebacker Brian Peters.

Peters played the last two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. In 2014, Peters led the Roughriders with 78 tackles and added 3.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 2 interceptions, including one for a touchdown.

Peters played the 2012 season with the Iowa Barnstormers in the Arena Football League after a four-year career at Northwestern. During his collegiate career, Peters started 34-of-52 games and ranks third in school history with 12 career interceptions.

RIDERS ADD TWO COACHES

February 20th, 2015

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin has added two coaches to the 2015 staff.

Jermaine Copeland will join the Riders as the receivers coach.

After a stellar 11 year CFL playing career, Copeland entered the coaching ranks in 2012 as a receivers coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. After spending one season in Hamilton, Copeland returned to school in order to complete his degree at the University of Tennessee.

Copeland’s CFL playing career began with the Montreal Alouettes in 2001, where he spent four seasons. He then joined the Calgary Stampeders in 2005 before being traded to Toronto in 2010 where he played his final two seasons. He is a two-time CFL All-Star (2003, 2009) and a two-time Grey Cup champion having won in 2002 and 2008.

Justin Chapdelaine will join the Riders as an offensive assistant.

After a four year career at Queen’s University, Chapdelaine signed with the Ottawa Redblacks in February, 2014 but was released prior to training camp.

Chapdelaine spent last season as the running backs coach with Simon Fraser University.

RIDERS SIGN KEVIN GLENN. (AGAIN!)

February 19th, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international free agent quarterback Kevin Glenn has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Glenn (5’10 – 200) joins the Riders for the second time in his career ahead of what will be his 15th season. The Illinois State product originally entered the CFL with the Green and White in 2001, spending three seasons in Saskatchewan.

Last season, Glenn started 17 regular season games for the B.C. Lions completing 302 of 479 pass attempts (63.0%). He finished second in the league with 3,918 passing yards and third in touchdown passes with 17. He also added 16 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown.

The 35-year-old Michigan native sits 8th all-time among CFL quarterbacks with 43,336 career passing yards. His 238 career touchdown passes rank 10th all-time. In addition to the Riders Glenn has also spent time with Winnipeg (2004-08), Hamilton (2009-11), Calgary (2012-13) and B.C. (2014) through his 222 career games played.

CHICK SIGNS TWO-YEAR EXTENSION

February 19th, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international defensive lineman John Chick has signed an extension to remain with the team through the 2016 season. As per club policy, financial details of the contract were not released.

Chick (6’4 – 250) will be entering his sixth year with the Roughriders after originally signing with the team ahead of the 2007 season. Last year, the Utah State product started all 18 regular season games at defensive end where he led the CFL with 15 quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for loss while also collecting a career high 45 defensive tackles. At seasons end he was named a CFL All-Star and the Riders nominee as Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The 32-year-old has played 73 career regular season games, all with the Green and White. His 42 quarterback sacks currently place him 5th on the Riders all-time list. Chick is a two-time Grey Cup champion (2007, 2013) and was named the 2009 CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

He returned to the Riders in 2013 after spending the 2010-2012 seasons in the National Football League.

BOMBERS RE-SIGN QUARTERBACK

February 18th, 2015

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has re-signed quarterback Brian Brohm.

Brohm returns for his second season in Winnipeg after being acquired in a trade with Hamilton last offseason. He started one game in 2014, seeing relief duty in three others. Brohm finished 2014 completing 39 of 70 attempts for 454 yards. The 2015 season will be Brohm’s third in the Canadian Football League.

“Continuity, rhythm and familiarity are all very important at the quarterback position,” said Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters. “Brian continues to grow as a quarterback in our league, he is very well respected in our locker room, and most importantly, he’s trusted to go in and succeed when called upon. We are very pleased to have him remain with our organization.”

Brohm was a second round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2008, after playing his collegiate football at Louisville, and finishing as the school’s second-leading passer with 10,775 yards.

GEROY LEAVES RIDERS FOR LIONS

February 12th, 2015

The BC Lions Football Club is pleased to announce that Geroy Simon has accepted a position with the organization in a dual football and business operations support role.

The CFL’s all-time leading receiver who spent 12 amazing seasons in orange returns to the Leos where he won two Grey Cup championships in 2006 and 2011 and set all-time franchise marks for receptions, yards and touchdowns.

“Geroy’s place is with the Lions and it’s an honour to have him return to our organization,” said president and CEO Dennis Skulsky. “I know he will undoubtedly be a valued contributor to our football operations department as a player personnel evaluator, scout and player mentor, as well as a tremendous asset on the business side and in alumni relations.”

Simon wrapped-up his playing days as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders following the 2013 CFL season where he also notched a third career Grey Cup title. He spent last year in the ‘Riders front office and will carry that experience into an expanded role with the Lions.

“It’s great to be home,” said Simon. “While my career took me away from BC and the Lions for a couple years, my heart never left and I couldn’t be happier to be back with the club. I’m going to do everything I can to help Wally and Jeff build a winner on the field while also working with Dennis and the business side of the organization to continue to grow the Lions brand.”