Canada West grads helping to power CFL rosters

Former Dinos QB Andrew Buckley is one of 55 former CW players set to open the 2017 CFL season this week.
Former Dinos QB Andrew Buckley is one of 55 former CW players set to open the 2017 CFL season this week.

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • 55 Canada West football grads are set to open the 2017 Canadian Football League season this week
  • The Calgary Dinos lead the CW charge with 20 grads on CFL rosters
  • A CFL-high 10 former CW players are Saskatchewan Roughriders, and will kick off their season Thursday in Montreal against the Alouettes

EDMONTON – When the 105th Grey Cup takes the field this November in Ottawa, you can bet there will be no shortage of Canada West content.

A total of 55 Canada West football alums head into the 2017 Canadian Football League (CFL) season as members of one of the league's nine teams, including a dozen combined CW players on the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders, who open the new CFL campaign Thursday in Montreal. 

Leading the charge in terms of CW schools producing pro talent are the Calgary Dinos, who have 20 former players on CFL rosters heading into the new season. Among the players on CFL rosters is two-time Hec Crighton award winner Andrew Buckley, who enters his second pro campaign No. 2 on the Calgary Stampeders depth chart at the quarterback position. Buckley is one of five Dinos in Calgary chasing their football dreams with the Stamps. 

Calgary's total of 20 CFLers heading into 2017 is double the next closest CW school, as 10 former Manitoba Bisons have landed a spot with CFL teams to start the season.

In terms of CW content by CFL club, the Stamps and Roughriders lead the way with a total of 10 conference grads in the mix, including former Bison running back Kienan LaFrance, who burst onto the scene last year with the Grey Cup champion Ottawa REDBLACKS and inked a new deal with the Riders this offsesaon.

CW DRAFTEES MAKING THEIR MARK

Of the dozen CW players taken inside the top six rounds of this year's CFL Draft, all but two are currently on a CFL roster, with only two CW high draftees not in the CFL – ex-Bison Geoff Gray (OL) and UBC Thunderbird Alex Morrison (WR). 

Gray was taken eighth overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and is currently pursuing his National Football League (NFL) aspirations with the Green Bay Packers, after signing with the NFL club earlier this year. 

Morrison, a fourth-round pick of the Alouettes, is entering his final year of eligibility and has opted to return to UBC for another season. 

WATCH THE CFL STARS OF THE FUTURE THIS FALL 

The 2017 CW football season opens Friday, September 1 when the conference regular season kicks off with a trio of games.

Fans can watch all 24 CW regular season games along with the three Hardy Cup Playoff games – including the 81st Hardy Cup on Saturday, November 11 – by purchasing a Canada West TV pass. 

A full list of Canada West TV packages available for the 2017-18 season will be announced in mid-August when the conference officially unveils its new brand.

CW GRADS IN THE CFL BY UNIVERSITY:

* Denotes practice roster 

Calgary Dinos (20)

Name / Position / Team / Age / Hometown

*Brett Blaszko / WR / WPG / 24 / Oakville, Ont.

Andrew Buckley / QB / CGY / 23 / Calgary, Alta.

Sukh Chungh / OL / WPG / 25 / Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Tanner Doll / LB / OTT / 24 / St. Alberta, Alta.

Mike Edem / S / SSK / 27 / Nigeria

Kirby Fabien / OL / BC / 26 / Calgary, Alta.

Dan Federkeil / OL / CGY / 33 / Medicine Hat, Alta.

Linden Gaydosh / DL / SSK / 26 / Peace River, Alta.

*Austen Hartley / WR / OTT / 21 / Calgary, Alta.

Jake Harty / WR / OTT / 26 / Calgary, Alta.

Sam Hurl / LB / WPG / 27 / Calgary, Alta.

Mike Klassen / DL / CGY / 26 / Calgary, Alta.

Adam Konar / LB / EDM / 23 / Vancouver, B.C.

Sean McEwen / OL / TOR / 23 / Calgary, Alta.

Connor McGough / DE / HAM / 21 / Medicine Hat, Alta.

Anthony Parker / WR / CGY / 27 / Vancouver, B.C.

*Denzel Radford / WR / SSK / 23 / Calgary, Alta.

Braden Schram / OL / HAM / 24 / Manning, Alta.

Mercer Timmis / RB / HAM / 23 / Burlington, Ont.

Anthony Woodson / RB / CGY / 29 / Calgary, Alta.

 

Manitoba Bisons (10)

Name / Position / Team / Age / Hometown

Anthony Coombs / RB / TOR / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

Nic Demski / WR / SSK / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

*Evan Foster / DE / TOR / 25 / Chilliwack, B.C.

Evan Gill / DT / HAM / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

Kienan LaFrance / RB / SSK / 26 / Winnipeg, Man.

Thomas Miles / LB / WPG / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

Don Oramasionwu / DT / MTL / 31 / Winnipeg, Man.

Landon Rice / OL / HAM / 29 / Brandon, Man.

Eddie Steele / DL / SSK / 28 / Winnipeg, Man.

*Derek Yachison / WR / WPG / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

 

UBC Thunderbirds (8)

Name / Position / Team / Age / Hometown

Mitch Barnett / LB / HAM / 24 / North Vancouver, B.C.

Terrell Davis / LB / HAM / 23 / Victoria, B.C.

Jas Dhillon / OL / BC / 28 / Surrey, B.C.

Cody Husband / OL / BC / 29 / New Westminster, B.C.

Riley Jones / LB / CGY / 23 / Delta, B.C.

Taylor Loffler / LB / WPG / 25 / Kelowna, B.C.

Dominique Termansen / DB / MTL / 23 / North Vancouver, B.C.

Quinn Van Gylswyk / K / SSK / 26 / Victoria, B.C.

 

Saskatchewan Huskies (8)

Name / Position / Team / Age / Hometown

Geoff Hughes / LB / HAM / 24 / Regina, Sask.

Evan Johnson / OL / OTT / 22 / Regina, Sask.

Dexter Janke / LB / CGY / 24 / Edmonton, Alta.

Rory Kohlert / WR / CGY / 29 / Regina, Sask.

*Julan Lynch / WR / CGY / 23 / Regina, Sask.

Patrick Neufeld / OL / WPG / 26 / Regina, Sask.

Charlie Power / RB / CGY / 26 / Okotoks, Alta.

Chad Rempel / LS / WPG / 35 / Sherwood Park, Alta.

 

Regina Rams (6)

Name / Position / Team / Age / Hometown

Tevaughn Campbell / DB / SSK / 24 / Scarborough, Ont.

Chris Getzlaf / WR / EDM / 34 / Regina, Sask.

Jorgen Hus / LS / SSK / 27 / Regina, Sask.

Brendon LaBatte / OL / SSK / 30 / Weyburn, Sask.

Addison Richards / WR / WPG / 23 / Regina, Sask.

Jeremy Zver / OL / BC / 23 / Regina, Sask.

 

Alberta Golden Bears (3)

Name / Position / Team / Age / Hometown

David Beard / OL / EDM / 24 / Sherwood Park, Alta.

Jimmy Ralph / WR / TOR / 24 / Raymond, Alta.

Simeon Rottier / OL / EDM / 33 / Westlock, Alta.

 

CW GRADS IN THE CFL BY CFL CLUB:

* Denotes practice roster

Calgary Stampeders (10)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

Andrew Buckley / QB / Calgary / 23 / Calgary, Alta.

Dan Federkeil / OL / Calgary / 33 / Medicine Hat, Alta.

Dexter Janke / LB / Saskatchewan / 24 / Edmonton, Alta.

Riley Jones / LB / UBC / 23 / Delta, B.C.

Mike Klassen / DL / Calgary / 26 / Calgary, Alta.

Rory Kohlert / WR / Saskatchewan / 29 / Regina, Sask.

*Julan Lynch / WR / Saskatchewan / 23 / Regina, Sask.

Anthony Parker / WR / Calgary / 27 / Vancouver, B.C.

Charlie Power / RB / Saskatchewan / 26 / Okotoks, Alta.

Anthony Woodson / RB / C Calgary / 29 / Calgary, Alta.

 

Saskatchewan Roughriders (10)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

Tevaughn Campbell / DB / Regina / 24 / Scarborough, Ont.

Nic Demski / WR / Manitoba / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

Mike Edem / S / Calgary / 27 / Nigeria

Linden Gaydosh / DL / Calgary / 26 / Peace River, Alta.

Jorgen Hus / LS / Regina / 27 / Regina, Sask.

Brendon LaBatte / OL / Regina / 30 / Weyburn, Sask.

Kienan LaFrance / RB / Manitoba / 26 / Winnipeg, Man

*Denzel Radford / WR / Calgary / 23 / Calgary, Alta.

Eddie Steele / DL / Manitoba / 28 / Winnipeg, Man.

Quinn Van Gylswyk / K / UBC / 26 / Victoria, B.C.

 

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

*Brett Blaszko / WR / Calgary / 24 / Oakville, Ont.

Sukh Chungh / OL / Calgary / 25 / Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Sam Hurl / LB / Calgary / 27 / Calgary, Alta.

Taylor Loffler / LB / UBC / 25 / Kelowna, B.C.

Thomas Miles / LB / Manitoba / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

Patrick Neufeld / OL / Saskatchewan / 26 / Regina, Sask.

Chad Rempel / LS / Saskatchewan / 35 / Sherwood Park, Alta.

Addison Richards / WR / Regina / 23 / Regina, Sask.

*Derek Yachison / WR / Manitoba / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

Mitch Barnett / LB / UBC / 24 / North Vancouver, B.C.

Terrell Davis / LB / UBC / 23 / Victoria, B.C.

Evan Gil / DT / Manitoba / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

Geoff Hughes / LB / Saskatchewan / 24 / Regina, Sask.

Connor McGough / DE / Calgary / 21 / Medicine Hat, Alta.

Landon Rice / OL / Manitoba / 29 / Brandon, Man.

Braden Schram / OL / Calgary / 24 / Manning, Alta.

Mercer Timmis / RB / Calgary / 23 / Burlington, Ont.

 

B.C. Lions (4)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

Jas Dhillon / OL / UBC / 28 / Surrey, B.C.

Kirby Fabien / OL / Calgary / 26 / Calgary, Alta.

Cody Husband / OL / BC / 29 / New Westminster, B.C.

Jeremy Zver / OL /Regina / 23 / Regina, Sask.

 

Edmonton Eskimos (4)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

David Beard / OL / Alberta / 24 / Sherwood Park, Alta.

Chris Getzlaf / WR / Regina / 34 / Regina, Sask.

Adam Konar / LB / Calgary / 23 / Vancouver, B.C.

Simeon Rottier / OL / Alberta / 33 / Westlock, Alta.

 

Ottawa REDBLACKS (4)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

Tanner Doll / LB / Calgary / 24 / St. Alberta, Alta.

*Austen Hartley / WR / Calgary / 21 / Calgary, Alta.

Jake Harty / WR / Calgary / 26 / Calgary, Alta.

Evan Johnson / OL / Saskatchewan / 22 / Regina, Sask.

 

Toronto Argonauts (4)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

Anthony Coombs / RB / Manitoba / 24 / Winnipeg, Man.

*Evan Foster / DE / Manitoba / 25 / Chilliwack, B.C.

Sean McEwen / OL / Calgary / 23 / Calgary, Alta.

Jimmy Ralph / WR / Alberta / 24 / Raymond, Alta.

 

Montreal Alouettes (2)

Name / Position / School / Age / Hometown

Don Oramasionwu / DT / Manitoba / 31 / Winnipeg, Man.

Dominique Termansen / DB / UBC / 23 / North Vancouver, B.C.