Roughrider receiver Nic Demski named CW Alum of the Month

Photo credit: CFL
Photo credit: CFL

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • Third-year Saskatchewan Roughrider receiver Nic Demski is the CW Football Alumnus of the Month for June after his quick start to the 2017 CFL season
  • The 2014 Hardy Cup champion has posted 169 receiving yards on 14 catches in two games
  • After every month of the CFL season, CW honours a former player now excelling professionally for one of the CFL's nine member clubs 

EDMONTON – Saskatchewan Roughrider wide receiver Nic Demski's outstanding start to the 2017 Canadian Football League (CFL) season has earned the Winnipeg native the title of Canada West (CW) Alumnus of the Month for June. 

The former Manitoba Bison was announced Wednesday as 2017's first winner, after racking up some big numbers through the first two weeks of the CFL season. The honour acknowledges outstanding performances by former CW players now competing in the CFL. 

Demski joins a list of former winners that includes ex-UBC Thunderbird turned Winnipeg Blue Bomber Taylor Loffler (DB), along with Demski's former teammate at Manitoba and current Rider running back Kienan LaFrance, who was last year's CW Alum of the Month for November after helping the Ottawa REDBLACKS to the 104th Grey Cup.

A standout at the University of Manitoba during his four seasons with the Herd, Demski has enjoyed a breakout start to his third CFL season. The four-time Canada West all-star and 2014 Hardy Cup champion has posted 169 receiving yards on 14 catches this season through two games, including a 35-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter of Saskatchewan's 43-40 OT loss to Winnipeg Saturday in Regina. 

Demski's 14 receptions is good for fourth in the CFL, while his 169 receiving yards is the sixth most in the CFL and the second most among Canadians behind only Ottawa's Brad Sinopoli's 199.

In addition to his receiving prowess, Demski has also featured for Saskatchewan on special teams, where he's earned 95 punt return yards on 10 returns.

Demski, who was Saskatchewan's first pick (sixth overall) in the 2015 CFL Draft, and the Riders return to action Saturday, July 8 when they take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

 

WATCH THE CFL STARS OF THE FUTURE THIS FALL

More than 50 CW players started the 2017 season on CFL rosters, including 10 CW players taken inside the top six rounds of this year's CFL Draft. 

Canada West's CFL stars of the future return to a campus near you beginning Friday, September 1, as the 2017 CW football 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, as part of the new Canada West brand unveiling.

 

PREVIOUS CANADA WEST FOOTBALL ALUMS OF THE MONTH

2016 CFL Season

MONTH

PLAYER

CW TEAM

CFL TEAM

JULY

REC - Anthony Parker

Calgary Dinos

Calgary Stampeders

AUGUST

DB - Taylor Loffler

UBC Thunderbirds

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

SEPTEMBER

OL - Sean McEwen

Calgary Dinos

Toronto Argonauts

OCTOBER

DB - Mike Edem

Calgary Dinos

BC Lions

NOVEMBER

RB - Kienan LaFrance

Manitoba Bisons

Ottawa REDBLACKS