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CFLAA Update Newsletter January 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 — BANFF, Alta (January 13, 2018) —The prevention, assessment and management of concussions remains a major focus as the Canadian Football League (CFL) wraps up a two-day conference on player health and safety today.

“Our team presidents and general managers devoted much of their winter meetings earlier this week to the topic of making our game as safe as it can be at all levels,” said Kevin McDonald, Vice-President, Football Operations and Player Safety for the CFL.

“That focus has continued into the weekend as team doctors, athletic therapists and representatives of the Canadian Football Players Association (CFLPA) joined league staff for two days devoted to this top priority.”

The conference’s agenda includes:

  • Evaluation of ongoing concussion research projects the league is participating in with an eye to understanding and incorporating emerging information.
  • An annual review of CFL Concussion protocols to ensure they remain world class.
  • An assessment of player education and awareness initiatives the league undertakes to encourage players to understand the signs and symptoms of concussions, the importance of reporting suspected concussions, and the type of play that can increase the risk of various types of injury.
  • A Review of the CFL’s Injury spotter program which places a person dedicated to injury monitoring in its Command Centre for every game.
  • A Review of processes for Injury Data Collection and extraction.
  • A review of the processes surrounding the CFL/CFLPA Drug Policy.
  • Updates on the latest information on helmet technologies.

“While this is our annual face-to-face meeting for team personnel at the forefront of our player healthy and safety efforts, the truth is we all are in constant contact and discussion throughout the year,” McDonald said.

“This work never ends and must always progress. We owe that to our tremendous players, devoted fans and great game.”

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 — TORONTO (December 28, 2017) — The Canadian Football League (CFL) has released the following statement:

Since last summer, the Canadian Football League has been engaged in a thorough process to determine the eligibility of Johnny Manziel. This process has been conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Manziel and independent of the team which currently holds his CFL rights, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It has included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner. As well, Mr. Manziel has been required to meet a number of conditions set by the league.

As a result of this process, the Commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated.

The process that led to this decision does, however, will continue. Mr. Manziel has been informed he must continue to meet a number of conditions in order to remain eligible. These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential.

MONTREAL ALOUETTES HOLD THE FIRST OVERALL SELECTION IN THE CFL DRAFT ON MAY 3

Friday, December 15, 2017 — TORONTO (December 15, 2017) – The Canadian Football League announced that the 2018 CFL Draft will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The CFL recently released the second edition of the Top-20 prospects in the Scouting Bureau for the 2018 CFL Draft. The 2018 CFL Draft will broadcast on TSN and RDS, additional broadcast details to be announced.

Below is the current draft order for the eight-round draft.

ROUND 1 ROUND 2
PICK TEAM PICK TEAM
1 Montreal Alouettes 1 (10) Saskatchewan Roughriders via Montreal
2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2 (11) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
3 BC Lions 3 (12) BC Lions
4 Ottawa REDBLACKS 4 (13) Ottawa REDBLACKS
5 Saskatchewan Roughriders 5 (14) Saskatchewan Roughriders
6 Edmonton Eskimos 6 (15) Hamilton Tiger-Cats via Edmonton
7 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 (16) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
8 Calgary Stampeders 8 (17) Calgary Stampeders
9 Toronto Argonauts 9 (18) Toronto Argonauts
ROUND 3 ROUND 4
PICK TEAM PICK TEAM
1 (19) Montreal Alouettes 1 (27) Montreal Alouettes
2 (20) Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2 (28) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
3 (21) BC Lions 3 (29) BC Lions
4 (22) Ottawa REDBLACKS 4 (30) Ottawa REDBLACKS
5 (23) Montreal Alouettes via Saskatchewan 5 (31) Montreal Alouettes via Saskatchewan
6 (24) Toronto Argonauts via Edmonton 6 (32) Edmonton Eskimos
Forfeited by Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Supplemental Draft 7 (33) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
7 (25) Calgary Stampeders 8 (34) Calgary Stampeders
8 (26) Winnipeg Blue Bombers via Toronto 9 (35) Toronto Argonauts
ROUND 5 ROUND 6
PICK TEAM PICK TEAM
1 (36) Saskatchewan Roughriders via Montreal 1 (44) Montreal Alouettes
2 (37) Edmonton Eskimos via Hamilton 2 (45) Saskatchewan Roughriders via Hamilton Tiger-Cats
3 (38) BC Lions 3 (46) BC Lions
4 (39) Calgary Stampeders via Ottawa Forfeited by Ottawa REDBLACKS in Supplemental Draft
Forfeited by Saskatchewan Roughriders in Supplemental Draft 4 (47) BC Lions via Saskatchewan
5 (40) Edmonton Eskimos 5 (48) Edmonton Eskimos
6 (41) Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6 (49) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
7 (42) Calgary Stampeders 7 (50) Calgary Stampeders
8 (43) Toronto Argonauts 8 (51) Montreal Alouettes via Toronto
ROUND 7 ROUND 8
PICK TEAM PICK TEAM
1 (52) Montreal Alouettes 1 (61) Montreal Alouettes
2 (53) Edmonton Eskimos via Hamilton 2 (62) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
3 (54) BC Lions 3 (63) Saskatchewan Roughriders via BC
4 (55) Ottawa REDBLACKS 4 (64) Ottawa REDBLACKS
5 (56) Hamilton Tiger-Cats via Saskatchewan 5 (65) Edmonton Eskimos via Saskatchewan
6 (57) Edmonton Eskimos 6 (66) Hamilton Tiger-Cats via Edmonton
7 (58) Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 (67) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
8 (59) Calgary Stampeders 8 (68) Calgary Stampeders
9 (60) Toronto Argonauts 9 (69) Toronto Argonauts

 

TEAM SELECTIONS

AMOUNT OF DRAFT PICKS TEAM WHERE THEY ARE SELECTING
9 Montreal Alouettes 1, 19, 23, 27, 31, 44, 51, 52 and 61
Calgary Stampeders 8, 17, 25, 34, 39, 42, 50, 59 and 68
8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2, 11, 15, 20, 28, 56, 62 and 66
BC Lions 3, 12, 21, 29, 38, 46, 47 and 54
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7, 16, 26, 33, 41, 49, 58 and 67
Edmonton Eskimos 6, 32, 37, 40, 48, 53, 57 and 65
7 Toronto Argonauts 9, 18, 24, 35, 43, 60 and 69
6 Ottawa REDBLACKS 4, 13, 22, 30, 55 and 64
Saskatchewan Roughriders 5, 10, 14, 36, 45 and 63

 

Schedule is out months earlier, Season starts a week sooner, Match-Ups are as exciting as ever

Thursday, December 14, 2017 — TORONTO (December 14, 2017) – The Canadian Football League’s schedule for 2018 is out just in time for the holidays.

“For years, our fans have asked to have the schedule released as early as possible, preferably in time to consider buying season tickets as gifts for family and friends,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

“We are pleased today to deliver on that request. Not only is this schedule out two months earlier than last year’s, it promises a season that starts a little sooner and will deliver all the excitement Canadians have come to expect from the CFL.”

To view the 2018 CFL Schedule, click here.

The regular season will kick off one week earlier, on Thursday, June 14, when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Edmonton Eskimos – the first of 11 summer Thursday Night Football telecasts on TSN. It will conclude with the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in Edmonton on Sunday November 25.

The defending Grey Cup Champion Toronto Argonauts kick off their title defense – and Friday Night Football on TSN – on June 15 when they travel to Saskatchewan to face the Roughriders.

Rounding out opening weekend is a double header on Saturday, June 16, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visiting the Calgary Stampeders and the Montreal Alouettes facing the BC Lions in Vancouver.

The Argos’ home opener on June 23 shapes up as a night to remember: the team will raise its Grey Cup banner before facing the Stampeders in a rematch of last month’s thrilling 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.

Mark’s Labour Day Weekend features all the traditional rivalries: Montreal visits the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday, August 31; the Bombers visit the Riders on Sunday, September 2; and the holiday Monday on September 3 features a classic doubleheader, with Edmonton at Calgary in the afternoon followed by Toronto at Hamilton in the evening.

The following weekend features back-to-back-to-back rematches on Saturday September 8: Hamilton at Toronto, Saskatchewan at Winnipeg and Calgary at Edmonton.

Teams hit the Shaw Road to the Grey Cup come Fall. The lineup for Thanksgiving Weekend includes Calgary at Montreal and Edmonton at Saskatchewan on the holiday Monday, October 8. The final three weeks of the season feature 12 straight divisional match-ups which will likely determine the seeding for the playoffs.

The 2018 schedule spreads the same number of regular season games over 21 weeks instead of 20, promoting player safety by ensuring fewer short turnarounds for the league’s nine teams.

It eliminates the requirement that any team play three games in eleven days, something that had been part of every schedule dating back to 2005. The number of games to be played on less than a full week’s rest has been cut to 44, down from 51 last year and 54 the year before.

The number of games played on five days rest has been cut from 21 last year to 15 this year, a 29 per cent decrease. And this year, every team will get three bye weeks instead of two, reducing the number of consecutive weeks a team must play.

“Building on the momentum of one of the most thrilling Grey Cups ever, our league is looking forward to an exciting 2018,” Ambrosie said. “Now, with the schedule out and season tickets on sale, our fans can give the gift of that excitement to friends and family, and we can all anticipate a happy new year of great Canadian football.”

League to dedicate new resources to major push on ticketing and analytics.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 — TORONTO – The Canadian Football League announced today organizational changes that include the dedication of new resources to ticketing and analytics.“Putting fans in seats – and in concourses or other social areas as fans’ tastes evolve – is a top priority for our league,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the CFL.

“Truly understanding what works and doesn’t work, based not on instinct but on real metrics measured in real time, must be the foundation of any business in this digital age.”

Ambrosie said the league is beginning the recruiting process for new talent dedicated to Data Analytics and Ticket Sales Management.

He also announced a new structure for the league office designed to position it for success.

“The CFL exists on two equally vital platforms: football and business. Football is our product, the core of all that we do. Business is our purpose, the thing that drives us,” Ambrosie said.

“We owe it to our governors, our teams, our partners and especially our fans to strive to reach new heights on both platforms.”

A new Senior Leadership Team for Football, reporting directly to Ambrosie, will now include: Kevin McDonald, the Vice-President, Football Operations and Player Safety; Ryan Janzen, who is promoted to Senior Director, Football Operations: and Darren Hackwood, who is promoted to Senior Director, Officiating.

With a combined experience of almost 40 years in the CFL, the trio will work with the rest of league’s football operations staff and the league’s coaches, general managers and players.

The Senior Leadership Team for Business will include Greg Dick, Christina Litz, Matt Maychak, Tyler Mazereeuw and Susan Jones Bouk.

Dick becomes the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Finance Officer whose responsibilities include Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Security and administration of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. The new Data Analytics function will report to him.

Litz becomes Chief Marketing, Digital and Strategy Officer, a title which recognizes her leading and expansive role within the organization. To ensure a strong link between football and business, the Senior Leadership Team for Football will meet regularly in a forum chaired by Litz. Promotions within her department include Vanessa Morbi to Vice-President, Marketing and Digital; Kelly Shouldice to Vice President, Content; and Sully Syed to Senior Director, Technology.

Céline Séguin, promoted to Senior Director Events and General Manager Grey Cup, will oversee newly combined Grey Cup and Events functions and report directly to the Commissioner.

Maychak becomes Chief Communications Officer responsible for media relations, public affairs, government relations and issues management.

Mazereeuw becomes Chief Revenue officer and adds the Ticketing Sales Management function to his key role as the league lead on corporate partnerships. Owen Welsh is promoted to Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships.

Jones Bouk, a consultant to the league on People and Talent matters, is a trusted advisor to the Commissioner and a resource to the entire league office.

Ambrosie also congratulated Glen Johnson whose retirement as the Senior Vice-President, Football was announced earlier this afternoon.

“Glen steps away after a 28-year-association with the CFL that put him on the field officiating 11 Grey Cup games and in our boardroom as we fashioned the future of our business,” Ambrosie said. “I am glad he has agreed to consult with our league as needed and we all wish him well.”

TORONTO – Glen Johnson, the Canadian Football League’s Senior Vice President, Football, announced Thursday he is retiring from the league after almost three decades as an on-field official and a football operations leader.

“It just feels like the right time,” Johnson said. “Our game is in a great place, with scoring up, penalties down and a strong team of dedicated officials in place. And while I will always be a huge CFL fan, I’d like to see what it’s like to spend summer and fall weekends focused on family and friends instead of football alone.”

Johnson has worked for the CFL for 28 seasons; 24 as an on-field official, one as Technical Director for Officiating, two as the Vice-President, Officiating, and most recently as the Senior Vice-President, Football for two years. As an on-field official, Johnson worked 416 games, earning eleven Grey Cup assignments. Johnson’s Canadian football roots run deep: his father Gord worked for the League for 25 years, 16 as an on-field official who earned four Grey Cup assignments. The Johnsons remain the only father-and-son duo to have both officiated a Grey Cup game.

“Glen has made a huge contribution to our league, on and off the field,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. “He has been an active official, a dedicated administrator, a strong advocate and, through his work with our coaches and rules committee, an architect of our game.”

Johnson joined the league office following the 2013 CFL season, upon retiring from both on-field officiating and a successful career in the technology sector. Since then, he has been responsible for spearheading innovations including the use of video replay to review judgment calls such as pass interference, the addition of a video official to the Command Centre to improve real-time decisions and the use of live game video on tablets used on the sidelines by coaches and players.

Playing a leading role on the league’s Rules Committee, Johnson was instrumental in working with coaches, general managers and officials to make changes to open up the passing game, increase scoring and encourage big play kick returns. Since 2014, regular season scoring is up 19 per cent, and penalties are down 13 per cent. This year, scoring in the four playoff games averaged 57 points, up 7 per cent from the regular season. It was one of the five highest scoring playoff runs in the past 25 years. The same playoff games averaged just nine penalties per game.

Working alongside Kevin McDonald, the Vice-President, Football Operations and Player Safety, Johnson also oversaw the addition of an injury spotter to the Command Centre, and several changes to the league’s rules and discipline standards designed to improve player health and safety.

His tenure in the league office was highlighted by the introduction of the first ever officiating exchange program between the CFL and the NFL and a new national Flag Football program for youth in partnership with NFL Canada.

“There are so many wonderful people to thank,” Johnson said. “I’m indebted to all of the Commissioners who gave me an opportunity to serve this league, and the crew mates and colleagues who I count among my dearest friends. I particularly want to acknowledge the CFL’s on-field officials and officiating support team, who are second to none in the world of sports. The support and understanding of my wife Karen Ann and sons Erik and Rocky have made it possible for me to pursue my passion for Canadian football. Finally, I thank CFL fans whose love of our game pays the bills and fuels all that we do here.”

Johnson has agreed to continue to consult to the League on an as-needed basis.

VIA: https://www.cfl.ca/2017/12/07/glen-johnson-announces-retirement-28-cfl-seasons/

 

Ratings, Online Traffic, Social Engagement All Strong For Compelling Games

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 — TORONTO — The metrics are in on the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw and the Grey Cup Playoffs.

Here is a look at the numbers:

PLAYOFF AND GREY CUP RATINGS

  • The 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in Ottawa had an average audience of 4.3 million on TSN and RDS, a 10% increase over last year and the largest audience since the 101st Grey Cup.
  • Nearly 10 million Canadians watched at least some part of the game.
  • The key Southern Ontario market was up 58%.
  • The next generation of fans tuned in: viewers aged 2 to 17 were up 48%.
  • Ratings for the Divisional Finals were up 19% from a year ago.
    • Six million people tuned in to at least some part of the games.
    • There was growth across adult demographics: 18-34 was up 39%, 18-49 was up 27% and 25-54 was up 16%.
    • There was growth in Canada’s largest market — Toronto/GTA was up 115% — and in Calgary (+39%).
  • The Divisional Semi-Finals averaged more than one million viewers, up 7% from last year.
  • With 4.3 million Canadians watching at least some part of the games, they were the most watched Semi-Finals in three years.

PLAYOFF AND GREY CUP HIGHLIGHTS

ESF – Saskatchewan Roughriders 31 at Ottawa REDBLACKS 20

WSF – Edmonton Eskimos 39 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 32

EF – Saskatchewan Roughriders 21 at Toronto Argonauts 25

WF – Edmonton Eskimos 28 at Calgary Stampeders 32

GC 105 – Calgary Stampeders 24 vs. Toronto Argonauts 27

  • Toronto captured the Grey Cup for a record seventeenth time.
  • The Argonauts are the only CFL club to win twice since 2010.
  • Five different teams have won the Grey Cup in the past five years, and seven different clubs have won in the last eight years.
  • Ricky Ray became the first starting quarterback to record four wins as a Grey Cup starting  Quarterback.
  • Grey Cup MVP Devier Posey’s 100-yard TD reception was the longest pass completion in Grey Cup history, surpassing Pat Woodcock’s 99-yard catch and run in 2002.
  • His 175 receiving yards were the most by any player in a Grey Cup game in the last 63 years, ranking #2 all-time.
  • Bo Levi Mitchell’s 373 yards passing moved him up to eighth on the all-time Grey Cup passing list (1,178).
  • DaVaris Daniels made 11 receptions, enough for him to tie for third on the list for most catches in a Grey Cup game.
  • Daniels is the fifth player in Grey Cup history to record 100-yard receiving games in each of his appearances (two games or more). Carl Bland, Eddie Brown and Ron Ingram did so while Jamel Richardson achieved the feat in his first three appearances in the Grey Cup.
  • Cassius Vaughn’s 109-yard fumble return touchdown became the longest return of any kind in Grey Cup history, surpassing Jackie Parker’s 90-yard return for a touchdown in 1954.
  • The two 100-yard plays in a single game was a first for any post-season contest.
  • In the four playoff contests, the average margin of victory was just 5.8 points. That’s the fourth-lowest in the last 60 CFL post-seasons (1958-2017) and the lowest since 2007.
  • Four of the five 2017 post-season games were decided by a single possession.
  • Scoring in the four playoff games averaged 57.0 points, up 7% over the 2017 regular season. That ranks among the top five totals in the last 25 years.
  • The playoff contests averaged just 9.2 penalties per game – the lowest since the CFL adopted a single-game playoff format in 1972. (Previously, the East Final was a two-game total-point affair and the West Final was a best of three.)
  • Calgary played in the West Division Final for the sixth year in a row, the longest streak by any club since 1996 (Calgary 1990-96).

The East Division Semi-Final featured several notable milestones:

  • Won by a crossover team from the West for the fourth time in CFL history.
  • The fastest two touchdowns ever in a playoff game (4:07).
  • First time that the first three possessions in the game resulted in TDs.
  • Trevor Harris set an all-time playoff record with 60 pass attempts.
  • Harris’ 37 completions were the second-most ever and his 457 yards ranked sixth all-time.
  • Marcus Thigpen’s 169 rushing yards were the most by any player in a playoff game since 2013 and the third-highest total in 20 years.
  • In the Eastern Final, Brandon Bridge became the first Canadian QB to throw a TD pass in a playoff game since Russ Jackson did so in1968. He became the first Canadian to throw a TD pass in any kind of post-season game since Jackson threw a TD in the 1969 Grey Cup.

CFL.CA TRAFFIC

  • Through the playoffs, traffic on CFL.ca increased dramatically from a year ago:
    • Page views +42%
    • Unique page views +43.5%
    • Video views +23%
    • Average time on site +6%
  • During Grey Cup week traffic continued to surge, compared to 2016:
    • Page views +19%
    • Unique page views +22%
    • Average time on site +2%
  • On Grey Cup Sunday itself, the numbers jumped again, despite the fact that last year’s game was an overtime thriller:
    • Pageviews +12%
    • Unique page views +16%

 @CFL: MOST SOCIAL GREY CUP EVER

  • Twitter results for #GreyCup surpassed 265,000+ on Sunday.
  • The day after the game produced another 715,000+ Tweets from Canadians discussing the game’s thrilling finish and Shania Twain’s spectacular halftime performance.
  • The total number of CFL-related tweets during the playoffs and Grey Cup reached almost half a million.
  • Total engagement (including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) was up 17% compared to last year
  • Engagement rate (including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) was up41% compared to 2016
  • The most RT’d tweet from @CFL registered 1,500+ RTs and 4,400+ likes. Click to see.
  • The most liked Instagram post was the final score graphic, reaching 8,500+ likes. Click to see.
  • Social video (including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) views were up 58% and engagement was up 61%
  • The top-performing videos from Grey Cup Week:
    • Ricky Ray to Devier Posey TD – 400,000+ views on Facebook
    • Bo Levi Mitchell “Saturdays are for the Boys” – 220,000+ views on Twitter
    • Grey Cup interrupts Marcus Ball Speech – 130,000+ views on Facebook
  • Facebook streams throughout Grey Cup Week reached impressive numbers:
    • 200,000+ total minutes viewed across all Grey Cup streams
    • 1,000,000+ total people reached
    • 160,000+ total unique viewers

#CFLTHISWEEK

  • During the season, #CFLTHISWEEK accumulated 1,500,000+ total viewers.
  • During Grey Cup Week, #CFLTHISWEEK reached 525,000+ total viewers.

CFL FOOTBALL FRENZY

  • In September, the CFL launched ‘CFL Football Frenzy’, a fast-paced, shoot-out style arcade game aimed at very young audiences and available for download on mobile and tablet devices. CFL Football Frenzy amassed more than 208,000+ downloads and was ranked #1 in the Kids category in the Apple App Store and has been frequently featured in the Google Play store.

Free agency period officially opens on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at noon ET

Thursday, November 30, 2017 — TORONTO (November 30, 2017) – The 2018 Canadian Football League free agency period officially opens on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at noon ET. Below is a list of active players who will become CFL free agents, should they not re-sign with their current respective teams.

BC LIONS

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
ARCENEAUX, Emmanuel I WR Alcorn State
BAZZIE, Alex I DL Marshall
BENSON, Mike N LS Acadia
CLARKE, Adrian N LB Bishop’s
DHILLON, Jaskaran N OL UBC
FABIEN, Kirby N OL Calgary
FENNER, Chandler I DB Holy Cross
FORDE, Maxx N DL Idaho
HUSBAND, Cody N OL UBC
JACKSON, Anthony I DB Pittsburgh
JOHNSON, Antonio I OL North Texas
JOHNSON, Shaquille N WR Western University
JONES, Andrew N OL McMaster
LEE, TJ I DB Eastern Washington
LULAY, Travis I QB Montana State
MENARD, David N DL Montreal
MOORE, Nick I WR Toledo
PURIFOY, Loucheiz I DB Florida
ROH, Craig I DL Michigan
STEWARD, Hunter N OL Liberty
TURNER, Bryant I DL Alabama Birmingham
YELL, Ronnie I DB San Jose State

EDMONTON ESKIMOS

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
ADAMS, Johnny I DB Michigan State
BEARD, David N OL Alberta
CUMMINGS, Euclid I DT Georgia Tech
DELAHUNT, John N TE Connecticut
DUPUIS, Alexandre N FB Montreal
FIGUEROA, Joel I OL Miami
FRANKLIN, James I QB Missouri
GABLE, CJ I RB USC
GROULX, Danny N OL Laval
GRYMES, Aaron I DB Idaho
HAZELTON, Vidal I WR Cincinnati
HIGHTOWER, Forrest I DB San Jose State
HOFFMAN-ELLIS, Alex I LB Washington State
HUNT, Phillip I DL Houston
JONES, Korey I LB Wyoming
KELLY, Colin I OL Oregon State
KING, Neil N DB Saint Mary’s
KONAR, Adam N LB Calgary
LADLER, Kenneth I DB Vanderbilt
LAWRENCE, Kendial I RB Missouri
LOCHARD, Pascal N RB Laval
MUAMBA, Cauchy N DB St. Francis Xavier
O’NEILL, Hugh N P Alberta
PARRISH, Doug N LB Western Oregon
PETERS, Garry I DB Clemson
ROTTIER, Simeon N OL Alberta
SHERRITT, J.C. I LB Eastern Washington
SMITH, Jamill I WR Ball State
STEINHAUER, Levi N FB Saskatchewan
TUCK, James N FB York
VAN, Travon I RB Montana
WALKER, Derel I WR Texas A&M
WATERS, Swayze I K Alabama Birmingham
WATSON, Cory N WR Concordia
WHITE, John I RB Utah
WHYTE, Sean N K South Fraser Rams Jrs.
ZYLSTRA, Brandon I WR Concordia College

CALGARY STAMPEDERS

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
BELL, Josh I DB Baylor
BURNETT, Joe I DB Central Florida
CAMPBELL, Tommie I DB California U. of PA
CARON, Pierre-Luc N LB Laval
COTE, Rob N RB Calgary Colts
DANIELS, DaVaris I WR Notre Dame
DAVIS, Ja’Gared I LB Southern Methodist
DURANT, Lemar N WR Simon Fraser
ERDOS, Bradley N OL Simon Fraser
EVANS, Ciante I DB Nebraska
FINCH, Roy I RB Oklahoma
FRASER, Kashawn I DL Central Michigan
HARRIS, Maleki I LB South Alabama
JORDEN, Kamar I WR Bowling Green State
KLASSEN, Michael N DL Calgary
KOHLERT, Rory N WR Saskatchewan
LANGLAIS, William N RB Sherbrooke
MAYO, Deron I LB Old Dominion
MESSAM, Jerome N RB Graceland
PARKER, Anthony N WR Calgary
RICHARDS, Randy I OL Missouri State
RICHARDSON, Shaquille I DB Arizona
SMITH, Brandon I DB Sacramento State
THORN, Cameron N OL Guelph
WALL, Jamar I CB Texas Tech
WIGGAN, Derek N DL Queen’s
WOODSON, Anthony N RB Calgary

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
BAILEY, Devon N WR St. Francis Xavier
BELL, Shakir I RB Indiana State
BRIDGE, Brandon N QB South Alabama
CAMPBELL, Bruce I OL Maryland
CARTER, Duron I WR Florida Atlantic
CLARK, Dan N OL Regina Jrs.
COLEMAN, Thaddeus I OL Mississippi Valley State
DEMSKI, Nic N WR Manitoba
FOSTER, Otha I DB West Alabama
GETZLAF, Chris N WR Regina
JEFFERSON, Willie I DL Stephen F. Austin State
JOHNSON, Jovon I DB Iowa
KNOX JR., Jeff I LB California U. of PA
LEONARD, AC I DL Tennessee State
MINTER, Zach I DL Montana State
MOORE, Spencer N FB McMaster
MORRIS, Greg N RB New Mexico Military Institute
MRABURE, Ese N DL Wilfrid Laurier
ONTKO, Cameron I LB Cal Poly
RODGERS, Kacy I DB Miami
STEELE, Eddie N DL Manitoba
VAN GYLSWYK, Quinn N K UBC

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
BOND, Travis I OL North Carolina
BRYANT, Stanley I OL East Carolina
DENMARK, Clarence I WR Arkansas Monticello
DRESSLER, Weston I WR North Dakota
FEOLI GUDINO, Julian N WR Laval
FOGG, Kevin I DB Liberty
FOKETI, Manase I OL West Texas A&M
HEATH, TJ I DB Jacksonville State
HURL, Sam N LB Calgary
KNOX, Kyle I LB Fresno State
LEFEVOUR, Dan I QB Central Michigan
LEGGETT, Maurice I DB Valdosta State
MEDLOCK, Justin I K UCLA
NEVIS, Drake I DL Louisiana State
NORMAND, Christophe N FB Laval
RANDLE, Chris I DB Utah State
THOMAS, Jake N DL Acadia
WESTERMAN, Jamaal N DL Rutgers
WILD, Ian I LB Mercyhurst College

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
ATKINSON, Michael N DL Boise State
BANKS, Brandon I WR Kansas State
BARNETT, Mitchell N LB UBC
CAPICCIOTTI, Justin N DL Simon Fraser
COLLINS, Jasper I WR Mount Union College
DEAN, Larry I LB Valdosta State
ELLIS, Dominique I DB South Carolina State
GILL, Evan N DL Manitoba
GOLSON, Everett I QB Florida State
LANGA, Jonathan N DB Saint Mary’s
LAURENT, Ted N DL Mississippi
MASOLI, Jeremiah I QB Mississippi
PRIME, Carl-Olivier N FB Wagner College
SHORTILL, Nicholas N LB McMaster
TASKER, Luke I WR Cornell
WASHINGTON, Demond I DB Auburn
WASHINGTON, Tony I OL Abilene Christian

TORONTO ARGONAUTS

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
BASS, Khalil I LB Portland State
BISHOP, Ken I DL Northern Illinois
BLACK, Matt N DB Saginaw Valley State
EDWARDS, Armanti I WR Appalachian State
FAJARDO, Cody I QB Nevada
FULLER, Jeff I WR Texas A&M
GABRIEL, Jermaine N DB Bishop’s
GREEN, S.J. I WR South Florida
HAJRULLAHU, Lirim N K Western University
LAING, Cleyon N DL Iowa State
MITCHELL, Josh I DB Nebraska
MURRAY, Derico I LB Kent State
OWUSU-ANSAH, Akwasi I DB Indiana of PA
POSEY, DeVier I WR Ohio State
RAY, Ricky I QB Sacramento State
SEARS, Johnny I DB Michigan
VAUGHN, Cassius I DB Mississippi
WALKER, Cameron N DL Guelph
WAUD, Daryl N DL Western University
WHITAKER, Brandon I RB Baylor
WHITE, Mitchell I DB Michigan State
WOODS, Bear I LB Troy

 

OTTAWA REDBLACKS

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
ALBRIGHT, Matthew N OL Saint Mary’s
BERGER, Adam N DB Simon Fraser
BOLDUC, Jean-Philippe N DB Laval
BRYANT, Serderius I LB Mississippi
CRINER, Juron I WR Arizona
DOLL, Tanner N LB Calgary
EVANS, Zach N DL Regina Thunder Jrs
GASCON-NADON, Arnaud N DL Laval
GAVINS, Jerrell I DB Boise State
GILLANDERS, Brendan N FB Ottawa
HARRIS, Trevor I QB Edinboro
HARTY, Jake N WR Calgary
JOHNSON, Keelan I DB Arizona State
JONES, Greg I LB Michigan State
MACMILLAN, Nolan N OL Iowa
MADU, Mossis I RB Oklahoma
MAHER, Brett I K Nebraska
MATEAS, Alex N OL Connecticut
POWELL, William I RB Kansas State
REED, Taylor I LB Southern Methodist
ROSE, Jonathan I DB Nebraska
SILAS, Jake I OL Buffalo
SINOPOLI, Brad N WR Ottawa
SPENCER, Diontae I WR McNeese State
TAYLOR, Nicholas I DB Florida International
WEST, Dan N DB Bishop’s

 

MONTREAL ALOUETTES

PLAYER I/N POS SCHOOL
ACKIE, Chris N DB Wilfrid Laurier
ADEKOLU, Stephen N WR Bishop’s
BEDARD, Martin N FB Connecticut
BEDE, Boris I K Laval
BLAKE, Philip N OL Baylor
BROWN, Vincent I OL Pittsburg State
CAMPBELL, Tevaughn N DB Regina
CARROLL, Alex N WR Queen’s
CARTER, Michael N DB Maryland
CHARLAND, Mikael N DB Concordia
FULTON, Xavier I OL Illinois
GREAVES, Christopher N OL Western University
HAIDARA, Seydou Junior N WR Laval
HARRIS, Jacory I QB Miami
LEWIS, Jeremy I OL Miami
MCLENNAN, Ivan I DL Washington State
MINCY, Jonathan I DB Auburn
NORTHRUP, Reggie I LB Florida State
O’HALLORAN, Nathan N FB Windsor
ORAMASIONWU, Donald N DT Manitoba
PIERZCHALSKI, Alex N WR Toronto
SIMMONS, Brian I OL Oklahoma
STEWART, Brandon I DB Eastern Arizona JC
SUTTON, Tyrell I RB Northwestern
TERMANSEN, Dominique N DB UBC
VONK, Matt N OL Waterloo
WILLY, Drew I QB Buffalo

Commissioner Ambrosie cites steps forward and positive metrics

Friday, November 24, 2017 — OTTAWA — The Canadian Football League is strong and looking towards an even brighter future, says Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

“Our mission is to take our league to even greater heights,” Ambrosie told those at the annual State of the League news conference today in Ottawa.

Five months into his tenure as the league’s 14th Commissioner, Ambrosie highlighted some key metrics:

  • It is expected that one in three Canadians will watch at least part of the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw on TSN and RDS this Sunday at 6 pm ET.
  • Two million fans attended a CFL game this year.
  • 2.4 million watch the CFL on TSN and RDS each regular season weekend.
  • Playoff ratings for the divisional semifinals were up seven per cent and ratings for the divisional finals were up 15 per cent from a year ago.
  • offensive scoring is up 19 per cent and penalties are down 14 per cent since 2014.
  • the league has seen $2 billion invested in recent years in new and improved venues, including the opening of the new Mosaic Stadium this year in Saskatchewan.
  • fans are engaging with the league online like never before, with 20.7 million video views this year on CFL social media channels; 25 million page views on CFL.ca; 175,000 fans playing some form of CFL fantasy and 60,000 downloads of the league’s CFL Football Frenzy mobile game.

Ambrosie cited several new steps forward for the league in 2017:

  • the launch of its Diversity is Strength campaign, which brought a message of inclusion to the CFL’s own sidelines and events with youth, including a #BringItIn Rally with hundreds of local school children here this week.
  • the introduction of Mark’s CFL Week, a fan- and media-friendly offseason showcase for the league’s leading players and top prospects;
  • the mid-season decision to improve game flow by reducing coaches’ video challenges to one per team per game;
  • the CFL NFL Flag Football tournament for youth that included competitions in every CFL city and culminated in a championship played here this week.
  • an unprecedented agreement with the Canadian Football League Players’ Association to ban full contact practices during the regular season plus an extension of the season to reduce the number of short turnarounds between games.

“The health and safety of our players is of paramount importance to us,” said Ambrosie, who played in the CFL for nine seasons and was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos team that won the Grey Cup in 1993.

Addressing the issue of concussions in sport, Ambrosie described as “state of the art” the league’s approach to promoting awareness among players and working to prevent, diagnose, assess and treat concussions.

He vowed to continue to work with experts in the medical and scientific communities as research evolves.

He praised the work CFL teams and players do in the community, including the Be More Than a Bystander program that combats violence against women, Purolator Tackle Hunger which supports local food banks, CP Has Heart and its efforts to promote heart health, and many more.

On the prospect of the CFL adding a tenth team, Ambrosie confirmed an “enthusiastic and credible” group has come forward with hopes of securing a franchise for Halifax. But he stressed that discussions are in the early stages and a lot of work has to be done before any decisions are made.

“I know this can feel like unfinished business for many Canadians and especially our fans,” he said.

“But we must do our due diligence to ensure any expansion would make our entire league stronger over the long term.”

The Calgary Stampeders will face the Toronto Argonauts Sunday in the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw, which will also feature a half-time performance by Shania Twain.

To be played here at TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne Park, the home of the Ottawa REDBLACKS, the Grey Cup is the biggest single day sporting event in Canada and one of the country’s most watched events of any kind.

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