103rd Grey Cup Awarded to Winnipeg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:01

103rd Grey Cup Awarded to Winnipeg
Cohon:  Grey Cup at Investors Group Field in 2015 Will Celebrate the Modern CFL


WINNIPEG -- The 103rd Grey Cup hosted by Winnipeg in 2015 will be an opportunity to celebrate our game, our country and the bright future they share, says the Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

“What better way to showcase our modern league than to bring our biggest game to stunning Investors Group Field, one of the new stadiums that are home to today’s CFL?” Mark Cohon said here today after officially announcing the Grey Cup has been awarded to the city of Winnipeg.

“And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Canada than to bring our fans together from across the country, not just to mark one of our grandest traditions, but to celebrate what is a very bright future, in one of Canadian football’s proudest homes.”

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers proudly welcome the opportunity to welcome Canadians to their city and province for the Grey Cup game on November 29, 2015, said Brock Bulbuck, Chairperson of the football club’s Board of Directors.

“When this community came together to build Investors Group Field, a facility every Manitoban could be proud of, this day and this opportunity were very much part of the dream we all shared. We’re thrilled it has arrived.”

The Grey Cup trophy is one of Canada’s most powerful icons, a symbol that has been celebrated on stamps, coins and the Canadian passport.

The Grey Cup game is Canada’s largest sporting event, which routinely sells out months in advance and commands one of the largest audiences of the year. One in three Canadians watched at least part of last year’s Grey Cup from Regina, Saskatchewan.

And when combined with the Grey Cup festival that precedes it, the game has become an economic juggernaut.

Independent studies of the economic impact of recent Grey Cups on their host cities and provinces have pegged it at well over $100 million. The 100th Grey Cup in Toronto in 2012 generated more than $133 million in economic activity, while the impact of previous year’s Grey Cup in Vancouver exceeded $118 million.

“Hosting the Grey Cup is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the best of Manitoba while providing a major boost to our growing economy,” said Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba. “Bomber fans are among the most passionate in the league, and our stadium is among the finest in the country. Grey Cup 2015 has all the makings of a classic Manitoba barnburner.”

The city has what it takes to host a tremendous Grey Cup, including top hotels, meeting facilities, and one of North America’s most beautiful and modern stadiums, said Sam Katz, Mayor of Winnipeg.

“Winnipeg is blessed with a number of festivals and special events,” said Mayor Sam Katz.  “No matter the size, each event enhances the recreation and cultural experience for our residents and our visitors, while at the same time contributing to our growth and development.


“Hosting the 103rd Grey Cup is a wonderful opportunity to showcase or City’s many attractions and to confirm why Winnipeg is one of the best cities in the world to work, live, play and invest.  Winnipeggers are known for their warm hospitality and incredible spirit, and we are thrilled to be named as hosts for Canada’s premier football event in 2015.”

Wade Miller, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, said planning is already underway to make one of the biggest events in the country the best Grey Cup ever.

“This is going to be successful, it’s going to be big, and it’s going to make Manitobans proud,” Miller said. “Our fans will see to that. They’ve waited a long time for another Grey Cup and they’re going to make it the best ever.”

Details on tickets and festival events are still in the works, but Winnipeg Blue Bombers season ticket holders will have priority access to Grey Cup tickets, he said.

Winnipeg last hosted the Grey Cup in 2006, when the British Columbia Lions defeated the Montreal Alouettes 25-14.

This November, Vancouver will host the 102nd Grey Cup at beautiful BC Place, which was completely refurbished in 2011. This summer, Hamilton will open Tim Horton’s Field, the new home of the CFL’s Tiger-Cats, while Ottawa will open TD Place and launch a new CFL entry, the REDBLACKS. In 2017, Regina, Saskatchewan plans to open a new home for the Roughriders.

 
ADAM THIBAULT RUNS FASTEST 40-YARD DASH TIMED AT 4.45s PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Sunday, 23 March 2014 18:44

ADAM THIBAULT RUNS FASTEST 40-YARD DASH TIMED AT 4.45s

Three-Day Combine Wraps up in Toronto
2014 CFL Draft - Tuesday, May 13 on TSN


TORONTO  - On the final day of the National CFL Combine presented by Reebok, the 40-yard dash took place with Laval defensive back Adam Thibault recording the fastest time of 4.45s, as well as the fastest shuttle time of 4.03s.

Joining Thibault at the top of the 40-yard dash leaderboard was defensive back Antoine Pruneau from Université de Montréal posting a time of 4.49s and placing third was Simon Fraser defensive back Derek Jones with a time of 4.51s.

In the three cone drill, Antoine Pruneau from Université de Montréal ran a time of 6.78s, the fastest at the combine.

An image of Adam Thibault has been made available on the CFL media website for the media to use as they wish.

To see all the combine results, interviews and news, please visit CFL.ca.



Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 18:59
 
THE NATIONAL CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY REEBOK KICKS OFF TODAY IN TORONTO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 21 March 2014 12:01

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3.21.14

THE NATIONAL CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY REEBOK KICKS OFF TODAY IN TORONTO
More Than 50 Top Canadian Football Prospects to Showcase Their Skills
Full List of Participants Below


TORONTO - The 2014 National CFL Combine presented by Reebok kicks off today in Toronto at the Park Hyatt Hotel with player arrivals, medicals and team interviews.

Click here to view the full combine roster.

The majority of the testing and evaluating will take place over the course of the weekend.

On Saturday the players' strength, athleticism and flexibility will be tested at the Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel. The combine finishes on the football field at Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto on Sunday.

Please click here to download the CFL Combine Media Guide.

Here is the schedule of events for the weekend:

Saturday, March 22

Morning Session - Flexibility/Measurements/ Video Shot/Bench Press (Queen's Park Room)
9:00am - Offensive Line
9:20am - Defensive Line
9:50am - Quarterbacks / Kickers / Running Backs
10:10am - Linebackers
10:40am - Receivers
11:00am - Defensive Backs

Afternoon Session - Body Fat %/Height & Weight /Vertical & Standing Jump (Queen's Park Room)
2:00pm - Offensive & Defensive Line
3:00pm - Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Linebackers & Kickers
4:00pm - Receivers & Defensive Backs

Sunday, March 23

40's, Short Shuttle, 3 Cone, Indy & One-on-ones (Varsity Stadium Bubble)
8:10am - Offensive & Defensive Line
9:40am - Long Snappers & Kickers
10:00am - Quarterbacks, Running Backs & Linebackers
12:10pm - Wide Receivers & Defensive Backs


Players will be made available to media by request and following their workout.

For the 2014 CFL Combine presented by Reebok, the CFL is pleased to work with Sport Testing Inc., the world's leading athlete evaluation company with a mandate of improving sport internationally.

Sport Testing Inc. provides a full combine solution, real time scores, report cards, athlete comparison, and long term athlete tracking. They can be found at www.sporttesting.com. 


 
UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL DEFENSIVE LINEMAN DAVID MENARD BENCHES 33 REPS AT CFL COMBINE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 21:29

TORONTO  – On day two of the National CFL Combine presented by Reebok, defensive lineman from Université de Montréal, David Menard recorded 33 reps of 225 pounds, the most at the combine.

Menard was one of 51 players who were invited to showcase their athletic skills in front of general managers, scouts and coaches from all CFL teams today in Toronto.

Evan Pszczonak, a wide receiver from University of Windsor topped the list in the vertical drill, where he recorded a vertical of 40".

In the broad jump drill, Queen’s defensive back Andrew Lue had the longest jump recorded at 10’5”.

Click here to see all the results from the National Combine.

The combine concludes tomorrow at the Varsity Centre on the University of Toronto campus when players take the field for the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, three-cone drill and individual and group drills.

Here is the full schedule for Sunday:

Sunday, March 23

40’s, Short Shuttle, 3 Cone, Indy & One-on-ones (Varsity Stadium Bubble)
8:10am - Offensive & Defensive Line
9:40am – Long Snappers and Kickers workout
10:00am – Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Linebackers & Kickers
12:10pm – Wide Receivers & Defensive Backs

Players will be made available to media by request and following their workout.

For the 2014 CFL Combine presented by Reebok, the CFL is pleased to work with Sport Testing Inc., the world’s leading athlete evaluation company with a mandate of improving sport internationally.

Sport Testing Inc. provides a full combine solution, real time scores, report cards, athlete comparison, and long term athlete tracking. They can be found at www.sporttesting.com.

 
RULES COMMITTEE SAYS PASS INTERFERENCE SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO VIDEO REVIEW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 23:40

RULES COMMITTEE SAYS PASS INTERFERENCE SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO VIDEO REVIEW
Canadian Football League could become first to review the “toughest call in the game”


TORONTO -- Pass interference should be subject to video review during the upcoming Canadian Football League season, according to the league’s rules committee.

Under a proposal approved by the committee this evening, coaches would be allowed to challenge both called and potential defensive pass interference fouls under certain conditions.

Still subject to final approval by the league’s Board of Governors, the move would make the CFL the first football league to subject this penalty to video review.
“Pass interference is one of the toughest calls to make,” said Glen Johnson, the CFL’s Vice-President of Officiating who spent 24 years as an on field official. “This gives us a second opportunity to get it right on a penalty that can have a great impact on a game.”

Under the proposal, a team would be able use any of its two (three if first two are successful) Coaches' Challenges to challenge a called or potential pass interference foul up to the final three minutes of a game. In the final three minutes of a game, and overtime, a team could only challenge such a call or non-call one time, and only if it still has an unused challenge and a timeout remaining.

A coach must challenge to trigger a video review of a pass interference call or a potential pass interference call. They will not be subject to automatic review.
An unsuccessful challenge of a potential pass interference foul in the final three minutes will result in the loss of a time out. An unsuccessful challenge of an actual pass interference call in the final minutes will not result in the loss of a time out.

The Committee also voted in favour of expanding the role of the Command Centre to automatically review specific turnovers of fumbles lost and interceptions and detect illegal participation during a play (when a player returns to the field after voluntarily leaving it).

It approved a number of changes designed to further protect the health and safety of CFL players:

•    Eliminating low blocks below the waist, other than those delivered to the front plane of a player, in all areas of the field except in the area between the tackles and two yards on either side of the line of scrimmage.

•    Outlawing peel back blocks, which occur when a play changes direction in the backfield, forcing the defender to modify his pursuit, making him susceptible to blind low blocks executed by an offensive player moving toward his own end zone.

•    Clarifying the rules that make it illegal to "deliver a blow" to an opponent’s neck or head, a standard already followed by officials but not yet codified in the rule book.

•    Requiring an injured player to leave the field for three plays regardless of whether a penalty was called on the action leading to the injury (players currently have the option to stay in the game if a penalty was called on the play).

Other approved changes promote scoring and improve the flow of the game:

•    Allowing quarterbacks for each team to use their own team supplied Wilson footballs, provided they have met the "new ball" quality standard established by the league.

•    Allowing centres to bob their heads multiple times in an effort to signal timing of the snap of the ball (to be used by visiting teams coping with noise in stadium).

•    Allowing offences to further dictate the pace of play by no longer requiring the Head Referee to hold the 20 second clock for the defence to substitute, if the offence chooses not to substitute.

The CFL Rules Committee also approved the league’s Competition Committee some proposed editorial changes to statistical scoring procedures, including one which would make blocked field goals count as missed field goals for the purpose of record keeping.

The committee is made up of a combination of club presidents, head coaches, general managers and representatives from the officials' association and the players' association.

All of its recommendations must be approved the league’s Board of Governors, which meets later this Spring, before they go into effect.

The Committee met here tonight as CFL coaches, GMs and scouts gathered for the CFL Combine presented by Reebok. It showcases top Canadian prospects for the CFL Canadian Draft, scheduled for May 13.

 
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