CFL Players of the Month - September PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:12

CFL Players of the Month 2014

Canadian Football League - September


TORONTO – Jon Cornish, Bear Woods and Weston Dressler were named the CFL Players of the Month for September, the Canadian Football League announced today.

The monthly awards include all games played from Week 11 to Week 14.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges that includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


CFL Offensive and Canadian Player of the Month

Jon Cornish
RB – Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was named both the Offensive Player of the Month and the Canadian Player of the Month for September. With Cornish in the lineup this past month, the Stamps went a perfect 3-0.

The former Kansas Jayhawk averaged 9.15 yards on 48 carries and accumulated 62 yards on nine receptions while scoring a total of three touchdowns. His 439 rushing yards were tops in the month – 135 yards clear of second place.

Cornish's standout performance of the past four weeks came in Week 12. He registered a season-high 174 yards on 11 carries, including a career-long 79-yard touchdown run to power the Stampeders’ offence. His second major of the contest – a 25-yard touchdown reception – capped an historic comeback as the Stamps erased a 29-10 halftime deficit to emerge with a 40-33 decision.

The dual nods for Player of the Month come with Cornish having taken three of the four Canadian Player of the Week awards in September. Cornish also took home both the Offensive and Canadian weekly honours in Week 12.

This is the first time this season Cornish has been named Canadian Player of the Month after receiving the honour three times during the 2013 campaign.


CFL Defensive Player of the Month

Bear Woods
LB – Montreal Alouettes

Montreal Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods was named the Defensive Player of the Month for September. Woods recorded 33 tackles, three sacks and forced a fumble in the Alouettes’ four September contests.

The native of Macclenny, Florida had a career-game in Week 11, notching personal bests in both tackles (10) and sacks (2) in a game as the Alouettes prevailed at home with a 38-31 victory over their East Division rivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Woods’ outstanding play in the month of September saw him recognized as Defensive Player of the Week in Weeks 11 and 14.

Currently, Woods is third on the Alouettes with 46 tackles and sits fourth on the team with four sacks.

The former Troy University Trojan is in his third season in the CFL and this is his first career Player of the Month award.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Month

Weston Dressler
KR/PR – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Saskatchewan Roughriders returner Weston Dressler was named the Special Teams Player of the Month for September. In the Riders’ four games, Dressler returned two punt returns for touchdowns and averaged 14.7 yards per return.

In Week 11, Dressler's 75-yard punt return for a touchdown proved to be the eventual game-winner as the Riders took the Labour Day Classic rematch 30-24. In Week 13 against the Ottawa REDBLACKS, he topped the feat by returning a punt 78 yards for a major to establish a new career-high. His two punt return touchdowns on the year lead the league.

After his Week 13 performance of five punt returns for 103 yards, the Bismarck, North Dakota native was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

The former University of North Dakota Bison's productive month saw him register 17 punt returns for 250 yards – 70 yards higher than September's second-highest punt returner.

This is Dressler’s first Player of the Month honour this season since returning to the CFL in Week 10.

 
CFL Players of the Week - Week 14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:50

CFL Players of the Week 2014

Canadian Football League Week #14


TORONTO – John White, Bear Woods, Jock Sanders and Jon Cornish were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 14 of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.

The four players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


CFL Offensive Player of the Week

John White
RB – Edmonton Eskimos

Saskatchewan Roughriders 0 @ Edmonton Eskimos 24

Edmonton Eskimos running back John White was named Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14. On 19 touches, White collected 199 yards from scrimmage and scored a pair of touchdowns in the Eskimos’ 24-0 shutout of the Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium.

After the defence stopped the visitors on a third down gamble, the Eskimos found themselves in Riders’ territory on just their second possession of the game. White scored on a 36-yard touchdown run on the very next play to give the home side an early lead.

In his first game action since suffering a hand injury in Week 7, the Torrance, California native rushed the ball 17 times for a career-high 192 yards (11.3 yards per carry).

Mike Reilly connected with the former Utah Ute on a 10-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to cap the game's scoring.

This is White’s first Player of the Week honour in his two-year CFL career.


CFL Defensive Player of the Week

Bear Woods 
LB – Montreal Alouettes

Montreal Alouettes 15 @ Ottawa REDBLACKS 7

Montreal Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods was named Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14. Woods notched nine tackles, a sack and forced a fumble in the Alouettes 15-7 victory over the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

The former Troy University Trojan brought down REDBLACKS quarterback Henry Burris for a 14-yard loss to force a fumble. Aaron Lavarias recovered the ball and handed it off to Chip Cox who returned it for a touchdown in the first quarter.

The native of Macclenny, Florida has tallied 46 tackles and four sacks this season.

Woods' second career Defensive Player of the Week award comes three weeks after he captured his first in Week 11 action.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Jock Sanders
KR/PR – Calgary Stampeders

BC Lions 7 @ Calgary Stampeders 14

Calgary Stampeders returner Jock Sanders was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 14. Sanders finished with 156 return yards in the Stampeders’ narrow 14-7 home win over the Lions.

The native of St. Petersburg, Florida returned six punts for 101 yards (16.8 yards per return), including a game-high 23 yard return midway through the second quarter. Sanders also took care of kickoff return duties, sending back three kickoffs for a total of 55 yards.

The former West Virginia Mountaineer currently sits second in the league in punt return yards with 462 and is sixth in combined return yards with 893.

In Sanders' four years in the CFL, he has captured three Special Teams Player of the Week awards. His previous two came in Week 2 of 2013 and Week 3 earlier this season.


Canadian Player of the Week

Jon Cornish
RB – Calgary Stampeders

BC Lions 7 @ Calgary Stampeders 14

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 14. Cornish ran for 156 yards and added three receptions for 20 yards in the Stampeders’ 14-7 home win over the B.C. Lions.

The former Kansas Jayhawk averaged 7.8 yards on 20 carries to notch his fourth straight game with over 100 yards rushing. In that same stretch, he has amassed 602 yards and three touchdowns.

The New Westminster, B.C. native is second in the league in rushing with 743 yards, while adding 115 yards receiving and five touchdowns in only six games this season.

This is Cornish’s fourth Canadian Player of the Week honour this season with his last coming in Week 12.

 
CFL, Reebok Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada Partner to Launch BOKS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:00

Reebok Canada Partners with Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Football League to Provide BOKS to Elementary School Students in Canada

Free Morning Physical Activity Program to Commence this Fall in Ontario Elementary Schools

TORONTO - Today, Reebok Canada announces a partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Football League (CFL) to expand and enhance physical activity in Canadian elementary schools through BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success).  With a goal to enlist more than 450 schools in the next five years, BOKS, a free morning physical activity program, will launch in 10 schools this September, serving more than 400 kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. An initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation, BOKS is designed to get kids' bodies moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning.

BOKS aims to help improve kids' academic performance and overall health through physical activity and nutritional knowledge. The program reinforces the Public Health Agency of Canada's commitment to help all students meet the medically recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As part of the agreement, the Public Health Agency of Canada is providing funding that will go to hiring and training BOKS staff, marketing, promotion, research and start-up equipment for schools throughout Canada.

"The BOKS program is an exciting way for younger Canadians to increase their physically activity levels, while also boosting their positive mental and social health so that they are more confident and ready to learn when the school day begins," said The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. "We are proud to be working with Reebok and the CFL to bring this program to Canada. Innovative partnerships like this are an excellent example of how all sectors of society are working together to help our children and youth adopt active and healthy lifestyles."

Additionally, the CFL, which has been actively involved in Canadian communities throughout its rich history, will help raise awareness of BOKS. The CFL will provide marketing support ranging from digital, social and in-stadium assets and activations. Additionally, its players will make visits to participating schools to help students live a healthy lifestyle and excite them to get active.

"The health and wellness of our youth is an important issue facing our country today," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "The game of football and sports in general can play an important role in promoting physical activity in children. We are proud to partner with Reebok on this very important initiative and look forward to our teams and players being involved in getting our young Canadians physically active and having fun. Together, we can have a real positive impact on our youth in our communities."

BOKS was started by Kathleen Tullie and a group of moms in 2009 who were inspired by Dr. John Ratey's book Spark, which provides compelling evidence that physical activity will supercharge mental circuits to beat stress, sharpen thinking and enhance memory in kids. Run by community volunteers, including moms, dads, teachers and anyone passionate about getting kids active, BOKS provides free training, curriculum and support for those interested in bringing the program to their school. BOKS is a 45-minute session and runs a minimum of twice a week at school.  A typical BOKS class includes warm up, a running related activity, skill of the week (i.e sit-ups), a fun game, a cool down period and a BOKS nutritional bit before the students are transitioned off to their classes. Kathleen Tullie, states unequivocally that the reason for the program's success is a perfect combination of passion from parents, educators and school staff that have the motivation to make a difference in children's lives.

"We are very proud to launch the BOKS program in Canada and couldn't be more pleased with our partnerships with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Football League," says Michael Rossi, President of the adidas Group Canada, parent company of Reebok Canada. "The potential for growth throughout the country is endless. With the support of our partners, we plan to bring BOKS to as many schools as possible, empowering kids, staff, and entire communities to make physical activity a part of their daily routines for life."

"We are extremely excited to launch BOKS in Canada, especially as we continue to expand worldwide," said Kathleen Tullie, BOKS founder and director of social responsibility Reebok U.S. "The implementation of BOKS represents Canada's commitment to helping kids live a healthier lifestyle. BOKS can have a positive impact on classroom performance, behaviour and overall health, and the opportunity for growth in Canada is tremendous. Collectively we need to take action and reverse the physical inactivity epidemic we are currently experiencing."

Reebok is working with the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the launch. "As the largest, publicly-funded Catholic school board in the world, we are very excited about the BOKS program and proud to be their partners in pioneering BOKS in Canada," says Angela Gauthier, TCDSB Director of Education.

For more information about BOKS, visit www.bokskids.org, the BOKS Facebook page or the BOKS Twitter handle.

 
PLAYER DISCIPLINE - WEEK #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 17:19

PLAYER DISCIPLINE - WEEK #13

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined the following players:

Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu for chop blocking an opponent during last Sunday's game against the Montreal Alouettes.

Ottawa REDBLACKS punter Brett Maher for hitting an opponent below the knees on a punt return during last Sunday's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

BC Lions defensive back Torri Williams for tackling an opponent by his face mask during last Friday night's game against the Toronto Argonauts. Williams was also penalized on the play.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed.

 
The CFL, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Reebok Canada Launch BOKS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:21

The CFL, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Reebok Canada Launch BOKS


TORONTO - Reebok Canada, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Football League, would like to cordially invite you to the official launch of the BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) program in Canada.

An initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation, BOKS is a morning physical activity program run in schools aiming to enhance academic performance and the overall health of kids.

BOKS was started by Kathleen Tullie and a group of moms in 2009 who were inspired by Dr. John Ratey's book Spark, which states that "exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains." Run by community volunteers, including moms, dads, teachers and anyone passionate about getting kids active, BOKS provides free training, curriculum and support for those interested in bringing the program to their school.

What: Official announcement of BOKS: a new elementary school physical activity program

Who: The honourable Rona Ambrose - MP Minister of Health

Mark Cohon - Commissioner, Canadian Football League

Michael Rossi - President, adidas Group Canada

Kathleen Tullie - Director of Social Purpose and Executive Director of BOKS, Reebok

Dr. John Ratey - Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Spark

Andre Durie - Slotback, Toronto Argonauts

Matt Black - Safety, Toronto Argonauts

Why: To promote the impact that physical activity has on a child's mood, body and spirit

Where: St. Wilfrid Catholic School

1685 Finch Avenue West

Downsview, Ont.

M3J 2G8

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

There will be interview opportunities with the aforementioned speakers.

Please RSVP with the media contact who sent you this invitation.

 
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