CFL ADDS THIRD REGIONAL COMBINE & ADJUSTS INVITATION FORMAT FOR PLAYERS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 17 March 2014 18:58

MEDIA RELEASE
03.04.14

CFL ADDS THIRD REGIONAL COMBINE & ADJUSTS INVITATION FORMAT FOR PLAYERS



TORONTO – With the success of last year’s regional combines, the Canadian Football League announced today that it is adding a third regional combine. This year’s regional combines will take place in Edmonton on March 17, Montreal on March 19 and Toronto on March 20. The national CFL Combine presented by Reebok will take place in Toronto from March 21-23.

“Last year we introduced the concept of regional combines with the objective of providing more players opportunities to work out in front of scouts and coaches from all teams and the results and feedback were very positive,” said Kevin McDonald, CFL vice president of football operations.

The CFL also announced that it has adjusted the invitation process for players.

How it Works:


The top 40 players eligible for the upcoming CFL Draft on May 13, as ranked collectively by the teams and the league office, are invited to attend the national CFL Combine presented by Reebok.

The CFL, with input from all teams, will then invite additional players from the regional combines depending on player performance.

There is no minimum or maximum number of players required to be invited to the national combine from the regional combines. But the expectation is that approximately 6-12 players will be extended an invite. 

“This year we have initially invited fewer players to the national combine to provide us with more flexibility to invite players who perform well at the regional combines,” added McDonald. “Last year’s regional combines added three excellent players to the national combine roster, and they all went on to be selected in the first four rounds of the CFL Draft.”

About the Regional Combines:


The one-day invitational combines are for players eligible for the 2014 CFL Draft. The top players from each combine could receive an invite to attend the national CFL Combine in Toronto from March 21 to March 23. The regional combines may also include non-import free agents and import free agents who play in the CIS. These players are not eligible for the draft and therefore cannot receive an invitation to the national CFL Combine. Each regional combine will invite approximately 30 to 40 football players. See below for the list of participants:

Edmonton Regional CFL Combine participant list.

Montreal Regional CFL Combine participant list.

Toronto Regional CFL Combine participant list.

About the National CFL Combine:

The national CFL Combine presented by Reebok in Toronto will take place at the Park Hyatt Hotel and Varsity Stadium. The players will undergo medical examinations, performance, strength and speed tests, on-field football drills and team interviews over the three day combine in front of general managers, coaches and scouts from all teams. Here is the list of players attending this year’s combine:

National CFL Combine presented by Reebok participant list.

Specific details, including timing, location and media opportunities for each event will be distributed over the coming days.

Regional Combine Players Invited to National Combine in 2013:


Jermaine Gabriel, a defensive back from the CJFL’s Calgary Colts, who also spent two years at Bishop’s University (Edmonton Regional Combine). Selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the second round, 17th overall, in the 2013 CFL Draft.


Michael Klassen, a defensive lineman from the University of Calgary (Edmonton Regional Combine). Selected by the Montreal Alouettes in fourth round, 32nd overall, in the 2013 CFL Draft.


Kristopher Robertson, a defensive back from Concordia University (Quebec City Regional Combine). Selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the second round, 11th overall, in the 2013 CFL Draft.

 
BRUCE III & TURNER FINED FOR COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 17 March 2014 18:31

MEDIA STATEMENT
02.11.14

BRUCE III & TURNER FINED FOR COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA


TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined Montreal Alouettes slotback Arland Bruce III and Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner for making inappropriate comments on social media towards openly gay professional athletes.

"The comments made by these players are extremely disappointing and do not represent the CFL's views or the views of the vast majority of our players," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "The CFL is supportive of openly gay athletes in professional sports and we commend the courage shown by Michael Sam. During the off-season, we have been working with an organization that specializes in this subject and look forward to announcing a formal partnership with them in the near future.”

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

 
COACH OF THE YEAR MEDIA ADVISORY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 17 March 2014 16:30

MEDIA ADVISORY
01.27.14

COACH OF THE YEAR MEDIA ADVISORY


On Wednesday, February 5, the Canadian Football League will present the Annis Stukus Trophy to the 2013 CFL Coach of the Year at a luncheon  in Ottawa, Ontario. The luncheon takes place as part of CFL Congress, four days of annual staff meetings being held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.

This year’s three finalists, Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin, Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel and Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach ,general manager and vice president of Football Operations  Kent Austin will all be in attendance.

Media are invited to attend the Coach of the Year Luncheon and are asked to RSVP to Olivier Poulin at opoulin@cfl.ca by 3:00pm ET on Friday, January 31. 

Here are the details:

What: CFL Coach of the Year Luncheon   

Where: Delta Ottawa City Centre
Ottawa, Ontario

When: Wednesday, February 5
12:15 ET

Lunch will be served.

The winning head coach will be made available to media following the luncheon. The other two coaches will be made available by request.

 
2014 CFL SCHEDULE FEATURES REDBLACKS’ DEBUT, LABOUR DAY RIVALRIES AND STADIUM OPENINGS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 17 March 2014 16:33

MEDIA RELEASE
02.12.14


2014 CFL SCHEDULE FEATURES REDBLACKS’ DEBUT, LABOUR DAY RIVALRIES AND STADIUM OPENINGS
The 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver will cap “big year” for the Canadian Football League

TORONTO – Steeped in tradition but built for the future, the Canadian Football League released today a 2014 schedule that celebrates historic rivalries and features the debut of a brand new team and beautiful new stadiums.


“This is a big year for us, the start of a new era for our league,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.


“This schedule captures that excitement.  It features the launch of the new Ottawa REDBLACKS and the opening of TD Place in the national capital and Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, alongside some of our most cherished traditions and rivalries, including classic Labour Day matchups and the Grey Cup.”


The 2014 CFL regular season schedule:


•    Kicks off Thursday, June 26 when the Toronto Argonauts visit Winnipeg to face the Blue Bombers on an opening weekend that includes a rematch of the 101st Grey Cup on Sunday, June 29 when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


•    Features the inaugural season of the Ottawa REDBLACKS, including their very first regular season game on Thursday, July 3 in Winnipeg and their home debut and opening of brand new TD Place on Friday, July 18 when they host the Toronto Argonauts.


•    Will see the REDBLACKS play their ‘home’ pre-season game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina against the defending Grey Cup champion Roughriders.


•    Will see the opening of new Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Saturday, July 26 when the Tiger-Cats host the REDBLACKS.


•    Includes classic match ups on Labour Day weekend, with the REDBLACKS visiting Montreal on Friday, August 29, Saskatchewan hosting the Bombers on Sunday, August 31, and the Argos visiting Hamilton to play the Tiger-Cats, and the Edmonton Eskimos visiting Calgary and the Stampeders, on Monday, September 1.


•    Should lead to an exciting stretch run, with all teams playing teams in their own division the final four weeks of the season.


•    Concludes with the 102nd Grey Cup game at BC Place in Vancouver on Sunday, November 30.


The CFL pre-season schedule kicks off Monday, June 9 and concludes Friday, June 20.


Season tickets are on sale for all nine CFL teams now. Single game tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 31.


All Canadian Football League games are broadcast on TSN, Canada’s sports leader. All Montreal Alouettes games and other select CFL games are broadcast on RDS and RDS2.


“There is so much to look forward to this season,” Cohon said. “And with our CFL Combine coming up in March, the CFL Canadian Draft in May, and full training camps scheduled to open in June, the excitement is building already.”

For the entire 2014 CFL Regular Season Schedule, click here.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 18:30
 
STATEMENT FROM CFL COMMISSIONER MARK COHON PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 17 March 2014 16:27

MEDIA STATEMENT
01.21.14


STATEMENT FROM CFL COMMISSIONER MARK COHON


A statement from Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon on the retirement announcement of Anthony Calvillo:

Anthony Calvillo is more than one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. He is one of the most remarkable people to ever grace our league.

We know he has rewritten the record books, completing passes, throwing touchdowns, and leading teams to wins and championships, amassing a legacy as a player that is second to none. What we can't measure is how many lives he has inspired with his example of courage and perseverance. For all of his touchdown drives and comeback victories, his greatest triumphs have been over poverty and circumstance, disappointment and discouragement, injury and illness.

He has shown us what it takes to be a winner on the field. Along the way, he taught us much about what it means to be a true teammate, a loving father and a devoted husband.

All of us will miss AC the player. He is a singular talent.  But Canadians from coast to coast, and football fans beyond our borders, have also come to know Anthony the person. And that is why we have every confidence that he will continue to excel, in his career after football and in his life, most of all.

Congratulations, Anthony, and thank you.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 16:29
 
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