THREE PLAYERS FROM TORONTO REGIONAL COMBINE INVITED TO THE NATIONAL CFL COMBINE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 27 March 2015 02:43

THREE PLAYERS FROM TORONTO REGIONAL COMBINE INVITED TO THE NATIONAL CFL COMBINE

Melvin Abankwah, Louis Mensah and Matt Rea selected to attend the National Combine

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League held its third and final regional combine today in Toronto, resulting in the three players being invited to the CFL National Combine presented by Reebok in Toronto this coming weekend.

Melvin Abankwah, Louis Mensah and Matt Rea were extended an invitation to display their athletic abilities once again in front of CFL scouts, coaches, and management at the National Combine in Toronto, March 27-29.

Saint Mary's Huskies running back, Melvin Abankwah ran the fastest 40-yard time among running backs with a time of 4.69 seconds. Among the running backs group, the Etobicoke, Ont. native also posted the highest vertical (34"), longest broad jump (9'11.75"), tied for the fastest three-cone drill (7.12 seconds) and tied for first in shuttle time (4.22 seconds). 

Linebacker Louis Mensah from Fort Lewis College ran the fastest shuttle time among his position group with a time of 4.41 seconds. The Toronto, Ont. native continued to showcase his speed by finishing tied for second in the linebacker group in the 40-yard dash by recording a time of 4.84 seconds. Mensah will join seven other linebackers at the National CFL Combine.

Michigan State running back, Matt Rea showed off his strength by recording 29 reps in the bench press, tied for the most in all three 2015 Regional Combines. Rea followed his strong showing in the bench press by tying the best shuttle time on the day with a time of 4.22 seconds. Rea will join Abwankwah and six other running backs at the National CFL Combine.

Overall, 45 players attended today's combine in Toronto and each athlete worked out in front of scouts from all CFL Teams. Click here to view the roster and results from the Toronto Regional Combine.

A total of 11 players have been added to the National CFL Combine roster from the three regional combines in Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto. There will now be a total of 51 players participating at the National CFL Combine. 

For the full list of participants that will be at 2015 CFL Combine presented by Reebok, click here. 

The 2015 CFL Combine presented by Reebok kicks off Friday afternoon with player arrivals, medicals and team interviews. On Saturday the players' strength, athleticism and flexibility will be tested at the Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel. The camp finishes on the football field at Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto campus on Sunday.

CFL.ca COVERAGE AND RESULTS

For the National CFL Combine Presented by Reebok, CFL.ca will provide live video coverage of the bench press on Saturday and the 40-yard Dash on Sunday.

CFL.ca columnists and Draft Insider, Justin Dunk along with Don Landry will provide analysis throughout the weekend including; daily reports, mock drafts, and stock assessments from the National Combine.

Here is the schedule of events for the National CFL Combine weekend:

Saturday, March 28

Park Hyatt Hotel (Queen's Park Room)

9:00 a.m. -- Bench press

1:30 p.m. -- Video shot, vertical jump and broad jump

Players will be made available to media after the morning session of testing and/or the afternoon session of testing. 

Sunday, March 29

Varsity Centre Bubble

8:10 a.m. -- OL & DL: 40-yard Dash, Short Shuttle, 3-Cone, Individual & 1-on-1 Drills

9:40 a.m. -- Long Snappers & Kickers workout

10:00 a.m. -- RB, LB, QB, K: 40-yard Dash, Short Shuttle, 3-Cone, Individual & 1-on-1 Drills

12:10 p.m. -- WR & DB: 40-yard Dash, Short Shuttle, 3-Cone, Individual & 1-on-1 Drills

2:30 p.m. -- Combine Completed

Players will be made available by request after the completion of all testing.

 
WORKING TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN CANADIAN FOOTBALL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:44

WORKING TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN CANADIAN FOOTBALL

CFL and Football Canada launch major study of the amateur game

TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League and Football Canada are doing a "deep dive" on the state of amateur football in the country.

A national survey of thousands of amateur football participants, coaches and officials is now underway.

It's a key part of a broader study being conducted on behalf of the CFL and Football Canada by McLaren Global Sport Solutions, a leading professional and amateur sport consulting company based in Toronto.

"Our teams do a tremendous amount to support, encourage and showcase amateur football in their communities," said Kevin McDonald, Vice-President of Football Operations for the CFL.

"The goal of this outreach is to provide insights that can inform and guide our league as we work to develop a broader and deeper amateur football strategy at the national level."

Richard MacLean, President, Football Canada, described it as a landmark study.

"We commend the CFL for providing the resources to do what is really a deep dive on the amateur game in Canada," MacLean said.

"It will provide data that can be used to strengthen the delivery of football in Canada to better meet the needs of participants, parents, coaches and officials."

McLaren Global Sport Solutions will also conduct interviews with amateur football organizations across Canada including Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the Canadian Junior Football League, and provincial football associations. CFL teams and corporate partners also are included as part of this study.

The survey can be completed by parents of children playing the game, as well as those 19 years of age or older who are playing organized football, tackle or flag. Coaches and officials are also being encouraged to compete the survey, which is being distributed by Football Canada and various amateur football organizations.

The survey is voluntary and responses are confidential. The study is to be completed this June.

 

 

 
JEFFREY L. ORRIDGE APPOINTED CFL COMMISSIONER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 22:58

JEFFREY L. ORRIDGE APPOINTED CFL COMMISSIONER

Board of Governors chooses leading sport and business executive to build exciting future for the Canadian Football League

TORONTO – A leading executive with a lifelong passion for sport and more than 20 years experience in building major brands and businesses, Jeffrey L. Orridge is the new Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

“Jeffrey will be a tremendous leader for our league at an exciting time for its future,” said Jim Lawson, Chairman of the CFL’s Board of Governors, as he announced Orridge’s appointment as the league’s 13th Commissioner.

“He has every skill set our board was looking for and he clearly understands what our league means to this country and what our fans and partners mean to this league.”

Most recently the Executive Director of Sports and General Manager, Olympics for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Orridge has overseen rights acquisitions, partnership management, revenue initiatives and program execution involving marquee sports properties and digital opportunities.

In his role as chief strategist and negotiator, he successfully secured the media rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Games, and the 2018 and 2020 Olympics.

Orridge structured a multi-year sub-licensing agreement to preserve and amplify the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast and brand. Under his direction, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup achieved record setting broadcast reach, digital consumption and profitability.

“I believe we are living in an age of seemingly limitless possibilities and the opportunities ahead for the Canadian Football League are second to none,” said Orridge, a graduate of Harvard Law School who will officially assume his new duties April 29th.

Previously, Orridge was the Chief Operating Officer and head of Global Business Development for Right to Play International, a charity that improves the lives of children and youth around the world in the areas of health, education and wellness.

He has also served as Vice-President, Corporate Strategic Planning for Mattel Inc, identifying growth opportunities and capturing emerging trends for this $5 billion company, and as Director, Sport Licensing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

His extensive resumé includes stints in the 1990’s as Director, Global Sports Marketing for Reebok International and as Assistant Executive Director of USA Basketball, where he played an important role in introducing the first “Dream Team” to basketball fans around the world.

Born and raised in New York, he and his family have lived in Canada since 2007 and he is about to become a Canadian citizen.

“My international experience and background have only reinforced for me the importance of the Canadian Football League,” Orridge said.

 

“Its place in Canadian culture, on the Canadian sporting landscape, and in the hearts and minds of Canadians make this a responsibility I take very seriously and an opportunity for which I am very grateful.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 22:59
 
FOUR PLAYERS FROM EDMONTON REGIONAL COMBINE INVITED TO THE NATIONAL CFL COMBINE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 23 March 2015 23:36

EDMONTON – The Canadian Football League held its first of three regional combines today in Edmonton, resulting in four players being invited to the CFL National Combine presented by Reebok in Toronto this coming weekend.

 

Kahlen Branning, Dexter Janke, Auston Johnson, and Quinn Lawlor were extended an invitation to display their athletic abilities once again in front of CFL scouts, coaches, and management at the National Combine in Toronto, March 27-29.

 

Branning a native of Moose Jaw, Regina and a defensive back for the Regina Rams, ran the fastest 40-yard dash with a time of 4.55 seconds and the second highest vertical jump of 38”.

Janke played football this season with Okanagan Sun of the Canadian Junior Football League. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, the defensive back finished with the second fastest 40-yard dash with a time of 4.57 seconds. He also finished with the second fastest three-cone drill time amongst defensive backs with a time of 7.13 seconds.

Johnson showed off this strength by recording 29 bench reps of 225 pounds, the most recorded at the 2015 Edmonton Regional Combine. Johnson played for University of South Dakota in the NCAA. He also finished second fastest 40-yard dash time amongst linebackers with a time of 4.82 seconds.

Offensive lineman, Quinn Lawlor from Brigham Young University recorded the best vertical among lineman with 31.5” as well as 24 bench reps, good enough for second among offensive and defensive lineman.

Overall, 43 players attended today’s combine in Edmonton and each athlete worked out in front of scouts from all CFL Teams. Click here to view the roster and results from the Edmonton Regional Combine.

 

The other regional combines will take place this week in Montreal (March 25) and in Toronto (March 26).

 

The 2015 CFL Combine presented by Reebok kicks off Friday afternoon with player arrivals, medicals and team interviews. On Saturday the players’ strength, athleticism and flexibility will be tested at the Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel. The camp finishes on the football field at Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto campus on Sunday.

 
ADVISORY: CFL to make important announcement today PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:57

 

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League will make an important announcement at a media conference this morning at 11 a.m. in the Alberta Room of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

What: CFL Announcement
When: Today, March 17, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Where: Fairmont Royal York Hotel - Alberta Room
100 Front St West, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

Media across the country can participate through a media teleconference. Here are the details:

CFL Announcement Teleconference
Call-in #: (416) 340-2217 / 1-866-696-5910
Code: 2667964

 
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