BC-born players on CFL rosters
The 2015 CFL season officially kicks off on Thursday, June 25 when the Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa REDBLACKS.
While here at Football BC we bleed BC Lions orange for our hometown team and our community partner, who start their season on July 4 in Ottawa, the Lions actually
don't hold the mantle of being
"Team BC" when it comes to the number of BC-born players on their official opening-day roster.
That distinction actually belongs to the Calgary Stampeders, who have six BC-born players on their active roster highlighted by multiple-time CFL All-Star and 2013 Most Outstanding Player Jon Cornish (New Westminster) and newcomer Lemar Durant, the former Centennial Centaur who played last season with Simon Fraser University.
The Leos begin their season with three BC-born players on their active roster, in addition to one on their practice roster. Not included as a BC-born player on the Lions roster, but certainly one with a major local connection, is linebacker Boseko Lokombo, the former WJ Mouat Hawk who was born in Kinslasa, Congo.
Here's a look at the BC-born players across the CFL. Did we miss anyone? Let us know by emailing
S Keynan Parker (Port Coquitlam)
G Dean Valli (North Vancouver)
OG Cody Husband (New Westminster)
LB Casey Chin (Port Moody) *practice roster*
LB Adam Konar (Vancouver)
OL Justin Sorensen (Parksville)
CB Raye Hartmann (Prince George) *practice roster*
WR Lemar Durant (Vancouver)
RB Jon Cornish (New Westminster)
RB Matt Walter (Vancouver)
DB Adam Berger (Vancouver)
WR Anthony Parker (Vancouver)
DL Corey Mace (Vancouver)
DL Dylan Ainsworth (Delta)
LB Shea Emry (Richmond)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
DB Graig Newman (Langley)
*did not play amateur football in BC*
LB Jesse Briggs (Kelowna)
C Matthias Goossen (Richmond)
OL Sukh Chungh (Port Coquitlam)
DE Louie Richardson (Vancouver)
OL Peter Dyakowski (Vancouver)
DL Stephen Mawa (Port Coquitlam)
DB Kyle Miller (Surrey)
OL Tim O'Neill (Victoria)
WR Spencer Watt (North Vancouver)
FB Zander Robinson (Vancouver)
LB James Green (Vernon)
DL Connor Williams (North Vancouver)
DL Andrew Marshall (Nanoose Bay)
WR Matt Carter (Kelowna)
DB Jamahl Knowles (Vancouver)
SB Andrew Smith (Nanaimo)
LS Jerod Zaleski (Kelowna)
K/P Sean Whyte (White Rock)
BC Lions Play with the Pros -
One of the BC Lions' most popular and recognizable community programs, Play with the Pros is an annual free initiative that involves Lions players teaching boys and girls the basics of football by having them participate in a non-contact skills clinic.
Date: Sunday, July 12
Time: 11 am to 1 pm (registration begins at 10:30 am)
Ages: 6 - 12
For more information and to register, click
2015 Head of Class
Football BC congratulates all the athletes who have been profiled by The Province as part of the 2015 Head of Class. In particular, congratulations to BC High School Football players Lucas Kirk, Harper Sherman and Matt Seymour for earning this honour.
Read the profiles at the links below.
Lucas Kirk (South Delta Sun Devils)
Harper Sherman/Matt Seymour (New Westminster Hyacks)
Isaiah Stevens (Terry Fox Ravens)
Registration open for Team BC players invited to Kamloops Legacy Games
Registration is now open for the Team BC players (U13/Grade 8) who have been invited to take part in the mini-camp and showcase game as part of the Legacy Performance Games in Kamloops.
To register, click
Register on or before June 29 for the early bird price. Final deadline to register is July 6.
Players are also reminded to fill out the waiver form
and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U13 list of players can be found
The Grade 8 list of players can be found
Upcoming NCCP/Safe Contact Clinics
Saturday, June 27 -
Abbotsford Middle School, Abbotsford (8 am to 4 pm)
Introduction to Competition & Safe Contact
July 11-12 -
Location TBD, Victoria (9 am to 5 pm both days)
*For those only attending Safe Contact, the cost is $75
(July 12 only)
Introduction to Competition & Safe Contact
July TBD - Kamloops
To register for all courses, please click
Russell Wilson Passing Academy camp opportunity courtesy of Lower Mainland Tim Hortons
Lower Mainland Tim Hortons wants to send four lucky young football players to the upcoming Russell Wilson Passing Academy taking place on Friday, July 10 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby from 9 am to 2 pm.
Tim Hortons will cover the $175 registration fee. Lunch is also provided to the camper. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal to Russell Wilson as well as other special Seahawks and NFL guests.
Please visit the Russell Wilson Passing Academy website for any specific questions regarding the camp.
Must be 8 to 17 years old. Open to all positions (not just quarterbacks). Transportation to/from the stadium is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
To enter, email email@example.com
your name, team, phone number and tell us in 50 words or less "What do I see in Russell Wilson that I can demonstrate on and off the field."
Deadline to enter is June 26.
To sign up for the Russell Wilson Football Academy, click
Football BC announces latest cut-downs for U16 & U18 Team BC
Football BC has announced the latest cut-downs for the U16 and U18 Team BC.
The U16 Team BC list has been cut-down to 50 players, while the U18 Team BC list has been cut-down to
To see the cut-down list of U16 Team BC players, click
To see the cut-down list of U18 Team BC players, click
Congratulations to all the players who have made it to the next cut-down.
Next steps and upcoming events:
- There will be one more cut-down for both U16 and U18 Team BC as we move towards the final playing roster. Both teams are expected to compete December following the conclusion of their regular seasons at the Tanoa Classic. (The Grade 8 Team BC is also expected to compete at this time).
- There will be another one-day practice/team activity scheduled in August in Metro Vancouver (date TBD). Please watch your emails for this information.
- There will be a final practice scheduled in mid-December also in Metro Vancouver. The final team traveling roster will be named shortly after that time. The tentative date for this practice is Saturday, December 12.
All Star Camps
- July 27-31
31st Annual SFU Football Camp
- June 26/28
2nd annual Victoria All-Star Camp
2015/16 UBC Camps
UBC Football has announced the following upcoming camps.
For full details, click
BC Interior Skills / I.D. Camp -
July 4, 2015
Vancouver - Thunderbird Stadium Skills / I.D. Camp -
August 9, 2015
Langley - Specialist Camp (Punters/Kickers - Long snappers) -
August 10, 2015
Vancouver - 6th annual Winter Skills Camp -
March 5, 2016
Quarterback & Receiver Training with integrated R4 Passing Clinic
Dates: June 26 & 27
Location: New Westminster Secondary School
Canada Football Academy's Regional Development Training (RDC) follows the highly successful model of USA based National Football Academies Regional Training Camps. CFA's RDC is delievered by CFA/NFA Nationally Certifed Staff and is very intense instruction within a limited enrollment, small group format. Every Athlete receives individual coaching attention unique to a small group setting with a high coach to player ratio. RDC Sessions are built on NFA's proven development model that accelerates understanding and execution of each
player's primary movements (mechanics) while helping them develop the ability to self-correct, not self-destruct under pressure. Working with NFA Senior Certified staff and learning "Self Correction" principles will give you the competitive advantage you're looking for in preparation for the upcoming season. In addition to the standard QB/Receiver Training, this 2 Day Training will also include Training in the R4 Passing System for Coaches and Athletes!
Clinic and Training Schedule
Friday - June 26
4:45pm Check In (Must pre-register)
5:00pm to 9:00pm Training Session #1
Saturday - June 27
8:45am Check In (Must pre-register)
9:00am to 12:00pm Training Session #2
11 to 18+ (Advanced Youth, High School and Post Graduates); Athletes are put into peer groups that are age and skill level appropriate.
For more information, click
Football Canada bans overbuilt facemasks/faceguards
Football Canada has banned the use of non-traditional/overbuilt facemasks.
Click here for the Football Canada news release.
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BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations
Nominations are welcomed for the 2016 Inductions to the BC Football Hall of Fame.
Categories include: Athlete (both amateur and professional),
Builder, Pioneer, Media and Teams (both amateur and professional).
The Hall is looking for worthy candidates from across the province of British
Columbia, especially in the amateur categories.
Please visit their website at www.bcfootballhalloffame.com
and click on "Nominations" for more details and the opportunity to put forward the names of your nominees.
Your assistance will enable the BC Football Hall of Fame to continue to celebrate those who have contributed greatly to the sport of football in our province.
Petition: Engage in discussions to start the #Northern8 football series
The Northern 8 football series is an effort to evolve Canadian College football into a truly national competition, while creating a game of the week on national television. It is an effort to grow amateur football in all parts of Canada.
You can be part of making the long overdue idea of a national conference come true via your endorsement as a fan, player, coach, parent or administrator.
Click here to sign the
To learn more about the proposed Northern 8 football series, see this special edition of Krown Countdown U
The Bob Ackles Collection at the BC Sports Hall of Fame
The BC Football Hall of Fame has loaned a number of Bob Ackles' personal items to display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Visit them now to see these rare items up close and personal.
To see what items are there now, click
Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps
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Football BC can tailor a sponsorship package to suit your
Sponsorship opportunities include an opportunity to advertise in Football
BC's publications such as the Football BC Playbook, Senior Bowl program and Conference program as well as opportunities to attend events such as the Football BC Combine Series and the Team BC May Long Weekend camp.
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Gear up with Team BC!
Support Team BC with our Football BC
- Schnitzer Scrap Metal Drive Fundraiser
Football BC is asking the football community to join us in a fundraiser that will allow our entire football community to help raise money for all six of our Team BC programs as well as enable us to deliver more of our
"Play Football" programs in elementary schools.
Supporting our program is easy. Simply deliver any scrap metal you may have to one of the following locations and be sure to mention that you are contributing to the
"Football BC Scrap Drive."
307 David St.
Victoria, BC - V8T 5C1
3015 Boys Rd.
Duncan, BC - V9L 6W4
13271 Trans Canada Hwy.
Cassidy, BC - V9G 1L8
Schnitzer Campbell River
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Campbell River, BC - V9H 1N6
12195 Musqueam Dr.
Surrey, BC - V3V 3T2
Grandview Printing discount for Football BC members
Are you looking for a company to design posters, programs or do all sorts of printing?
Grandview Printing offers a 10% discount to all Football BC members
Visit their website at www.grandviewprinting.com
to learn more about their services.
Football BC and Sandman Hotel partners up to offer great rates for members
Football BC and Sandman Hotels have partnered up to offer all Football BC members access to discounted rates with Sandman and Sandman Signature hotels across British Columbia.
To access these special rates, follow these directions:
1. Go to www.sandmanhotels.ca
2. Select your preferred property in BC
3. Under "Access Code" and "Corporate Code" type in "footballbc"
4. Select your preferred dates and enjoy the discounted rates!
The Sandman and Sandman Signature are Canadian owned and operated.
Football BC elementary school skills program
Football BC's elementary school skills program is open to all school aged children and is conducted during regular school hours usually as part of P.E. class.
This program allows kids to learn basic football skills from Football BC coaches as well as volunteer players from local high schools.
Click here to see the promo video for the program.
For more information or to schedule a session for your school, please contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at 604-816-5157 or
Football BC Events Calendar Update
Football BC's Event Calendar
is your one-stop source for the best upcoming football skills camps and events. Visit
today for the complete listing of camps and events in your area.
Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
- All-Star Camps - July 27-31
- 31st annual SFU Football Camp
- 2nd annual Victoria All-Star Football Camp
- 2015/16 UBC Camps
- Game Ready (various dates)
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