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JESSE ST. JAMES AND MAÏKO ZEPEDA ON CFL COMBINE LIST
February 26, 2016

We have just found out that former Cheetah star players Jesse St. James (seen at far left) and Maïko Zepeda (seen to his right) have been announced as being on the list for this year's CFL Combine. Following his career at Vanier, Jesse went on to be a star player for the Acadia University Axemen, while Maïko has been a top performer for the Université de Montréal Carabins, one of the best teams in the entire CIS. You can click on their photos at left for larger versions. To see the original CFL Combine listing on which they appear, just click here. To see the full press release from the CFL, you can click here. Congratulations, Jesse and Maïko!


JESSE JOSEPH FEATURED IN JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL ARTICLE
February 19, 2016

Former Vanier Football Cheetahs defensive star Jesse Joseph is starting his second year playing as a defensive end for the Montreal Alouettes. He was featured in a special profile article that was just published in Thursday’s Journal de Montréal. The article details his hopes for making an even bigger impact with the Als this coming season, as well as his sources of inspiration which helped him overcome some injury issues he experienced in years past. We have translated the article into English. To read it, just click here. If you would prefer to read the article in its original French from the Journal de Montréal website, please click here. Congratulations, Jesse, and good luck with the Als this coming season!


MAIKO ZEPEDA PICKED TO PARTICIPATE IN NFL EVALUATION CAMP
February 17, 2016

Congratulations to Maïko Zepeda who, we just discovered, has been chosen to compete in an NFL evaluation camp on February 27th in Baltimore. The announcement came on Tuesday in an article published in the Journal de Québec which we have translated. Click here to read it. To read it in its original French, just click here. One of the highlights of Maïko's career as a Vanier College Cheetah was when he won the award for Defensive MVP of the year for the 2011 season, presented at the 2011-2012 Vanier Athletic Awards Banquet. To see his photo from that ceremony, just click here. In that same year, he was named to the RSEQ league's all-star team. Since leaving Vanier, Maïko has been a standout Defensive Back with the Université de Montréal Carabins where this year he was selected to the first team of the CIS All-Canadians. Good luck at the evaluation camp, Maïko!



Jersey Henry & Jizreel Botat

JERSEY HENRY AND JIZREEL BOTAT SIGN WITH CONCORDIA
January 22, 2016

We were happy to learn that former Cheetahs defensive stars Jersey Henry and Jizreel Botat have both been signed by the Concordia Stingers. The announcements were made with press releases from the Stingers dated January 19th and 20th respectively. Jersey Henry's athleticism allows him to excel at several positions, and he will pursue his university career as a halfback/safety. Jizreel Botat was picked by Concordia because of his tremendous physical approach to the game as well as his leadership qualities. Good luck to both of you with the Stingers!

To read more on this story and see photos from the signings, just click here.



Tomas Jack Kurdyla

KURDYLA RECEIVES FULL BUFFALO UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP,
IS FEATURED IN A VTV VIDEO PROFILE ABOUT ANNOUNCEMENT
January 19, 2016

Congratulations to Tomas Jack Kurdyla, a former Vanier Cheetah from last year's team who has received a football scholarship from Buffalo University. Tomas confirmed that the scholarship includes all school fees and books, as well as dormitory and other living expenses.

He was a strong force on the Cheetahs' Offensive Line throughout his three seasons at Vanier from 2013-2015. In a video posted by Vanier College's VTV, Kurdyla gives credit to the incredible support that he received while playing at Vanier. We're very happy for you, Tomas!

Watch the VTV video for all the details.



Khalil Kerr

KHALIL KERR CHOOSES TO PLAY WITH U OF M CARABINS
January 18, 2016

Khalil Kerr has decided to continue his career with the Université de Montréal Carabins. The Vanier Cheetahs star running back announced his decision on Monday, January 18th.

"I was undecided between Montreal, Laval and Concordia," he said. "It was a difficult decision. I spoke with my mother and we agreed it was best that I choose Montreal. The Carabins told me I was going to play a lot on special teams in my first year and it was a factor that was instrumental in my decision," continued Kerr.

"The presence of my Vanier teammates (Brian Harelimana and Benedicte Cayo) on the U of M team was also a factor, but I really made the decision for myself." Kerr amassed 521 yards and a touchdown on 37 punt returns in the 2015 season and was named outstanding special teams player in Cégep Division 1 football. Way ta go, Khalil!



Kristian Matte

KRISTIAN MATTE INKS 3-YEAR DEAL WITH MONTREAL ALOUETTES
January 11, 2016

We were very happy to read that former Cheetahs star lineman Kristian Matte has been signed by the Montreal Alouettes to a 3-year contract. Congrats, Kristian! Here's text of the Alouettes' Press Release:
The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that offensive lineman Kristian Matte has signed a new three-year deal with the club. Matte (6’4" and 296 lbs.) was the starting left guard for the team’s first 17 games in 2015 and started the season finale under centre, replacing injured Luc Brodeur-Jourdain. The Montrealer helped the team’s offensive line allow a league-low 33 quarterback sacks, although the team played with seven different quarterbacks. He also helped create holes which allowed running back Tyrell Sutton lead the CFL with 1,059 rushing yards. He did not miss a start the previous two seasons. “Kristian has developed into the player we projected he would when we drafted him in 2010,” said Alouettes General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp. “He is a solid, versatile contributor on the field and a relentless promoter of Alouettes football in his home town. We have become a better organization by retaining Kristian for the next 3 years.” The 30-year old was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) by the Alouettes in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft, following a brilliant university career with the Concordia Stingers, which had earned him a contract with the Houston Texans. He then joined the Alouettes and helped them win the Grey Cup during his first season in 2010. He previously played for the Vanier Cegep Cheetahs.



Brian Harelimana

BRIAN HARELIMANA CHOOSES UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL CARABINS
December 16, 2015

Cheetahs star linebacker Brain Harelimana has chosen to continue his career with the Université de Montréal Carabins. The announcement came on Tuesday in an article in the Journal de Québec which we have translated. Click here to read it. Previously, another JdeQ article documented the process that led to his final decision which we translated as follows: Courted by nearly a dozen teams, Brian Harelimana made some important decisions in the last days. "I decided to stay in Quebec, and it's come down to being between Université de Laval and Université de Montréal," said the star linebacker for the Vanier Cheetahs. "Because I have a great relationship with the linebacker coach, Paul-Eddy St-Vilien, Montreal has a small lead for now, but that may change. I'll make my decision by the end of the week." "I decided not to go outside of Quebec," continued Harelimana, who was visiting in Laval last weekend. "I cut out McGill a few days ago and I'll probably do the same with Concordia. I'm looking for a good football program and a good education. Montreal and Laval are the two universities that can offer that to me." The Carabins visited Harelimana on Monday night, and the Cheetahs linebacker will have discussions with the Rouge et Or on Tuesday before making his final decision. In Ontario, Carleton, Western, Guelph and Ottawa Universities all received the visiting linebacker for discussions. During his visit to Laval, Harelimana was accompanied by rusher Khalil Kerr and defensive end Benedicte Cayo, two of his teammates with the Cheetahs.


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Anthony Thompson

ANTHONY THOMPSON LISTED IN CFL TOP-20 DRAFT LIST
December 11, 2015

Congratulations to former Cheetahs star defensive back Anthony Thompson has been listed in the preliminary CFL Draft top-20 for the upcoming 2016 season. Anthony was initially honoured By Vanier in 2011 for being the first Cheetah in any sport to ever receive a scholarship from UCLA. However, he soon changed to Southern Illinois University where he played three very successful seasons. In his rookie 2012 season alone, Anthony played in all 11 games, had a season-best three tackles in three different games, returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory at Youngstown State, forced a fumble in the season opener at Eastern Illinois, recovered a blocked punt against Youngstown State, was selected as MVFC Newcomer of the Week and also CFPA Performer of the Week. In 2013, he played in all 12 games, tied for the team lead with two interceptions, notched an interception in each of the last two games of the season, led the team with six pass breakups, set a new career high with five tackles against North Dakota State and matched that total two weeks later against Missouri State. In 2014, he played in all 12 game and made 26 tackles, including 15 solo stops. He broke up two passes, had a season-best six tackles against Indiana State, had at least one tackle in 11 of 12 games, and broke up passes in games against Southeast Missouri and Purdue.


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Cory Watson

CORY WATSON SIGNED BY ESKS TO CONTRACT EXTENSION
December 3, 2015

The Edmonton Eskimos have signed national slot back and former Cheetahs star player Cory Watson to a contract extension. The signing will keep him in Green and Gold through 2017. Cory was set to be a free agent in February. Leading the Eskimos national receiving corps this season, Watson recorded 42 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns in 18 games with 18 starts. He also rushed three times for 13 yards, adding one tackle. During the 103rd Grey Cup, Watson recorded two catches for 26 yards en route to the Eskimos 14th championship victory. Watson was acquired by Edmonton in a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in May 2015 in exchange for the rights to national long snapper Jorgen Hus and a third round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft. A six year veteran, the six-foot-three, 211-pound native of Dollard-des-Ormeaux was originally selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the second round of the 2010 CFL Draft. He has since amassed 220 catches for 2,536 yards with nine touchdowns. In 2011, he was the Bombers' nominee for Most Outstanding Canadian. Continued good luck in Edmonton, Cory! Read more about this announcement.


Maïko Zepeda & Jesse St. James

MAÏKO ZEPEDA AND JESSE ST. JAMES NAMED
TO FIRST TEAM OF CIS ALL-CANADIAN SQAUD
November 30, 2015

We were happy to hear that Maïko Zepeda (defensive back, Université de Montréal) and Jesse St. James (Defensive End, Acadia University) were both selected for the First Team of the CIS All-Canadian squads. As well, Jesse was one of only two selected who were also picked for last year's First Team squad. Maïko's U of M Carabins made it all the way to the Vanier Cup finals on Saturday, only to lose on a last-second field goal by UBC. The Carabins were hoping for their second straight Vanier Cup. Congratulations to you both on your All-Canadian selections! Click on the photo at left for a larger version of the entire First Team of the CIS All-Canadian Defensive squad. To see the official CIS Press Release, just click here.


Hugo Richard

HUGO RICHARD NAMED MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR BY FAE
November 30, 2015

On November 25th, former star Cheetahs quarterback Hugo Richard was named as the Male Student Athlete of the Year (Team Sport) for 2014-2015 by La Fondation de l'athlète d'excellence. The award was presented at the Awards Gala by the Québec government in which the organization awarded $277,500.00 in bursaries. In the 2014-2015 season, Hugo, playing as the quarterback for the Université de Laval Rouge et Or, was named to the RSEQ first all-star team and to the CIS second All-Canadian team. He won the double title of MVP and Rookie of the year in the Quebec network, and after been named offensive player of the week 4 times in his first season in the college ranks, he also received the Peter Gorman Award as Rookie of the Year in all Canada. (Click on the photo at left for a larger version of Hugo receiving the Peter Gorman Trophy.) Hugo is continuing his studies in mechanical engineering. To see the official CIS Press Release, just click here.



Ex-Cheetahs on U of M Carabins

TEN EX-CHEETAHS ON CARABINS AT VANIER CUP
November 30, 2015

Congratulations to the nine former football Cheetahs who played and to the one who coached on the Mitchell Bowl-winning Université de Montréal Carabins that defeated Guelph 25-10 on November 23rd. The Carabins advanced to the Vanier Cup final where they hoped to repeat as CIS national champions, but sadly, they lost on a field goal on the last play of the game. The Cheetahs alumni on the Carabins were Junior Luke, Maïko Zepeda, François Hamel, Marc Glaude, (who were all picked for the RSEQ Defensive All-Star team and are seen in the top row in the photo at left) plus Mathieu Boucher-Paiement, Mathieu Bradley, Djonathan Buissereth, Randy Lusikila, and Jordan Perrin (seen in the bottom row). Junior Luke was named as the MVP of the Mitchell Bowl, an honour rarely bestowed on a Defensive Lineman. Watch a post-game interview with him. Another alum on the Carabins is Danny Desriveaux, the team's coach of special units and receivers.


Click for a larger version of this photo.Ben Major

EX-CHEETAH BEN MAJOR UMPIRES HIS 4TH GREY CUP
November 27, 2015

We were happy to hear that former Cheetah football player Benoit Major (Vanier 1990 and 1991) will be participating in this Sunday's Grey Cup game as an Umpire. Ben was awarded this job for being the highest-rated Umpire in the entire CFL this past year. Ben is in his 11th season as a CFL official. He has officiated in 176 games and this is his 4th Grey Cup match as an official. Here is the CFL official announcement. In his role as an Umpire, Ben has to show courage since his position puts him right in the middle of the action. That courage was pushed to the limit when he was officiating a game in 2014. Ben was accidentally kicked flush in his face by Kyries Hebert of the Montreal Alouettes. Fortunately, Ben didn't suffer a concussion on the play, and after receiving 11 stitches, he showed amazing pluck by returning to play the final two quarters of the game! You can read more and see some pretty gruesome photos and video on this web page. Congratulations, Ben! Have a great (and safe) game!


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JUNIOR LUKE NAMED BY THE CIS AS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
November 26, 2015

We had previously reported that after his tremendous performance in the Université de Montréal Carabins' 25-10 defeat of Guelph in the Mitchell Cup which advanced the team to the CIS final Vanier Cup on this Saturday, Junior Luke had been named as the game MVP, an honour rarely bestowed on a Defensive Lineman. (Watch a post-game interview with him.) We have now found out that he has been named as the CIS Defensive Player of the Week. Congratulations, Junior, and good luck to you and all of your teammates on Saturday! Here is the text from the CIS Press Release about Junior:
Luke, a third-year intervention student from Montreal, took home the award on defence after he helped the Carabins return to the Vanier Cup final thanks to a 25-10 win against host Guelph in the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Mitchell Bowl, also last Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound lineman, who merited the Maury L. Van Vliet Trophy as the game's MVP, was all over the field finishing with three tackles, including two for losses and one quarterback sack, as well as a key interception at the Montreal 21-yard line with five minutes remaining in the contest. Luke anchored a defensive unit that limited the Gryphons to just 14 first downs and 265 yards total yards on offence. Read the full CIS Press Release



TWO CHEETAH ALUMNI PLAYING FOR ESKS IN 2015 GREY CUP
November 24, 2015

There will be two former Cheetahs playing at this Sunday's Grey Cup match between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Ottawa RedBlacks. Both play for Edmonton. Cory Watson has had a long career in the CFL. Before playing with the Eskimos, Watson had spent almost his entire five-year CFL career in Winnipeg after he was picked in the second round (ninth overall) of the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft. At that time he was a star player at Concordia University after graduating from Vanier. Of course, Cory had a super career as a Cheetah and one of his many accolades was that in 2005 he won the FQSE Special Teams Player of the Year award. During his five seasons in Winnipeg, Cory played 67 games with 178 receptions for 2,217 yards and six touchdowns before he was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Jan. 29, 2015 and then to the Eskimos in May 2015. Raye Hartmann was selected by the Eskimos in the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft. In 2015 he played in his first career regular season games, making two special teams tackles in 11 games. He played in the West Final against Calgary, recording one special teams tackle. Good luck to you both!


 

SEVEN CHEETAH ALUMNI PARTICIPATING IN CFL SEMI-FINALS
November 19, 2015

We have seven former Cheetah players who will be participating in this weekend's Grey Cup semi-finals, six as players and one as a referee. On Sunday afternoon, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (with two ex-Cheetahs on the roster) will face Ottawa Redblacks (no ex-Cheetahs) in the Eastern Finals. Then later on Sunday, the Calgary Stampeders (with two ex-Cheetahs) will face the Edmonton Eskimos (with two ex-Cheetahs) in the Western Finals.

Seen at the top left are Hamilton Tiger Cats players Hasan Hazime with Byron Archambault to his right. Byron was featured in an article from July 2015 about adjusting to playing with his newly-found team, the Ti-Cats. You can read it by clicking here. Just below, you see Calgary Stampeders Jabari Arthur and Randy Chevrier, both of whom have long-established careers in the CFL. Before the start of this season Jabari already had 95 catches for 1,145 yards and six touchdowns over 71 career games with the Stampeders and has two Grey Cup rings that he won while with the Stampeders, one in 2008 and another in 2014. Randy Chevrier is Calgary's longest-serving team member and In November 2014, we reported that Randy had won the important Tom Pate Award, given by the CFL to a player who displays outstanding humanitarian qualities while maintaining a strong performance level on the field.To read that story, click here. Underneath them you can see Edmonton Eskimos Raye Hartman and Cory Watson. During his five seasons with the Winnipeg Bue Bombers, Cory played 67 games with 178 receptions for 2,217 yards and six touchdowns before ending up on the Edmonton Eskimos roster. Finally, at the bottom you see CFL referee Ben Major who is so steadfast in his work that he usually is called to referee in all major games right up to the Grey Cup finals. Ben was the subject of an article posted on the RDS website in 2012. To read it in full, just click here.

Good luck to you all on Sunday! You can click on their photos at left for larger versions.



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Junior Luke & Maiko Zepeda

JUNIOR LUKE AND MAÏKO ZEPEDA COME UP BIG IN DUNSMORE CUP
November 16, 2015

Congrats to Vanier Cheetahs alums Junior Luke and Maïko Zepeda who were both named as an RSEQ Player of the Week following the Université de Montréal Carabins' win over The Laval Rouge et Or at the Dunsmore Cup last Saturday. Maïko led the Carabins with 6.5 tackles including five solo and .5 a quarterback sack. In the 4th quarter, he forced a fumble that allowed the U of M to control the ball, slowing the thrust of Laval who had just tied the game with two late touchdowns. The Carabins won the match on the very last play of the game thanks to a huge effort by alum Junior Luke, who was also named as an RSEQ Player of the Week following his heroics. After two late touchdowns, the Rouge et Or (led by QB and Vanier alum Hugo Richard), were within 2 points of the Carabins, and had a 19-yard field goal chip shot on the last play of the game to seal the win. However, in the ensuing play, Junior BLOCKED the field goal, and the U of M Carabins emerged with the heart-stopping win. Way ta go, Junior and Maïko! Here are two stories on Maïko Zepeda and Junior Luke: One from the RSEQ League and one from TVA Sports. Here are two Dunsmore Cup videos: Junior Luke blocks the potential game-winning field goal by the Rouge et Or and Post-game interview with Junior Luke.




Jérémi Roch

JÉRÉMI ROCH WINS YET ANOTHER PRESTIGIOUS RSEQ AWARD
November 13, 2015

Congratulations once again to former Cheetahs star quarterback Jérémi Roch who has just won the RSEQ's Leadership and Social Engagement Award, presented on November 13th at Laval University, site of this year's Dunsmore Cup. The award recognizes exemplary academic success combined with a significant social contribution by the recipient to his community, along with outstanding playing ability, which we already knew he possessed in spades! Click for the text from his award presentation. This award puts him in the running for the National award of this kind, the Russ Jackson Award. Jérémi has broken both provincial and national CIS football records in recent months. In October, he became the all-time CIS career passing yards leader with a phenomenal 11,477. Jérémi also holds the CIS record for pass attempts (1,470), and pass completions (866). He also broke a long-standing RSEQ record this season for career touchdown passes (68), a record previously held by former Laval standout Benoit Groulx. He currently ranks seventh on the all-time CIS list, 19 behind the standard set by Saint Mary's Chris Flynn (1987-1990). Way ta go, yet again, Jérémi!


 

SIXTEEN EX-CHEETAHS IN UNIVERSITY PROVINCIAL FINALS
November 10, 2015

For the second straigh year, the Université de Laval Rouge et Or will face the Université de Montréal Carabins on Saturday, November 14th at the Rouge et Or home stadium in the RSEQ university league provincial finals in a game that will feature no fewer than SIXTEEN former Cheetah star players participating. Game start is 2:00 PM. The match will be broadcast on the TVA Sports network and it should be a very entertaining one indeed. Although the powerful Rouge et Or have only lost once all year, (they finished in 1st place with a record of 7-1) it happened on October 17th against their opponents for this game, the Carabins (who finished in 2nd place 6-2). In any case, the game should be an exciting one.

The seven ex-Cheetahs on the U of Laval Rouge et Or include quarterback phenom Hugo Richard (seen at top-left) who has been having another banner year with the team. His story last year was exceptional winning many accolades and breaking many records. Read our story on him from October 28, 2014. The only prize that eluded him last year was the Vanier Cup. Other members of the Rouge et Or who used to play for Vanier are Clément Lebreux (DL 2011, 2012, 2014), Vincent Levitt (OL 2008, 2009, 2010), Étienne Moisan (REC 2011, 2012, 2013), Alexandre Savard (REC 2011, 2012, 2013), Danny Tam (DB 2009, 2010, 2011), Marc-Antoine Varin (LB 2012, 2013, 2014). As well, two members of the Rouge et Or coaching staff are ex-Cheetahs: Brad Collinson (who played as an OL 1996, 1997, 1998) and Spiro Feradouros (who was our Receivers Coach 1999, 2000, 2001).

There are also NINE ex-Cheetahs who are playing for the Université de Montréal Carabins. Four of them include Maïko Zepeda (DB 2009, 2010, 2011), François Hamel (DB 2012, 2013, 2014), Marc Glaude (OL 2009, 2010, 2011), and Junior Luke (DL 2010. 2011, 2012), who were all picked for the RSEQ Defensive All-Star team.The five other ex-Cheetahs playing are Mathieu Boucher-Paiement (OL 2012, 2013, 2014), Mathieu Bradley (REC 2014), Djonathan Buissereth (DB 2009, 2010), Randy Lusikila (DL 2009, 2010), and Jordan Perrin (DB 2012, 2013, 2014). As well, one member of the Carabins coaching staff is an ex-Cheetah: Danny Desriveaux (who played as a receiver from 1999 to 2001).

We're all looking forward to see how they ALL perform as they try to book their teams a ticket to the Vanier Cup semi-finals. Good luck to you all! Click on their photos at left for larger versions.


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FOUR EX-CHEETAHS PICKED FOR RSEQ'S
UNIVERSITY LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM
November 6, 2015

Four ex-Cheetahs were selected for the RSEQ's University Football All-Star Team. Congratulations to (seen from left to right) Marc Glaude, Junior Luke, Maïko Zepeda (a unanimous selection) and François Hamel (also a unanimous selection). All four play for the Université de Montréal Carabins. Great job, guys! You can click on the photo at left for a larger version.


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HUGO RICHARD NAMED QUEBEC'S OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
November 2, 2015

Congratulations to former Cheetahs star quarterback Hugo Richard who we just found out has been named by the RSEQ as Quebec's top university Offensive Player of the Week. Leading the Laval offense masterfully in a 57-10 win at McGill, Richard completed 21 of his 25 passing attempts (84%), including two for touchdowns. The Rouge et Or pivot also ran for 92 yards, scoring two touchdowns himself, and all of this in just three quarters of play. This is the fourth time that Hugo has been given this honour. In 2014, he was also named as Quebec's Offensive MVP and was named Quebec and NATIONAL Rookie of the Year that same year. To read the league's press release, you can just click here. Great job, Hugo!


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JESSE ST. JAMES TIES SACK RECORD, NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
October 28, 2015

Former Cheetah defensive lineman Jesse St. James, now playing for the Acadia University Axemen, has been named the Atlantic University Sport football defensive player of the week for the second consecutive week. In his fourth year with the team, Jesse had 5.5 tackles (four solo and three assisted) in Acadia's match against the St.FX X-Men on Saturday. These included 2.5 sacks for a loss of 14 total yards.

With these sacks, St. James moves into a tie for the most sacks in a single season in the AUS all-time record book with 11.0. The existing record had stood since 2001 and was set by Axemen alumnus Karim Grant. Previously, in the 2013-14 season, Jessee was selected to attend the 2014 CIS East West Bowl where he was named an AUS conference all-star (Defensive End) and then in the 2014-15 season, he was named an AUS conference all-star (Defensive End). Congratulations, Jesse!


5 EX-CHEETAHS UP FOR CFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
October 23, 2015

The CFL has announced their list of candidates for the 2015 season's Rookie of the Year award, and there are FIVE former Cheetahs who are up for the award.

The five are seen clockwise startting from the upper left: Raye Hartmann (Edmonton Eskimos), Brandon Tennant (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Byron Archambault (Hamilton Tiger Cats), Jean-Samuel Blanc (Montreal Alouettes) and Jesse Joseph (also Montreal Alouettes).

Good luck to you all! You can read the news story on the CFL website. camp: http://cfl.ca/article/candidates-for-most-outstanding-rookie-revealed.


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MAÏKO ZEPEDA FEATURED IN JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL ARTICLE
October 22, 2015

We were happy to get an update on former Cheetahs football star player Maïko Zepeda (seen at the far left) who is currently in his 4th year with the Université de Montréal Carabins. he is playing on the starting roster and is racking up some very repectable tackle statistics in his role with the Carabins defence.

Maïko was recently featured along with his entire family in an article published in the Journal de Montréal. His parents both work at the university and Maïko also has two older brothers who work there as well, one of whom, Hermès (seen to the right of Maïko) plays for their rugby team. We have translated the article into English. To read it, you can just click here. To read the article in its original French, click here.


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YES! JÉRÉMI ROCH BREAKS A THIRD CIS ALL-TIME RECORD
October 19, 2015

Former Cheetah quarterback phenom Jérémi Roch, broke yet ANOTHER CIS football record on Saturday as he became the all-time career passing yards leader in a 45-10 home win by his Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or over McGill. Roch racked up 216 yards through the air in less than three quarters of action against the Redmen to push the new national standard to 10,964. He completed 11 of 16 passes for three TDs and no interceptions. The actual record-breaking pass occurred when he connected with Carl Gagnon-Bisaillon for a 47-yard score 4:16 into the second quarter. With two conference games remaining, Jérémi is now the all-time CIS leader in passing yards, attempts (1,400) and completions (828). There's another record that seems sure to be broken by Jérémi. With 65 touchdown passes in his career, Roch is just one shy of the RSEQ conference record held by former Laval standout Benoit Groulx (2005-2009). He ranks ninth on the all-time CIS list, 22 behind the standard set by Saint Mary's Chris Flynn (1987-1990). Way ta go, Jérémi! To read the press release from the CIS, just click here.


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JÉRÉMI ROCH BREAKS 2 CIS ALL-TIME RECORDS, HOMES IN ON A THIRD
October 5, 2015

The CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) announced in a press release that former Cheetahs star quarterback Jérémi Roch, now playing for the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or, has broken two all-time CIS passing records (completed passes and attempted passes). He is also only 63 yards away from setting another important all-time CIS passing record, this one for total passing yards. Jérémi is obviously on a path to re-write the league's record books, much like he did while playing at Vanier. During his three years with the Cheetahs (2008, 2009, and 2010), he set an all-time team record of 5007 passing yards which lasted until it was eclipsed three years later by Hugo Richard in 2013. The Cheetahs were a combined 22-6 in regular season action during his stay at Vanier and we won the Bol d'Or in 2010, his last one with us. Congratulations, Jérémi! To read the press release from the CIS, just click here.


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JEAN-MARC EDME FINDS HIS PRO NICHE AS TALENT SCOUT FOR ALS
October 1, 2015

We were pleased to read an update on former Cheetah star player Jean-Marc Edme who started his third year with the Montreal Alouettes this season as a Pro/College and Advance scout. Jean-Marc's primary duties are to scout collegiate players on the college and university level who are eligible for the annual CFL draft. Edme also scouts professional prospects in the CFL, NFL and AFL, working closely under current head coach Jim Popp. From the strength of his performance here at Vanier in 1998-1999, Jean-Marc earned a scholarship from Alcorn State University in Mississippi. After two seasons there, he returned to Quebec to study at the University of Sherbrooke where he played for the Vert et Or. He began his CFL career in 2007, first serving as a football operations intern with the Tiger-Cats under Marcel Desjardins, the current Ottawa RedBlacks’ GM and former Alouettes’ Assistant General Manager.

Obviously impressing everyone with his talent and skill in this internship, Jean-Marc was promoted to the assistant-coaches’ position, in which he assisted former Ti-Cats Head Coach, Charlie Taaffe, with daily operations. Prior to being made a scout for the Als three years ago, he spent the previous five years as an Alouettes Defensive Assistant/Football Operations Assistant under former Als Head Coach Marc Trestman. The Montreal-North native holds an honours degree in Sports Administration from Laurentian University. To see his page on the Alouettes website, just click for more.

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JÉRÉMI ROCH VS HUGO RICHARD IN A FACEOFF BETWEEN EX-CHEETAHS
September 11, 2015

Two former star Cheetahs quarterbacks who are both playing extremely well in the university league will face off against each other in a game that will be broadcast on TVA Sports on Saturday starting at 2:00 PM. Hugo Richard will helm the powerhouse Université de Laval Rouge et Or as they play on the road VS the Université de Sherbrooke Vert & Or with Jérémi Roch leading his team at quarterback.

There's an incredible amount of history in these two teams. Both of them are coming off of big wins in their season openers. Jérémi was named as the RSEQ Player of the Week for his exploits in a 37-0 win over Concordia on September 4th. Not to be outdone, Hugo exacted a bit of revenge when his Rouge et Or defeated last year's Vanier Cup-winning Université de Montréal Carabins 12-9 in a re-match of last season's Dunsmore Cup Final in which the Carabins beat them by the exact same score and halted an unbelievable 70-game win streak at home for the Rouge et Or. Despite the loss in the Dunsmore Cup, Hugo had a great 2014 season, winning the Peter Gorman Trophy which is given to Canada's top rookie in university football.

Just to show what a powerhouse the Rouge et Or have been, Laval had won the Vanier Cup in the two previous years (2012 and 2013) as well as an amazing seven times out of eleven years in a period stretching from to 2003 to 2013. It should be an amazing game. Good luck to you both!


Read the OUA Press Release.

BRYCE VIEIRA IS THE ONTARIO UNIVERSITY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 9, 2015

We were very happy to hear that former Cheetah star running back Bryce Vieira, now playing for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, was named offensive Player of the Week by the OUA (Ontario University Athletics). On Sunday, Bryce was major factor the ‘Garnet and Grey’ as they opened their season with a big home win against the Queen’s Gaels. Vieira had 17 rushes for 110 rushing yards as the Gee-Gees handled the Gaels 41-17. Bryce, a second-year Theatre student-athlete, was also effective in his role as a receiver, hauling in five receptions for 93 yards. In all, Vieira finished the day with 210 total yards. Vieira made a big impact with the Gee-Gees in his rookie year last season, finishing seventh in OUA in rushing with 589 yards. To read the press release from the OUA , just click for more.


Read the RSEQ Press Release.

JÉRÉMI ROCH NAMED RSEQ PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER BIG WIN
September 8, 2015

Congratulations to former star Cheethas quarterback Jérémi Roch who was named the province's top player of the week. Playing now for the Université de Sherbrooke Vert & Or, he had a great first game of the season as the Vert & Or completely dominated the Concordia Stingers in a 37-0 shutout victory.

Jérémi was one of main architects of this season-opening win, completing 23 of 30 passes to eight different receivers, leading to two touchdowns. Roch, currently studying for his Masters in E-Commerce, accumulated 291 passing yards and also carried the ball twice to gain 17 yards. Way ta go, Jérémi! To read the press release from the RSEQ, just click for more.


VINCE LEVITT'S JOURNEY TO BEING STARTING CENTER ON ROUGE ET OR
September 7, 2015

Vincent Levitt played a starring role as a center for the Cheetahs between 2008 and 2010. On his last year with the team, he won a Bol d'Or ring which proved to be a great ending to his years as a player here at Vanier. He thought that once he advanced to play with the Université de Laval Rouge et Or that he would take up where he had left off. However, he didn't anticipate the incredibly high level of competition for starting positions at a powerhouse team such as Laval's. But we were very glad to find out that Vincent has finally secured himself the prized position of starting center for the Rouge et Or. Two articles were published about Vince's journey. The first one was published in Le Soleil on August 19th, and a second one was published in the Journal de Québec just after he had been finally awarded the position. We have translated both articles into English. To read the first one, you can just click here. To read the original article in French, click here. To read the newer article, just click here. To read this newer article in its original French, click here.


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JEAN-GABRIEL POULIN NAMED A CIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 2, 2015

Congratulations to former star Cheetahs linebacker Jean-Gabriel Poulin who was named by the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) on September 2nd as a Player of the Week in the Canadian University Football League. Jean-Gab is in his second year at King's College, playing for the Western University Mustangs, and he won the defensive award based on his exploits in a game VS Windsor University last weekend in which the Mustangs' defence held the Windsor offence to only seven points in a dominant 76-7 road victory. Poulin was credited with a team-high 6 tackles, 4 of them unassisted. He also scored a touchdown in the third quarter after he recovered a fumble and ran it in from 15 yards out. Their defence ended up limiting Windsor to 11 first downs and a meagre 188 yards in total offence. Jean-Gabriel is doing great things with the Mustangs. Just last year, he won the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) All-Rookie Award. Way ta go, Jean-Gab! To read the official CIS announcement, just click here.


Read this article on Clément Lebreux, translated from French.

CLÉMENT LEBREUX GOING FOR A STARTING SPOT ON ROUGE ET OR
August 19, 2015

Former Cheetah defensive star tackle Clément Lebreux proved his mettle as one of our top defensive tackles during his career here at Vanier. Head Coach Peter Chryssomalis has said about him, "Clément trains like crazy, and thanks to his quick feet, he can play at any position on the line." Due to his stellar play throughout the 2014 season, he was named to the league All-Star team at the RSEQ Awards Banquet held in December of that year. This year, on August 19th, Clément was the subject of an article in the Journal de Québec which details the unique challenges he faces in his attempt to secure a spot as a starter on the roster of the Université de Laval Rouge et Or. We have translated the article into English. To read it, you can just click here. To read the article in its original French, click here.


Read the translated article on Hugo Richard.

HUGO RICHARD WANTS TO ECLIPSE RECORD-BREAKING SEASON
August 16, 2015

Ex-Cheetah quarterback phenom Hugo Richard broke a number of university records in his first year with the powerhouse Université de Laval Rouge et Or last year. He won numerous league awards, including the Peter Gorman Trophy, which is presented to the top rookie in all of Canadian University football and he also was named the Université de Laval's MVP for ALL sports. After a disappointing loss to the Université de Montréal Carabins in last year's Dunsmore Cup, Richard is hopeful to return the Rouge et Or to their usual place as Vanier Cup winners. On August 16th, Hugo was the subject of an article in the Journal de Québec. We have translated the article into English. To read it, just click here.
To read the article in its original French and also see a photo of Hugo (seen at right), just click here.


Read the translated article on Jérémi Roch.

JÉRÉMI ROCH LOOKING FOR A BREAKOUT YEAR WITH VERT & OR
August 15, 2015

Former star Cheetahs quarterback Jérémi Roch has been playing with the Sherbrooke Vert & Or for the past four seasons and he believes this year could be the one in which his team could rise to dominate the RSEQ university league. Last year, he was selected for the RSEQ University Football All-Star Team. In 2011 he won the RSEQ's Rookie of the Year Award for all Quebec universities and was a finalist for the prestigious Hec Crighton Trophy, given to the MVP in the entire Canadian University league. In March 2015, Jérémi was invited to participate in the CFL Regional Combine in Montréal. While at the helm of the Cheetahs, the team had an overal regular season record of 22-6 plus they won the Bol dÒr in his last season with us. On August 15th, Jérémi was the subject of an article in La Tribune de Sherbrooke. We have translated the article into English. To read it, just click here. To read the article in its original French and also see a photo of Matthew, just click here.


Read the translated article on Alexandre Savard.

ALEXANDRE SAVARD HOPES TO MAKE A SPLASH AT LAVAL
August 14, 2015

We were happy to hear that former star Cheetahs receiver Alexandre Savard is making a return to football after an absence of two years. In May of 2012, Alex was named to Team Canada and competed in the international competition that summer. In November 2012, Alexandre was on the Cheetahs team which won the Bol d'Or Championship, the 4th one in seven years at that time. More recently, on August 14th, Alexandre was the subject of an article in the Journal de Québec regarding his transition to play with the powerhouse Rouge et Or of the Université de Laval. We have translated the article into English. To read it, just click here. To read the article in its original French, just click here.


Read an article on Matthew Norzil from Marech 2015.

MATTHEW NORZIL GETS HIS CHANCE WITH SASKATCHEWAN
July 23, 2015

On July 23rd, the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that they had signed former Cheetah and national receiver Matthew Norzil to their practice roster. Norzil (6’1 – 186 lbs) was originally selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the fourth round (30th overall) of the 2015 CFL Draft. In 15 regular season games over four seasons with the Université de Laval, the Montreal native hauled in 41 passes for 643 yards. He was named a RESQ All-Star in 2012 after helping to lead Laval to a Vanier Cup victory and ranking third in the CIS in touchdowns. In March 2015, Matt was the subject of an article in the Journal de Québec. We have translated the article into English. To read it, just click here. To read the article in its original French and also see a photo of Matthew, just click here.


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RANDY CHEVRIER GETS RARE REWARD IN STAMPEDERS VICTORY
July 20, 2015

Former Cheetahs star player Randy Chevrier, the veteran long-snapper for the Calgary Stampeders, figured largely in a play that helped turn the tide in a game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium on July 18th. Randy is the longest-serving member of the Stampeders and he obviously still has got some gas in the tank. Chevrier recovered a crucial fumble that helped turn the tide after Winnipeg had surged to a 16-0 first quarter lead. The Stampeders ended up winning the game 26-25. For more on this story, read the article from the Calgary Sun. Randy is also a leader off the field as well as on, serving as the team's spokesman for the annual PinkPower game, which supports breast cancer awareness. In November 2014, Randy's humanitarian work won him the CFL's Tom Pate Award. More on this story.


Click to read this article on Byron Archambault.

BYRON ARCHAMBAULT IS "LIVING A DREAM" WITH TI-CATS
July 17, 2015

On July 17th, the Journal de Québec published a story about former Bol d'Or and Vanier Cup-winning defensive star Byron Archambault's first game in Montreal playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. This game was played at Percival Molson Stadium on July 16th. The article goes into some detail about how Byron is doing a great job acclimatizing himself in the new professional league, and how he has now shifted his attention from getting into the NFL to winning a Grey Cup with his Hamilton teammates. We have translated the article into English. To read it, just click click here. If you'd rather read the article in its original French, then click here.


View a video of Brandon Tennant.

BRANDON TENNANT ADDED TO SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS ROSTER
July 4, 2015

We were happy to hear that on July 4th, Saskatchewan added Brandon Tennant to their roster. Brandon was selected by the Riders in the 7th round (59th overall) in the 2015 CFL Canadian Draft. He spent four seasons at the Université de Laval (2011-2014) where he played 24 career collegiate games, collecting 31.5 defensive tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 5.5 quarterback sacks. In 2014, he was limited to three games after suffering a broken toe. He was named a 2013 second team CIS All-Canadian and was named a 2013 first team RSEQ All-Star. He played in the 2013 East-West Bowl and won the Vanier cup with the Rouge et Or in 2012 and in 2013. You can learn more about Brandon's journey in this one-on-one profile which was filmed on July 25th by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Good luck, Brandon!


Read the translated article on Jesse Joseph.

JESSE JOSEPH PLAYS HIS FIRST GAME AS AN ALOUETTE
July 2, 2015

On July 2nd, the Courrier Laval did a story on former Cheetahs defensive star Jesse Joseph's first game in the CFL as a Montreal Alouette. His inaugural pro game was played at Percival Molson Stadium on June 25th against the Ottawa Redblacks. We have translated the article into English. To read it, just click click here. If you'd rather read the article in its original French, then click here. Previously, on June 8th, Jesse had been featured in a profile article written by Herb Zerkowsky in the Montreal Gazette which focused on the severe injuries Jesse has had to deal with during his career. To read this article, just click here.


Click for the full story on Marco Brouillette.

MARCO BROUILLETTE SAYS HIS NEXT CONCUSSION WILL BE HIS LAST
June 16, 2015

Former Cheetahs quarterback and current stalwart player for the Montreal Alouettes Marc-Olivier Brouillette has affirmed that he plans to retire from football if he suffers another concussion. In a special profile article by Montreal Gazette sports writer Herb Zurkowsky, Marco is described as an extremely talented player who, with his law degree, doesn't need to play in the CFL to make a living. He's obviously in it for the love of the game. However, after suffering at least 3 prior concussions during his university and pro career, the star linebacker, who is a married father of a one-year-old daughter, says he will retire before putting his life in jeopardy. To read the article in its entirety, just click here.


  Click for a list of ex-Cheetahs participating in 2015 CFL training camps.

SEVENTEEN EX-CHEETAHS AT CFL TRAINING CAMPS
June 9, 2015

We have received the final list of former Cheetahs who are participating in CFL Training Camps for various teams leading to the upcoming 2015 season. Some are trying out for the team for the first time, while others are established veterans with many years of pro experience already under their belt. To see a list of all seventeen ex-Cheetahs playing at CFL training camps, just click here. Congratulations to each and every one of you!


THREE CHEETAH ALUMNI PICKED IN 2015 CFL DRAFT
May 13, 2015

Congratulations to the three former Cheetahs who were selected in this year's CFL Draft. Seen from left to right, They are:
Byron Archambault, picked by the Hamilton Tiger Cats,
Matthew Norzil, picked by the Toronto Argonauts, and
Brandon Tennant, picked by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
To see a list of ex-Cheetahs picked in the CFL Draft since 1985, just click here. You can click on the faces at left to see their individual player photos.


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CFL RECEIVER CORY WATSON TRADED TO EDMONTON
May 12, 2015

We just heard that star CFL receiver and Vanier alum Cory Watson has been traded to the Edmonton Eskimos. Watson had spent his entire five-year CFL career in Winnipeg after he was picked in the second round (ninth overall) of the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft. At that time he was a star player at Concordia University after graduating from Vanier. Of course, Cory had a super career as a Cheetah and one of his many accolades was that in 2005 he won the FQSE Special Teams Player of the Year award. During his five seasons in Winnipeg, Cory played 67 games with 178 receptions for 2,217 yards and six touchdowns before he was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Jan. 29, 2015. You can read more on the trade story in an article from Global News website. Just click here.


  Click for the full CFL Draft Guide.

TWENTY-FOUR EX-CHEETAHS ON THE 2015 CFL DRAFT LIST
May 11, 2015

The CFL has released their 2015 Draft Guide and no fewer than 24 former Cheetah players were on the list. This is a great testament to the success of our Football Program under the lead of Head Coach Peter Chryssomalis and all of his tremendous coaching staff. Good luck to all 24 Vanier alumni eligible for this year's CFL Draft: Enoka Bainomugisha, Jean-Samuel Blanc, Djonatan Buissereth, Vincent Cléroux-Gaudreau, Guillaume De Palma-Demers, Tarrick Defour, Marvin-James Golding, Alexandre Lefebvre-Tardif, Vincent Julien Levitt, Kayin Marchand-Wright, Patrick McLennan, Timothy Mitchell, Mike Norman, Matthew Norzil, Chris O'Kill-McMullen, Byron Pérez-Archambault, Alexandre Piché, Jérémi Roch-Doyon, James Sifakis, Blair Smith, Christoph Smith, Jesse St. James, Shayne Stinson, and Brandon Tennant. Good luck to you all! Click here for full CFL Draft Guide.


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ARCHAMBAULT INVITED TO MINI-CAMP OF NFL'S NEW YORK GIANTS
May 4, 2015

We were extremely pleased to hear that former Cheetah defensive star Byron Archambault , currently playing for the Université de Montréal Carabins, has been invited to attend a mini-camp that is being held by the NFL's New York Giants from May 8-10. Byron has made it clear that the NFL has always been his ultimate dream goal, and with the way he has been performing lately, we wouldn't discount the possibility for one minute! Byron is currently in 14th place overall as a CFL Draft Prospect and is the top-rated linebacker on the list. This marks the second consecutive year that the Carabins have seen one of their protégés offered a try in the NFL. Last year, offensive lineman David Foucault was invited by the Carolina Panthers before eventually signing a contract and landing a spot on their active roster. We wish the same outcome for you, Byron! To read the whole story in a Gazette article by Herb Zurkowsky, just click here.


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HUGO RICHARD WINS TWO MAJOR AWARDS AT ULAVAL AWARDS BANQUET
May 4, 2015

At the 64th Rouge et Or Sports Awards Banquet, ex-Cheetah star quarterback Hugo Richard won two major awards. The Université de Laval Rouge et Or starting quarterback was picked as the team's Rookie of the Year in Football. This was not a huge surprise considering that Hugo was the first ever rookie to start at quarterback for the Rouge et Or, and that later he went on to win the Peter Gorman Trophy awarded by the CIS to the Rookie of the Year of ALL Canada in university football as well as being selected as a CIS All-Canadian and the RSEQ Player of the Year. However, later in the awards ceremony's proceedings, he learned that he had and also been named as the university's Top Student Athlete in ALL sports. Congratulations, Hugo! To read the official announcement, just click here. For more info on his amazing season and to see photos of him, just click here.


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THREE FORMER CHEETAHS ON COACHING
STAFF OF UPCOMING EAST-WEST BOWL
May 4, 2015

Congratulations to the three ex-Cheetahs who have been named on the East-West Bowl Coaching Staff. Seen from left to right, They are:
Danny Desriveaux, Offensive Coordinator, (VC 1999, 2000, 2001)
Brad Collinson, Offensive line coach. (played at VC 1996, 1997, 1998)
Nathan Taylor, Defensive backs coach. (played at VC 2006, 2007, 2008)
To read the official announcement, just click here.


Read more on this story on Byron Archambault.

BYRON ARCHAMBAULT SELECTED FOR CFL'S TOP-20 PROSPECT LIST
April 25, 2015

Congratulations to former Cheetah defensive star Byron Archambault who was just announced as being in 14th place in the final Scouting Bureau Rankings of the Top-20 CFL Draft Prospects for the upcoming 2015 season. At the CFL National Combine in March, Byron impressed a lot of scouts by placing FIRST in Bench Press with 41 (second highest number in Combine history!) and also finishing first in the Shuttle and 4th in the 3-cone competitions. Byron was also the subject of a profile article on the TVA Sports website. You can read a translation of the article, or you can read it in its original French. Finally. it's worth noting that all players on last year's prospect list were signed by CFL teams, and it is expected that this year should prove no different. Good luck in the big leagues, Byron! To read the CFL announcement, just click here.


  Click for the list of CIS Commits.

SEVENTEEN CHEETAHS COMMIT TO CIS UNIVERSITY TEAMS
April 23, 2015

We were very pleased to hear that seventeen 2014 players have committed to playing with CIS university teams for the upcoming 2015 season. The full CIS Commit list now includes: William Aziz (Carleton), Mathieu Boucher-Paiement (U de Montréal), Mathieu Bradley (U de Montréal), Kevin Etienne (McGill), Jaylan Guthrie (Guelph), François Hamel (U de Montréal), Jamie Aaron Harry (Ottawa), Willie Insixiengmay (McGill), Philip Jean-Baptiste (St. Francis Xavier), Dev Lamour (Buffalo U.), Clément Lebreux (Laval), William Lemire (Concordia), Jordan Perrin (U de Montréal), Lukas Redguard (Concordia), Armando Rodriguez (McGill), Rashad Spooner (Ottawa), Marc-Antoine Varin (Laval). Congratulations to each and every one of you! Click here for the CIS listing as compiled by our super-statistician Solange Boyer.


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MAIKO ZEPEDA PICKED TO PLAY IN THE CIS EAST WEST BOWL
April 14, 2015

Congratulations to Maïko Zepeda who, we just found out, has been selected to play in the CIS East West Bowl on May 9, 2015 at McGill University’s Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. See the announcement. One of the highlights of his career as a Cheetah was when Maïko won the award for Defensive MVP of the year for the 2011 season, presented at the 2011-2012 Vanier Athletic Awards Banquet. To see his photo from that ceremony, just click here. In that same year, he was named to the RSEQ league's all-star team. Since leaving Vanier, Maïko has been a standout Defensive Back with the Université de Montréal Carabins and he has no doubt worked very hard to achieve this honour. Good luck at the East West bowl, Maïko!


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EX-CHEETAHS BYRON ARCHAMBAULT, BRANDON TENNANT,
AND JEAN-SAMUEL BLANC AT THE CFL NATIONAL COMBINE
March 30, 2015

Our alums Byron Archambault, Brandon Tennant, and Jean-Samuel Blanc all competed last weekend at the CFL National Combine, the major showcase to display your talents in hopes of improving your chances at the upcoming CFL Draft. On Saturday, Byron Archambault placed FIRST in Bench Press with 41 (second highest number in CFL Combine history.) Byron also finished first in the Shuttle and 4th in the 3-cone competitions. Jean-Samuel Blanc previously competed at the Montreal Regional Combine and was one of only 4 others invited to advance to the National Combine (to which Byron and Brandon had received direct invitations). Other former Cheetahs who had been invited to participate at the Montreal Combine were Djonathan Buissereth, Jesse Lacle, Kayin Marchand-Wright, Marvin-James Golding, Jesse St. James, Vincent Cléroux-Gaudreau, Matthew Norzil, Shayne Stinson, and Jérémi Roch.

For more details and links to videos and articles about the CFL National Combine, just click here.


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MATTHEW NORZIL FEATURED IN JOURNAL DE QUÉBEC ARTICLE
March 25, 2015

Congratulations to Matthew Norzil who was the subject of a great feature article that just appeared in the Journal de Québec as well as the Journal de Montréal. The article focuses on the adversity Matthew has faced with some rather significant injury issues since he joined the Université de Laval Rouge et Or, and how he is now back to almost 100% of his former top shape. The timing couldn't be better for Matthew as he will be participating in the CFL Combine at Concordia University on Wednesday, March 25th. Click to see all the ex-Cheetahs at the Combine.

We have translated the article into English. To read it, just click here. To read the article in its original French and also see a photo of Matthew, just click here. Way ta go, Matthew. Good luck!


THIRTEEN FORMER CHEETAHS WILL TRY OUT AT THE CFL COMBINES
March 13, 2015

Good luck to the 13-ex-Cheetahs who will participate in the various CFL Combines starting March 23rd.
TEN AT THE MONTREAL REGIONAL COMBINE – March 23, 2015:
Djonathan Buissereth, Université de Montréal. Jesse Lacle, Saint Mary’s University. Kayin Marchand-Wright, Saint Mary’s University. Marvin-James Golding, Saint Mary’s University. Jean-Samuel Blanc, Université de Montréal. Jesse St. James, Acadia University. Vincent Cléroux-Gaudreau, Université de Sherbrooke. Matthew Norzil, Université de Laval. Shayne Stinson, Concordia University. Jérémi Roch, Université de Sherbrooke.
ONE AT THE TORONTO REGIONAL COMBINE – March 25, 2015:
Tarrick Defour
, University of Toronto.
TWO AT THE 2015 NATIONAL CFL COMBINE – March 27-29, 2015:
Byron Archambault, Université de Montréal. Brandon Tennant, Université de Laval.


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JABARI ARTHUR GETS CONTRACT EXTENSION FROM CFL'S STAMPS
March 12, 2015

Congratulations to former Cheetah star player Jabari Arthur who has just been signed by the Calgary Stampeders to a contract extension. The 32-year-old former Cheetah has 95 catches for 1,145 yards and six touchdowns over 71 career games with the Stampeders. In 2013, Arthur played all 18 games and had career season highs in receptions (41), yards (510) and touchdown catches (three). “Jabari is an experienced Canadian receiver whose versatility has allowed him to play multiple receiver positions,” Stampeders coach and general manager John Hufnagel said Wednesday in a release. “I look forward to seeing him take advantage of an opportunity to play a larger role in the offence." Arthur had nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns over 14 games last season. He missed the first four games with a hamstring injury and served as a backup slotback upon his return. The six-foot-four 225-pound receiver was a member of Calgary’s Grey Cup-winning teams of 2008 and 2014. Way ta go, Jabari!


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BYRON ARCHAMBAULT GEARING UP FOR CFL COMBINE
March 9, 2015

Former Cheetah defensive star Byron Archambault was recently featured in another article, this one found on the TVA Sports website. Byron has long been in the news for being highly prominent on lists of CFL prospects, and he recently returned home to Québec after being invited to participate at an NFL tryout camp held in Denver, Colorado.

The TVA Sports article features interviews with Byron as well as with his current coach with the Université de Montréal Carabins, with whom Byron won last year's Vanier Cup, given to Canada's top University football team. If you wish to read an English translation of this article, click here. If you want to read the original article in its original French, click here. Good luck at the CFL Combine, Byron!


BRANDON TENNANT IS AIMING TO PLAY IN THE CFL THIS YEAR
February 26, 2015

Former Cheetah star Brandon Tennant has decided to opt out of going to his team's training camp which starts this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Instead, the Defensive Tackle for the Laval Rouge et Or is going to focus his training right here in Québec to prepare himself for the National CFL Combine that he will attend in Toronto (along with former Cheetahs Byron Archambault) from March 27-29.

Brandon had injury problems through the 2014 season, but the mere fact that he has been given a direct pass to the National-level Combine shows how scouts are keenly aware of his talent and preparedness to play in the CFL. The Journal de Québec published a story on him yesterday which we have translated into English. To read the article, just click here. To read the article in its original French, please click here. Congrats, Brandon, and good luck to you in Toronto!


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BYRON ARCHAMBAULT GENERATING INTEREST FROM THE NFL
Updated February 25, 2015

Former Cheetah defensive star Byron Archambault was the subject of a feature-length article in the Journal de Montréal in which they report on the attention he has been attracting from NFL teams. Previously, Byron had been in the news for being prominent on the list of 2015 CFL prospects, but apparently he has even higher aspirations.

The J de M article focuses on Byron's remarkable journey from being a Vanier Cheetah to being a member of the Vanier Cup-winning Université de Montréal Carabins to... well, who knows how far he can go? Certainly, we at Vanier have lots of faith in his enormous potential! For more info on this story and to read the original article or read a version we have translated into English, as well as to read a follow-up story just published in the Journal de Québec, click here.


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5 EX-CHEETAHS TO STRUT THEIR STUFF AT CFL TRYOUT CAMP
February 18, 2015

The CFL will hold a regional camp at Concordia University on March 25 from which which the best players will be invited to the main camp in Toronto from March 27 to 29. In a Journal de Québec article, it was announced that five former Cheetahs are among the players that have been invited to show their stuff to CFL recruiters. Seen clockwise from the top left are: Jeremi Roch (Sherbrooke), Djonathan Buissereth (U of M), Matthew Norzil (Laval), Jean-Samuel Blanc (Laval) and Vincent Cléroux-Gaudreau (Sherbrooke). Something all five players have in common is a Bol d'Or ring that they won when the Cheetahs defeated Vieux-Montréal 31-28 back in 2010. Good luck to you all! You can read the news story on the five Cheetahs invited to the CFL camp: http://www.journaldequebec.com/2015/02/17/camp-regional-de-la-lcf-concordia-attend-les-meilleurs-espoirs You can also read the story on the 2010 Bol d'Or win: http://vaniercollege.qc.ca/athletics/latestnews_101115-football.html.


TWO FORMER CHEETAHS ON CFL DRAFT PROSPECTS LIST
December 10, 2014

It has just been announced that two former Cheetahs are on the top-20 list of CFL Draft Prospects. On the list are Brandon Tennant (who remains on the list where he was also found in the last one issued in September) and especially to Byron Archambault who finds himself on the list for the very first time. Congratulations to you both! Brandon is a Defensive Lineman for the Université de Laval Rouge et Or, and Byron is a Linebacker for the Université de Montréal Carabins, which as you probably heard, was the winning team in this year's Vanier Cup. We expect to see you both very soon in the CFL! See the CFL Draft Prospects page. You can click on their photos at left for larger versions.


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CHEETAH ALUMNI COACHING JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
December 9, 2014

Two ex-Cheetahs have been named as coaches on this year's Junior National team leading up to the 2016 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U-19 World Championship as well as the 2014 and 2015 International Bowls. This is the second year Warren Craney will be head coach for the team. Last year, Craney guided them to a Sliver Medal result at the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship. Warren is joined by former star Cheetah receiver Danny Desriveaux who coached special teams and receivers for the Université de Montréal Carabins, winners of this year's Vanier Cup. Congratulations to you both! Read more on this story.


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JEAN-GABRIEL POULIN NAMED TO OAU ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
December 8, 2014

We learned that former Cheetah star linebacker Jean-Gabriel Poulin has been named to the OUA Football All-Rookie team. Jean-Gabriel just completed a very successful inaugural season as a linebacker with the Western Mustangs. "It’s been a long time since we’ve had a freshman that hits you as hard as Jean-Gab," said Mustangs assistant coach and recruiter Chris Marcus. Poulin said, “CEGEP ball is a little bit more based on the run. We have four downs so they run the ball a lot. I wanted to adjust to CIS a little more where there is a lot of pass. I leaned down a little bit. I was about 230, 235. Now down to about 220. I want to be able to play the pass a little bit more... be quicker, faster, be in better condition.” Way ta go, Jean-Gab! To view the announcement, just click here.


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Byron Archambault hoists the Cup
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NINE CHEETAH ALUMNI ON VANIER CUP WINNING U OF M CARABINS
December 1, 2014
Congratulations to all nine of the former Cheetahs who were either team members or part of the coaching staff of this year's Vanier Cup-winning University of Montreal Carabins. Great job in keeping the Vanier Cup in Quebec! Here is the list of players + the years they played for us:
Byron Archambault,
LB. Played at Vanier 2008, 2009, 2010.
Jean-Samuel Blanc, DL. Played at Vanier 2008, 2009, 2010.
Djonathan Buissereth, DB. Played at Vanier 2009, 2010.
Marc Glaude, OL. Played at Vanier 2009, 2010, 2011.
Junior Luke, DL. Played at Vanier 2010, 2011, 2012.
Randy Lusikila, LB. Played at Vanier 2009, 2010.
Karl-Andy Poyau, DL. Played at Vanier 2007, 2008, 2009.
Maïko Zepeda, LB. Played at Vanier 2009, 2010, 2011.
COACHING STAFF: Danny Desriveaux, Played at Vanier 1999, 2000, 2001.

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Hugo Richard

HUGO RICHARD NAMED AS CIS NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
November 28, 2014

Congratulations to former Cheetahs star quarterback Hugo Richard who received the Peter Gorman Trophy awarded by the CIS to the Rookie of the Year of all Canada in university football. Hugo was also named MVP of the Quebec conference in his university debut, becoming only the second rookie ever to be nominated for the Hec Crighton Trophy, given to the national MVP. Richard led the country in passing yards (2,576), touchdown passes (22) and TD-to- interception ratio (22-4). He led all players in Quebec with six rushing majors and ranked first among Quebec QBs with 224 yards on the ground. While leading the Rouge et Or to first place in the league standings with a 7-1 mark, he set RSEQ records for most TD passes in a game (7) and in a season, shattered the previous CIS rookie standards for TD passes and passing yards in a campaign and also set a new team mark for most yards in a single contest (506). For more on his amazing journey, just click here.


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RANDY CHEVRIER RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY WORK WITH PATE AWARD
FOLLOWS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHEETAH HUMANITARIANS HAGE & KABONGO

November 27, 2014

The CFL has announced that former Vanier Cheetah star player Randy Chevrier is the recipient of this year’s Tom Pate Memorial Award, given to a player who displays qualities that distinguish him from their peers. The press release stated that Chevrier displayed outstanding sportsmanship on the field during the 2014 season while making significant contributions to the Stampeders, the City of Calgary and across Alberta. Find out more about this great story.


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ARCHAMBAULT, ST. JAMES, RICHARD ARE NAMED CIS ALL-CANADIANS
November 27, 2014

The CIS announced its list of 2014 Football All-Canadians and we discovered that there were three former Cheetahs who were honoured. Congratulations to Linebacker Byron Archambault of the Université de Montréal Carabins and Defensive End Jesse St. James of the Acadia Axemen who were both on the First All-Star Team as well as to Hugo Richard of the Université de Laval Rouge et Or who was named as quarterback for the Second All-Star Team.

Great job, all three of you! Click here for the CIS announcement.


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PEREZ-ARCHAMBAULT AGAIN NAMED AS AN RSEQ PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK
FOLLOWING THE CARABINS UPSET WIN IN DUNSMORE CUP
November 18, 2014

Congratulations to former Cheetah star Byron Archambault who was named an RSEQ Player of the Week for his role in the first-ever victory for the Université de Montréal Carabins in the Dunsmore Cup final. In the game against the heavily-favoured Université de Laval Rouge et Or last Saturday, Byron managed a total of 8.5 tackles, including seven solo and two sacks for losses of 11 yards. In particular, he was able to tackle the Rouge et Or star quarterback (and also a former Cheetah) Hugo Richard behind the line of scrimmage on the second try in overtime, forcing kicker Boris Bede to try to tie on a field goal attempt from 47 yards which was unsuccessful. In the process, the Carabins halted an unbelievable 70-game win streak at home for the Rouge et Or.

Byron and his team will now continue on for their quest to win their first Vanier Cup, symbolizing Canadian University football supremacy. Good luck to Byron, as well as to former Cheetahs Jean-Samuel Blanc, Marc Glaude, Junior Luke, Djonathan Buissereth, Randy Lusikala, and Maiko Zepeda who all also are on the Carabins roster. As well, former Cheetah and CFL player Danny Desriveaux is on the Carabins coaching staff. Congratulations to you all! To see the official announcement, just click here.

Hugo Richard and Byron Archambault.

HUGO RICHARD IS NAMED RSEQ PLAYER OF THE YEAR!
Byron Archambault Named Top Defensive Player
November 14, 2014

The RSEQ announced the award winners for the 2014 RSEQ university football season at a press conference on November 14th. The top winner was former Cheetah star quarterback Richard Hugo who received the league MVP Award as well as the Rookie of the Year Award. Hugo, playing for the Université de Laval Rouge et Or is the winner of the Jeff Russel Trophy given by the RSEQ to the top student-athlete in the entire Québec university football league. By this distinction, Richard is at the same time nominated for the Hec Crighton award, presented by Canadian Inter-university Sport (CIS) for national MVP.

A rookie quarterback, Richard started every game for the Rouge et Or this year and led his team to a record of 7 wins and 1 loss and first place in the national rankings. The mechanical engineering student has broken records both for his team and also for the whole league. In particular, he exceeded the RSEQ record for the highest number of touchdown passes in a season (22), established in 2013 by Jordan Heather. Hugo also broke the RSEQ record for most passing TDs in a single game with seven. As we said, he was also named as the league's Rookie of the Year and has now become a candidate for the Peter Gorman Award presented to the Rookie of the Year at the national level.  The title of best defensive player of the year was given to former Cheetah stalwart Byron Archambault of the Université de Montréal Carabins. The fourth-year linebacker had an outstanding season helping the Carabins to finish in second place nationally. He led the defensive unit with 49.5 tackles and 9 sacks. In addition, he amassed the largest number of tackles for loss in the whole country, with a total of 14. Archambault has now become a candidate for the Presidents' Trophy awarded to the best defensive player in all Canada.. Click for the announcement.

 
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EIGHT EX-CHEETAHS IN UNIVERSITY PROVINCIAL FINALS
November 10, 2014

The Université de Laval Rouge et Or will face the Université de Montréal Carabins on Saturday, November 15th at the Rouge et Or home stadium in the RSEQ university league provincial finals in a game that will feature no fewer than 8 former Cheetah star players participating.

The game will be webcast on the Radio-Canada website and it should be a very entertaining one indeed. Here is the link: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/football-universitaire/

Although the powerful Rouge et Or have only lost once all year, it was a recent one on November 1st against their opponents for this game, the Carabins. The game should be an exceptional one.

Four of the ex-Cheetahs on the U of Laval Rouge et Or include quarterback phenom Hugo Richard (seen at top-left) who has been re-writing the team's record book since the very start of the season. His story has truly been an exceptional one. To read more, scroll down to our story on him from October 28, 2014.

Other members of the Rouge et Or who used to play at Vanier are Matthew Norzil (to the right of Hugo), Brandon Tennant and Julian Bailey (seen just below Hugo and Matthew).

There are also several ex-Cheetahs who are playing for the Université de Montréal Carabins. Four of them include Byron Archambault, Jean-Samuel Blanc, Marc Glaude and Junior Luke. All four are exceptionally strong either on the defensive or offensive lines, and you know what they say about defence winning playoff games, right?

As well, Byron has been a repeat RSEQ Player of the Week several throughout the regular season, so that's proof that he's playing at the top of his game, too.

We're all looking forward to see how they ALL perform as they try to book their teams a ticket to the Vanier Cup semi-finals. Good luck to you all! Click on their photos at left for larger versions.


 
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RICHARD, ROCH, ARCHAMBAULT, BLANC NAMED TO RSEQ ALL-STAR TEAM
November 7, 2014

Congratulations to former star Cheetah players Jérémi Roch, Hugo Richard, Bryron Archambault and Jean-Samuel Blanc who were all recently named to the RSEQ 2014 University Football All-Star Team. We haven't stopped posting about Jérémi who is the rookie quarterback with the Université de Laval Rouge et Or and has literally been re-writing the team's record book with all of his exploits this season. Byron Archambault, playing with the Université de Montréal Carabins has also had a tremendous year, setting a new team record of his own for the most tackles in the process. Finally, Jean-Samuel Blanc, who was named Vanier's Defensive MVP in 2011, his last year as a Cheetah, has continued to rack up honours on the university level with the Carabins. Jean-Samuel was named a league all-star last year, too. Click here for the RSEQ announcement.


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ROCH AND ARCHAMBAULT ARE RSEQ PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 5, 2014

Congratulations to former star Cheetah players Jérémi Roch and Byron Archambault who were just named RSEQ Players-of-the-Week. Jérémi had a very successful outing Saturday in a 35-14 victory over the Bishops Gaiters. He completed 72.5% of his passes for a whopping 397 yards and two touchdowns. With this performance, Roch surpassed 700 career pass completions. Byron had a total of six tackles, including four solo and 1.5 for a loss in the 13-9 Carabins victory over the Laval Rouge et Or. Late in the game, Archambault had a particularly memorable sack. He also forced a fumble earlier in the game. Facing a team that had amassed an average of 594.8 yards offence per game this season, the Carabins limited their opponents to 289 yards in this game. Later, it was announced that Archambault became the record holder for the highest number of tackles in the history of the Carabins with 185.5. Click for the announcement.

THIS JUST IN: It was just announced by the CIS (which includes university teams from across all of Canada) that Byron Archambault is one of the three CIS Players of the Week. Congrats, again, Byron! Click here for the announcement.

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BIAKABUTUKA & CHEVRIER ON ALL-TIME TOP PLAYER LIST
October 30, 2014

Two ex-Cheetahs were recently named on a list of the Top-Ten Football Players from Québec of ALL TIME that was just printed in an article in the Journal du Québec. We were very happy to see on the list our very own "Touchdown Tim" Tshimanga Biakabutuka (in first place!) as well as Randy Chevrier.

Tim played for six seasons with the NFL's Carolina Panthers while Randy is currently continuing his long professional career with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. This is truly an extraordinary honor. Congratulations, Tim and Randy! To find out more on this story, just click here.


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HUGO RICHARD RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOK FOR LAVAL U
October 28, 2014

Former Vanier star quarterback Hugo Richard continues to excel in his starting role with Canada's premiere Canadian football team, the Université de Laval Rouge et Or. As you probably know, Laval U is a perennial powerhouse in the University league. The team's Vanier Cup Championship win last year was their second national title in a row. This time, the rookie quarterback, already the holder of his team's record for the most touchdown passes in a season, threw three more against the McGill Redmen on Friday, October 24th. So now, with a total of 22, Hugo has wiped out the RSEQ league record of 20 which was set last year by Jordan Heather of the Bishops Gaiters. Also, with Richard's 379 yards in the game, his season totals are now up to 2440, eclipsing his team's record in this area, too. (Previous Rouge et Or pivot Benoit Groulx accumulated 2,422 in 2006). In the win over McGill, Hugo completed 24 of 39 passes without any interceptions. Subsequent to his game performance VS McGill, Hugo was named an RSEQ Player of the Week for the third time this season. Congratulations, Hugo!

PREVIOUS NEWS: On October 19th, we discovered that Hugo had been named an RSEQ Player of the Week for the second time this season, subsequent to a match played against the Bishops University Gaiters. In the game, Hugo set a new RSEQ league record for the most touchdowns in a game (7). He also established a new team record with 506 total yards passing and tied a Rouge et Or record for the longest touchdown pass (103 yards) during the lopsided 64-3 win. In the game, he had a super pass completion rate of 24 out of 31 attempts. Great job, Hugo! Vanier is proud of your accomplishments. On September 6, 2014, Hugo made headlines for becoming the first rookie quarterback in the history of the University of Laval Rouge et Or to emerge as a starter in his very first game. Hugo's journey was the subject of an article in the Journal de Québec which we translated into English. To read the story, click here. During his first game, Hugo also had an amazing performance, notching 371 passing yards in a 40-13 win over the Université de Montréal Carabins. In this performance, he almost set a team record for most passing yardage in a single game, for which he was named as the top offensive player of the week by the RSEQ. Read the full story from CTV Sports. Way ta go, Hugo!

BRIGGS AND WHITE ELIGIBLE FOR CFL ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD
October 28, 2014

We've just heard that two former Football Cheetah star players are in the running for the CFL's Rookie of the Year Award. Jesse Briggs, (seen at far left who is currently playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, played at Vanier in 2008-2009 before going on to McGill. Ryan White, currently on the Alouettes roster, (seen just to the right of Jesse at left) played with the Cheetahs in 2007-2008 before going on to study at Bishop's University. Good luck to you both! You can click on their photos at left for a slightly larger version. See the league announcement page. Just click here.


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PEREZ-ARCHAMBAULT NAMED AS AN RSEQ PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK
October 14, 2014

Congratulations to former Cheetahs defensive star Byron Archambault who was named as an RSEQ university football player-of-the-week. Byron, (currently enrolled in Police Studies at the Université de Montréal) was one of the leaders of the Carabins defence in the team's 36-3 victory over the Concordia Stingers. In a game where the defence has conceded just 161 yards to the opponent, Archambault managed a total of seven tackles, including five solo tackles and 4.5 behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 18 yards. He was also responsible for 1.5 sacks for a total loss of 14 yards. The only points scored by the Stingers during the entire game came on a field goal of 46 yards. Fantastic job, Byron! See the web page of the official announcement. Just click here.


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BRYCE VIEIRA NAMED OTTAWA'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 30, 2014

Bryce Vieira, currently a running back with the Ottawa Gee-Gees, was named the team's Player of the Week following the Gee-Gees' win on September 27th over the Toronto Varsity Blues. Vieira ran for 105 yards on 12 attempts during the first half of the games averaging 8.8 yards per carry. He also scored his first touchdown as a Gee-Gee on a 27-yard run at the end of the first quarter which provided Ottawa with a commanding lead of 17-0. Bryce also ran for 50 yards in the game on punt returns, including a big one for 35 yards. In his five games with Ottawa so far this season, he is averaging 8.8 yards per rush. Congratulations, Bryce! During his amazing run here at Vanier, Bryce was consistently one of our top rushers, winning the Offensive MVP award at last year's Awards Banquet. (See link.) While he was still a Cheetah, Bryce was also featured in a video profile on CTV Sports as part of the series "Randy's Rookies" by sportscaster Randy Tieman. To view the video, just click here.


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PEREZ-ARCHAMBAULT WINS $1500 SCHOLARSHIP FROM ALOUETTES
August 20, 2014

On August 19, 2014, former star Cheetah player Byron Perez-Archambault was awarded a $1500 scholarship from the Montreal Alouettes in a ceremony held before the start of an Als home game at McGill Stadium. Byron was among a select group of university-level football players being honoured by the Als and the FAEQ. Byron is currently playing as a linebacker for the Université de Montréal Carabins where he is the team captain. After racking up 43.5 tackles and 2.5 quarterback sacks in 2013, he was named to the RSEQ University All-Star Team. He is studying in Police Technology. You can click on the photo at left for a larger image of him receiving his award. We're happy to hear of your continued success, Byron!


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HAGE AND BROUILLETTE ON FRONT LINE OF CFLPA
July 29, 2014

Two ex-Cheetahs now involved with the CFLPA (Canadian Football League Players Association) have been front and center regarding the new agreement the CFL has been working to put in place. Marwan Hage, (seen at far left) who recently retired from active play after a long and successful CFL career, is still Vice-President of the CFLPA. He was featured in a story in the Regina Star Phoenix regarding his dealings with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. As well, current Alouette Marco Brouillette was the subject of several articles by the Gazette's Herb Zurkowsky regarding his active role in opposing the ratification of the proposed agreement. Marco has a law degree and is considered likely to eventually become a player rep for the Als Two stories are available. Click here and here. Way ta go, Marwan and Marco!


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ATHLETICS ALUMNI FACEBOOK PAGE LAUNCHED
July 16, 2014

We are pleased to announce the launching of a new Facebook page dedicated to the numerous student athletes and coaches who have competed here at Vanier. The page has many, many photos from 2014 going right back to the early 1970s, including a BOATLOAD of football team photos, but also a treasure trove of old team photos of all other sports, too. A big thank you to Linda Macpherson for her efforts in putting this project together and to Jamie Rabinovitch and Melodie Le Siege for helping to set it all up. To visit the page and start your reminiscing, just click for Click for more..


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JÉRÉMI ROCH ATTENDS ALOUETTES TRAINING CAMP
June 4, 2014

Thanks to a partnership between the CFL and CIS, former Cheetah star quarterback and current Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or quarterback Jérémi Roch has been participating at the Montreal Alouettes' training camp since the start of rookie camp.

"It's a great experience," said Jérémi. "I am so blessed to have the chance to be a part of this camp and see how guys like Troy Smith and Tanner Marsh get ready for the season. It's an experience that can only help me become a better player." Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins said, "He's learning a ton and seems excited to have the opportunity to run a pro-style offence. It's a great cooperation between the CIS and the CFL. Everybody wins." Way ta go, Jérémi! To read the article, just click here.


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HUGO RICHARD WINS $8000.00 SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE FAEQ
May 20, 2014

On May 20, 2014, the Foundation for Athletic Excellence Québec (FAEQ) unveiled the names of the top academic student-athletes who have been chosen to study and continue their athletic careers in one of the twelve members of the Quebec university sports network RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec). Former Cheetah star quarterback Hugo Richard was awarded an $8000.00 scholarship, the highest sum given to any individual athlete honoured. Congratulations, Hugo! These student-athletes received these awards because they achieved outstanding results on the university scene last year and because they all had a significant impact on the Quebec university sports scene in their first year of competition. Including Hugo, Football Québec counted six football players from Quebec universities who were awarded a total of $29,000 in scholarships in these awards. To read the press release, just click here.


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PATRICK KABONGO ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE CFL
May 15, 2014

B.C. Lions offensive lineman and former Vanier Cheetah star player Patrick Kabongo announced his retirement on May 15, 2014, ending his nine-year career in the Canadian Football League. Kabongo appeared in 33 regular-season games for the Lions after joining the team in 2012 after seven seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos.

"Patrick was a big personality on and off the field and we are grateful to have had him be part of our organization for two years," Lions general manager Wally Buono said Thursday in a release. "We wish him and his family the very best in the future." Kabongo, a West Division all-star in 2008, played 121 games for the Eskimos. Congratulations on a stellar CFL career, Patrick! You made us all very proud!


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MARC CALIXTE JOINS FOUR OTHER EX-CHEETAHS
ON THE CONCORDIA STINGERS COACHING STAFF
April 17, 2014

The Concordia Stingers have hired former star Cheetah player Marc Calixte to join their coaching staff. He will be responsible for special teams and defensive backs for the team under the Stingers’ new head coach Mickey Donovan. Marc had been on the defensive coaching staff of the Montreal Alouettes for the previous 2013 season, and prior to that he enjoyed a long and successful career with the Calgary Stampeders. Marc was with the Stamps for 10 seasons and was a member of Calgary's 2008 Grey Cup winning team. Other ex-Cheetahs who are members of the 2014 Stingers coaching staff include: Peter Regimbald, running backs coach and academic advisor (Vanier head coach 1979-1980); Nathan Taylor, defensive backs coach (Vanier 2006-2008); Sean Dougherty, quarterback coach (Vanier 1987-1988); and Alex Oliveira, offensive line assistant (Vanier 1995-1996). You can read more on Marc's new job with Concordia. To read the article, just click here.


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MARWAN HAGE ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE CFL
April 14, 2014

Former CFL star player and ex-Cheetah Marwan Hage has announced his retirement from professional football. After a long and storied career with the Hamilton Ti-Cats, Marwan was drafted at the end of the 2013 season by the CFL's new Ottawa Redblacks. Hage has been active in the league both on and off the field. For his entire career, he played with Hamilton where he was twice named as a divisional all-star and once as a league all-star. Hage had been Hamilton's CFLPA player rep since 2007, plus he had been the CFLPA's vice-president since 2010. He says that he intends to continue his Hage's Heroes group, organizing food and toy drives, as well as bringing kids to Tiger-Cats' games. He was previously honoured for his charity work at the 2009 CFL Awards with the Tom Pate Memorial Award. See photo. To read more on this story, click here. You can also watch his retirement speech on youtube. Just click here. Finally, check out this story on the send-off he received at his retirement party. Congratulations on a fantastic career, Marwan!


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MATT NORMAN SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH BC LIONS
April 10, 2014

The CFL's BC Lions have signed former Cheetahs defensive stalwart Matt Norman to a contract extension. During the 2013 season and in just his second year in the CFL, Norman found himself pressed into the role of starting centre, a position he didn't play during his four years as an offensive lineman at the University of Western Ontario. What was originally supposed to be a gradual position change accelerated significantly due to injuries. "At centre there is a lot going on," said the 25-year-old. "You always knew as an offensive lineman that the centre had a lot to do." Matt stepped up to the challenge and displayed the raw talent that we could see while he played here as a Cheetah. On April 10th, the BC Lions showed their faith in that talent by signing a contract extension with Matt that goes until 2016. You can read more on the signing. Just click here. Congratulations, Matt!


Former Cheetahs playin in the 2014 CIS East West Bowl

SEVEN EX-CHEETAHS WILL PLAY AT THE
CIS EAST-WEST BOWL ON MAY 10, 2014
April 6, 2014

No fewer than 7 former Cheetah team members will be playing in this year's CIS East West Bowl which will be held on Saturday, May 10th in London, Ontario. All 7 players were members of the 2010 Bol d'Or Championship team. Congratulations to Jérémi Roch, Shayne Stinson, Jesse St. James, Brandon Tennant, Jean-Samuel Blanc, Byron Archambault, and Marvin Golding for being selected to play. Player details below. You can also read the Press Release.

NAME: POS. At Vanier: All-Stars: Bol d’Or:
Jérémi Roch QB 2008, 2009, 2010 2009 & 2010 2010
Shayne Stinson REC 2010   2010
Jesse St. James DL 2008, 2009, 2010   2010
Brandon Tennant DL DL 2008, 2009, 2010   2010
Jean-Samuel Blanc DL 2008, 2009, 2010 2009 & 2010 2010
Byron Archambault LB 2008, 2009, 2010 2009 & 2010 2010
Marvin Golding BL 2008, 2009, 2010   2010


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JESSE BRIGGS DOING GREAT AT CFL NATIONAL COMBINE
March 24, 2014

Congratulations to Cheetah football alum Jesse Briggs who was selected to participate in the 2014 National CFL Combine. Jesse, who played for Vanier in 2008 and 2009, showed exceptional athleticism to the CFL recruiters this past weekend. The McGill Redmen Linebacker performed extremely well in the physical tests. In the 40 yard dash, he finished seventh in the overall standings with a time of 4.57 seconds. On Saturday, he took second place when he registered 38.5 inches in the vertical jump. "My goal was to put my name on the radar and I feel that I reached that goal." said Briggs. "I met all teams except Saskatchewan. I'm physically ready to contribute to special teams this year. I was very happy and surprised with my result in the bench press (27). Lots of credit goes to my physical trainers." In the bench press, Briggs had the top result for all linebackers. You can watch Jesse's highlight video which he posted on Youtube.


OTHER CHEETAH ALUMNI IN CFL REGIONAL COMBINE
March 24, 2014

Seven more Vanier Cheetah alumni are participating in the CFL Regional Combines. In Toronto, we had Raye Hartmann (VC 2009), while in Montreal we had Matthew Bond-Lapointe (VC 2007-2008), Jamie Symianick (VC 2006, 2007 & 2008, see at left on the right side), Stephan Osman (VC 2007, 2008 & 2009), Julian Bailey (VC 2007, 2008 & 2009), Nathan Taylor (VC 2006, 2007 & 2008) and Michael Harrington (VC 2007, 2008 & 2009, seen at the far left). Congratulations to each and every one of you for being selected. Best of luck in your attempts to make the pros!


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LIAM MAHONEY SIGNS WITH CFL'S OTTAWA REDBLACKS
February 28, 2014

Liam Mahoney is a a former Cheetah star quarterback. He changed to wide receiver in University ball and after having played two seasons with Winnipeg and Hamilton in the CFL, he was just signed by the Ottawa Redblacks. Mahoney, a 6-1, 207-pound native of Lachine, Quebec, was originally selected in the sixth round (41st overall) of the 2011 CFL Canadian Draft. Prior to that, he played CIS football for the Concordia Stingers and, of course, with our Vanier College Cheetahs in CEGEP from 2004-2006. During his career at Concordia, Mahoney caught 94 passes for 1,208 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons as a receiver after converting from quarterback. Mahoney was the top Cegep-level quarterback in the province while here at Vanier, but he switched to receiving because he thought it gave him a better chance at making it to the big leagues. "I wanted to have the opportunity to play professional football," Mahoney told Mutsumi Takahashi in an interview with CTV Montreal News in 2011. Congratulations, Liam! Read more on the signing.


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MARCO BROUILLETTE SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH ALS
January 15, 2014

The Montreal Alouettes re-signed Canadian linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette to a three-year deal on January 15th. "This is a huge signing for the organization," Montreal general manager and head coach Jim Popp said in a statement. "Marco has fast become one of the most versatile players in the CFL.' The signing came as no surprise as Brouillette had a tremendously successful 2013 season with the Als. Early in the year he was named the CFL's Canadian player of the week after his performance against Saskatchewan at Mosaic Stadium on August 17th. Then, Marco was again named the Canadian Player of the Week, this time for Week 10 due to his six tackles, two sacks and forced fumble in the Alouettes big 20-9 win over the Argonauts on Sept. 3rd. Late in the season, Marco was named the CFL's Canadian Player of the Month for August. Way ta go, Marco! Find out more on Marco Brouilllette.


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JEAN-GABRIEL POULIN PICKS U OF M CARABINS
December 9, 2013

Former star Cheetah linebacker Jean-Gabriel Poulin has decided he will be playing university football with the Université de Montréal Carabins. He will join a large number of other former Cheetahs on the Carabins roster which include star players Lloyd Constant, Byron Archambault and Junior Luke, who were all award recipients at the University Awards Gala held last week. (See the story just below.)

Jean-Gabriel, a native of Québec City, picked the Carabins for a number of reasons which were all laid out in a feature story about him which was published in the Journal de Québec of December 9th. You can either read the story in its original French by clicking here, or if you'd prefer, we have translated the article so that you have the option of reading it in English. Just click here for the English version.


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FOUR CHEETAH ALUMNI WIN UNIVERSITY AWARDS AT GALA
December 5, 2013

On the occasion of the 28th Québec University Sports Awards Gala presented in collaboration with RDS and Chaos Création, the Québec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (La Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec) awarded 90 scholarships to top academic student-athletes RSEQ for a total of over $200,000. Among the winners announced there were no fewer than four ex-Cheetahs who were given awards for their achievements at the university level.

In the photo at left starting at the top left and going clockwise, you can see ex-Cheetahs who were among the winners. They included former star players Junior Luke ($3500), Lloyd Constant ($3500), Jérémi Roch ($1750) and Byron Archambault ($1500). Lloyd, Junior and Byron all play for the Université de Montréal Carabins, while Jérémi plays for the Sherbrooke Vert & Or. Congratulations to you all! See the full list of winners from the awards gala.


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EX-CHEETAHS ARE READY FOR GREY CUP FINAL
November 22, 2013

Former Cheetah star players Marwan Hage and Tristan Black will be playing in the Grey Cup game on Sunday, November 24th. The Toronto Sun just published a great profile piece about Marwan in this, his first shot at a Grey Cup after a long and storied career with the Ti-Cats with whom he has played as a center since 2004. Read the article. Also playing for the Ti-Cats is Hasan Hazim in his first year as a defensive tackle. THIS JUST IN: Marwan Hage was named a CFLPA All-Star for the 5th time on November 22nd. Way ta go, Marwan! Read the story. Meanwhile, Tristan Black is also looking forward to his shot at glory on Sunday. Tristan has been a journeyman for Calgary and Toronto before joining Saskatchewan where he plays as a linebacker. You can read an article about Tristan's Saskatchewan Roughriders preparations.


EX-CHEETAHS IN CFL PLAYOFFS AND AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL
November 14, 2013

No fewer than 13 former football Cheetahs are participating in the 2013 CFL Playoffs. There are 10 players, 2 coaches and one umpire in the group. For the eliminated Als, we had Marc-Olivier Brouillette, Kristian Matte, and Ryan White as players, plus Marc Calixte and Jean-Marc Edme as coaches. For Hamilton, we still have Marwan Hage and Hasan Hazime as players. For eliminated BC, we had Patrick Kabongo and Matthew Norman as players. For Saskatchewan, we still have Tristan Black playing. Finally, for Calgary, we still have Jabari Arthur and Randy Chevrier playing. The other ex-Cheetah involved in the playoffs is umpire Ben Mayor. See the full list.

Also, at the university level, we have 58 former Cheetahs involved including 43 players and 15 involved as coaches. See the full list. Thanks to Solange Boyer for all her hard work compiling these lists!


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LLOYD CONSTANT DOING GREAT WITH CARABINS, WINS BIG BURSARY
November 8, 2013

Former Cheetah star lineman Lloyd Constant has been experiencing a great season with the Université de Montréal Carabins. We just heard some great news about Lloyd.

The FAEQ (Fondation de l'Athlète D'excellence du Québec) and the Québec Ministry of Education, Sports and Recreation has announced that Lloyd will receive a $7000 bursary at the 28th Québec University Sports Gala which will take place at the Hotel Sheraton Laval on November 26th in collaboration with the RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec).

Lloyd, who is studying Geography at the U of M was a past member of the RSEQ 2013 All-Star Team while he played as an Offensive Lineman with the Vanier Cheetahs. Congratulations, Lloyd!


FOUR FORMER CHEETAHS NAMED UNIVERSITY ALL-STARS
November 4, 2013

The RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) announced their all-star team for football players in the university league and no fewer that 4 ex-Cheetahs were on the list.

Seen clockwise from the upper left are:

Marc Glaude - Carabins de l’Université de Montréal
Jean-Samuel Blanc
- Carabins de l’Université de Montréal
Brandon Tennant
- Université de Laval Rouge et Or
Byron Archambault
- Carabins de l’Université de Montréal

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Congratulations to all four of you!


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JABARI ARTHUR STEPS UP TO THE PLATE... AND HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK!
September 30, 2013

Former Cheetah football star Jabari Arthur is having an exceptional season with the Calgary Stampeders this year. After an injury to the Stamps' star slotback Nik Lewis, Jabari has totally stepped up to the plate as his primary replacement. Throughout 13 games this season, Jabari has hauled in 34 catches for a total of 445 yards, AND three of the receptions were good for TDs. On September 28th, the former Cheetahs quarterback had his best game of year so far. He made four catches for 103 yards and had two touchdowns in a 35-11 Calgary win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Subsequent to his play in this game, Jabari Arthur was named the CFL's Canadian Player of the Week! Jabari was also featured in a Calgary Herald profile article on September 29th. You can read it in its entirety. Also, you can watch this great video: Stamps Jabari Arthur makes the big catches. Awesome job, Jabari!


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KABONGO "REBORN" IN NEW ROLE WITH BC LIONS
July 18, 2013

Veteran offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo feels like he has been reborn. After eight stellar seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, Patrick weighed over 400 pounds and was known for a tendency to clutch and grab opponents, which could lead to holding penalties. After being let go by he Esks in 2012, he was picked up by the BC Lions initially as a stop-gap measure to replace some of their injured linemen. However, he performed really well, responded tremendously to new playing-style directives from coach Dan Dorazio, using some creative coaching techniques. He also dropped over 50 pounds and was recently named as the Lions' starting left guard for the 2014 season. Way to go, Patrick! You can read an article from the Vancouver Sun. Then, in an even more recent article printed in the Calgary Herald on July 18, 2013, writer Angus Reid painted an excellent and detailed profile of Patrick's career in Edmonton and his remarkable comeback since joining the BC Lions. Read it in full.


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CORY WATSON STILL EXCELLING WITH CFL'S BLUE BOMBERS
July 4, 2013

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed slotback and Vanier alum Cory Watson to a contract extension on December 2nd. Cory was a starter with the CFL club last season. “We are very pleased to lock up this young, solid, Canadian player for the foreseeable future,” vice-president and GM Joe Mack said in a release. "Cory is a big, physical target for us that has come a long way since he joined our club out of the draft in 2010 and we are looking for him to have a breakout season in 2013.” The six-foot-three, 213-pound Watson, a native of Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., had 35 catches for 344 yards and a touchdown last season, his third with Winnipeg. The Blue Bombers selected Watson ninth overall in the 2010 CFL draft. In his last meeting against the Alouettes on July 3rd, Cory caught 6 passes for 114 yards! Read more on the signing.


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MARC CALIXTE JOINS ALOUETTES COACHING STAFF
June 10, 2013

Ex-Cheetah star player Marc Calixte, who recently retired after a long and successful career as a linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders, has joined the Montreal Alouette defensive coaching staff as an assistant coach. Another former Cheetah, Jean-Marc Edme, who spent the last five seasons with the Als as an assistant defensive coach will now be working for the team as a scout. Marc announced his retirement on March 12th after 10 CFL seasons. Marc had been with the Stamps for 10 seasons and was actually the team's longest serving player at the time of his retirement. He was a member of Calgary's 2008 Grey Cup winning team. Marc was a special-teams standout, registering 91 career special-teams tackles. You can read more about his coaching position in this report from RDS. Read more on his retirement in this story from the CBC Sports and this story from the Calgary Herald. There was also an article from the Courrier Laval. You can read it in French, or else read it translated into English. Welcome back to Montreal, Marc!


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JESSE JOSEPH SELECTED BY MONTREAL IN CFL DRAFT
May 7, 2013

Former star Cheetah player Jesse Joseph was taken by Montreal with the 23rd overall pick in the CFL draft of May 6th. The earliest he would make his CFL debut is during the 2014 season since he is returning to the University of Connecticut Huskies for a fifth season of eligibility. Joseph has 118 tackles and 13 sacks in 37 career games at UConn. Jesse was an immediate starter as a true freshman and had 11 sacks in his first two seasons before being slowed by injury as a junior and senior. Joseph suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in a 24-21 win over Maryland. He was granted a fifth season of eligibility and is expected to be one of the UConn's defensive leaders. Joseph is the fifth Husky taken in the CFL draft since 2004. Other UConn Vanier alums who were chosen included defensive end Shawn Mayne who went to Hamilton with the 18th pick in 2006, and center Moe Petrus who was chosen 10th overall by Hamilton in 2011. Read more.


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MARWAN HAGE'S COMMUNITY SERVICE GOES INTERNATIONAL
May 4, 2013

Marwan Hage has had a career-long tradition of community service during his long time with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. However, he took that service an entirely new level when he traveled to the slums of El Salvador to spread some food, some fun and a whole bunch of good cheer. Marwan's trip was the subject of an excellent article which was printed in the Hamilton Spectator of May 4th. Read the entire article. In January 2013, Marwan was re-signed by the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL to a new contract. After recuperating from a series of injuries over the past few years, his all-star playing abilities convinced the Ti-Cats to name him as their continued #1 center. He was previously honoured for his charity work at the 2009 CFL Awards with the Tom Pate Memorial Award. This award is given to a player with outstanding sportsmanship and one who has made a significant contribution to his team and to his community. Marwan was the East Division's top lineman in 2010. Find out more.


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AFTER FOUR YEARS WITH ATHLETIC ACADEMY,
CHEETAHS ALUMNI ARE STILL GIVING BACK
May 3, 2013

Back in 2009, former Cheetah stars Adrian Davis, Shawn Mayne, Kevin Challenger, Jabari Arthur, Jonathan Williams and Blake Butler had all made it to the pro ranks in the CFL. They decided to collaborate and create an organization called The Athletic Academy whose principal purpose is to offer counseling and support to up and coming football players looking for a chance to have a professional career themselves.

Their website now lists Nathan Taylor and Ron Aboud as notable Vanier names added to their list of top-level coaches and counselors. Seen in the photo at left clockwise from the top left: Jabari Arthur, Shawn Mayne, Adrian Davis, Ron Aboud and Nathan Taylor. Read more about them and the Athletic Academy.


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JEAN-MARC EDMÉ IS LAST REMAINING COACH FROM TRESTMAN ERA
April 28, 2013

Jean-Marc Edmé has been on the coaching staff with the Alouettes since 2008. With the departure of Marc Trestman as well as all the other major coaching positions, Jean-Marc is the only coach who is still in his old position. In 2013, Jean-Marc will continue working as the team’s Defensive Assistant and Football Operations Assistant. His responsibilities include working with the defensive line and assisting the defensive staff with opponent-scouting, playbook drawing, handling scouting reports, personnel, formation tendencies, and consulting with in-game situations. In the 2012 season, the Montreal-North native and Vanier Cheetah alum helped the Alouettes’ defence finish second in both lowest average rushing yards allowed per game (94.4) and fewest net rushing yards for the season (1,693). He was featured in an article in the Journal de Montréal which also included a video clip. To read an English translation of this article, click here.


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KABONGO SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH BC LIONS
April 5, 2013

Patrick Kabongo has signed a contract extension with the CFL's BC Lions. Patrick makes his offseason home in Edmonton where he played eight years, The veteran offensive guard enters his 10th CFL season in 2013 and has played in 136 regular season games along with six playoff matches. Kabongo was originally signed by the Lions just days into training camp last year and went on to appear in 15 regular season games including five as a starter in the final weeks of the 2012 campaign. While with the Edmonton Eskimos, Patrick was given the unique honour of winning the David Boone Community Service Award for two consecutive years. He was also a repeat nominee for the CFLPA (CFL Player's Association) Tom Pate Award, which is given to a player for his commitment to the league, his team and his community.


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BRAD COLLINSON IS COACHING WITH CHAMPION LAVAL ROUGE ET OR
April 4, 2013

After a star-studded stint with the Vanier Cheetahs, Brad Collinson went on to graduate from Concordia University, where he played from 2000 to 2003 as a center. Collinson made ​​the leap to the Montreal Alouettes for one season in 2003-2004 when he was the long snapper. He was the head coach of the U19 Team Quebec from 2006 to 2008 and was also responsible for recruiting and coaching with the Concordia University Stingers from 2004 to 2010. He joined the Laval Rouge et Or in the summer of 2010 where he is responsible for academic tracking of the team's players, something he knows quite well, being a teacher at Dalbé-Viau High School in Lachine. Brad is also the team's coach for linebackers and defensive ends. In November 2012, Laval University won its record setting 7th Vanier Cup and there were no fewer than seven ex-Vanier players, either coaching or playing in the game. They were Matthew Norzil, Vince Levitt, Julian Bailey, Brendan Tennant, Danny Tam, Sam Lavaud and Brad Collinson. Congratulations to all of these former Cheetahs who have represented Vanier College to its fullest as student athletes!


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TOUCHDOWN TIM BIAKABUTUKA FEATURED IN ARTICLE
April 3, 2013

The Farm Club website has published an In-depth summation of Tshimanga Biakabutuka's career both before and after his injury-plagued stint in the NFL. It starts from his arrival in Montreal from Zaire (now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and his early high school football days under coach Serge Benoit at John Jacques Rousseau High School. It goes on to talk of his college days at Vanier and then his glory days at Michigan U and then covers his extremely tough experience with injuries while with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. It concludes with the success he has found in the business world. Read the whole fascinating story.


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MYLES GIBBON PLACED ON COMBINE LIST FOR 2013 CFL DRAFT
March 14, 2013

Former Cheetah star quarterback Myles Gibbon, currently playing for the York University Lions, has been placed on the Combine List for this year's CFL Draft. He is looking to break in at the tough position of quarterback. Adversity is no problem for Myles who set not only all-time team records while with the Cheetahs, but also set league records that remain unbroken. After leaving Vanier, Myles became the first Canadian QB ever to be picked in his 1st year by a Division 1A American University. Myles excelled in his time with the University of Alabama Jaguars, where his full scholarship was reported as being worth $100,000 per year. In his first year, the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder started the first six of the Jags' seven games in its inaugural season of 2009. That year he led the team in total offense with 632 yards. He was 29-of-51 passing for 538 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 94 yards and two scores. Congratulations, Myles, and good luck! Read more.


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MARC CALIXTE ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM CFL
March 12, 2013

Linebacker and former Cheetah star player Marc Calixte of the Calgary Stampeders announced his retirement on March 12th after 10 CFL seasons. Marc had been with the Stamps for 10 seasons and was actually the team's longest serving player at the time of his retirement. He was a member of Calgary's 2008 Grey Cup winning team and appeared in no fewer than 147 regular-season games with the Stampeders. Marc was drafted by Calgary seventh overall in the 2003 CFL draft and, after three years at the University of Tennessee-Martin, he went onto play a long and successful career with the club. Marc was a special-teams standout, registering 91 career special-teams tackles. He also had 25 defensive tackles and two fumble recoveries. You can read more in this story from the CBC Sports and this story from the Calgary Herald. There was also an article from the Courrier Laval. You can read it in French, or else read it translated into English. Way to go, Marc! What a great career!


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KABONGO SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE IN PRO SPORTS AT SPEECH
March 12, 2013

Vanier Cheetah alum and star lineman for the B.C Lions Patrick Kabongo gave a speech to the Wetaskiwin & District Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon on February 25th. He discussed his own rich experiences in the business of professional sports. Read the story. Patrick left the Edmonton Eskimos after a long career there, and is now a starter for the BC Lions. Read an article on his transition from Esk to Lion. Click here. Patrick had been a long-standing and successful player with the Eskimos with a strong background in community involvement. In 2009, he was given the honour of winning the David Boone Community Service Award for the second consecutive year. Patrick was also a repeat nominee for the CFL Player's Association's Tom Pate Award, given to a player for his commitment to the league, team and community . Read more about this story.


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NATHAN TAYLOR AND JAMIE SYMIANICK ARE AIMING FOR CFL
March 8, 2013

The CFL just announced their Québec Regional Combine Participants and two former Cheetahs were on the list: Jamie Symianick, Defensive Back with Western University and Nathan Taylor, Defensive Back with Concordia Stingers. See the announcement. In January 2013, Nathan was named Concordia Stingers' 2012 team MVP and also won another award for the Most Dedicated Stinger. See the link. When Ontario University Athletics announced their 2012 football all-star teams, Jamie was named to their 2nd all-star team - Defense. You can also watch Jamie's 2013 CFL Draft Prospect Highlight Reel. Congratulations to you both!


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JESSE JOSEPH IS 8TH ON TOP-15 CFL PROSPECTS LIST - HOPEFUL FOR NFL
January 10, 2013

Jesse Joseph was featured in an article in the Courrier Laval of January 10th detailing his hopes to make the NFL. If that doesn't happen, it would appear that playing in the CFL seems almost a complete certainty. It was announced in September 2012 that Jesse had been placed on the list of Top-15 CFL Prospects. He was previously featured in another article where he detailed his experiences playing in front of 70,000 people at the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2011. When Jesse started with the University of Connecticut Huskies in 2009, he was the first true freshman to start every game for the team since 2004. As good as his stats were in 2009, his 2010 season was even better. His 2011-2012 stats were good enough to put him on the CFL Draft list! Read more.


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KRISTIAN MATTE IN HIS THIRD SEASON WITH ALS
IS ITCHING TO GET ON THE STARTING ROSTER

December 21, 2012

After two years on the Alouettes roster, former Cheetah Kristian Matte was hoping to crack the starting lineup with the Montreal Alouettes in his third season with the team. Otherwise, he might have felt obliged to test the waters elsewhere. He was featured in an in-depth article by Herb Zurkowsky that portrayed him as being a great athlete who is in a tough situation where he needed to keep all his options open. Then, in December 2012, the Als announced they had signed Kristian to a contract extension. So, we are all hoping to see him get the game action that he deserves in the 2013 season. See the story from the Als website.


FIVE EX-CHEETAHS WERE ON 2012 GREY CUP ROSTERS
November 26, 2012

There were five former Football Cheetahs who were on the team rosters for the 2012 Grey Cup. Seen at left on the top (from left to right) are Randy Chevrier (1995 Cheetahs), Jabari Arthur (2001-02) and Marc Calixte (1996-98) who play for the Calgary Stampeders. (Unfortunately, Marc is on the 9-day injury list.) Seen at left on the bottom are Tristan Black (1993-94) and Danny Desriveaux (1999-2001) who were on the rosters for the Grey Cup-winning Toronto Argonauts. (Both were on the injured list.) Jabari Arthur had been the hottest player, scoring a TD catch in the Western semi-finals VS Saskatchewan on November 11th. (BTW, the video shows it's from 2011, but it's a typo.) Jabari's first TD catch from August, 2011 was a really nice one and was also part of the reason that he was named the CFL’s top Canadian for Week 7 that year. Congratulations for making it to the Grey Cup!


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A SIXTH EX-CHEETAH ALSO PARTICIPATED IN 2012 GREY CUP
November 26, 2012
There was yet another ex-Cheetah who was on the field during the Grey Cup this Sunday. He didn't play for Toronto nor for Calgary. It was none other than our very own Benoit Major who played for the Cheetahs from 1990-1991. Benoit finished his playing career (15 seasons in football) as a linebacker at McGill University. He then went on to officiate at an amateur level and then worked his way up to the CFL. The 39-year-old referee has not chosen the easiest position. As an inside official, he moves most of the time less than 10 yards from the line of scrimmage and is the sole referee on the field who is continually surrounded by players – including the largest defensive backs - which makes his position even more perilous! He has officiated in the CFL long enough that he is now routinely called on for big games such as the 2012 Eastern Conference final between the Als and Toronto. His appearance in the Grey Cup will be the second one of his career. There was an in-depth French article written about him on the rds.ca website on November 20th.

BLANC & MARCHAND-WRIGHT NAMED TO CIS ALL-STAR TEAMS
November 22, 2012
Two former Cheetahs were named by the CIS onto the Canadian University all-star football teams. Jean-Samuel Blanc (far left) who played at Vanier in 2008, 2009 and 2010 was named on the Defensive First All-Star Team for the position of defensive end. Jean-Samuel is now playing with the Université de Montréal Carabins. Among his many accomplishments, Blanc established a new CIS record this year for quarterback sacks. Way to go, Jean-Samuel! Another former Cheetah named was Kayin Marchand-Wright who played here at Vanier in 2009 and 2010. He was named to the Defensive Second All-Star Team in the position of corner back. Kayin is currently playing for Saint Mary's Huskies. Our congratulations to both of you! For more information on their awards, read the announcement.

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MARCO BROUILLETTE DOING GREAT WITH THE ALS
November 19, 2012
Marc Olivier Brouillette has been getting better and better as he seems to be receiving more and more playing time with the Als. He was instrumental in a huge goal-line stand in the 2012 Eastern Finals, and you can watch a video showing his heroics on the Als website. Previously, in an article that appeared in the Journal de Montréal in November 2011, the former Vanier star quarterback was compared to some greats who played in the CFL during the 1950s.You can read a translation of the article and also view a video of his first TD. You can also see a video showing how he converted a faked punt into a tremendous 72-yard romp for his first professional touchdown in 2011. For the latest Marco updates, just click here.

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JÉRÉMI ROCH DOING GREAT THINGS IN SHERBROOKE!
September 11, 2012

Jérémie Roch-Doyon is continuing to perform at a high level in his second year as quarterback for the Sherbrooke Vert & Or of the CIS University league. On September 7th, he passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns as visiting Sherbrooke trounced McGill 46-14 before 2340 fans at Percival Molson Stadium. It marked a single-game school record for points by the Vert & Or. Last year, Jérémi won RSEQ's Rookie of the Year Award for all Quebec universities and was a finalist for the prestigious Hec Crighton Trophy, given to the MVP in the entire Canadian University league. Jérémi was one of four finalists for the award. Way to go, Jérémie!


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NORMAN TRADING CLEATS FOR TEXTBOOKS
September 2, 2012
Former Vanier star player Matt Norman has decided to leave the CFL's BC Lions and go back to school to complete his teaching degree. Despite receiving glowing reviews from his coaches and teammates, Matt decided now was the best time to finish his degree after which he can return to his professional playing career. Lions coach Mike Benevides said, “When you look at what he had to do as a rookie offensive lineman, right off the bat, he performed at a high level that enabled our offence to run the ball extremely well and (the team) to be extremely effective — and find a way to win six games. He’s been very impressive. He’s got a real bright future in our league.” Read the full story.

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LIAM MAHONEY PONDERS SWITCH TO BROADCASTING
August 23, 2012

Following stints with the Ti-cats and Winnipeg, former Vanier & Concordia star QB Liam Mahoney still hasn’t decided whether he’s going to attempt to continue playing professional football. In the meanwhile, Mahoney has been named the color commentator for the Concordia’s radio football broadcasts on TSN 990 this season, it was announced in mid-August. As we reported previously, Mahoney was named the outstanding rookie in CIS football after joining the Stingers. In his final season, he was a Quebec university league all-star and a CIS all-Canadian. He was also Concordia’s most valuable player in 2008 and ’10. Mahoney moved to receiver before his final year to increase hi options for going pro. He was picked by the Blue Bombers in the 2011 Canadian college draft, but sustained an injury at training camp and was released. He joined the Ti-cats later that summer.


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AMEET PALL SURPRISES STAMPS - SIGNS WITH ALS
June 25, 2012
Former Cheetah star player Ameet Pall (left) was drafted 5th overall in the entire CFL by the Calgary Stampeders. But after a training camp injury, Calgary chose not to protect him, after which he signed with our own Alouettes! Ameet doesn't have the usual size one expects for a defensive lineman, but he is impressing everyone with both his strength as well as his legendary agility. You can first read a story published in the Calgary Sun from just after his draft selection and then a newer story about his signing with the Als. You can also read all about his exploits with the Wofford Terriers in this web page. Way to go, Ameet!

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MOE PETRUS SIGNED BY NFL'S TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS!
May 7, 2012

After being invited to participate in the Tampa Bay Buccaneer pre-training camp on the weekend of May 5-6, Football Cheetah alum Moe Petrus impressed the brass enough for them to sign him on the spot! Moe had previously been named to the First Team All-BIG EAST Conference football team for his work as the starting center for the University of Connecticut Huskies. (Moe was a second team pick with UConn in 2010.) His signing was reported on this page in CBS Sports, and in greater detail (in French) on this page and also from TSN on this page. Congratulations, Moe!


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FOOTBALL ALUMNI CHOSEN DURING 2012 CFL DRAFT
May 4, 2012
Two of our former Cheetahs were snapped up in the CFL Draft. Ameet Pall (far left) went even earlier than expected and was drafted 5th overall in the entire CFL! He will be playing for the Calgary Stampeders. To view a video posted by Calgary about Ameet's selection, click here. Matthew Norman went in a later round and was picked up by BC via Hamilton. Congratulations to you both and welcome to the pro ranks! To see the CFL Draft home page, click here.

Brad Collinson named head coach of Team Québec. Click to read more.
BRAD COLLINSON NAMED HEAD COACH OF TEAM QUÉBEC
March 2, 2012
Football Québec proudly announced the naming of former Cheetah star player Brad Collinson as the new head coach for Team Québec. Brad played as a member of the Football Cheetahs in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and was team captain in '97 and '98. After a stint as a player and captain of the Concordia Stingers from 2001-2002, Brad played for the Montreal Alouettes from 2003-2004. He left the Als to take a position as the Offensive Coordinator with the Stingers where he remained until 2010. To read more on the announcement, you can view this page from the footballquebec.com website. Congratulations, Brad!

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MARCO BROUILLETTE AND LIAM MAHONEY FEATURED
IN A VIDEO & STORY ON MONTREAL GAZETTE WEBSITE

March 1, 2012

Marc-Olivier Brouillette (a Cheetah from 2003-2005) and Liam Mahoney (2004-2006) were team mates here for two years. They're now both playing in the CFL; Marco is a safety/linebacker with the Als while Liam is a receiver with the Hamilton Ti-Cats. They were recently featured in a video/story published in the Gazette which showed them receiving position specific training at Speed Science Training System gym with trainer Michael Alfonso. It's great to see them back training together! To read the story and view the video, just click here.


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MARWAN HAGE'S CHARITY WORK HONOURED IN ARTICLE
February 1, 2012
Former Cheetahs great Marwan Hage was recently the subject of a feature article describing how he took his childhood experiences in war-torn Lebanon and channeled them into a commitment to a lifetime of volunteerism. The article focused on the charity that Marwan has been running during his long career with the Hamilton Tiger Cats (Hage's Heroes). He was previously honoured for his charity work at the 2009 CFL Awards with the Tom Pate Memorial Award. This award is given to a player with outstanding sportsmanship and one who has made a significant contribution to his team and to his community. Read the article. Find out more about Hage's Heroes on Marwan's website.

Click to read more on Marc Calixte's contract extension.
MARC CALIXTE'S CONTRACT WITH STAMPEDERS EXTENDED
January 30, 2012

The Calgary Stampeders announced they have extended the contract of former Cheetah star Marc Calixte. Marc has been with the Stamps for 9 seasons and is actually the team's longest serving player. He was a member of Calgary's 2008 Grey Cup winning team and is expected to continue to be a star on their special teams in this, his 10th season.

You can read more in this story from the Calgary Herald.


Read more on Anthony Barrette's signing by the Als.
ANTHONY BARRETTE IS SIGNED BY ALS!
January 27, 2012

Congratulations to Anthony Barrette who was recently signed by our very own Montreal Alouettes. Barrette (6'5", 320 lbs.) helped anchor a solid Concordia Stingers offensive line during his university career. Not only was he a Quebec conference all-star and second team CIS all-Canadian in 2010 with the Stingers, but he was also a three-time all-star here at Vanier College in the CEGEP AAA league. Way to go, Anthony!

Find out more in this page from the Alouettes' website. Also, here's a TSN video on Anthony.


Click to see photos from the 1978 Championship game.
1978 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PHOTOS
January 27, 2012

A member from the 1978 Championship-winning team sent us a series of photographs taken during the course of the finals of that year. Note that the championship trophy (seen at left) looked like a beer stein! It's really interesting to see the old Vanier Cheetahs crest which is seen just next to it. To view photos sent by alum Eddie Ercolano, click here.


View the list of top CFL Draft prospects for 2012.
AMEET PALL AND MATT NORMAN ARE
ON LIST OF TOP 15 CFL PROSPECTS

January 17, 2012

Defensive end Ameet Pall who has been playing at Wofford U and Matt Norman an offensive lineman finishing off his time at Western Ontario University have both been listed on the top-15 list of prospects for the CFL Draft in May 2012. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be selecting first overall, Edmonton will select second and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are set to pick third. To view the full CFL Draft Prospects list of 2012, just click here.


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MOE PETRUS IS NAMED TO THE FIRST TEAM
ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM

December 8, 2011

Football Cheetah alum Moe Petrus has been named to the First Team All-BIG EAST Conference football team for his work as the starting center for the University of Connecticut Huskies. It marks the second-straight season that Petrus has been singled out for all-star honours. (Moe was a second team pick in 2010.) He is in his last year at the University of Connecticut and is a solid contender for selection in the NFL Draft. Congratulations, Moe! Read more in an article from the University of Connecticut website. Also, here's a video on Moe from TSN.


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A BLAST FROM THE PAST
December 7, 2011

An alum from the 1976-1977 teams took the time to send us a 1977 team photo as well as a brief article that was a retrospective of the 1976 season. With his info, (and help from statistician Solange Boyer) we have also updated the list of all-time Cheetahs linked at the top of this page.

Just click on the the photo at left to see a high resolution version with players names written at the bottom. To view the 1976 season retrospective article (with a photo), just click here.


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GUILLAUME GAGNIER, ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY ALL-STAR
HOPES TO HIT THE PRO LEAGUES IN NEXT FEW YEARS

November 24, 2011

We were happy to hear that alum Guillaume Gagnier was selected as an all-star by the AUS (Atlantic University Sports) for his work with the Saint Mary's Huskies. Guillaume is doing extremely well with the team and is hoping to crack the CFL in the next few years. While playing with the Vanier Cheetahs, Guillaume won a Bol d'Or with us in 2007. Félicitations, Guillaume!

Read an article from the Courier Laval.


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JÉRÉMI ROCH JUST MISSES NATIONAL MVP AWARD... AS A ROOKIE!
November 24, 2011

Jérémi Roch came close to winning the prestigious Hec Crighton Trophy, given to the Most Valuable Player in the Canadian University league. Jérémi was one of four finalists for the award, but lost to Billy Green of the UBC Thunderbirds. Still, for a rookie quarterback to be even nominated is a huge honour.

Jérémi won the RSEQ's Rookie of the Year Award for all Quebec universities. He is expected to continue as the starting quarterback for the Sherbrooke Vert et Or in the upcoming 2012 season. Awesome, Jérémi!


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MATT NORMAN AND KAYIN MARCHAND-WRIGHT
PICKED FOR 2011 UNIVERSITY ALL-STAR TEAMS

November 9, 2011
Ontario University Athletics announced their 2011 Football All-Stars. Former Cheetah Matt Norman, (far left) now playing for Western University, was selected as a Guard on the OAU's First All-Star Team. See announcement. As well, Kayin Marchand-Wright, (to the right of Matt) playing in his first year with Saint Mary's University, was picked as a Defensive Cornerback in the 2011 Atlantic University Sport All Stars. View the announcement. Congratulations, Matt and Kayin!

Click for more on Marc-Olivier Brouillette
MARCO BROUILLETTE SHINES WITH THE ALOUETTES
November 9, 2011
In an article that appeared in the Journal de Montréal of November 3rd, former Vanier star quarterback Marc-Olivier Brouillette was compared to some greats who played in the CFL during the 1950s. The article talks about his unique abilities to excel both in an offensive as well as a defensive role with the Montreal Alouettes as they head into the playoffs. Subsequent to the article being published, we saw a great display of his offensive talents when he converted a faked punt into a tremendous 72-yard romp for his first professional touchdown. You can read a translation of the article and also view a video of his first TD. Just click here.

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JÉRÉMI ROCH NAMED QUEBEC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR;
ALSO IN THE RUNNING FOR THE NATIONAL AWARD
November 7, 2011
Our quarterback from 2009-2010, Jérémi Roch, who helped lead our team to a Provincial Bol d'Or Championship for 2010, (he's currently the quarterback for the Sherbrooke Vert & Or) was named as the RSEQ's University Football Rookie of the Year on November 6th. Jérémi is also a candidate for the Peter Gorman Trophy as national rookie of the year after finishing sixth in passing in the country, completing 177 of 313 attempts, a 56.5 per cent pass rate, for a Vert & Or record 2,383 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The 19-year-old business student was second in the conference in passing yards average per game with 264.8. Way to go, Jérémi! See the announcement.

Cory Watson, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Cory Watson: Having
a great year in CFL
CORY WATSON ON A STREAK WITH WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
October 21, 2011
Alum Cory Watson's return to Montreal September 18th VS the Als was highlighted with his electrifying 92 yard catch and run in the first half. He had another great game on September 11th, hauling in 9 receptions for 111 yards. Also, following his 75-yard performance during a win over Toronto in July, Cory was named the CFL's Canadian Player of the Week. Watson, a former member of the Concordia Stingers, was the Blue Bombers number one draft pick for 2010 and is now in his second year with the team. Alright, Cory! This just in: Cory was featured in a Gazette article from Sept. 30 plus an article from Oct. 21st. As well, an August 3rd article in the Winnipeg Sun predicted that Cory could be the first Canadian Blue Bomber to crack 1000 yards since 1995! Read the story with a great photo. Also, Cory was just listed in a TSN article as one of the top 8 candidates for CFL Canadian Player of the Year. Finally, read an earlier article from April 2011.

Read the story on Jabari Arthur in the Calgary Herald.
JABARI ARTHUR CITED BY HIS QB AS A TOP "GO-TO" GUY IN CFL
October 5, 2011
In an article in the Calgary Herald of October 5th, Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris stated that he believes Jabari Arthur (former star Cheetahs quarterback and currently playing for the Stamps as a slotback) is on the verge of becoming one of the top go-to guys in the Canadian Football League. In the article, Burris notes especially Jabari's ability to make circus-type catches routinely. After suffering a series of debilitating injuries over the past few seasons, the fact that Arthur is now healthy should make DBs on the other teams more than just a little nervous! You can click to read the entire article.

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JÉRÉMI ROCH THROWS 2 TD PASSES IN EACH OF HIS 1ST UNIVERSITY
GAMES, BOTH WINS FOR HIS UNIVERSITY OF SHERBROOKE VERT & OR
September 12, 2011
Our quarterback from 2009-2010, Jérémi Roch, who helped lead our team to a Provincial Bol d'Or Championship last year, is the starting quarterback in his rookie season with the Sherbrooke Vert et Or. In his first game with the team on September 4th, they held on to beat the Bishop’s Gaiters 25-23. Jérémi threw for 214 yards and 2 TDs for Sherbrooke. In his second game on September 11th, he passed for a whopping 362 yards and 2 TDs as the Vert et Or rallied for a 39-13 road victory over McGill. Awesome start, Jérémi! (Click on his photo for a larger version.)

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SHAWN MAYNE JOINS CHEETAHS COACHING STAFF
September 8, 2011

Former Cheetah Shawn Mayne (left) was originally drafted in the third round (18th overall) by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2006 CFL Canadian Draft. Mayne was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2006-09 (he played in the 2007 Grey Cup game against Saskatchewan) before being traded to the Montreal Alouettes. While in Montreal, Shawn was a member of the Als’ Grey Cup teams in 2009 and 2010! After a spell with the Calgary Stampeders, Shawn moved back to Montreal where he has joined our Vanier Football Cheetahs coaching staff. Great to have you back, Shawn!


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KELLY WILTSHIRE STILL TACKLING THE BAD GUYS
September 3, 2011

Former Cheetah and Montreal Alouette star player Kelly Wiltshire was the subject of an excellent feature article in the Montreal Gazette written by Herb Zurkowsky on September 3rd. The story focuses on Kelly's new career as an officer in the Ontario Provincial Police.

After his years with the Cheetahs at Vanier, Kelly had a long career primarily with the Montreal Alouettes. To read the article in its entirety, just click for more.


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PALL DOING GREAT THINGS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
September 1, 2011
Ameet Pall continues to delight his coaches and strike terror in the hearts of the quarterbacks whom he faces as a top-rated member of the Wofford Terriers defensive line. Last season, he registered 22.5 tackles for loss and was responsible for 12.5 sacks, the fourth most in school history and also eighth in all of the United States! In January, he came second in the voting for the extremely prestigious Buck Buchanan Award given to the outstanding defensive player in the FCS and presented by The Sports Network. Insiders believe Ameet is a shoe-in for the 2011 award if he continues to play as he has been. Way to go, Ameet! Read more.

Jabari Arthur was named CFL's Candian Player of the Week.
JABARI ARTHUR NAMED CFL'S CANADIAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
August 16, 2011
The CFL Canadian player of the week award was handed to Calgary wide receiver Jabari Arthur. Jabari played for the Vanier Cheetahs from 2000-2002. He had the strongest game of his CFL career in the Stamps' 45-35 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on August 12th. Arthur had seven receptions for 92 yards including his first career CFL touchdown, a 23-yarder. Tremendous work, Jabari! We're very proud of the great job you're doing for the Stamps. Read the story. Update! Jabari was featured in a video clip about his first touchdown. View it.

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NOW PLAYING WITH THE CALGARY STAMPEDERS,
ADRIAN DAVIS BATTLES BACK FROM CONCUSSION

July 6, 2011

Former Cheetah Adrian Davis was featured in a feature article we found in the Ottawa Citizen where he talks about his battle to recover from a severe concussion. In the story, Adrian goes on to mention how he relishes the support of his current Calgary team mates (and also ex-Cheetahs) Jabari Arthur and Shawn Mayne. Read the full story.


Liam Mahoney and Anthony Barrette were picked in the CFL Draft

MAHONEY AND BARRETTE PICKED IN 2011 CFL DRAFT
July 5, 2011

Congratulations to Vanier Football Cheetah alumni (and also former team mates on the Concordia Stingers) Liam Mahoney and Anthony Barrette (seen at left) who were selected in the 2011 CFL Draft. Apparently there was a record number of Quebec players who were selected this year. Way to go, Liam and Anthony! Click for the full list.


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ELEVEN QUEBEC-BORN CHEETAHS CURRENTLY PLAYING IN CFL
June 23, 2011
No fewer than 11 former Cheetahs appeared in a list of 44 CFL players playing in the 2011 season who originate from Quebec. The list was published by the Montreal Alouettes. (Click to see the full list.)

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FORMER CHEETAHS WIN BURSARIES FROM ALS
June 14, 2011
Many graduating Vanier football and basketball student-athletes received confirmation in June 2011 from the Fondation de l'athlete de l'excellence that they will receive a recruitment bursary between $3000 and $7000. Vanier winners from the AAA football team were Jérémi Roch, (seen in the photo at left) James Sifakis, and Byron Perez-Archambault. Congratulations to you all. (Click to see their photos.)

Moe Petrus, Anthony Barrette and Liam Mahoney drafted in CFL
THREE CHEETAH ALUMNI DRAFTED BY CFL!
May 2011
Congratulations to the three former Cheetahs selected in the CFL Draft on May 8, 2011. All played under Coach Peter Chryssomalis from 2004-2006. Moe Petrus (far left) was selected by Hamilton as the 10th pick in Round 2. Anthony Barrette (middle) was selected by Montreal as the 16th pick in Round 2. Liam Mahoney (at right) was selected as the 41st pick in Round 6 by Winnipeg.
ALSO: A Gazette story from May 10th on Anthony Barrette's selection by the Als plus one on Liam Mahoney from May 7th.

Sanchez Deschamps, Samael Lavaud and Matthew Normand
Sanchez Deschamps, Samael Lavaud, Matt Normand
3 EX-PLAYERS AND 5 EX-COACHES IN EAST-WEST BOWL
May 3, 2011
Sanchez Deschamps, Samael Lavaud and Matthew Normand will all play in the East-West Bowl on May 7th at TD Waterhouse Stadium of the University of Western Ontario. This game is considered a showcase of future CFL players. Former Cheetah coaches involved include Brad Collinson, Ray Gagnon and Phil Robert for the East team as well as Harry Laflamme and Warren Craney for the West. Read the press release in French.

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ANTHONY THOMPSON SECURES SCHOLARSHIP TO UCLA
March 22, 2011

Head Coach Peter Chryssomalis announced that former Cheetahs All Star Defensive Back Anthony Thompson (left) has signed a full scholarship to play Football at UCLA. Anthony played 3 seasons at Vanier and was an integral part of our championship team in 2010. Anthony will be attending UCLA beginning this March. Coach Chryssomalis noted that Anthony is the first Vanier athlete to ever receive a scholarship from UCLA. Congratulations, Anthony!


Read more about Liam Mahoney, Anthony Barrette and Michael Harrington's awards
Liam Mahoney, Anthony Barrette and Michael Harrington

MAHONEY, BARRETTE & HARRINGTON WIN AWARDS
February 14, 2011

Liam Mahoney, Anthony Barrette and Michael Harrington all received major awards at the Concordia Stingers Football Banquet. Liam was named the Outstanding Player for 2010 and was also their Offensive MVP. Anthony Barrette, a top CFL prospects, received the Outstanding Linesman award, while Michael Harrington was named top rookie on offence. Read more.


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JESSE JOSEPH IS ROCKIN' WITH THE UCONN HUSKIES
January 17, 2011

Jesse Joseph was featured in a recent article in the Courrier Laval detailing his experiences playing in front of 70,000 people at the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2011. In the article, Jesse says, "The atmosphere was sensational. The 70,000 spectators were incredibly excited and the feeling inside during the game was completely unbelievable." When Jesse started with the University of Connecticut Huskies in 2009, he was the first true freshman to start every game for the team since 2004. As good as his stats were in 2009, his 2010 season was even better. Read more.


Liam Mahoney and Anthony Barrette on CIS 2010 All-Star team

MAHONEY AND BARRETTE ARE CIS ALL-STARS
BARRETTE PLACED ON LIST OF TOP CFL PROSPECTS
December 14, 2010

It was announced that Cheetahs football alumni Liam Mahoney (far left) and Anthony Barrette (to his right), currently members of the Concordia Stingers, have been placed on the CIS All-Star team for 2010. Read more. As well, Anthony Barrette has been placed on the list of the Top 15 CFL Prospects. Read more. Congratulations Liam and Anthony!


Jean-Samuel Blanc, Jimmy Mouhteros and Djonathan Buissereth sign with U of M Carabins

THREE CHEETAHS SIGN WITH U OF M CARABINS
December 12, 2010

The Université de Montréal Carabins are signing three members of the 2010 Bol d'Or winning Cheetahs. From left to right are Jean-Samuel Blanc, Jimmy Mouhteros and Djonatan Buissereth who were all picked by the Carabins for their 2011 team. Read more.


Read more about Jérémi Roch

JÉRÉMI ROCH SIGNS WITH SHERBROOKE VERT & OR
December 2, 2010

Jérémi Roch pretty well re-wrote the record book for Vanier quarterbacks. During his three years here, Jérémi broke no fewer than 5 of the 8 categories for pass receptions, including most touchdowns, most total yards, highest completion average and fewest interceptions. And all this while playing for a team with a reputation for offensive excellence especially at the position of quarterback. It therefore came as no surprise to read that Jérémi had signed with the Sherbrooke Vert & Or of the Canadian University league. Read more.


Cheetah Alumni in 2010 Grey Cup Danny Desriveaux Paul Lambert Shawn Mayne Kristian Matte Marco Brouillette Obed Cétoute Jean-Marc Edme

CHEETAH ALUMNI IN 2010 GREY CUP
November 30, 2010

No fewer than five former Cheetahs were part of the 2010 Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes roster, four of them repeat winners from last year. We also had a repeat winner in Jean-Marc Edme of the Als management team.

Congratulations also to alum Obed Cétoute who played for the losing Saskatchewan Roughriders. For the full story on these alumni, just click to read more.


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AMEET PALL WOWS 'EM AT WOFFORD
November 25, 2010

During his time as a Football Cheetah, Ameet Pall (left) was one of the biggest reasons behind the success of the team. Apart from anchoring the defense of a Cheetahs team that dominated throughout the 2006 and 2007 seasons that led to consecutive Bol d'Or championships, Ameet also took home Defensive Player of the Game honours in both Bol d'Or. His work in the U.S. has been no less exemplary. It was recently announced that he has won the Defensive Player of the Year award (Souther Conference) for his work with the Wofford Terriers from South Carolina. Read more.


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LIAM MAHONEY NAMED TO QUFL DREAM TEAM
November 22, 2010

It was announced that former star Cheetah quarterback Liam Mahoney has been named to the Quebec University Football League all-star team. After playing at Vanier, Liam joined the Concordia Stingers, first playing as a quarterback and and then converting into a receiver. In 2008, he was named by the Stingers as their outstanding offensive football player and was also named the their MVP after piling up more than 2,000 yards of offence. Liam had previously been voted as the top Canadian rookie and Stinger's MVP in 2007. Read more about his recent all-star award.


Click on the links in the blurb on the right to find out more about Patrick Kabongo.

KABONGO KEEPS ON GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
October 12, 2010

Patrick Kabongo has been a long-standing and successful player with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos with a strong background in community involvement. His drive to raise funds for a Wellspring Edmonton Cancer Center is detailed in this web page which includes a great video. In 2009, he was given the honour of winning the David Boone Community Service Award for the second consecutive year. Patrick was also a repeat nominee for the CFL Player's Association's Tom Pate Award, given to a player for his commitment to the league, his team and his community . Read more about this story.


Moe Petrus rated #4 CFL Prospect - Click for more

MOE PETRUS RATED THE NUMBER 4 TOP CFL PROSPECT
September 15, 2010

Muhammad (Moe) Petrus was listed recently as the #4 top CFL prospect in all of Canada. His name appears in the list of the top 15 prospects posted in September 2010. In January 2009, Moe was picked for the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. An integral part of the offensive line of the University of Connecticut Huskies, Petrus had previously been named in December 2008 to the Sporting News 2008 All-Freshmen college football team. See Moe's name on the CFL Prospects list.


Read an article about Tristan Black.

TRISTAN BLACK SIGNED BY TORONTO ARGONAUTS
August 21, 2010

Former Cheetah Linebacker Tristan Black was just signed by the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. Coach Jim Barker says he expects to use Tristan on the Special Teams unit right away. Black was drafted in the second round (16th overall) of the 2009 CFL Canadian Draft. In four seasons at Wayne State, Tristan made 289 tackles and 11 sacks. In his fourth season there, he recorded 101 total tackles and four sacks and was named to the second-team conference squad. Black received the team's Ultimate Warrior award for outstanding work in the weight room. Read the full article. Also, see a video.


Find out more on Kevin Challenger.
KEVIN CHALLENGER SIGNED BY MONTREAL ALOUETTES
July 8, 2010
After several years as a star receiver with the Boston College Eagles, followed by two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, former Cheetah Kevin Challenger was signed by the Alouettes in a story published in the Montreal Gazette. Kevin is still recovering from a lower back injury sustained in training camp, but he feels he'll be ready to give his all when asked to perform. If all goes well, he'll join former Cheetah Danny Desriveaux as a pass receiver for the Als. Congratulations, Kevin! Read the full story.

THREE FORMER CHEETAHS GRABBED IN 2010 CFL DRAFT
May 3, 2010
Kristian MatteCory WatsonMarc-Olivier Brouillette
Kristian Matte, Cory Watson and Marc-Olivier Brouillette
Former star Cheetahs players Kristian Matte, Cory Watson and Marc-Olivier Brouillette were all selected in the 2010 CFL Draft held on Sunday, May 2, 2010. Kristian Matte (offensive lineman) played for Vanier in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and was picked by Montreal in the first round. Cory Watson (wide receiver) played for Vanier in 2003-2004 and 2005 and was selected by Winnipeg in the second round. Read a recent Gazette article on Cory. Finally, Marc-Olivier Brouillette (quarterback) played for Vanier in 2003-2004 and 2005 and was picked by Montreal in the 3rd round. Full CFL Draft info.

Cory Watson
CORY WATSON NOW RATED AS A TOP CFL PROSPECT
December 8, 2009
Former star Cheetahs player Cory Watson has been playing tremendously well with the Concordia Stingers over the past few years. The CFL scouting bureau rankings for their top-15 prospects were recently announced and the Concordia receiver leaped from 14th place to 6th place in the list, the biggest jump among those listed. In 2009, Cory racked up 52 receptions (821 yards) and 6 TDs during 8 games with the Stingers this season. A 2nd-team CIS all-Canadian, Watson led the QUFL in receptions and was 2nd in total receiving yards in 2009. Way to go, Cory! Read the Press Release.

Click for a larger photo of Danny Desriveaux.  Shawn Mayne
Paul Lambert  Max Hanna  Jean-Marc Edme

DESRIVEAUX AND MAYNE JOIN LAMBERT AS FORMER
CHEETAHS WHO WON THE GREY CUP AS ALOUETTES

November 29, 2009

Congratulations to former Football Cheetahs and current Montreal Alouettes Danny Desriveaux (far left) and Shawn Mayne (left) who have joined Paul Lambert (below Danny and Shawn at left) as Grey Cup winners playing for the Montreal Alouettes. Other Vanier alumni on the Als' staff were Max Hanna and Jean-Marc Edme (seen at left on the bottom, right)

Last year, we had no fewer than three ex-Cheetahs: Randy Chevrier (1995 Cheetahs), Jabari Arthur (2001-02) and Marc Calixte (1996-98) who won the Grey Cup with the Stampeders, but Danny and Shawn are the first ex-Cheetahs to win as a member of the Als since Paul Lambert joined the team in 2003.


Marwan Hage

MARWAN HAGE WINS CFL'S TOM PATE MEMORIAL AWARD
November 27, 2009

Football alum Marwan Hage has played over 6 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. At the 2009 CFL Awards of November 27th, Marwan was presented with the Tom Pate Memorial Award. This special prize is given to a CFL player who displays qualities and outstanding sportsmanship that distinguish them from their peers. The recipient also must be someone who has made a significant contribution to his team and to his community and the Players Association. Marwan has a strong history of paying back to the community. Find out more and read related articles.


Click to find out more about Patrick Kabongo.   Read more on Marwan Hage.

KABONGO AND HAGE UP FOR SAME TWO CFL AWARDS
November 10, 2009

In a strange twist of fate, former Vanier Cheetah football stars Patrick Kabongo (far left) and Marwan Hage (to his right) have both been nominated for the same two CFL Player Awards: Most Outstanding Canadian Player and Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. You can read about Patrick's nomination on this web page. Congratulations to you both. May the best Cheetah win! Read below for other stories about Patrick and Marwan's amazing community work.


Marilyn More with Football Alumni.

MARILYN MORE TOUCHES BASE WITH FORMER VANIER STARS IN THE CFL
November 5, 2009

Academic Advising's Marilyn More, who has a long-standing rapport with many members of our Football Cheetahs had a chance to meet up with some former Cheetahs stars who are all excelling in professional football careers. Seen with Marilyn at left are Kevin Challenger of the Edmonton Eskimos, Danny Desriveaux of the Montreal Alouettes and Patrick Kabongo of the Edmonton Eskimos. You can click on the photo for a high-res version.


Click to find out more about Patrick Kabongo.

KABONGO WINS SECOND HUMANITARIAN AWARD IN EDMONTON
November 2, 2009

Patrick Kabongo has been a long-standing and successful player with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos. He was recently given the unique honour of winning the David Boone Community Service Award for the second consecutive year.

Patrick was also a repeat nominee for the CFLPA (CFL Players Association) Tom Pate Award, which is given to a player for his commitment to the league, his team and his community . Read more.


Read more on Marwan Hage.

MARWAN HAGE IS PAYING IT BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
October 5, 2009

Football alum Marwan Hage is a 6-year veteran with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He was recently featured in two separate articles that appeared in the Montreal Gazette and in the Calgary Herald. The Gazette article is a feature story on Marwan talking about the great community work he has been doing in Hamilton. The second article describes Marwan hanging out with Ti-Cats great Angelo Mosca looking for a way to rekindle the glory days. Great stuff. Find out more and read the articles.


WITH FOUNDING OF ATHLETIC ACADEMY,
CHEETAHS ALUMNI ARE GIVING BACK
June 15, 2009

Former Cheetah stars Adrian Davis, Shawn Mayne, Kevin Challenger, Jabari Arthur, Jonathan Williams and Blake Butler all made it to the pro ranks in the CFL. They have collaborated to create an organization called The Athletic Academy whose principal purpose is to offer counseling and support to up and coming football players looking for a chance to have a professional career themselves. Read their story.


Read an article about Tristan Black.

TRISTAN BLACK SIGNED BY CALGARY STAMPEDERS
May 31, 2009

Former Cheetah Linebacker Tristan Black was recently signed by the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. Black was drafted in the second round (16th overall) of the 2009 CFL Canadian Draft. In four seasons at Wayne State, Tristan made 289 tackles and 11 sacks. In his fourth season, he recorded 101 total tackles and four sacks and was named to the second-team conference squad. Black received the team's Ultimate Warrior award for outstanding work in the weight room. Congratulations, Tristan! You can also read a previous article on him from the CFL.ca website.


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MARC CALIXTE RETURNS HOME WITH THE GREY CUP
April 17, 2009

Football alum Marc Calixte, who played on the 2008 Grey Cup winning Calgary Stampeders had a chance to show off the Cup when he recently returned to visit his home in Laval. Marc's achievement was celebrated in a special ceremony held at Laval's City Hall attended by Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt. You can read more about the story (in French) in this article. To see a larger version of the photo at left, click here.


Myles Gibbon

MYLES GIBBON SIGNS WITH USA (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA, THAT IS)
February 27, 2009

Myles Gibbon recently signed a Letter of Intent with the University of South Alabama Jaguars. With his selection, Myles becomes the first Canadian quarterback ever signed by a Division 1-A American university in his first year. This is the university's inaugural year in the highly competitive Sun Belt Conference. Congratulations, Myles, on this huge honour! Read the whole story.


Liam Mahoney
LIAM MAHONEY TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND MVP FOR STINGERS
February 5, 2009
Former star Cheetahs quarterback Liam Mahoney was named the outstanding offensive football player at the Concordia Stingers annual team awards banquet held Saturday, January 31st. Mahoney was also named the team's Most Valuable Player after piling up more than 2,000 yards of offence. He passed for 1,478 yards and rushed for 559 more. Liam threw six touchdown passes and scored seven himself along the ground, guiding the Stingers to a 5-3 second-place finish in the Quebec University Football League. Liam had previously been voted as the top Canadian rookie and team's MVP in 2007.

Click to read more on Mohammad Petrus.
PETRUS NAMED TO U.S. COLLEGE FRESHMAN ALL-STAR TEAM
January 8, 2009
Former Cheetahs star Muhammad Petrus has just been named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Petrus has been an integral part of the offensive line of the University of Connecticut Huskies where he has played for all 12 games this season, paving the way for their team's (and the country's) top rusher, Donald Brown. Read the story. He had previously been named on December 16, 2008 to the Sporting News 2008 All-Freshmen college football team. Read that story. Way to go, Mo! Vanier is proud of your accomplishments.

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FIVE EX-CHEETAHS PLAY IN 2008 GREY CUP
November 24, 2008

There were five former Football Cheetahs at the 2008 Grey Cup. Seen at left on the top (from left to right) are Randy Chevrier (1995 Cheetahs), Jabari Arthur (2001-02) and Marc Calixte (1996-98) who played for the winning Stampeders.

Seen at left on the bottom are Paul Lambert (1993-94) and Danny Desriveaux (1999-2001) who played for the Als. Also on the Al's team was their assistant coach Jean-Marc Edmé who played with us in 1998-99. Another Vanier link to the Alouettes is our very own Max Hanna, Cheetahs Head Athletic Therapist, who also happens to be the Als' assistant Athletic Therapist. More: Read a recent article on Paul Lambert and Danny Desriveaux.

VANIER CUP 2008:There are also four former Cheetahs who played in the 2008 Vanier Cup, symbolic of Canadian University Football supremacy.

They are Andrew Hrytzak, Adam Hrytzak as well as (seen at right) Matthew Norman (all three played for Western U) and Sammy Lavaud (far right) who played for the victorious Laval Rouge et Or. More: You can read a recent article on Matt Norman.

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Click to read more about Danny Desriveaux.

DANNY DESRIVEAUX TOUTED AS RECEIVER OF THE FUTURE FOR ALS
November 19, 2008

Danny Desriveaux was the subject of an article in the West Island Chronicle that describes his rise to fame. Read the story. He was previously the subject of a story in the Montreal Gazette early in the Als' 2008 season, published after a win over Winnipeg in which he caught eight passes for 105 yards and scored a touchdown. In the article, Danny is spoken of as the person most likely to follow in Ben Cahoon's footsteps as the next, great Canadian receiver. Read the story.


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KABONGO CONTINUES TO SHINE WITH ESKS IN EDMONTON
November 13, 2008

Patrick Kabongo was recently the subject of two articles in the Edmonton Sun. Latest Story   Previous story. We were also happy to hear in April 2008 that Patrick was honoured with a selection as a CFLPA (Canadian Football League Players Association) All-Star. Read full story. After leaving Vanier, Patrick went on to the University of Nebraska and has been a regular with the Eskimos for six seasons. He appeared with them (as well as two other Vanier Football alumni) in the 2005 Grey Cup. Read that story.


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LIAM MAHONEY IGNITES "HAIL MARY" WIN OVER U OF M
October 6, 2008

Former Vanier football star Liam Mahoney has been having a great follow-up season after winning the CIS Rookie of the Year Award last season. He was featured in a Montreal Gazette article that details his clutch last-second TD throw to Sanchez Deschamps (another Vanier Cheetah alumnus) for a heart-stopping 19-18 win over the University of Montréal Carabins. Read the entire article.


Read more about Jabari Arthur.

JABARI ARTHUR SIGNED BY CALGARY STAMPEDERS
September 23, 2008

The Calgary Stampeders just announced the addition of receiver Jabari Arthur to their practice roster. Arthur was originally drafted by the Stampeders in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2007 Canadian Football League draft. He spent 2007 with the Akron University Zips where he caught 86 passes for 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games. Congratulations, Jabari! 


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KEVIN CHALLENGER IMPRESSES WITH ESKIMOS
September 22, 2008

Former Vanier football star Kevin Challenger has been performing well with the Edmonton Eskimos. Kevin was a top wide receiver for the Boston Eagles and lead them to a Citrus Bowl win in December 2007. He was a starter there for most of the 2006-2007 seasons. Kevin was recently the subject of a September 21st profile that appeared in the Montreal Gazette. You can also read more about Kevin including another recent article from the Edmonton Journal. Just click here.


Read all about Ameet Pall.

PALL LANDS RARE FRESHMAN POSITION IN WOFFORD LINEUP
August 26, 2008

Ameet Pall has been named one of the few freshmen Defensive Lineman ever in Wofford University history to win a place in the starting lineup. Read the story. Pall was previously named MVP of the Bol d’Or in both 2006 and 2007 and also received all-league honours. He holds the CEGEP AAA all-time and single season sack records. Congratulations, Ameet!


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SAMMY OKPRO SIGNED BY CFL'S EDMONTON ESKIMOS
May 8, 2008

Congratulations to Sammy Okpro who was recently signed by the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos. After a great run here at Vanier, Sammy went on to star for the Concordia Stingers. In February 2008, he was named the team's MVP for the 2007 season, becoming the first Stinger to achieve All-Canadian status 3 times. Read the story.


MUHAMMAD PETRUS PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN THE
"CANADIAN WAVE" AT UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
April 11, 2008

Former Vanier football star defensive lineman Muhammad Petrus, who is currently doing great playing as an offensive lineman with the University of Connecticut Huskies, was written up in a nice article that appeared in the Connecticut Post. Good on ya, Mo! View the page.


PALL SIGNS WITH NCAA DIVISION 1 UNIVERSITY IN SOUTH CAROLINA
April 8, 2008

Ameet Pall has just signed with the Wofford College Terriers of Spartanburg, South Carolina with a full scholarship. The team plays in the highly competitive NCAA Division 1 and had a 9-4 record last year. Read the story. Pall was named MVP of the Bol d’Or in both 2006 and 2007 and also received all-league honours. He holds the CEGEP AAA all-time and single season sack records. Congratulations, Ameet!


CHRYSSOMALIS AND MAHONEY WIN SPOY AWARDS
February 22, 2008

Cheetah head coach Peter Chryssomalis, who helmed a second consecutive Bol d'Or for his team and former Vanier star quarterback Liam Mahoney, voted CIS Rookie of the Year, were both recipients of awards at the second annual Sports Personality of the Year (SPOY) Awards ceremony and luncheon hosted by Team 990. Read more.

SAMMY OKPRO NAMED MVP OF CONCORDIA STINGERS
February 7, 2008

Former Vanier football star Sammy Okpro, received the honour of being named the Concordia Stinger's MVP for their 2007 season. The announcement came at the team's Awards Banquet held on February 2nd. At the ceremony, former Vanier quarterback Liam Mahoney was a double award winner as he was named the team's MVP of offence and its outstanding offensive rookie. View the page.

Note: Liam Mahoney received the National Rookie of the Year Award on November 22, 2007. See his story just below.

JABARI ARTHUR RECEIVES HONOURABLE MENTION IN SI.COM
December 11, 2007

Former Vanier football star quarterback Jabari Arthur, who is still doing a bang-up job as a wide receiver at Akron, received an honourable mention on Sports Illustrated's All-American College Football page. Way to go, Jabari! View the page.


LIAM MAHONEY NAMED CIS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
November 22, 2007

Liam Mahoney received the Peter Gorman Trophy as Rookie of the Year of Canadian Inter-university Sport football at last night's annual All-Canadian Banquet in Toronto. (Click on photo at left for a larger version.) Read more in a Gazette article from November 22nd. Also, you can see action photos of Liam in this Gazette Photo Gallery. Another article on his remarkable season appeared in Le Messager Lachine Dorval.


KEVIN CHALLENGER FLYING HIGH WITH BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
October 25, 2007

Kevin Challenger has been having a great run with the Boston College Eagles. He scored 5 TD pass receptions last year and appears a sure bet to at least equal if not surpass that stat this year. The 7-0 Eagles are currently ranked #2 in the country. Way to go, Kevin!  Read more.


SHAUGHNESSY CUP: POST-GAME PHOTO

Photo taken after Shaughnessy Cup game between Concordia and McGill on Oct. 20 which Concordia won 59-30
under QB Liam Mahoney (#14). Photo shows current Cheetahs Daryl Rankin, Matt Norman and Duraney White in
the farthest back row with former Cheetahs who now play for the two local universities. Click for a high-res version.


Kwame Osei, currently playing for St FX University in Nova Scotia, sent us the above photo of Vanier
Alumni, taken just after a game between the X-Men of St. FX U and the Mount Allison Mounties.
From left to right: Callen Exeter, Kwame Osei, Ishamar Savory, and Jermaine Oram



OTHER STORIES FROM 2007

From October 2007: Playing in his first year as a Concordia Stinger, former Cheetah star quarterback Liam Mahoney had one heck of a game against the Université de Montréal Carabins. Read all about his exploits in a Gazette article from September 30th. Liam was later featured in another Gazette article on October 20th. Click to read it.


From September 2007: Former Cheetah star (and current Montreal Alouette) Shaun Diner was recently the subject of a feature article about him published in the Montreal Gazette of September 21st.

Click to read the entire article.


From August 2007: Former Cheetah star receiver Mike Alfonso is presently a top prospect, signed by the University of Windsor Lancers. He was recently featured in an article about him that was published in the Windsor Star.

You can read the entire article.


From May 2007: Former Cheetah stars Jabari Arthur and Kevin Challenger were both selected in the first round of the 2007 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders.

Read more.

THIS JUST IN: The Montreal Alouettes announced a few days later on May 10th that three players, including 2006 Alouette draft pick Danny Desriveaux, have been added to the roster for the team’s upcoming training camp. Desriveaux, a former star player for the Vanier Football Cheetahs, is a product of the University of Richmond, where he played two seasons. He began his university career at Connecticut after finishing at Vanier College. Danny is 25.

MAY 12, 2007: VANIER ALUMNI POSE AFTER CIS ALL-STAR GAME

This photo was taken on May 12, 2007 after the East-West CIS game. Three of the four players above are Vanier alumni currently playing for the Concordia Stingers. From left to right: William Miller, Nathan Agadzi, Tom Kuchuran and Sammy Okpro. (Tom is the one that did not attend Vanier).

Former Football Star Tshimanga Biakabutuka
APRIL 27, 2007
Perhaps one of Vanier's most famous football alumni, Tshimanga, who signed a 12.7 million dollar contract with the Carolina Panthers in 1996, recently had an extensive article written about his career and what he's been up to in the last few years since his retirement from the NFL. Click for


OLDER STORIES:


From November 2006: Former Cheetah receiver Kevin Challenger was featured in an interview & story on the NFL Canada website. Read more.

In another article published in the Montreal Gazette, Kevin's career with the Boston College Eagles was extensively profiled. Read more.


Also from November 2006: In a story published in the Montreal Gazette, it was announced that former Vanier football star Sammy Okpro has been named to the All Canadian defensive team following his great work with the Concordia Stingers for their 2006 season. Read more.

From July 2006: In a story published in the Windsor Star, it was announced that former Vanier defensive back Matt Regis has signed with the Windsor Lancers.
Read more
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Shaun Diner

Kelly Wiltshire

Patrick Kabongo
From Nov. 2005: No less than three Cheetah Football alumni played in the 2005 Grey Cup game between Montreal and Edmonton on November 27th. Read more.

From Oct. 2005: Cheetah Football Alumni Blake Butler and Cedric Ferdinand (seen at left), who are both currently playing for the Concordia Stingers, were featured in a Gazette article from October 16, 2005 that focused on how they both share a rich football family tradition.

Read the entire article.


Also from Oct. 2005: Vanier Alumni from 2004 team reunite at Concordia-Sherbrooke match

Left to right: #30 Cedric Ferdinand, Concordia, # 40 David Lavoie, Sherbrooke,
#91 William Miller, Concordia and #1 Sammy Okpro, Concordia



From Aug. 2005: Darrell Edwards, now playing in the CFL, is featured in a Gazette article





From Oct. 2004: Football alumnus Kevin Challenger sent us the following photos he wished to share. Kevin was one of several talented Vanier players whose selection for scholarships in the U.S. was the subject of a Montreal Gazette article, featured on this Athletics website. With his photos, plus a few we were able to dig up ourselves, we've produced this Football Alumni page.

Thanks to Kevin for taking the time to keep us up-to-date!
Read a CFL blog from September 2007 where Challenger is referred to as the next Ben Cahoon.


Old friends reunite at a US College game. From left to right:
Shawn Mayne (DE, Connecticut Huskies), Kevin Challenger (WR, Boston College Eagles),
Danny Desriveaux (WR, Connecticut Huskies) and non-alumnus Francois
Brochu formerly of Champlain-Lennoxville (LS, Boston College Eagles).


Former Cheetah QB Jabari Arthur now plays for the University of Akron Zips


Kevin Challenger scoring a touchdown for his team the Boston College Eagles

 


Obed Cetoute-Genaille (WR) from a newspaper article published in Toledo, Ohio.
He plays for the Central Michigan Chippewas.


Two photos of Blake Butler who played for Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California.


Adrian Davis played for the Thundering Herd of the University of Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia.



Here are some of the Vanier College student athletes who went on to play pro football:

Andy Antoine Montreal
Jabari Arthur
Calgary
Anthony Barrette
Montreal
Ray Bernard
Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Calgary, Montreal
Claudio Bertone
Toronto
Michael Bertone
Draft Montreal
Tim Biakabutuka
Carolina
Tristan Black
Calgary, Toronto, Saskatchewan
Marco Brouillette
Montreal
Tony Brown
Draft Saskatchewan
Marc Calixte
Calgary, Montreal Quality Control
Craig Carr
Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary
Obed Cetoute Genaille
Toronto, Saskatchewan
Kevin Challenger
Edmonton
Randy Chevrier
Cincinnati, Edmonton, Calgary
Andre Clarke
Montreal
Brad Collinson
Montreal
Adrian Davis
Toronto, Calgary
David De La Peralle
Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary
Danny Desriveaux
Montreal, Toronto
Mike Dibatista
Saskatchewan
Shaun Diner
Montreal
Farrel Duclare
Calgary, Winnipeg
Jean-Marc Edmé
Montreal, Pro / College / Advance Scout
Darnell Edwards
Saskatchewan
James Eggink
Montreal
Hicham El-Mishtoub
Houston, Tennessee, Edmonton
Pascal Fils
Edmonton
Robert Forest
Ottawa
Greg Fournier
Saskatchewan
Alton Francis
Saskatchewan
Angelo Filosa
Montreal
Chris Gayton
Draft BC
Rahsaan Giddings
Montreal
Warren Grant
Ottawa
Marwan Hage
Hamilton
Rudy Hage
Montreal
Éric-O. Hakim
Draft Hamilton
Hasan Hazime
Edmonton, Hamilton
Mike Hendricks
Ottawa
Andrew Henry Win.,
Calgary, Toronto, Saskatchewan, Ottawa
Jesse Joseph
Draft Montreal
Patrick Kabongo
Edmonton, BC
André Knights
Draft Calgary
Paul Lambert
Hamilton, Montreal
Liam Mahoney
Hamilton, Montreal
Ben Major
CFL official
Youdlain Marcellus
Draft Ottawa
Kristian Matte
Montreal
Shawn Mayne
Hamilton, Winnipeg, Montreal
Richard McCrory
Ottawa
Richard Mercier
Cleveland
Glen Miller
Draft Hamilton
Tom Monios
Saskatchewan, Toronto
James Monroe
Ottawa, Saskatchewan
Curtis Nash
Saskatchewan
Jason Nedd
Edmonton, Hamilton
Matthew Norman
BC
Sammy Okpro
Edmonton
Ameet Pall
Montreal
Bob Pantaleidis
Calgary, Winnipeg
John Petrella
Montreal
Moe Petrus
Draft Hamilton
Mark Raphael
Draft Saskatchewan
George Savard
Ottawa
Nigel Smith
Calgary
Dean Stewart
Draft Toronto
Larry Tittley
Montreal
Nick Tsatsaronis
Draft Winnipeg
Uzo Ubani
Draft Calgary
Paul Vajda
Saskatchewan
Cory Watson
Winnipeg
Ryan White
Montreal
Kelly Wiltshire
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton
Frank Yeboah-Kodie
Ottawa, Toronto
Phil Yeboah-Kodie
Indianapolis, Carolina
Steve Zatylny
Winnipeg

NOTE: We have a listing of all former Cheetahs who went on to play at the university level. Click here.

ALSO OF NOTE: You can also see a comprehensive listing of ALL football players who ever
donned a Cheetahs jersey between 1978 and 2013, as compiled by Solange Boyer. Click here.

(Note: if we somehow missed you or if you played before 1978, you can email us and we'll add you to the list.)

And finally... View the full season results of any Cheetahs team between 1978 and 2013. Click here.


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