Football: seven Gaiters start 2013 season on CFL rosters
The Canadian Football League is set to kick off on Thursday night in Winnipeg. Once again there will be a strong connection to Lennoxville. Seven former Bishop’s University Gaiters will don CFL colours in 2013.
The B.C. Lions perennially seem to be Bishop’s west. This year Tim Cronk (Kingston, Ont.) enters his third CFL season, Kyle Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) is in his fifth year and Shawn Gore is entering his fourth season.
The most recent Gaiters graduate and reigning Brian Morley Gaiters Defensive Player of the Year, Elie N’Goyi (Sherbrooke, Que.) cracked a spot on the Edmonton roster in his rookie season. The sixth round draft pick is now teamed up with former Gaiters all-Canadian and head coach Leroy Blugh. Blugh is coaching the Eskimos’ defensive line.
Junior Turner (Toronto) enters his third campaign with the Calgary Stampeders. James Yurichuk (Brampton, Ont.) will make his Toronto Argonauts debut in his fifth CFL season. Dan West (Ajax, Ont.) starts his second CFL season on Thursday night when his Blue Bombers host the Alouettes.
“It's great to see so many BU guys in the CFL,” said Gaiters head coach Kevin Mackey. “All of them are great people with tremendous dedication and commitment. I have no doubt that Bishop’s played a huge part in developing them not only as football players but as people too. We are very proud of them.”
As the CFL season kicks off with seven former Gaiters, the current Bishop’s team is looking ahead to the 2013 campaign. They will start their year with the annual Mayor’s Cup matchup against the Sherbrooke Vert et Or on Sunday, September 1. Kick-off is slated for 2 p.m. on Coulter Field. Get all of your Bishop’s sports information at www.gaiters.ca.