OTTAWA (CIS) – A record total of 192 former CanadianInteruniversity Sport players are listed on Canadian FootballLeague rosters going into the 2014 CFL season, which kicks offThursday night in Winnipeg.
The number includes 135 players on active rosters, 23 on injuredlists, 25 on practice rosters and nine on suspended lists.
The University of Calgary leads all CIS institutions with 18former Dinos on CFL lineups.
Reigning Vanier Cup champion Laval,Saint Mary’s and Western follow with 15 grads apiece, whileMcMaster (11) and Saskatchewan (10) also hit double digits.
Twenty-six of the 27 CIS football programs will be representedin the CFL this summer, the lone exception being the CarletonRavens, who returned to the field last fall after a 15-yearhiatus.
The list of ex-CIS athletes also includes six players who suitedup for Simon Fraser University when the Clan still competed northof the border.
The Calgary Stampeders open the new CFL campaign with 25 formerCIS players within their ranks, including 17 on their activeroster. Edmonton (24), Montreal (23), Saskatchewan (22), Winnipeg(22), Toronto (20), Hamilton (19), Ottawa (15) and British Columbia(13) follow in order.
The 2014 CIS season gets under way on September 1st andculminates on November 29 with the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup final atPercival-Molson Stadium in Montreal (1 p.m. ET, live on Sportsnetand Radio-Canada).
NOTES: Totals as of 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, June 26…Six athletes played for two CIS teams and are included in bothschool totals.
FORMER CISPLAYERS ON 2014 CFL ROSTERS (by school):
15: Laval, Saint Mary’s, Western
9: Bishop’s, Manitoba, Montreal
6: Guelph, Regina, StFX, Wilfrid Laurier, Simon Fraser
5: Acadia, Sherbrooke, Windsor
4: Alberta, UBC, Waterloo
3: McGill, Mount Allison, Ottawa, Toronto, York
NOTE: Six athletes played for two CIS teams and are included inboth school totals.
FORMER CISPLAYERS ON 2014 CFL ROSTERS (by CFL team):
British Columbia (13)
About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup
Canadian Interuniversity Sport will celebrate the 50thanniversary of the TELUS Vanier Cup throughout the 2014 season. Forthe first time in history, the championship game will be staged inMontreal – at Percival-Molson Memorial Stadium – on Saturday,November 29, at 1 p.m. ET, live on Sportsnet and Radio-Canada.
Official TELUS Vanier Cup website (including ticket information)www.vaniercup.com
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and fourregional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12different sports. CIS also provides high performance internationalopportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and SummerUniversiades, as well as numerous world university championships.For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on: