The Canadian Football League is gearing towards the 2018 regular season and there was a significant trade this past week between the Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa Redblacks. The Alouettes re-acquired fullback Patrick Lavoie of Saint-Flavie, Quebec from the Redblacks for fullback J.C. Beaulieu of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
Beaulieu and Lavoie have many other similarities other than just being fullbacks from Quebec. Both played in the Quebec Conference in University Sport. Beaulieu played for Sherbrooke Vert et Or in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (now known as simply USport), while Lavoie was with the Laval Rouge et Or.
While with the Rouge et Or, Lavoie won two Vanier Cups. The first came in 2008 as the Rouge et Or beat the University of Western Mustangs 44-21 at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton and the second came in 2010 as the Rouge et Or trounced the University of Calgary Dinos 29-2 at PEPS Stadium in Quebec City.
Lavoie and Beaulieu were also drafted by the Alouettes. Lavoie was selected in the second round, 11 th overall by Montreal in the 2012 CFL Draft and Beaulieu was selected in the sixth round, 49 th overall, in the 2014 CFL Draft by Montreal.
The reason why Lavoie left the Alouettes initially was because he was selected by the Redblacks in the 2013 Canadian Football League expansion draft. However, Lavoie had a significant impact during his first time with the Alouettes. He was the Alouettes’ nominee for the 2012 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie of the Year Award, which was won by Chris Matthews of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Matthews would go on to the NFL where he had a significant impact for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens. While
with the Seahawks, Matthews had four catches and 109 yards in Super Bowl 49.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots are playing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Minnesota. Curling Canada needs to give their head a shake for scheduling the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Final in Penticton, BC the same time as the Super Bowl. Expect television ratings for the Scotties Final to be extremely poor.