36 former Canada West football players helped ring in the new Canadian Football League


A total of 36 former Canada West football players helped ring in the new Canadian Football League (CFL) season this past weekend, as the conference continued to make an impact at the pro level.

The new CFL season kicked off Father’s Day weekend with four games, and Canada West products dotted game day rosters across the country. The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers had the most CW content Week 1, as both teams dressed seven former CW players.


  • 36 former CW players suited up Week 1 of the CFL season
  • A total of 51 CW products are on CFL rosters to start the season
  • 16 former Calgary Dinos played Week 1 of the season to lead the CW charge

Leading the way in terms of conference representation Week 1 were the Calgary Dinos, who had 16 former players in action, as the CFL rang in the earliest start to a new season in league history.

All told, 51 former Canada West products are currently on CFL rosters, with 39 on active rosters heading into the second week of the CFL season, which opens Thursday, June 21 when the Roughriders travel to our nation’s capital to take on the Ottawa REDBLACKS in their first contest of 2018.

Among the 51 former CW players on CFL rosters, eight were picks in the most recent CFL Draft, when a total of 15 CW players were selected.

You can catch the next crop of CFL talent beginning Friday, August 31 when the 2018 CW season kicks off. Opening night features the Regina Rams hosting the defending Hardy Cup champion Calgary Dinos, and the Saskatchewan Huskies hosting the Alberta Golden Bears.

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