First wave added to Canada’s U-19 squad competing against U.S. at 2015 International Bowl
Photo credit: USA Football
Twenty-three players have been added to Canada’s Under-19 National Team which will compete against Team USA on February 7 in Arlington, Texas at the University of Texas-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium. The series of games is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.
Representing Canada for the second consecutive year on the U-19 National Team at the International Bowl are Christophe Bouchard, Wade Cyr, Cole Kulghart, Royce Metchie, Trivel Pinto and Nate Rostek. In last year’s game Pinto earned Canadian player of the game honours after tallying 70 all-purpose yards as both a receiver and special teams returner.
Also returning to the International Bowl are Canadian Under-18 National Team graduates Colton Hunchak, Jakob Butler, Kayden Johnson, Félix Laflamme, Daniel Nesbitt, Yol Piok, Liam Putt, Shaun Robinson, and David Singer who helped defeat Team USA 53-9 in last year’s U-18 game.
The event marks the third time that Cyr, C. Hunchak, Johnson, Laflamme, Metchie, Nesbitt, Pinto, Putt, and Robinson represent Canada internationally. This group looks to avenge a 40-17 gold medal game loss to the U.S. at the IFAF U-19 World Championship last July in Kuwait.
Canada’s U-19 squad is led by the future 2016 Junior National Team coaching staff. A veteran of international football, Warren Craney has served as head coach since 2014 and has been with the program during the first three U-19 World Championships. Craney has also coached at the International Bowl since its inception in 2010; from 2010-’13 with the IFAF World Team followed by the inaugural Canada-US game in 2014. Read more about the U-19 coaching staff here.
About the International Bowl
The 2015 International Bowl marks the second year that Canada’s U-19 and U-18 National Teams will play their U.S. counterparts in Arlington, Texas. The event will feature a week of practices and activities for each level culminating with official international competitions. Canada’s U-18 squad chosen from the 2014 Football Canada Cup (U-18 National Championship) will compete on Friday January 30 at AT&T (Cowboy) Stadium [roster here]. The event will also feature additional games between Canadian provincial teams and U.S. competition at AT&T Stadium.
2015 International Bowl, Canadian U-19 National Team Roster
|Name||Position||Hometown||2014 | Team|
|** Christophe Bouchard||DB / DD||Québec, QC||Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy|
|* Jakob Butler||LB / SEC||Sherwood Park, AB||Salisbury Sabres|
|Cole Christianson||DB / DD||Ardrossan, AB||U. of Alberta|
|** Wade Cyr||OL / LO||St Eustache, QC|
|Patrick Davis||OL / LO||Gatineau, QC||Cégep Champlain-Lennoxville|
|Sean Ford||OL / LO||Etobicoke, ON||York U.|
|* Colton Hunchak||REC||Calgary, AB||Notre Dame Pride|
|* Kayden Johnson||RB / DO||Kerrobert, SK||U. of Saskatchewan|
|** Cole Klughart||OL / LO||Saskatoon, SK||U. of Saskatchewan|
|* Félix Laflamme||REC||Montréal, QC||Cégep Montmorency|
|Grey McKen||DL / LD||Yorkton, SK||U. of Regina|
|** Royce Metchie||DB / DD||Brampton, ON||U. of Guelph|
|Vuyani Ndhlovu||K / B||Sherwood Park, AB||U. of Alberta|
|* Daniel Nesbitt||LB / SEC||Regina, SK||U. of Regina|
|** Trivel Pinto||REC||Toronto, ON|
|* Yol Piok||REC||Regina, SK||U. of Saskatchewan|
|* Liam Putt||QB / QA||Caledonia, ON||Hamilton Hurricanes|
|** Nate Rostek||DB / DD||Halifax, NS / N.-É.||Mt. Allison U.|
|* Shaun Robinson||DL / LD||Halifax, NS / N.-É.||Mt. Allison U.|
|Tyler Sieffert||DB / DD||Saskatoon, SK||Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)|
|* David Singer||OL / LO||Regina, SK||U. of Saskatchewan|
|Mitchell Stadnyk||LB / SEC||Sault Ste. Marie, ON||Sault Sabercats|
|Eric Wicijowski||DL / LD||Regina, SK||U. of Regina|
* = member of 2014 U-18 National Team, International Bowl
** = member of 2014 U-19 National Team, International Bowl
Red = member of 2014 Junior National Team, IFAF U-19 World Championship in Kuwait
U-19 Coaching Staff | 2015 International Bowl
|Warren Craney||Head Coach and Defensive Backs||York University|
|Kevin MacNeill||Defensive Coordinator||University of Guelph|
|Joe D’Amore||Offensive Coordinator||University of Windsor|
|Brian Guebert||Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Line||University of Saskatchewan|
|Christopher Auger||Quarterbacks||Université Laval|
|Danny Desriveaux||Running Backs||Université de Montréal|
|Jean-François Joncas||Offensive Line||(Cégep) Champlain College Lennoxville|
|Kamau Peterson||Receivers||York University|
|Jeff Yausie||Linebackers||Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)|
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