Football Canada invites 40 players to 2016 World Championship

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Canada to compete at IFAF U19 World Championship in China

 Photo credit: USA Football

Football Canada has invited 40 players to its Junior National Team for the 2016 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U19 World Championship in Harbin, China. A roster of 45-players will represent Canada as they look to dethrone defending gold medalist, Team USA.

Canada and the U.S. have met in each of the first three IFAF U19 World Championship finals, with Canada winning gold at the 2012 worlds in Austin, Texas.

The team is led by head coach WARREN CRANEY who served as defensive coordinator under head coaches Glen Constantin (2009) and Noel Thorpe (2012) prior to taking over, as head coach, in 2013. The program’s longest serving coach is looking to end his term as national team head coach with a strong showing in China.

“We head into China with the goal of bringing a gold medal back home to Canadian soil,” Craney said. “As a coaching staff, we’ve used the International Bowl series against the U.S. national teams as an opportunity to prepare, evaluate and select the top identified players to go on and represent our nation on the world stage.”

“This tournament and its competition keeps improving each cycle and we look forward to representing our great football nation in China.”

Team Canada is tentatively scheduled to begin training camp in China the week of June 20.

Junior National Team Invitation Roster


First / Prénom

Last / Nom de famille

Hometown / Ville natale

Team / Équipe

Commitment / Engagement

DB/DD Denver Coursol St-Lin-des-Laurentides, QC Collège André-Grasset
DB/DD Jérémie Dominique Rosemère, Qué. Cégep Vieux Montreal
DB/DD Stavros Katsantonis Vancouver, BC / Bakersfield, CA UBC
DB/DD Ted Kubongo Calgary, Alta. Notre Dame (Calgary)
DB/DD Bruno Lagacé Boucherville, Qué. Collège André-Grasset
DB/DD Tyrell Richards Brampton, Ont. Brampton Bulldogs Carleton
DB/DD Kaylyn Smith St-Cyr La Prairie, Qué. Vanier College
DB/DD Elijah Walker Brampton, Ont. U. of Guelph
DE/AD Nathan Cherry Saskatoon, Sask. Aden Bowman Saskatchewan
DE/AD Nicholas Dheilly Regina, Sask. Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS Saskatchewan
DL/LD Liam Dobson Ottawa, Ont. Canada Prep.
DT/PD Skye King Calgary, Alta. Calgary Colts (CJFL) York
DT/PD Jmin Pelley Calgary, Alta. Calgary Colts (CJFL) Carleton
DE/AD Justin Sambu Cochrane, Alta. Cochrane HS
DT/PD Cheikhe Sidy Sow Bromont, Qué. Collège Champlain-Lennoxville
LB/SEC Michael Brodrique St-Marthe-sur-le-lac, Qué. Collège Champlain-Lennoxville
LB/SEC Nicolas Cross Regina, Sask. Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS
LB/SEC Kean Harelimana Laval, Qué. Vanier College
LB/SEC Alec Poirier Loraine, QC Collège Champlain-Lennoxville
LB/SEC Deshawn Stevens Toronto, Ont. Kent School (CT) Maine (NCAA)
LB/SEC Ben Whiting Saskatoon, Sask. U. of Saskatchewan
OT/T Drew Desjarlais Belle River, Ont. U. of Windsor
OL/LO Jesse Gibbon Hamilton, Ont. U. of Waterloo
C Samuel Lefebvre Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Qué. Cégep Levis-Lauzon Laval
C, G Marc-Antoine Lemay Trois-Rivières, Que. Collège Champlain-Lennoxville
OL/LO Pier-Olivier Lestage Saint-Eustache, Qué. Cégep St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
OL/LO Philippe Robitaille Montréal, Qué. Cégep Levis-Lauzon
OT/T Zack Williams Winnipeg, Man. U. of Manitoba
RB/DO Jesse Amankwaa Toronto, Ont. York U.
RB/DO Dynell Pierre Montréal, Qué. Cégep Vieux Montréal
WR/RÉ Colton Hunchak Calgary, Alta. York U.
WR/RÉ Jacob Izquierdo Calgary, Alta. St. Francis HS
WR/RÉ Jacob Janke Edmonton, Alta. York U.
REC Nikola Kalinic Etobicoke, Ont. York U.
WR/RÉ Chris Osei-Kusi Brampton, Ont. Queen’s U.
WR/RÉ Bryan Owusu Bekoe Mirabel, Qué. Vanier College
WR/RÉ François Rocheleau Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Qué. André-Grasset
QB/QA Dimitri Morand Gatineau, Qué. Cégep St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
QB/QA Mason Nyhus Regina, Sask. Riffel HS Saskatchewan
K/B Vincent Blanchard St-Germain-de-Grantham, Qué. Collège Champlain-Lennoxville

2016 Junior National Team Coaching Staff




Head Coach and Defensive Backs Warren Craney York Lions
Offensive Coordinator Joe D’Amore Windsor Lancers
Defensive Coordinator Kevin MacNeill Guelph Gryphons
Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Line Brian Guebert Saskatchewan Huskies
Quarterbacks Chris Auger Laval Rouge et Or
Offensive Line JF Joncas Champlain-Lennox. Cougars
Receivers Kamau Peterson York Lions
Linebackers Jeff Yausie Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL)

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