Football Canada unveils the 2018 World Junior Championship roster

by footballcanada

For 45 of Canada’s top male tackle players, the opportunity to represent their country internationally is now a dream come true as Football Canada has unveiled the 2018 World Junior Championship roster.

Additionally, 10 players have been placed on a reserve roster.

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Junior Championships will be held in Mexico City this upcoming July. Canada is the defending champions, having won the title at the 2016 event in Harbin, China.  Previously, Canada won gold at the 2012 tournament as well as a pair of silver medals at both the 2009 and 2014 Championships.

The 2018 roster will have some championship experience as defensive lineman Matthew Goodall (Mount Albert, Ontario) was part of the 2016 Junior National Team that brought home gold back from Harbin, China.

As for the composition of this roster, 33 players competed last month at the 2018 International Bowl in Arlington, Texas.  The other 12 players helped Canada defeat the United States 44-26 in the under-18 game at the event. Among the players on this roster are 2018 International Bowl Offensive MVP Jalen Philpot (Surrey, British Columbia) and Defensive MVP Aidan John (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Canada will be led by Junior National Team Head Coach Steve Sumarah.  He will be joined by Offensive Coordinator JP Asselin and Defensive Coordinator Jeff Cummins.  Furthermore, Canada will have additional experience with Jamie Barresi as Quarterbacks Coach, Gord Beattie as Offensive Line Coach, Bryan Brandford as Linebackers Coach, Sebastien Tetreault as Defensive Line Coach and Marc Fortier as Defensive Backs Coach.

For Sumarah, this is the continuation of achieving the goal of putting together a team with the finest athletes from Canada, a process which began from the moment he assumed the position in 2016.

“I’m very excited about this roster we have coming forward for the World Junior Championships this summer in Mexico City,” Sumarah commented of the roster.  “We have a great mix of under-19 and under-18’s from this past year’s International Bowl.”

“Some guys really stepped up and showed their worth for this program.  It’s going to be exciting come July to have all of these guys together and to put forward the best team together we have to represent our country.”


Position First Name Last Name City/Hometown Province
QB Andreas Dueck Hamilton Ontario
QB Jonathan Sénécal Mirabel Quebec
RB Alex Gayle Edmonton Alberta
RB Jalen Philpot Surrey British Columbia
RB Adre Simmonds Westphal Nova Scotia
RB Daniel Johnson London Ontario
RB Tyson Rowe Calgary Alberta
WR Kevin Mital St Hubert Quebec
WR Glodin Mulali Moncton New Brunswick
WR Carl Chabot Blainville Quebec
WR Hono Iloki Ottawa Ontario
WR Jahsiah Lewis-Pennicooke Saint Hubert Quebec
WR Tyson Philpot Surrey British Columbia
WR Keelan White North Vancouver British Columbia
K David Solie Saskatoon Saskatchewan
OL Charles Lavallee Grand Falls New Brunswick
OL Patrick Lavoie Gatineau Quebec
OL Tyler Packer Calgary Alberta
OL Tristan Rice Calgary Alberta
OL Andy McFalls Markham Ontario
OL Mathew Goodall Mount Albert Ontario
OL Zack Fry London Ontario
OL Welland Slater Winnipeg Manitoba
DL Sandor Mod Welland Ontario
DL Cole Adamson Winnipeg Manitoba
DL Charles-Lee Alarie Tardif Chicoutimi Quebec
DL Charles-Émile Bouchard St-Gedeon Quebec
DL Lake Korte-Moore Ottawa Ontario
DL Lamar Goods Fort McMurray Alberta
DL Tyrece Viner-Cox Winnipeg Manitoba
DL Aidan John Halifax Nova Scotia
LB Benjamin Hladik Vernon British Columbia
LB Isaiah Joseph Hamilton Ontario
LB Cole Hepburn Newmarket Ontario
LB Philippe Lavoie Ste-Jeanne d’Arc Quebec
LB Brody Williams Oakbank Manitoba
LB Kervens Bonhomme Ottawa Ontario
LB Joshua White Regina Saskatchewan
DB Arthur Hamlin Ottawa Ontario
DB Thomas Landry Quebec Quebec
DB Shae Weekes Winnipeg Manitoba
DB Danny McWhirter Mount Albert Ontario
DB Josiah Schakel Sherwood Park Alberta
DB Nathan Laflamme Ste-Thérèse Quebec
DB Jacob Biggs Calgary Alberta


DB Daniel Valente London Ontario
K Antoine Couture Montreal Quebec
RB Aidan O’Neal Sackville New Brunswick
OL Daniel Stefanyk Calgary Alberta
OL Nolan Cole Orleans Ontario
DL Evan Gingera Chateauguay Quebec
DB Jaxon Ford Regina Saskatchewan
LB Eryk Bujalski Winnipeg Manitoba
QB Lukas Boulanger Canton de Hatley Quebec
WR Adam LaBrash Saskatoon Saskatchewan

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