The 2015 CFL season officially kicks off on Thursday, June 25 when the Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa RedBlacks.
While here at Football BC we bleed BC Lions orange for our hometown team and our community partner, who start their season on July 4 in Ottawa, the Lions actually don’t hold the mantle of being “Team BC” when it comes to the number of BC-born players on their official opening-day roster.
That distinction actually belongs to the Calgary Stampeders, who have six BC-born players on their active roster highlighted by multiple-time CFL All-Star and 2013 Most Outstanding Player Jon Cornish (New Westminster) and newcomer Lemar Durant, the former Centennial Centaur who played last season with Simon Fraser University.
The Leos begin their season with three BC-born players on their active roster, in addition to one on their practice roster. Not included as a BC-born player on the Lions roster, but certainly one with a major local connection, is linebacker Boseko Lokombo, the former WJ Mouat Hawk who was born in Kinslasa, Congo.
Also of note is Daniel English, who was born in Mississauga, Ontario and now plays for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. English is a former New Westminster Hyack, Langley Ram, and UBC Thunderbird.
Here’s a look at the BC-born players across the CFL. Did we miss anyone? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
S Keynan Parker (Port Coquitlam)
G Dean Valli (North Vancouver)
OG Cody Husband (New Westminster)
LB Casey Chin (Port Moody) *practice roster*
LB Adam Konar (Vancouver)
OL Justin Sorensen (Parksville)
K/P Sean Whyte (White Rock)
CB Raye Hartmann (Prince George) *practice roster*
WR Lemar Durant (Vancouver)
RB Jon Cornish (New Westminster)
RB Matt Walter (Vancouver)
DB Adam Berger (Vancouver)
WR Anthony Parker (Vancouver)
DL Corey Mace (Vancouver)
DL Dylan Ainsworth (Delta)
LB Shea Emry (Richmond)
K/P Paul McCallum (Vancouver)
WR Alex Carroll (Victoria) *practice roster*
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
DB Graig Newman (Langley) *did not play amateur football in BC*
LB Jesse Briggs (Kelowna)
C Matthias Goossen (Richmond)
OL Sukh Chungh (Port Coquitlam)
DE Louie Richardson (Vancouver)
OL Peter Dyakowski (Vancouver)
DL Stephen Mawa (Port Coquitlam)
DB Kyle Miller (Surrey)
OL Tim O’Neill (Victoria)
WR Spencer Watt (North Vancouver)
FB Zander Robinson (Vancouver)
LB James Green (Vernon)
DL Connor Williams (North Vancouver) *did not play amateur football in BC*
DL Andrew Marshall (Nanoose Bay)
WR Matt Carter (Kelowna)
DB Jamahl Knowles (Vancouver)
SB Andrew Smith (Nanaimo)
LS Jerod Zaleski (Kelowna)
*list last updated September 8*