CFL in Atlantic Canada

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Touchdown Atlantic in Moncton, New Brunswick (courtesy)

It’s Grey Cup Week; and in this post I will discuss the Canadian Football League in Atlantic Canada.  I will list all players born in the region and all games (both preseason and regular season) played in this part of the country.  I will not discuss the Atlantic Schooners (1983 expansion bid) or any other expansion process in this post.  These will be discussed in a future post.

Players From Atlantic Canada

Here is a list of CFL players born in Atlantic Canada.  Since this list is based on birthplace, some players grew up (and received most, if not all of their football training) outside the region.  Conversely, there may be players born outside of Atlantic Canada, who grew up here.  Such players are not listed here.

Rookies from 2016 not included on this list.  Information courtesy of the CFLapedia.

  1. Albright, Matthew – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – BC Lions 2013 & Ottawa REDBLACKS 2014-16
  2. Baker, Terry – Bridgewater, Nova Scotia – Saskatchewan Roughriders 1987-89, Ottawa Rough Riders 1990-95, Toronto Argonauts 1995 & Montreal Alouettes 1996-2002
  3. Beaton, Bruce – Port Hood, Nova Scotia – Ottawa Rough Riders 1993-94, Calgary Stampeders 1995, Montreal Alouettes 1996-97 & Edmonton Eskimos 1998-2003, 05
  4. Carr, Craig – Saint John, New Brunswick – Edmonton Eskimos 2000-01, Montreal Alouettes 2002 & Calgary Stampeders 2005
  5. Casey, John – Saint John, New Brunswick – Toronto Argonauts 1958-61
  6. Conn, Justin – New Maryland, New Brunswick – Montreal Alouettes 2011, Calgary Stampeders 2011 & BC Lions 2012
  7. Conrad, David – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Saskatchewan Roughriders 1985-88 & Ottawa Rough Riders 1989-92
  8. Crabbe, David – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Calgary Stampeders 1969-72
  9. Crane, Steve – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Saskatchewan Roughriders 1986-89
  10. Davis, John – Campbellton, New Brunswick – Edmonton Eskimos 1992
  11. Drover, Geoff – St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador – Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2001-04
  12. Frame, Danny – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Toronto Argonauts 2003-04
  13. Fraser, Stewart- Minto, New Brunswick – Saskatchewan Roughriders 1980-85 & Ottawa Rough Riders 1985-86
  14. Hatanaka, Bill – Bathurst, New Brunswick – Ottawa Rough Riders 1976-78 & Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1979
  15. Lauthner, Brett – Truro, Nova Scotia – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2013
  16. LeBlanc, Robert – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – Montreal Alouettes 1961-64
  17. Martinello, Marty – Sydney, Nova Scotia – Brantford Redskins 1952-53, Montreal Alouettes 1954-57, BC Lions 1958-59, Toronto Argonauts 1959-65 & Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1965-66
  18. McCullough, Dan – Fredericton, New Brunswick – BC Lions 2008-11
  19. Miller, Martin – Halifax, Nova Scotia – BC Lions 1997
  20. Miller, Mike – Riverview, New Brunswick – Edmonton Eskimos 2011-16
  21. Morley, Steve – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Calgary Stampeders 2003, Toronto Argonauts 2007, Saskatchewan Roughriders 2008 & Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2009-14
  22. Moulton, Tom – North Sydney, Nova Scotia – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1960-61
  23. Oxley, Anthony – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Ottawa Rough Riders 1993
  24. Palardy, Justin – Truro, Nova Scotia – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2010, Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2010-12, Toronto Argonauts 2015
  25. Perry, Gord – Moncton, New Brunswick – Montreal Winged Wheelers 1928-34
  26. Poliziani, Meco – North Sydney, Nova Scotia – Montreal Alouettes 1960-63
  27. Proulx, Matthew – Plaster Rock, New Brunswick – Montreal Alouettes 2005-10
  28. Provo, Dwayne – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Saskatchewan Roughriders 1995-96, Montreal Alouettes 1996, 98, Edmonton Eskimos 1998, 2000, Toronto Argonauts 2001, Ottawa Renegades 2002 & BC Lions 2002
  29. Seale, Mark – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Ottawa Rough Riders 1982-85, Toronto Argonauts 1985-87 & Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1987-88
  30. Sharpe, Shane – Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador – BC Lions 2001
  31. Skinner, Chris – Saint John, New Brunswick – Edmonton Eskimos 1984-88, Ottawa Rough Riders 1989 & BC Lions 1990-91, 93
  32. Smith, Wayne – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Ottawa Rough Rides 1969-75, BC Lions 1976, Toronto Argonauts 1977-79, Saskatchewan Roughriders 1979-80 & Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1980
  33. Steeves, Jeremy – Moncton, New Brunswick – Edmonton Eskimos 2007
  34. Thomas, Jake – Douglas, New Brunswick – Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2012-16
  35. Tierney, Brad – Wolfville, Nova Scotia – Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1988, Ottawa Rough Riders 1989-92, 94
  36. Tommy, Andy – Hartland, New Brunswick – Ottawa Rough Riders 1933-41, 46-47 & Toronto Argonauts 1945
  37. Vetro, Dominic – St. Lawrence, Newfoundland & Labrador – Montreal Alouettes 1981-83, Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1983-84
  38. Walter, Jim – Campbellton, New Brunswick – Toronto Argonauts 1965, Montreal Alouettes 1965-69, Saskatchewan Roughriders 1970-73
  39. Warnock, Kent – Saint John, New Brunswick – Calgary Stampeeders 1987-92 & BC Lions 1993-94
  40. Washburn, Mike – Oromocto, New Brunswick – BC Lions 1982-83, Montreal Alouettes 1983-85
  41. Watson, Jeff – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Toronto Argonauts 1986-87
  42. Wetmore, Alan – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1993-95 & Montreal Alouettes 1996-98
  43.  Wetmore, Paul – Halifax, Nova Scotia – BC Lions 1989-92, Ottawa Rough Riders 1993 & Saskatchewan Roughriders 1993
  44. Williams, Tyrone – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Calgary Stampeders 1995 & Toronto Argonauts 1996

No CFL player has ever come from Prince Edward Island.  Jim Foley and Vernon Pahl are the only two former UPEI football players to make the CFL.  That program was discontinued after the 1979 season.

Games Played in Atlantic Canada

There have been three preseason and three regular season CFL games played in the Maritimes.  All three regular season games have been played in Moncton, the preseason games have been in Saint John and Halifax.

  1. June 7, 1986: Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35, Montreal Alouettes 10 at Canada Games Stadium in Saint John, New Brunswick; attendance: 11,463 (preseason)
  2. June 6, 1987: Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14, Montreal Alouettes 13 at Canada Games Stadium in Saint John, New Brunswick; attendance: 8,000 (preseason)
  3. June 11, 2005: Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16, Toronto Argonauts 16 at Huskies Stadium in Halifax, Nova Scotia; attendance: 11,148 (preseason)
  4. June 3, 2006: Montreal Alouettes vs. Ottawa Renegades at Huskies Stadium in Halifax, Nova Scotia (preseason game canceled)
  5. September 26, 2010: Edmonton Eskimos 24, Toronto Argonauts 6 at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick; attendance: 20,725 (regular season)
  6. September 25, 2011: Hamilton Tiger-Cats 55, Calgary Stampeders 36 at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick; attendance: 20, 153 (regular season)
  7. Sepetmber 21, 2013: Hamilton Tiger Cats 28, Montreal Alouettes 26 at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick; attendance: 15,123 (regular season)

This sums up the history of the Canadian Football League in the Maritimes.  As mentioned above, stay tuned for an upcoming post on post and present CFL expansion projects to the region.

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