Football Canada unveils U18 national team for 2017 series against U.S.

Ottawa (November 8, 2016) – Today, Football Canada unveiled its preliminary under-18 national team which will face off against their U.S. counterparts as part of the inaugural North American Championship on January 28, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The series of games between USA Football and Football Canada features under-18 and under-19 national team competition.

The North American Championship builds on the rich rivalry developed between the two national teams as Canada and the U.S. have met in each of the first four gold medal games at the IFAF U19 (Junior) World Championships. Canada evened up its junior world’s gold medal game record, at two, following a 24-6 victory in China. In 2012, Canada defeated Team USA 23-17 to capture its first gold in Austin, Texas.

The U.S. and Canada’s national teams began playing an annual series of games in 2014. This upcoming January will mark the first time that the winter series of games between the two North American national teams is held outside of the International Bowl series. The International Bowl was established in 2010 as a USA versus the World game, played around NCAA national signing day.

“The series has grown tremendously and we’re excited to head to the state of Florida, where the first International Bowl game was held in 2010, and showcase our national team rivalry,” said Shannon Donovan, executive director, Football Canada.

The 40 players invited to the under-18 national team were selected from the 2016 under-18 national tackle football championship, the Football Canada Cup, held July 9-15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Joining the players named today in Orlando is the Canada’s under-19 national team, which includes the 2016 Football Canada Cup all-star roster.

The under-18 national team will be led by coaches selected from the eight participating provincial teams that competed at the 2016 Football Canada Cup. Marco Iadeluca, head coach of Quebec’s 2016 gold medal winning Canada Cup entry, will serve the same role with the under-18 national team. The full coaching staff will be announced in the coming weeks.

Arlington, Texas will play host to the 2017 International Bowl series featuring action between provincial teams from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario who will face U.S. competition.

 

Players invited to Canada’s under-18 national team

 

Pos.

First

Last

Hometown

Provincial team

Team 2016

QB

Andreas

Dueck

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Vincent Massey

QB

Ezechiel

Tiede

Lachine

Quebec

St. Paul’s (NH)

RB

Adam

Bennett

Upper Tantallon

Nova Scotia

Sir John A. MacDonald

RB

Chase

Brown

London

Ontario

Jr. Mustangs

RB

Alex

Gayle

Edmonton

Alberta

Jasper Place

RB

Grégoire

Martin

Saguenay

Quebec

Odyssée Dominique-Racine

OL

Logan

Bandy

Calgary

Alberta

St. Francis

OL

Thierry

Bernier

St-Eustache

Quebec

André-Grasset

OL

Peter

Brown

London

Ontario

Jr. Mustangs

OL

James

Duffey Jr.

Leduc

Alberta

Bev Facey

OL

Dylan

Estabrooks

Sackville

New Brunswick

Tantramar

OL

Tong

King

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Vincent Massey

OL

Nathan

Raymond

Redvers

Saskatchewan

Moosomin

REC

Alex

Groshak

Calgary

Alberta

St. Francis

REC

Noah

Johns

London

Ontario

Jr. Mustangs

REC

William

Marchand

Laval

Quebec

André-Grasset

REC

Glodin

Mulali

Moncton

New Brunswick

Harrison Trimble

REC

Evens

Passée-Coutrin

Verdun

Quebec

Dalbe-Viau

REC

Bryce

Scarrow

Waterloo

Ontario

Twin City Predators

DL

William

Desgagné

Saguenay

Quebec

Ch.-Lennoxville

DL

Alexander

Fedchun

Calgary

Alberta

Ernest Manning

DL

Emeric

Hamelin

St-Jerome

Quebec

Lionel-Groulx

DL

Lake

Korte-Moore

Ottawa 

Manitoba-Silver

 

DL

Bryce

Liwiski

Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

Centennial

DL

Germain

Renaud-Dumoulin

Boucherville

Quebec

Ch.-Lennoxville

DL

Tanner

Schmekel

Regina

Saskatchewan

Riffel

DL

Jacob

Spencer

Brantford

Ontario

Cambridge Lions

LB

Lourenz

Bowers

Dartmouth

Nova Scotia

Dartmouth

LB

Gabriel

Pelletier

Quebec

Quebec

CNDF

LB

Spencer

Smyth

Dundas

Ontario

Varsity Tigercats

LB

Daniel

Teitz

Calgary

Alberta

Springbank

LB

Brody

Williams

Oakbank

Manitoba

St.Paul’s

DB

Sydney

Brown

London

Ontario

Jr. Mustangs

DB

Riley

Gabriel

Truro

Nova Scotia

Cobequid

DB

Randy

Gibuku-Mabengo

Québec

Quebec

CNDF

DB

Dru

Guimond

Riverview

New Brunswick

Riverview

DB

Louis

Lavaud

Vaudreuil-Dorion

Quebec

John Abbot

DB

Jake

Robertson

Thunder Bay (ON)

Manitoba-Silver

St. Ignatius

DB

Dillon

Zimmermann

Regina

Saskatchewan

LeBoldus

K

Antoine

Couture

Montréal

Quebec

Collège Notre-Dame

  

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