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Football Canada – OTTAWA, ON (March 17, 2016) – 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. 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, Qué. 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. Collège André-Grasset  
QB/QA Dimitri Morand Gatineau, Qué. Cégep St-Jean-sur-Richelieu  
QB/QA Mason Nyhus Regina, Sask. Riffel  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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About Football Canada
Established in 1884, Football Canada is the national governing body of amateur football in Canada and a proud member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Working closely with the provincial football associations, we develop programs and resources for players, coaches, officials in the three disciplines of Tackle, Flag and Touch Football. Football Canada’s vision statement is “from playground to stadium” where players can participate in the game of football throughout a lifetime recreationally, competitively and internationally. 

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