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U SPORTS – TORONTO (U SPORTS) – U SPORTS is pleased to announce Laval University will host the annual East-West Bowl in 2017 and 2018

OFFICIAL WEBSITE (including ticket info): http://en.usports.ca/eastwestbowl  

The Rouge et Or, who will host the week-long event featuring U SPORTS football players heading into their Canadian Football League draft year, last welcomed Canada’s top university prospects in 2006 and 2007. The 15th annual event will be played at TELUS-UL Stadium on Saturday, May 13th at 12:30 p.m. ET.
 
The 2017 edition, which kicks off on Monday, May 8th, also includes four days of practices, a combine for participating players, a CFL free-agent camp, as well as the traditional East-West Bowl banquet. A detailed schedule is included below.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host the East-West Bowl week again, and our wish is that players, coaches, CFL personnel and fans make the most of it,” said Laval head coach Glen Constantin. “It will be another great opportunity to showcase the top football players from coast to coast in a premium setting – a stadium that has been the venue to four national championship games and numerous outstanding contests, drawing year in, year out the biggest crowds in Canadian university football.”

Prior to a two-year run at McGill in 20015 and 2016, the East-West Bowl had been held in London for six straight years (2009-2014), as well as in Hamilton (2008), and Waterloo (2003-2005).

For the most part, the East team for the prospects game is comprised of players from the AUS and RSEQ conferences as well as Carleton, Ottawa and Queen’s, while the West contingent is made up of student-athletes from Canada West and the remaining OUA universities.

Last year, the West defeated the East 29-14 for their first win since 2013, extending their lead in the all-time series to 8-6.

A new event logo featuring U SPORTS Championship branding, along with the rosters for both teams were also announced on Wednesday. No less than 16 standouts who will take the field on May 13 have been named All-Canadians since the start of their U SPORTS careers.

Reigning Hec Chrighton Trophy winner Noah Picton of the Regina Rams, along with Kyle Siemens of the Saskatchewan Huskies will quarterback the West team. Laval’s Hugo Richard, MVP of the 52nd ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup and Nate Hobbs of Queen’s will be under centre for the East side.

In his third season with Regina, Picton broke the U SPORTS record for passing yards with 3,186, while Richard threw for two touchdowns and rushed in the game-winning score to lead the Rouge et Or to a 31-26 victory over Calgary, the team’s ninth Vanier Cup title. 

2017 U SPORTS EAST-WEST BOWL SCHEDULE:

Monday, May 8                    
18:00-18:30    Introduction meeting
20:00-21:30   Meetings
                       
Tuesday, May 9
9:00-11:30      Combine for participating players (Telus Indoor)
14:00-16:00   Practice East & West (TELUS-UL Stadium)
18:45-20:30   Meetings       
                       
Wednesday, May 10           
9:30-11:30      Practice East & West (TELUS-UL Stadium)
13:00-14:00   Meetings       
15:00-17:00    Practice East & West (TELUS-UL Stadium)
19:15-20:45    Meetings
                       
Thursday, May 11     
9:30-11:30      Practice East & West (TELUS-UL Stadium)
13:00-14:00   Meetings       
15:00-17:00    Practice East & West (TELUS-UL Stadium)
17:30               East-West Bowl banquet
19:15-20:45    Meetings
                       
Friday, May 12
9:30-11:30      Practice East & West (TELUS-UL Stadium)
13:00-14:00   Meetings
15:00-16:00   Practice East (TELUS-UL Stadium)
16:00-17:00    Practice West (TELUS-UL Stadium)

Saturday, May 13
12:30-15:30    East-West Bowl Game (TELUS-UL Stadium)

 

*Former U SPORTS All-Canadian

EAST-WEST BOWL LOCATIONS & RESULTS:

2016 (at McGill): West 29, East 14
2015 (at McGill): East 29, West 21
2014 (at Western): East 19, West 12
2013 (at Western): West 18, East 17
2012 (at Western): East 24, West 16
2011 (at Western): East 34, West 27 (OT)
2010 (at Western): East 12, West 9
2009 (at Western): West 16, East 7
2008 (at McMaster): East 25, West 12
2007 (at Laval): West 22, East 19 (OT)
2006 (at Laval): West 34, East 26 (OT)
2005 (at Laurier): West 34, East 16
2004 (at Laurier): West 21, East 12
2003 (at Laurier): West 10, East 5

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national  championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

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For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy
Manager, Communications
U SPORTS
Cell: 647-871-7595
ksainteloy@usports.ca

Alan Hudes
Coordinator, Communications
U SPORTS
Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242
Cell: 647-991-5343
ahudes@usports.ca

Stéphane Jobin
Laval University
Off: 418-656-5292
Cell: 418-572-7325
Stephane.Jobin@sas.ulaval.ca