THIS WEEK IN THE CFL - WEEK 1

THIS WEEK IN THE CFL - WEEK 1

Tim Hortons Field will host the CFL 2019 Kickoff game when the Tiger-Cats host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday night at a new time, 7 p.m. ET. The game features two new faces, Orlondo Steinauer and Craig Dickenson, leading their respective team as first-time head coaches. Ticats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli will be looking to get back to the form he was in last season, where he was named the East Division MOP. The contest marks the first time Zach Collaros will play at Tim Hortons Field following his four seasons with the Tiger-Cats.

Friday Night Football returns with the Montreal Alouettes visiting the Edmonton Eskimos at 9 p.m. ET. Khari Jones brings the Alouettes and their new look with Antonio Pipkin under centre. Following an off-season of retooling, Jason Maas’ squad has fresh new faces beginning with Trevor Harris at quarterback with his former teammate, Greg Ellingson, along with DaVaris Daniels, to name a few of the added players from the off-season.

Saturday night features a double-header. It all starts at 7 p.m. ET with the Grey Cup rematch between the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa REDBLACKS at McMahon Stadium. The reining MOP, Bo Levi Mitchell, will be looking to carry the Stamps to a fourth-consecutive West Division title. Dominique Davis gets the nod at quarterback for the REDBLACKS as Ottawa attempts to avenge last year’s Grey Cup loss.

To complete Week 1, the BC Lions host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Mike Reilly plays his first game with his new squad and it also marks the first game for DeVone Claybrooks as a head coach. On the other side, Winnipeg brings back a veteran team that is aiming for first place in the West Division this year. Kickoff is slated for 10 p.m. ET and the first 5,000 fans into the building will get a Mike Reilly bobblehead.

Saskatchewan at Hamilton will be on ESPN+ and BT Sport
Montreal at Edmonton will be on ESPN2 and BT Sport
Ottawa at Calgary will be on ESPNEWS, BT Sport and MVS
Winnipeg at BC will be on ESPN2 and BT Sport

GLOBAL PLAYERS

  • Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, rosters were expanded to include one active global player and the ability to carry up to two global players on the practice roster (PR).
  • In addition to the existing practice roster of 10 players, teams may now carry a maximum of two global players for a total of 12.
  •  To begin the season, there are 24 global players on active or PR rosters.
    • 18 from Mexico
    • 3 from France
    • 2 from Germany
    • 1 from Finland

Below is the list of global players on rosters:

Team

Name

Position

Country

BC Lions

Gerardo Alvarez

Receiver

Mexico

BC Lions

Fernando Richarte

Receiver

Mexico

Edmonton Eskimos

Jose Alfonsin

Defensive Back

Mexico

Edmonton Eskimos

Maxime Rouyer

Linebacker

France

Edmonton Eskimos

Diego Viamontes

Receiver

Mexico

Calgary Stampeders

Guillermo Calderon

Offensive Lineman

Mexico

Calgary Stampeders

Asnnel Robo

Running Back

France

Calgary Stampeders

Andres Salgado

Receiver

Mexico

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Rene Brassea

Offensive Lineman

Mexico

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Francisco Garcia

Defensive Back

Mexico

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Max Zimmermann

Receiver

Germany

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Thiadric Hansen

Linebacker

Germany

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Manuel Hernandez

Linebacker

Mexico

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Sergio Sciaffino Perez

Defensive Back

Mexico

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Valentin Gnahoua

Defensive Lineman

France

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Gabriel Amavizca Ortiz

Kicker

Mexico

Toronto Argonauts

Jose Casarrubias

Defensive Lineman

Mexico

Toronto Argonauts

Christian Hernandez

Linebacker

Mexico

Toronto Argonauts

Kimi Linnainmaa

Receiver

Finland

Ottawa REDBLACKS

Jose Maltos

Kicker

Mexico

Ottawa REDBLACKS

Guillermo Villalobos

Receiver

Mexico

Montreal Alouettes

Diego Rojas Kuhlmann

Offensive Lineman

Mexico

Montreal Alouettes

Juan Tamayo

Defensive Back

Mexico

Montreal Alouettes

Enrique Yenny

Kicker

Mexico

QUICK SLANTS:

  • CFL kickoff game between Hamilton and Saskatchewan on June 13, will be the earliest regular season game in league history by one day.
  • Team records in season openers since 2008:
    • Calgary 7-3-1
    • Saskatchewan 7-4
    • Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto 6-5
    • Winnipeg 5-6
    • BC 4-7
    • Ottawa 3-1-1
    • Hamilton 1-10
  • With Hamilton and Saskatchewan opening the season, it marks the third time the two teams have squared off in the opening game of the season.
    • 2012 Saskatchewan won 43-16 in Hamilton
    • 1972 Hamilton won 20-17 in Hamilton
  • Week 1 will feature four head coaching debuts, tying a league record:
    • 2019: DeVone Claybrooks, Craig Dickenson, Khari Jones and Orlondo Steinauer
    • 2012: Mike Benevides, Corey Chamblin, Geroge Cortez and Scott Milanovich
    • 2008: John Hufnagel, Ken Miller, Rich Stubler and Marc Trestman
    • 1970: Sam Etcheverry, Jack Gotta, Ray Jauch and Jim Spavital
  • Only three teams Calgary (Bo Levi Mitchell), Hamilton (Jeremiah Masoli) and Saskatchewan (Zach Collaros) will be starting the same QB in Game #1 in 2019 as they did in 2018.

Of the 495 players that appeared on the initial Week #1 CFL rosters after cutdown, a total of 92 players will be entering their first CFL year. That represents 19% of CFL rosters. In 2018 there were only 81 first year players at the same point

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Lucas Barrett Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
Lucas Barrett Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
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