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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – When the 2017 Canadian Football League (CFL) season kicks off on Thursday night in Montreal, eight former members of the Wilfrid Laurier University men’s football team will grace team rosters across the league, including all three Golden Hawks who were selected in the 2017 draft.

Fifth-round draft picks Kwaku Boateng of Milton, Ont., and Nakas Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., both made the final roster of the Edmonton Eskimos and the Toronto Argonauts respectively, while seventh-round selection Brett Golding of Dunnville, Ont., was named to the practice roster of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – This fall, the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawk Hall of Fame will welcome seven new members as part of the 2017 induction class.

The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 29 at the Tannery Event Centre in downtown Kitchener during Wilfrid Laurier University’s annual Homecoming weekend.

Five athletes, one team and one builder will have their names etched into Golden Hawks history during the ceremony. This year’s athlete inductees include women’s basketball guard Renata Adamczyk, women’s curling skip Laura Crocker, men’s basketball wing Kale Harrison, women’s soccer midfielder Heather Malizia and women’s swimmer Whitney Rich. In the team category, the 2003 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championship-winning women’s lacrosse team will be honoure d while in the builder category, Dr. Richard Agro, a former member of the men’s football team, will be inducted for his ongoing support of the program.


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Gerry Moddejonge
Edmonton Journal

The last time Shamawd Chambers played in a game for the Edmonton Eskimos, he was named Canadian MVP of the 2015 Grey Cup.

While it’s not nearly so grandiose a stage, it would have been nice for the sixth-year CFLer to have played in Sunday’s pre-season game to officially mark his on-field return to the club that drafted him sixth overall in 2012.

Instead, the 28-year-old Wilfrid Laurier product sat out with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for all but the first four days of training camp.


Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Many people tied to Laurier Football were in attendance on Saturday at Wildwinds Golf Links for the Gary Jeffries Golf Classic. It was a fun afternoon honouring the great career of Coach Jeff. Only six head coaches ever at our schools great football program and four of us were there together on Saturday.


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TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts announced today that the club has signed national kicker Ronnie Pfeffer.

Pfeffer, a 5-11, 185-pound native of Kitchener, Ontario returns to the Argonauts after spending the last season and a half with the Ottawa REDBLACKS. In 11 career CFL games, the Wilfrid Laurier product has punted 63 times for 2,719 yards (43.2 average) while connecting on 12-of-16 field goal attempts.


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Jack Moore

Nakas Onyeka was not only one of the top linebackers in the OUA in 2016, he was one of the most productive players on one of the nation’s top defences. But Onyeka’s path to the CFL and the Toronto Argonauts has not always been an easy one.

Onyeka started his football career in the 11th grade, widely disregarded by many U SPORTS programs, except for one. Michael Faulds and his new staff were looking to rebuild the Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team to what they were just eight season before, Vanier Cup champions. Nakas Onyeka was a member of the first recruiting class that Michael Faulds brought to Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013, the recruiting class that would become Yates Cup champions just four seasons later.


David Bebee, Waterloo Region Record

They won a Vanier Cup with Wilfrid Laurier University on a cold day in Hamilton back in 2005.

Later in life they stood side by side as the best man at each other’s wedding.

Now Kitchener’s Jahmeeks Beckford and Shawn Ashe have reunited on the football field with the Tri-City Outlaws.

Beckford is the team’s assistant defensive coach while Ashe is making his return as a slot receiver after lengthy hiatus due to a concussion.

“I’m a big fan of his,” said Beckford, 36. “It’s fantastic to see him out there comfortable and excited.”

Their football story goes back more than two decades.


20170406 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football scrimmage vs UW_-79Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

The month of May has quickly come and gone and already we are under two and a half months until we start training camp.

More players than ever have decided to stay in Kitchener-Waterloo this summer to train and work out with their teammates. Many of these players spend the summer not only training, but taking summer school classes and working a variety of jobs.


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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – When the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) open up their 2017 training camp on Sunday, May 28, they will have a little more purple and gold on the field as Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks quarterback Michael Knevel will join the team for training camp as a part of the league’s QB Internship program.

Knevel, the native of Brantford, Ont., becomes the second Laurier pivot to attend the CFL’s Internship program after former quarterback James Fracas also attended Tiger-Cats training camp back in 2014.


20170428 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football Dinner 2017-75Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

CFL training camps are starting up across the country and our three new draftees are eager to get started.

Linebacker Nakas Onyeka and the Toronto Argonauts started rookie camp opened Wednesday, May 24th at York University, defensive end Kwaku Boateng and the Edmonton Eskimos do not have rookie camp, but his main training camp starts Sunday, May 28th and offensive lineman Brett Golding and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats start rookie camp began Thursday, May 25th.