Laurier Football scout Dave Morrissey has spent his time in quarantine reaching out to and catching up with former Golden Hawk Football alumni. The result was a series of interviews with notable members of our Laurier Football community, which Dave was kind enough to share with us.

Other than perhaps the goaltender in hockey or soccer, no position in team sports is so full of pressure than the kicker in football. They sit on the sideline the majority of the game and when they do come in for a field goal or an extra point, they are expected to be perfect. For punts, they are expected to bomb one every time. Today we talk to six of Laurier’s former kickers:  Chris Mamo, Spiros Anastasakis, Ed Becker, Brian Devlin, Ronnie Pfeffer, and Nathan Mesher.

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Laurier Football scout Dave Morrissey has spent his time in quarantine reaching out to and catching up with former Golden Hawk Football alumni. The result was a series of interviews with notable members of our Laurier Football community, which Dave was kind enough to share with us.

A typical university football roster in Canada has now over 100 players, but only less than half of those players will dress on game day. What is the experience like for those who don’t get to lace up their cleats on Saturdays in the fall? Today’s interview examines that reality.

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Laurier Football scout Dave Morrissey has spent his time in quarantine reaching out to and catching up with former Golden Hawk Football alumni. The result was a series of interviews with notable members of our Laurier Football community, which Dave was kind enough to share with us.

Our fourth episode features Rohan Thompson, who played with linebacker for the Hawks from 2000 to 2002.  In his 3 years at WLU, he was selected as the team MVP once and an OUA 1st Team All Star twice.

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Laurier Football scout Dave Morrissey has spent his time in quarantine reaching out to and catching up with former Golden Hawk Football alumni. The result was a series of interviews with notable members of our Laurier Football community, which Dave was kind enough to share with us.

Our third episode features former WLU defensive lineman David Montoya. He was a key member of the 2004 Yates Cup championship team and the 2005 Vanier Cup championship team. In 2005, he was also a 2nd team OUA All Star as well as the Defensive MVP in the Vanier Cup. He played with the Hawks from 2003 to 2006 and again in 2010. I first met David in 2011 or 2012 and he is easily one of the nicest, most positive people I have ever met. He is one of those people whose energy just brings up the entire room. He was kind enough to invite me over to his place to do our interview.  An unexpected BBQ fire turned our medium steaks into Chicago-style, but it was still an enjoyable meal.

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Laurier Football scout Dave Morrissey has spent his time in quarantine reaching out to former Hawks who played on Yates or Vanier Cup championship teams, and/or later became professional players. The result was a series of interviews with notable Laurier football alumni, which Dave was kind enough to share with us. Today’s interview features a defensive back who played with the Golden Hawks from 2011-2014, Chris Ackie. A feature in the WLU defence from day 1, Ackie was named Rookie of the Year in 2011. He continued to impress throughout his OUA career, being named a 2nd team OUA All Star in his third season, and a 1st team All Canadian in his Senior year. In the spring of 2015, he was drafted 4th overall in the CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes. 

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Laurier Football scout Dave Morrissey has spent his time in quarantine reaching out to former Hawks who played on Yates or Vanier Cup championship teams, and/or later became professional players. The result was a series of interviews with notable Laurier Football alumni, which Dave was kind enough to share with us. Today, we start off the series with an interview with current Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Scott Hutter. Hutter was a key player on the 2016 Yates Cup championship team. He was recognized for his efforts at the provincial level twice during his Laurier career, being named to the OUA All Rookie team in his first year, as well as a 2nd team OUA All-Star in his final year. More impressively, he was a 3 time Academic All Canadian. 

In today’s edition of “Talks with Hawks”, Morrissey chats with Hutter about topics such as his time as a Golden Hawk, COVID-19 and its effect on the life of a CFL player, and walking into an Edmonton Eskimos locker room for the first time and seeing some familiar faces.

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Over the past week or so, we’ve been listening to our players, alumni and community to try and find the right way to support our black athletes and community members. We know it’s not enough just to be proud of our locker room diversity, and we must do more to ensure that systemic racism does not continue. It is vital that we stand by those who are oppressed in society, and not allow these conditions and attitudes to persist.

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(L-R) Sam Acheampong, Brad Cowan and Tanner Cadwallader were selected in the 2020 CFL Draft on Thursday (Photo Credits: Mike Veltri, Mike Veltri, Charity Matheson)

WATERLOO, Ont. (May 1, 2020) – It was another night of celebration for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football program on Thursday as three members of the team were selected in the 2020 Canadian Football League (CFL) Draft.

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Jesse Alexander (left) and Vince Flamia (right) rejoin the Golden Hawks coaching staff effective immediately (Photo Credits: Christian Bender)

Jesse Alexander and Vince Flamia rejoin Golden Hawks after time with the Windsor Lancers

WATERLOO, Ont. (May 4, 2020) – Wilfrid Laurier University men’s football Head Coach Michael Faulds is pleased to announce that Jesse Alexander and Vince Flamia have re-joined the Golden Hawks coaching staff for the 2020 season.

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