Photo: Kha Vo

David Mann
Special to the Barrie Examiner

It would be hard to find an athlete who enjoys his sport more than Christian Hutter-Coppin.

“My dad introduced football to me when I was younger, I don’t really know anything different,” said the decorated defensive back.

After winning a Yates Cup with the Laurier Golden Hawks in his first season of university football, the Barrie native wasn’t ready to turn in his cleats until the fall just yet.


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If former Golden Hawk and current Toronto Argonaut Nakas Onyeka has advice for Laurier students and alumni, it’s this: Go to Homecoming.

“Enjoy it, live it up. Know that no homecoming is better than Laurier’s,” he says. “You only have four years at university and they go by so fast.”

Onyeka is currently finishing up his final courses at Laurier as a communications studies student, while juggling the demands of a pro athlete. The Argos selected the linebacker as the 37th overall draft pick in the CFL in 2016 and he’s been straddling both worlds ever since.


20161112-kha-vo-laurier-mfoot-vs-western-479Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

We’re just two weeks away from the start of training camp! Our whole team is getting ready and excited to report to camp on Thursday, August 10th.

We will have a week of practices, alternating two-a-day practice days with power practice days (one practice but longer) and then we will board the buses and head to Montreal to play a preseason game against Concordia University on Friday, August 18th at 2pm.

We are extremely happy with the depth we have at all positions and, despite losing some very talented players every year to graduation (and the CFL draft), it is definitely not a matter of starting over, but just reloading and getting even better.


20170324 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football scrimmage vs Western_-46Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Recruiting at the Canada Cup last week in Wolfville, Nova Scotia was a success. Once again, Team Quebec won the gold medal – which is their third consecutive Canada Cup victory. Here are the eight teams that were in the tournament and the place that they finished:

  1. Quebec
  2. Saskatchewan
  3. Ontario
  4. Alberta
  5. British Columbia
  6. Nova Scotia
  7. Manitoba
  8. New Brunswick

Throughout the week, coaches Dwayne Cameron, Irv Daymond and I were able to speak to these top under-18 players from around the country. We watched them practice, play in their respective games and (more importantly) saw how they carry themselves off the field – which is a good judge of character.



Steve LeBlanc

For any rookie pro athlete, part of the learning curve is the acceptance that not all of one’s learning can come at once.

That reality isn’t lost on Kwaku Boateng.

While showing moments of promise both against the run and on the pass rush, the Eskimos’ defensive end admits he’s yet to piece both parts of his game together.

But he doesn’t see that as cause for alarm.

“I’ve got time to grow,” the 22-year-old Miltonian told the Champion Saturday afternoon, following Friday’s 23-21 nail-biter over the visiting Ottawa Redblacks, which kept Edmonton undefeated at 3-0.


20161112-kha-vo-laurier-mfoot-vs-western-235Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

The 2017 Adopt-A-Hawk campaign has begun! This year we have a new platform ( and it is very user friendly. Periodically, we will be updating the donor list if you choose to have your name shown.

When you adopt a player or the team, the money goes towards: feeding the players, providing tutors when necessary, therapy supplies, updating the equipment and much more.


Michael Faulds with Wilfrid Laurier University’s former dean of students Fred Nichols.

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Excitement is growing around the program as we are roughly six weeks away from training camp.

This Sunday, was our annual summer Organized Team Activity (OTA) and, amazingly, 75 players attended. The OTA is held once a summer and a chance to bring together the majority of the team.

Many players stay in Kitchener-Waterloo for the summer, but the OTA is something players who go home for the summer mark in their calendars and come back for.


Photos: Kha Vo

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.