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Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, November 30, 2015 – St. Thomas More Knights defeated Chaminade College from Toronto, 49-8 in their OFSAA Golden Horseshoe Bowl at Tim Hortons Field. Chaminade’s Esson Hamilton fights off a More defender. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Laurier Football is extremely happy to announce the commitment of its fifth CFC Top 100 player, Esson Hamilton.

Hamilton is a 6’1″, 185 lb quarterback from Chaminade High School and the Toronto Jr Argos of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC). He is a dynamic QB who is routinely also the most explosive athlete on the field.

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SzatmariLaurier Football is very happy to announce the commitment of linebacker Daniel Szatmari from Canada Prep High School in Welland, Ontario.

Szatmari’s journey to Canada Prep is an interesting one. Born in Toronto, Daniel moved to his parent’s native country of Hungary. While growing-up, he learned to play “American” football. His passion for the sport led him to move to Winnipeg, Manitoba to attend high school, where he attended and played for St. Paul’s Catholic High School.

The 6’1 220 lb Szatmari is a very physical player and competes to challenge himself to his limits. He is projected to play at the middle linebacker position for the Hawks and brings a combination of toughness and athleticism that will serve him well during his time as a Golden Hawk.

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After a memorable season in which their program took a big step forward by reaching the OUA semi-finals for the first time since 2010, the Laurier Golden Hawks are looking to use that momentum to improve even further.

In an effort to do so, Head Coach Michael Faulds and his coaching staff have finalized an agreement with the 2015 Vanier Cup finalist Montreal Carabins to hold an exhibition game on Saturday August 20th in Montreal. Kick-off is set for 1pm at CEPSUM Stadium.

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Laurier Football is very happy to announce the commitment of Brad Cowan from the Bel Air Norsemen of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) in Ottawa.

As a  6’2″, 205 lb linebacker,  Cowan currently attends South Carleton High School in Richmond, Ontario. He has been a “hybrid” player for the Norsemen, playing both at the defensive end and linebacker position.

Cowan is a multi-sport athlete, having  played hockey as well. Off the field, he trains with former Golden Hawk player (and Laurier Athletics Hall Of Famer) Donnie Ruiz. Ruiz has high hopes for his pupil.

“Brad is an excellent example of an athlete that is focused and hungry to be at his best. Big things are ahead for this solid young man,” Ruiz said.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

I’m pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner presented by Sun Life Financial will be held Thursday, April 28th at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener, Ontario.

We are excited that, this year, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Vanier Cup winning team. That year, our Golden Hawks beat the Mount Allison Mounties 25-18 in front of over 30,000 fans at Skydome. To attend this great event you can purchase your tickets/table here: http://www.laurierathletics.com/generatepage.php?ID=58

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Laurier Football is very excited to announce the commitment of defensive end Alfred Green of the Ontario Varsity Football League’s (OVFL) Durham West Dolphins.

The 6’3″, 230lb Green was a 2015 OVFL all-star at his position for the Dolphins, registering 42.5 tackles along with five sacks and one forced fumble. Green also led the Dolphins with 104 total defensive points.

Laurier Recruiting Coordinator Dwayne Cameron described Green as “a great addition to this recruiting class.”

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Laurier Athletics

Laurier and Saskatchewan battle for the first time since the 2005 Vanier Cup on Friday (Photo Credit: Freestyle Photography)
Laurier and Saskatchewan battle for the first time since the 2005 Vanier Cup on Friday (Photo Credit: Freestyle Photography)

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team is heading out West this week as they will face the Saskatchewan Huskies in a non-conference game on Friday night.

Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. Eastern and the game can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv.

The matchup against Saskatchewan will mark the 10-year anniversary of Laurier’s thrilling 2005 Vanier Cup victory over the Huskies. That game saw the underdog Golden Hawks rally late against Saskatchewan as Brian Devlin connected on a 32-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to give the purple and gold a 24-23 win for their second-ever Vanier Cup Championship.

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The Golden Hawks will travel to Saskatchewan to take on the Huskies in a pre-season game commemorating WLU's 2005 Vanier Cup-winning team.
The Golden Hawks will travel to Saskatchewan to take on the Huskies in a pre-season game commemorating WLU’s 2005 Vanier Cup-winning team.

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

It’s been 10 years since Laurier won the Vanier Cup. We would like to extend an invitation to our alumni in the Saskatoon region or anyone else making the trip out there to join Laurier President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Max Blouw, Vice-President: Academic & Provost Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, Director of Athletics & Recreation Peter Baxter, and Vice President of Student Affairs David McMurray for a pre-game reception to celebrate the Hawks vs. Huskies Vanier Cup Anniversary re-match.

This will be a great opportunity for alumni to meet Laurier’s senior administrative staff and to reconnect with fellow Golden Hawks before the kickoff of the game at 7pm.

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