By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
We are in the home-stretch of the worst season of the year now folks. No, I am not talking about the winter that has gripped us Canadians for all too long. I am talking about the 6 months of every year that we are forced to sit and wait for the 9 clubs of the CFL to take to turf once more. Now that April is upon us, the #IsItJuneYet hashtag on Twitter finally starts to take meaning. Here is what us CFL fans have to look forward to between now and game 1 of the 2015 CFL season on Thursday, June 25th.
2015 CFL Draft
Last season there was a lot of talk about how certain rule changes resulted in a dip in draft depth. Despite that, several players burst into the CFL and earned their spots as they transition from rookie to veterans this season. This draft though is different. Following last week’s national combine held in Toronto, just about every scout in the CFL was quoted saying something jubilant about the prospect of picking up a couple of these athletes. By the numbers, there were several standout performances. As highlighted in our Combine Overview, players like: Byron Archembault, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence, Chris Ackie, and of course Trevaughn Campbell, all saw their stocks rise as potential CFL players. Campbell was able to set a new electronic-timed record in the 40-yard dash at 4.36 seconds. As it currently sits, on Tuesday, May 12th at 8:00PM EST, 62 athletes will be selected from both the NCAA as well as Canadian Universities. The first round of selections will occur as follows:
- Ottawa REDBLACKS
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Toronto Argonauts
- Montreal Alouettes
- BC Lions
- Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Edmonton Eskimos
- Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Calgary Stampeders
The order of selection, as always, was determined based on the position in which each of the teams finished in the 2014 CFL standings. This year, the draft will be televised via TSN and RDS, so be sure to set some time to see the future of your favourite team unfold.
2015 CFL Training Camps
This season, rookies in the CFL are required to report to camp on May 27th. What typically transpires in the first few days of camp is a series of medical and physical assessments. Following the tests, coaches like to have a day or two to allow their rookies to pick up as much of their schemes and formations as possible. This is because on May 30th, veterans of the CFL are required to report to camp, with all of the knowledge that experience on the CFL gridiron has brought them. By May 31st, full training camp is in effect and a furious rush is commenced to bring each and every player up to snuff before the start of the arduous 18-game schedule.
You can click HERE to see a full list of key dates surrounding the CFL and the CFLPA.
The full 2015 CFL game schedule is also available HERE. Make sure you don’t miss a minute of what’s sure to be a season for the record books.