Four current Huskies and two 2014 recruits will join assistant coach Brian Guebert as part of Team Canada at the 2014 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U-19 World Championship in Kuwait.
Joining Guebert, who will coach defensive line, will be defensive linemen Brayden Twarynski and Garrett Meek, along with receiver Mitch Hillis and offensive lineman Mason Dick.
Two future Huskies, defensive lineman Evan Machibroda and defensive back Gabe Simons, who represented Team Saskatchewan at the 2013 Football Canada Cup and Team Canada at the recent U-18 IFAF World Championship, will also make the trip to Kuwait.
International competition is nothing new for Saskatchewan Huskie players. Three Huskies made the Team Canada roster for the 2012 U-19 World Championship, while 11 current and committed Huskies recently competed for the U-19 and U-18 Canadian teams at the International Bowl in Texas.
Football Canada is proud to announce its 45-man roster for the 2014 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U-19 World Championship in Kuwait. The roster was chosen from a pool of 93 players who participated at the 2014 International Bowl series.
Canada’s Junior National Team is led by head coach Warren Craney (York University) who continues as defensive coordinator in 2014, a role he has fulfilled with not only the 2009 and 2012 Junior National Teams but also with the IFAF World Team (2010-13).
Also on the coaching staff are Justin Éthier (Offensive Coordinator), Brad Collinson (Running backs), Brian Guebert (Defensive Line), Ryan Hall (Defensive Backs), Marcello Lio (Quarterbacks), Kamau Peterson (Receivers), and Kevin MacNeill (Linebackers).
For Craney and the rest of the coaching staff, selecting the team was not an easy task.
“Considering how well these hundred kids performed in Dallas, the last two weeks have been very difficult to reduce the roster to 45,” explained Craney. “The last seven roster spots were the most difficult to finalize.”
“I would like to thank the Junior National Team coaches for their dedication in this process, considering we are all about to embark on our own spring camps within our various programs. I am confident the 45 men we have selected to represent Canada at the World Championship in Kuwait are the best fit to defend our gold medal and bring a new one home.”
Prior to the July 5-17 World Championship in Kuwait, Team Canada will hold its training camp in Italy June 29th – July 4th.
Players selected will be contacted in the coming days with additional information.
For the full roster, go to Football Canada’s website.