Canadian pro sports leagues expand opportunities for our athletes

The Canadian Football League (CFL) officially came into being in 1958, though the history of the Grey Cup stretches back more than a century. Over the years, there have been Glengarry athletes who made the cut, perhaps most notably JT Hay, a 1991 inductee of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. The kicker from Lochiel was signed in 1977 by the Ottawa Rough Riders, going on to join the Calgary Stampers, for whom he played until his CFL retirement in 1989. According to cflapedia.com, Hay booted 308 field goals over his career, with a 69.2 per cent success rate.

This year (2019), two new Canadian professional leagues started up: the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and the Canadian Premier League (CPL) for soccer. The goal of both organizations is to encourage the development of the respective sport across the country and provide playing opportunities for Canadians.

Will we one day see Glengarrians playing in either or both of these leagues (and again in the CFL)? With the apparent prowess county athletes have for the beautiful game, in particular (note the OFSAA gold medal just this year won by the GDHS boys team), one would expect that it won’t be long before we see a county soccer player plying his trade on the professional pitch. Here’s hoping!

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