Quarterbacking Team Canada

Quarterbacking Team Canada

Football Canada has announced its 45-man roster for the 2014 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U-19 World Championship in Kuwait.

Prior to the July 5-17 World Championship in Kuwait, Team Canada will hold its training camp in Italy June 29th – July 4th.

Three promising quarterbacks will be competing for snaps.

Montreal, Quebec quarterback Frédéric Paquette-Perrault was the 2013 Canada Cup Offensive MVP. The Aigles du College Jean-Eudes product, who now plays for CEGEP power Vieux Montreal, threw for 3 touchdowns and 238 yards while rushing for a 4th touchdown against Alberta in the gold medal game.

Paquette-Perrault was also the starter for the Canadian U-18 team in its convincing win over the USA in February. The win evened up the International Bowl series between Canada and the U.S. at three games each heading into the 2014 world U-19 championships in Kuwait.

The second quarterback on the roster played the second half in Texas versus USA recently, and figures to see significant action in the IFAF tournament.

Reporter Matt Day of ‘The Sachem’ wrote the following about Putt’s recent performance:

Caledonia’s Liam Putt wasn’t expecting that lopsided of a win against USA Football’s U-18 National Team.

It wasn’t known if the Football Canada Cup National Team could even keep up with the talented group of players south of the border.

The Canadians put any doubts to rest quickly after jumping out to an early lead and the team never looked back in a 53-9 rout of the Americans Saturday, Feb. 9 at Texas-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.

In a game where it seemed Canada scored points every time they touched the ball, Putt had two touchdown passes including a 28-yard strike to Calgary’s Colton Hunchak to put Canada up 37-6 just before halftime. He added another with a downfield pass to Félix Laflamme from Sainte-Thérèse, Que. to increase Canada’s lead to 47-9 near the end of the third quarter.

In his first International Bowl game, Putt, 17, shared playing time with Montreal’s Frédéric Paquette-Perrault.

“I sat the first quarter so I had time to watch their defence and watch what type of coverages they were playing,” said Putt. “I knew what they were going to do so my nerves died down when I came in and I was able to pick their defence apart.”

Putt was selected to the team earlier this year after having stellar seasons at the high school and Ontario Football Conference level. He led Brantford’s Assumption College to a provincial high school championship last year and plays for the OFC’s Hamilton Hurricanes outside of the school year.

At 15, Putt won the 2012 Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge named after the famous Canadian Football League star.

Putt earned a $10,000 university scholarship to any school in Ontario. Through all of the accomplishments, he remains in the country’s Top 100 players list according to Canadafootballchat.com.

His prospects will only be going up after the high-profile game played in front of hundreds of fans south of the border.

D’Amore said what makes Putt a standout player is his ability to make plays when things break down.

“As expected, he played a great game in Texas,” he said. “He threw a few beautiful balls and was able to open up our passing game when he came in.”


The third Canadian quarterback heading to Kuwait is former Notre Dame High School (Calgary) pivot Brett Hunchak.

Hunchak led Notre Dame to a provincial championship in 2012, and continued his career with the Canadian Junior Football League Calgary Colts in 2013.

As the Calgary Sun’s Daniel Austin reported after Hunchak’s first start with the Colts, the former high school star almost helped the then 0-6 Colts come within a score of knocking off the top-ranked junior football team in the country.

“As a first year quarterback, he showed a lot of composure and made a lot of good decisions,” Colts GM/head coach John Stevens told Austin after the game. “Really, this was his first week of practice taking all the reps and his first outing … just observing from the sidelines, I’d say he did pretty darn good.”

The game’s 13-8 scoreline didn’t tell anything close to the whole story (writes Austin). Again and again, Hunchak led his team into the Thunder redzone, only to see a series of mistakes prevent the Colts from putting points on the board.

There was a Cameron Fox — who was otherwise spectacular — fumble on the 1 yard line. There was a missed field goal and a blocked field goal.

But most damaging of all may have been a Colts interception in the endzone with less than three minutes to go.

“We struggled in the second half,” Hunchak said. “I feel OK. I know I could’ve done better, and I think everyone knows they could’ve done better.

“We just need to feed off of it and get better.”

Hunchak went 14-for-24 and threw for 202 yards and also brought a propensity to run that added an extra dimension to the Colts’ attack. He picked up 41 yards on eight rushing attempts.

“I actually did not run at all in high school, so it’s kind of a new thing for me,” Hunchuk said. “I just kind of found holes and ran my butt off.”


Of the 45 players selected to the Team Canada roster, 20 are Quebec natives who played CEGEP level football in 2013.

Vieux-Montreal is the most represented team with six players. Eight (including four from the University of Saskatchewan) spent last season as CIS (Canadian University) rookies who are still under the age of 19.

Ten of the players are from Alberta, seven are from Ontario, four are from Saskatchewan, three are from Manitoba and one (Defensive Lineman Shaun Robinson, who will attend Acadia in the Fall) is from Nova Scotia.

Complete roster:

QB Brett Hunchak, Calgary, AB (Calgary Colts)
QB Frédéric Paquette-Perrault, Montreal, QC (CEGEP Vieux-Montreal)
QB Liam Putt, Caledonia, ON (Hamilton Hurricanes)
RB Edward Ilnicki, Spruce Grove, AB (University of Alberta)
RB Khaliel James, Windsor, ON (Essex Ravens)
RB Cédric Joseph, Pointe-Claire, QC (CEGEP Vieux-Montreal)
RB Édouard Montemiglio, Montreal QC (CEGEP Vieux Montreal)
OL Darius Ciraco, Burlington, ON (Assumption Secondary School)
OL Wade Leeroy Cyr, St Eustache, QC (CEGEP Vanier College)
OL Mason Dick, Winnipeg, MB (University of Saskatchewan)
OL Frédérik-Xavier Duhamel, Saint-Barthélémy, QC (CEGEP Vieux-Montreal)
OL Justin Lawrence, Spruce Grove, AB (Spruce Grove High School)
OL Shane Richards, Calgary, AB (Calgary Colts)
OL Ryan Sceviour, Calgary, AB (University of Calgary)
OL Samuel Thomassin, Quebec, QC (CEGEP de l’Outaouais)
REC Trysten Dyce, Winnipeg, MB (Regina Thunder)
REC Mitchell Hillis, Saskatoon, SK (University of Saskatchewan)
REC Karym Kartsonis, Montreal, QC (CEGEP Notre-Dame-de-Foy)
REC Félix Laflamme, Sainte-Thérèse, QC
REC Louis-Mathieu Normandin, Montreal, QC (CEGEP Vieux-Montreal)
REC Trivel Pinto, Toronto, ON (Metro Toronto Wildcats)
REC Marc-Antoine Pivin, Sherbrooke, QC (CEGEP Champlain Lennoxville)
REC Kyle Van Wynsberghe, Delhi, ON (Carleton University)
DL Mathieu Betts, Montreal, QC (CEGEP Vieux-Montreal)
DL Vincent Desjardins, Quebec, QC (CEGEP Notre-Dame-de-Foy)
DL Evan Machibroda, Saskatoon, SK (Holy Cross SS)
DL Garrett Meek, St. Albert, AB (University of Saskatchewan)
DL Shaun Robinson, Halifax, NS (Citadel High School)
DL Andrew Seinet-Spaulding, Montreal, QC (Cegep Vieux-Montreal)
DL Brayden Twarynski, Calgary, AB (University of Saskatchewan)
DL Joel Van Pelt, Lethbridge, AB (Winston Churchill High School)
LB Troy Hansen, Edmonton, AB (Kent, Connecticut)
LB Cédric Lussier-Roy, Sherbrooke, QC (CEGEP Champlain Lennoxville)
LB Daniel Nesbitt, Regina, SK (LeBoldus HS)
LB Samuel Rossi, Montreal, QC (CEGEP Montmorency)
LB Gabriel Simons, Regina, SK (IMG Academy, Florida)
LB Micah Teitz, Calgary, AB (Springbank)
DB Mathieu Boutin, Quebec, QC (CEGEP Notre-Dame-de-Foy)
DB William Jouan-Ladouceur, Greenfield Park, QC (CEGEP St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu)
DB Royce Metchie, Brampton, ON (Oakville Titans)
DB Jayden McKoy, Winnipeg, MB (University of Manitoba)
DB Nick Parisotto, Guelph, ON (Guelph Bears)
DB Nicholas-Rohan Plourde-Hector, LaSalle, QC (CEGEP Vanier)
DB Louis-Philippe St-Amant, St-Augustin QC (CEGEP Notre-Dame-de-Foy)
K Dominic Lévesque, St. Georges, QC (CEGEP Champlain-Lennoxville)

Liam Putt from  @liamputt1

Liam Putt from @liamputt1