Bisons football defensive tackle Evan Gill will head to Florida in January, having earned the right to represent the CIS’s western teams at the prestigious East-West Shrine Game.
Gill, a third-year Bison and 2013 CIS Canada West all-star, is just the third Bison to be chosen for the American university all-star game, after Israel Idonije in 2003 and Jason Rauhaus in 2002. The game is set for Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be broadcast live on the NFL Network and streamed live at shrinegame.com. It’s a prime showcase for young football talent, as scouts from all NFL teams will be in attendance.
The CIS is also sending McGill University tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as their representative from the east.
"I feel lucky to share the field," said Gill, 21, in a statement on Thursday. "It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance and I am very excited to get down to St. Petersburg and not only represent the teams I came from but to represent the city of Winnipeg as well."
The Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star game in the United States, and raises funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Since 1985, the CIS has been represented each year, usually by two players among over 100 NCAA players.