Chiefs’ Duvernay-Tardif headlines list of guests for Football NL’s second annual clinic
Published on April 8, 2016
Kansas City Chiefs guard and Quebec native Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.McGill University photo
Football Newfoundland and Labrador is staging its second annual player/coaches clinic which continues today at the Techniplex in Pleasantville, and once again offering local footballers instruction from the pros.
Headlining the guests slated to take part in the event, which goes from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, are Kansas City Chiefs guard and Quebec native Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, along with wide receiver Scott MacDonell of the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks.
Canadian university head coaches Steve Sumarah of Ottawa’s Carleton University, along with a pair of Atlantic university coaches, Gary Waterman of St. Francis Xavier and Acadia’s Jeff Cummins, will address the local participants.
Duverney-Tardif was drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft from Montreal’s McGill University, where he was in his third year of medical school. A two-time All-Canadian tackle, Duvernay-Tardif was the CIS most outstanding lineman as a senior.
Drafted as an offensive tackle, Duvernay-Tardif was moved to right guard as a result of injuries to the offensive line. He played almost every down last season with the Chiefs in only his second year as a pro.
The 24-year-old MacDonell, a Montreal native, was drafted 13th overall in the 2014 CFL Draft following a successful university career with Kingston’s Queen’s Golden Gaels.
He had two receptions for the Redblacks last season, for 26 yards.
The clinic opened Friday night with a two-hour session at MUN’s School of Medicine.
When the Montreal Canadiens announced Thursday that Sylvain Lefebvre was staying on as coach of their American Hockey League team, the response on social media was overwhelmingly negative. “Atrocious” and “pathetic” were some of the adjectives tossed out at the 49-year-old who has a 164-168-48 record in five seasons as coach of the organization's AHL team, first with the Hamilton Bulldogs and for the last two seasons with the St. John's IceCaps.