May 16, 2012

Als sign top pick Lavoie, three other Canadians Staff

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday the signing of their first pick from 2012 CFL Canadian Draft, fullback Patrick Lavoie, their fourth round pick, defensive back Lance Milton as well as the two players the team protected in the draft, running back Joey Gabrick and receiver Jerod Zaleski. All four players signed two-year deals with the club.

Lavoie (6’2”, 240 lbs.) was the 11th player selected in this year’s draft after playing four years with Laval University Rouge et Or with whom he won the Vanier Cup in 2008 and in 2010.

In his 25 career games with the Rouge et Or, the 24-year old made 30 catches, racking up 374 yards. Last season, the special teams captain for the Rouge et Or finished the season with eight catches, three touchdowns and 7.5 special teams tackles. He will report to the team for the opening day of training camp on June 3 at Bishop’s University.

“Lavoie will give us added depth and potential leadership to our special teams and the ability to compete on offense. We are happy to make this solid addition to the Alouettes family,” said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

Milton (5’11”, 185 lbs.), who recently turned 24, made 13 defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in only three games with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds last season.

Gabrick (6’4”, 220 lbs.) made six catches for 66 yards last season with the Thunderbirds. The Delta, B.C. native also served as the team’s long snapper.

Zaleski (6’4”, 235 lbs.) played for the Surrey Rams in junior football last season after playing three seasons for Simon Fraser University. In his last season with the Clan, who played in NCAA Division II, he made one catch for six yards as he was mostly used for his blocking skills. He also was the team’s long snapper.