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HAMILTON -- After announcing via his Twitter account Monday that he is hanging up his cleats, Canadian linebacker Kevin Eiben made it official on Wednesday.

“I would like to thank the Toronto Argonauts, the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Canadian Football League for providing me with the opportunity to play the game I love for the past 12 years,” said Eiben.

“I finished last season as a starting linebacker, a position and role I became accustomed to throughout my career.  Even more rewarding was the opportunity to play my last game at Rogers Center against the team I bled and sweated with for 11 years.  It’s great to go out on my own accord as a starter in the CFL and I enthusiastically look forward to wherever my next challenge takes me.”

Eiben’s career began with the Toronto Argonauts after he was selected in the fourth round of the 2001 CFL Draft.  In 11 years with the Double Blue, he was recognized as an East All-Star five times, a CFL All-Star three times.  He was nominated as Toronto’s Most Outstanding Canadian on six occasions, twice as their Most Outstanding Defensive Player and was selected as their Most Outstanding Player in 2004.  

The Delta, British Columbia native ends his career with 722 defensive tackles – the second-highest total by a Canadian player in CFL history – as well as 92 special teams tackles, 10 interceptions and 15 quarterback sacks.  Eiben earned a Grey Cup ring with the Argos in 2004.  He suited up in 182 regular season games and 13 postseason contests.

Eiben finished his career with the Tiger-Cats last season, registering 18 defensive tackles, 11 special teams tackles and one fumble recovery. 

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Commenting on > Track 'Em: 2013 Canadian Draft Order

Maybe TabbieFanMCB can address this, but I would think Hamilton is leaning towards OL Matt Sewell (McMaster)?

Hamilton has two IMPORTS on their OL with Simmons and Dile. Would they try to add a N-I on the line to free up an IMPORT spot on their roster? They could add an IMPORT at a skill position (RB - WR - CB - DB etc...)

Sewell is a huge huge body and would be a nice anchor on that Tiger Cat OL. Also a nice piece to build around for years to come.

Just my opinion.
March 05, 2013 - 10:34am
tabbiefanmcb
I wish I knew which way they were leaning but I haven't a clue at this point in time. However I agree with you that Sewell would be a good choice to build around for the future since Hage may not play too many more years and now is the time to start building the line for the future. It may depend on whether Medeiros returns too (spent last summer on the PR before returning to Mac). Without checking a roster, I'm not sure how many other O-line players may be in development. They have made some changes to the D in terms on NIs but I would also love to see a player like D'Aguilar (also from Mac) as another choice, if available.
March 05, 2013 - 4:06pm
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Thanks for the repsonse TFmcb...
Here's hoping Sewell falls to 7th in the 1st round. I wonder who selects 7th?

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March 05, 2013 - 5:38pm
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calgary!! read previous story!!
March 06, 2013 - 11:02am
 
tabbiefanmcb
Nothing official from the Ticats but it would appear that Eiben had decided to call it a career. Thanks for your time in the black and gold!
March 04, 2013 - 9:14pm
 
als rule
very good solid career out of bucknell I believe BUT is he HOF ready?
March 04, 2013 - 7:22pm
 
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Nice little career for the N-I linebacker. More time to work with HS athletes with his Oakville based business.

Well done Kevin, enjoyed watching your track down QB's or unload on Special Teams.
March 04, 2013 - 5:30pm