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MONTREAL -- The Alouettes announced on Wednesday that guard Andrew Woodruff has retired.

Woodruff immediately made his mark on the Alouettes roster after being selected by Montreal in the second round (12th overall) of the 2008 CFL Canadian draft, winning back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010.

"Unfortunately, Andrew has decided to hang up his cleats just as he was starting to peak and play his best ball. We wish Andrew much success in his future endeavours," said GM and Head Coach Jim Popp.

The native of Victoria, B.C. started 49 of his 61 regular season appearances as Montreal boasted a winning record in four of his last five seasons with the organization.

He was also instrumental in helping tailback Brandon Whitaker become the CFL's leading rusher in 2011 with 1,378 rushing yards, including a 150-yard performance on the ground against Toronto that August.

The 28-year-old was sidelined for the majority of the 2013 season due to a concussion, suiting up for only two games.

The Alouettes also announced on Wednesday that the club has added local linebacker Jonathan Beaulieu-Richard as well non-import slotback Chris Dobko to the roster. Both players have signed two-year contracts with the team.

Beaulieu-Richard joined the Alouettes last August after spending time on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats practice roster following training camp. The Trois-Rivières, QC native played in one game with the Alouettes last season, making one special teams tackle before suffering a season-ending injury to his ankle.

"Jonathan immediately showed us last year that he could play special teams in the CFL. An injury set him back, but his determination and desire to perform well for the Alouettes will give him a great chance to win a job in training camp," said Popp.

The former Université de Montréal product amassed 180.5 defensive tackles over five seasons with the Carabins. In 2012, under defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe, the 25-year-old finished the year with 43.5 tackles - including 34 solo tackles - on his way to being named to the Quebec Conference All-Star Team.
Dobko, played five years with the University of Calgary Dinos and finished his CIS career as the school's all-time regular season receptions leader with 155, together with 15 receiving touchdowns - good for fifth in team history.
The 23-year-old broke the all-time career record of 138 catches on September 20, 2013 when he made nine receptions for 203 yards in a 48-24 win against the University of Manitoba Bisons at McMahon Stadium.
"We were impressed with Chris in 2012 and even more so this past season. He was very productive at the CIS level and we feel as though he can transfer that to the CFL," explained Popp.
The St. Albert, AB native was the Dinos' top receiver last season with 33 catches for 526 yards in only six games while adding two touchdowns to his resume. That same year, Dobko led his team to a perfect 8-0 record as well as to its third Vanier Cup appearance since his rookie year in 2009.

In Canadian university football's championship game, Dobko reeled in six passes for 35 yards, including a six-yard touchdown reception which gave Calgary a brief 14-12 lead before the Laval Rouge et Or surged in the final quarter for a 25-14 victory in the 49th Vanier Cup.

Fan Comments
Smart move to retire if concussions have been an issue as it seems is the case with Woodruff. It is unfortunate when a career has to end early due to injury.
December 19, 2013 - 11:04am
als rule
if woodruff is able to fully recover from his post concussion syndrome during anytime in the 2014 season he will return to the als!! surprised the als re-signed C LB beaulieu-richard BUT maybe not since he has the connection to DC thorpe!! another calgary dino signed by montreal this time a C WR chris dobko!! could this finally be the end of C WR deslauriers in montreal?!!
December 18, 2013 - 8:07pm