June 6, 2010

All-Star centre Chiu goes out on top


MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes opened training camp Sunday with a huge hole to fill on their offensive line.

Training Camp 2010

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» Cup fire still drives Cahoon
» Als able to roll the dice at Draft
» Als sign 2010 draft picks
» McPherson content as understudy
» O.J. Santiago joins Montreal
» Family comes first for Calvillo
» Flory: Not your average 300 pounder
» Als name 2010 coaching staff
» Als sign Canadian RB Lee
» Green could return to Als
» Alouettes receive Grey Cup rings
» Als hold camp in Sherbrooke

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» COY Nominee: Marc Trestman
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» Grey Cup MVC: Ben Cahoon
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» 2009 Most Outstanding Player
» 2009 Most Outstanding OL
» Spotlight: Anthony Calvillo
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Veteran centre Bryan Chiu abruptly announced his retirement on the day the Alouettes officially opened training camp at Bishop’s University. The 35-year-old Vancouver native spent his entire 13-year CFL career with the Alouettes and had re-signed with the club in February.

“It’s official…. After much thought and discussion with my wife I have decided to announce my retirement,” Chiu said on his Twitter account. “Pretty emotional. I love this team.”

The six-foot-two, 300-pound Chiu had pondered retirement in the off-season. But his decision was surprising given he had re-signed with the Alouettes and Friday was among the players and front-office staff who formally received their championship rings for the club’s 28-27 Grey Cup victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Montreal selected Chiu in the second round, 18th overall, in the 1996 CFL Canadian college draft out of Washington State. He appeared in a franchise-record 218 career games.

“Today, we celebrate a fantastic career and we thank Bryan for his courage, commitment, toughness and leadership throughout the years,” said Alouettes general Manager Jim Popp in a statement.

Chiu was named a CFL all-star on seven occasions and in 2002 was honoured as the league’s top lineman. He was a member of two Grey Cup-winning teams.

The Alouettes are expected to shift veteran guard Paul Lambert to centre to replace Chiu.