Bombers sign Manitoba’s Kienan LaFrance

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed national running back Kienan LaFrance to a one-year contract, the team has announced.

The Winnipeg-born, University of Manitoba Bisons product spent last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was released by the Riders last week.

LaFrance, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound Winnipeg native, was originally selected in the sixth round, 45th overall, by Ottawa in the 2015 CFL Draft. LaFrance enters his fourth CFL season in 2018 and has recorded 111 carries for 453 yards and two touchdowns, while also registering 28 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

LaFrance was crucial in Ottawa’s Grey Cup run in 2016. He rushed 25 times for 157 yards with a touchdown and a two-point convert to help the REDBLACKS defeat the Edmonton Eskimos 35-23 in the East Division Final, and followed up his East Final performance by carrying the ball 11 times for 42 yards while adding six receptions for 31 yards in the Grey Cup win.