Alberta recruit envisions X-Men ‘becoming a top contender’

Camrose kicker/punter joins AUS team.

St.FX X-Men have announced the addition of Jonathan Heidebrecht to their football program.

The 5’10, 160 pound kicker/punter from Camrose, Alberta will join the team for the 2015 AUS season.

“We are thrilled about Jonathan joining the family here at X,” commented X-Men Head Coach Gary Waterman.  “We really feel good about the kickers we will have in camp and are looking forward to great competition and development at the position.”

Heidebrecht only completed one season with Camrose Trojans of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) before moving on to play four seasons with the Edmonton Huskies in the Prairie Football Conference (PFC) of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL).

During his time with the Huskies, the kicker was successful on 14 of 15 field goal attempts (93 percent).

“Jonathan is a great athlete that has done an outstanding job in the kicking game everywhere he has been,” added X-Men Offensive Coordinator Steve Snyder.  “He was recognized as the Special Teams MVP for his league in high school, he also took home the MVP Award for the North Team in the Alberta senior bowl.”

“Jonathan has been a three time Special Teams Player of the Year for the Edmonton Huskies as well as being named a CJFL All-Canadian. Jonathan will be entering the Bachelor of Art program here at StFX.”

After his commitment, Heidebrecht issued the following statement regarding his commitment to the X-Men:

“There are a great number of reasons why I chose StFX. You could talk about many of them, like how beautiful their campus is or about the genuine friendliness of the people there.”

“The fact that the town of Antigonish is so small and having a university in a small town gives it a real feeling of community and school pride, not just for the students but for the towns’ people as well.”

“The class size is another positive aspect, it being a smaller university in size, that the classes have a unique and individual learning experience because teachers can provide more personal time one on one time with the students if needed, as well as their mandatory study hall for varsity students.”

“The football team as well is a growing one in their winning ways and I believe is very close to becoming a top contender in their division as well as all of CIS, and their staff and coaches are all very knowledgeable as well.”

“All that stuff is super great and was a factor in deciding where to go, but the main deciding factor was that since I have my faith as a Christian, I have prayed a lot about where I should go to school, and I believe God is telling me to go there; so in the end that was the final and most important thing factoring into my decision, next to my family’s opinion.”

“The Edmonton Huskies are probably one of the classiest and most storied junior football franchises in Canada and it was beyond an honour to play there for them. I for sure wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my Coaches, teammates, the board members of the organization, and the GM Bob Bula who goes above and beyond to help young players, especially the less fortunate ones, have a chance at having a junior career and even more, such as CIS and Pro. By far, the team and organization are like a second family to me and I have nothing but good things to say about them.”


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