CFC100 LB, Champlain Cougar RB join Rouge et Or

Laval brings in two Québec commits to their Class of 2017.

Phillipe Lessard-Vezina, a running back from Champlain College Lennoxville and CFC100 Kean Harelimana, a linebacker from Vanier College will be heading to the provincial capital Québec after signing with the Laval Rouge et Or.

Phillipe Lessard-Vezina

Courtesy of Philippe Lessard-Vezina.

It will be a homecoming of sorts of Phillipe Lessard-Vezina, who has spent the last three years in Sherbrooke, Québec, with the Champlain College Cougars (RSEQ Division 1). “I chose this university because it allows me to come back home (to Québec City),” he said. “It allows me to compete with the best.”

The 6’0, 200lbs future geological engineering student was already familiar with the Laval coaching staff prior to his two visits. “They were looking at me for almost three years. They tell me the truth right away,” Lessard-Vezina said.

Courtesy of Philippe Lessard-Vezina.

In high school, he played five seasons with L’Arsenal of the Académie Saint-Louis. In his final year, he was a RSEQ Juvénile Division 1 MVP. In 2014, he represented Team Canada U19 at the IFAF World Cup in Kuwait. The following year, he helped the Champlain Cougars cap off their 11-0 season with a Bol d’Or championship.

Kean Harelimana

Kean Harelimana will be joining the Rouge et Or from the Vanier Cheetahs (RSEQ Division 1). Standing at 6’2, 220lbs, the outside linebacker played with Les Loups de l’École secondaire Curé-Antoine-Labelle in high school. Originally from Laval, Québec, he was part of the 2016 edition of Team Canada U19, which competed in the International Bowl. In 2015, he was part of the Canada U18 team that beat the United States in Arlington, Texas, at that year’s International Bowl. He was the 2016 RSEQ Division 1 MVP.

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