Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today the officiating crew that will work the 99th Grey Cup to be played in Vancouver on Sunday, November 27 at BC Place Stadium. This group of officials was the highest rated crew in the CFL during the 2011 season.

2011 Grey Cup Officials

Referee #28 Andre Proulx
Umpire #24 Bill Hagans
Head Linesman #35 Don Cousens
Line Judge #33 Michel Pinsonneault
Side Judge #75 Dave Gatza
Back Judge #21 Don Carmichael
Field Judge #51 Bryan Taylor
Alternate #27 Jeff Harbin
Alternate #72 Al Bradbury

Replay Official – Jake Ireland
Replay Official – Alan McColman

The CFL will use the ‘Command Centre’ for replay review for the third time in a Grey Cup game. The ‘Command Centre’ was introduced at the start of the 2009 season.

The crew will be supported by an off-field officiating staff, including:

Director, Officiating Tom Higgins
Senior Advisor, Football Operations George Black
Supervisor, Officiating Larry Rohan

The following is some background information on this year’s Grey Cup officials:

Andre Proulx – Referee
Proulx will work his fourth Grey Cup game and second in the referee position. The 14-year veteran from Drummondville, Quebec has called 249 CFL games. His other Grey Cup appearances came in 2001 (side judge), 2004 (referee) and 2010 (alternate). Andre was born in 1964 in St. Charles, Quebec.

Bill Hagans – Umpire
Hagans will work his ninth Grey Cup game. The 23-year CFL veteran from Scarborough, Ontario has called 392 CFL games. Bill was born in 1956 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Don Cousens – Head Linesman
Cousens will work his sixth Grey Cup game. The 14-year CFL veteran from Georgetown, Ontario has called 242 CFL games. Don was born in 1957 in Kirkland, Lake Ontario.

Michel Pinsonneault – Line Judge
Pinsonneault will work his second Grey Cup game. The seven-year CFL veteran from Chateauguay, Quebec has called 102 CFL games. Michel was born in 1961 in Montreal, Quebec.

Dave Gatza – Side Judge
Gatza will be working his first Grey Cup game. The third-year official from Burlington, Ontario has called 45 CFL games. Dave was born in 1969 in Sarnia, Ontario.

Don Carmichael – Back Judge
Carmichael will be working his fourth Grey Cup game. The 17-year CFL veteran from Stouffville, Ontario has called 282 CFL games. Don was born in 1958 in Pembroke, Ontario.

Bryan Taylor – Field Judge
Taylor will work his third Grey Cup game. The 12-year CFL veteran from Welland, Ontario has called 214 CFL games. Bryan was born in 1969 in Brampton, Ontario.

John “Jake” Ireland – Replay Official
Ireland will work his 18th Grey Cup game, his third as a Replay Official. The 31-year CFL veteran from Townsend, Ontario has called 555 CFL games. John was born in 1946 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Alan McColman – Replay Official
McColman will work his 16th Grey Cup game and second as a Replay Official. McColman retired in 2010 after working as a field official for 33 seasons, including over 630 games. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Jeff Harbin – Alternate

Harbin will work his second Grey Cup game. The 11-year CFL veteran has called 166 CFL games. Jeff was born in 1959 in Sudbury, Ontario.

Al Bradbury – Alternate
Bradbury will work his third Grey Cup game. The 12-year CFL veteran has called 186 CFL games. Al was born in 1964 in Burlington, Ontario.

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