Former Bears reunited on Eskimos O-Line

For the first time since 2008, Gord Hinse and Simeon Rottier will don Green and Gold uniforms together. The two former University of Alberta Golden Bears’ offensive linemen have been reunited in the professional ranks of the Canadian Football League, and on Saturday, June 30th, they will lumber onto the field at Commonwealth Stadium as members of the Edmonton Eskimos’ offensive line.

Hinse, from Edmonton, and Rottier, who is originally from Westlock, Alta., played together on the Bears’ O-Line between the 2007 and 2009 seasons before both getting drafted in the 2009 CFL draft. Rottier made Golden Bears’ history when he was selected first overall in the draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 6’6” Rottier was with the Ti-Cats from 2009-2011 and then signed a free-agent contract with his hometown Eskimos. Hinse, who recently graduated from the Faculty of Native Studies at the U of A, was drafted in the second round by the Eskimos, just 10 spots after Rottier.

The two linemen forged a close friendship during their time with the U of A’s Green and Gold gridiron squad, a relationship that they maintained despite being separated by two provinces.

Along with their former U of A offensive line coach Tim Prinsen, who now handles the same duties with the Eskimos, the ‘power-trio’, as Hinse has coined them, has been reestablished.

They’re not the only former Golden Bears’ on the Eskimos, or in the CFL either.

Former multiple time CIS All-Canadian kicker Hugh O’Neill remains with the defending Grey Cup champion BC Lions.

Dale Stevenson, who played numerous positions for the Golden Bears’ during his five-year CIS career, is transitioning to the offensive line with the Eskimos, which makes it four former Bears involved in the Eskimo o-line, although Stevenson will start the season on the injured-reserve. Also with the Eskimos are former coach Terry Eisler, who works with Edmonton’s special teams, as well as graduates, and former Dr. Joan Matthews-White pupils, Denzil Ottley and Brennan Mahon, who both serve in the physio/trainer areas with the Eskimos. Veteran defensive back Brent Krawchuk works with the Eskimos’ equipment staff as well.

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