Hungry Triades offensive lineman commits to Carabins

Carabins 2017 class grows by one more.

Tommy Chandik, an offensive lineman from Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L’Assomption, is on a mission to etch himself into the history books as a championship winner. He hopes that his dream can become a reality after signing with the Montréal Carabins.

The University of Montréal has a lot to offer and Chandik, who is from Repentigny, Québec, a northern suburb of Montréal, is looking forward to taking in all aspects of the school. He said one of the reasons why he committed to the Carabins is because the team has the highest chance of winning a championship.

Chandik, who has been playing football since he was eight, has come up short in almost every championship game he has been in. Coming in with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, his teams have been stopped in three playoff appearances.

While with the Sphinx de College de L’Assomption (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec Division 1 Juvenile), he lost in the semi finals during his last year after wining the season championship. In 2014, he won a bronze with Team Québec in the Football Canada Cup. But he said that his team was a favourite and he felt like they should have won the tournament.

“The worst was when I lost the Bowl D’Or in the third overtime with the Champlain College Lennoxville Cougars (RSEQ Division 1) at my first year! So now I want to win a championship,” he said.

He has also played with Triades du Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L’Assomption (RSEQ Division 2). Although, he was only able to play one season, having missed his second year because of an injury.

But, fret not, Chandik will be in good hands with the Carabin’s coaching staff. “You can’t have better than this with Head Coach Danny Maciocia, an ex-CFL coach, that I have a lot of respect for. At the moment I met him, I already felt a bond between us two,” he said.

“He knew how to make me comfortable right away and I feel that with Tony Addnna (offensive line coach) and Marco Iadeluca (assistant head coach and offensive coordinator), it will be the best place for me to develop as a better football player,” he added.

Tommy Chandik with Team Québec. Courtesy of Tommy Chandik.

Tommy Chandik with Team Québec. Courtesy of Tommy Chandik.

Football, however, was not the only reason why Chandik committed to Montréal. The young offensive guard said he wanted to study Business and the university offers a great program through the HEC, the business school. “When I did my visit this summer, I felt a high level of professionalism with all the installations and the people that are working around the football program,” he said.

If not Business, Chandik is also interested in security and police study. Over the weekend, the 6’4, 315lbs football player works as a doorman. He said he loves the security domain.

Chandik has a few people to thank for helping him get this far. He said he would like to thank his Triades offensive line coach, Roger Deslisle and ex-Carabin player, Remi Giguere. He added that they were a big part of why he chose the Carabins and they helped him become a better football player.

Chandik, however, is not that far removed from the world of coaching. This year, he helped coach the College de L’Assomption senior team. “This experience with the players that I coached helped me to be a better person on and off the field,” he said.

(Translation: We would like to welcome our new OL Tommy Chandik to the great family of the Carabins.)

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