Laval welcomes hometown boy to team

Laval adds another commit to their growing 2017 class.

Laurence Poirier-Viens, a defensive back from Cégep François-Xavier Garneau, knows the football culture of Québec City pretty intimately and he will get a chance to see it from the U Sports level after signing with the Laval Rouge et Or.

Poirier-Viens, who is from Québec City, is already familiar with the prestige and promise of the Laval Rouge et Or. “I committed to Laval because of their success since a lot of years. Also, having the chance playing in front of my family is something great, in addition of the big crowds who’s coming by thousands every game! The facilities are also very great for high level athletes,” he said.

Laval won the 2016 edition of the Vanier Cup. With U Sports’ most coveted football prize in the Rouge et Or’s hands, it’s little wonder Poirier-Viens has such high regards for the coaching staff. “The coaching staff is awesome. They’re a solid and united group out there, working together since a lot of seasons for the majority of the coaches,” he said.

“They understand the game more than anyone and know how to get the best out of every player selected in this team,” added the 5’8, 175lbs football player.

Courtesy of Laurence Poirier-Viens.

Courtesy of Laurence Poirier-Viens.

Like most soon-to-be university students, Poirier-Viens is unsure as to which program he should pursue. He said he is looking into administration, however science of consumption is also an option. He added that he will work with Head Coach Glen Constantin to find the right program in the in the next couple weeks.

Poirier-Viens has spent his career playing in Québec City. He spent three years with Le Laser d’École secondaire De Rochebelle (RSEQ) and then two with Le Blizzard du Séminaire St-François (RSEQ). In 2012, he was a state champion with Le Blizzard, which was ranked the number one team in Canada that year. In 2013, he was a Blizzard team captain and was named the best special teams player.

His cégep career was played out with Les Élans du Cégep Garneau (RSEQ Division 1). He was a team captain during his last two seasons with the team. This season, he finished as the best tackler on his team with 43.5 tackles in six games played.

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