York bound (VIDEO)

Brett Colangelo and Warren Craney

Hamilton & Oakville standouts join OUA team’s 2014 class.

Two Ontario standouts will be beginning their CIS careers in their home province.

Brett Colangelo and Joey Ricottone are the newest York Lions.  Both players will join the team for the 2014 OUA season.

Brett Colangelo commitment


The 5’9, 185 pound defensive back from Oakville, Ontario is thrilled to become a part of the Lions and was sold on the Toronto, Ontario campus after his official visit.

“Ever since my first visit there, it felt right,” said Colangelo.  “The coaches and players there are all really cool and showed me a good time.”

“I’m super excited to get started with them and I really believe in their program.”

Recently, Colangelo completed his high school career with Loyola Hawks of the Hawks of the Halton Secondary School Athletic Association (HSSAA).  Additionally, the defensive back has suited up for the Halton Cowboys of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

Joey Ricottone


For the 6’3, 195 pound wide receiver from Hamilton, Ontario, the atmosphere and energy surrounding the football program sold him on committing to the Lions.

“I chose York because I wanted a family oriented environment and that is the vibe I got from the coaches and players that I met during my visit,” recalled Ricottone.  “I also see a tremendous upswing with the team and I want to be a part of the rebuilding stage and do everything in my power to help the team win games and get to the playoffs.”

Joey Riccotone commitment

The offensive standout comes to the Lions from Westdale Warriors of the Hamilton Wentworth Intercollegiate Athletic Association (HWIAA).  This past season, Ricottone amassed over 500 receiving yards and scored 10 touchdowns.  He guided the Warriors to the City Championship en route to an appearance at the OFSAA Bowl Festival Series.  In the OFSAA Bowl game, the Warriors were defeated by the Assumption Lions.

Last summer, Ricottone played for the Hamilton Ironmen of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL), where he racked up 222 receiving yards on eight catches (average of 27.8 yards per catch, longest play – 76 yards resulting in a touchdown) despite missing four games due to injury.

“I am excited to start working with my future teammates,” added Ricottone.   “I have set the bar high for myself and want to represent my high school and family well.”

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