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CFL veteran 'Canuck Truck' joins Kodiaks coaching staff

Chris Szarka played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Prince George Kodiaks watch from the sidelines while they battle the Okanagan Sun in front of the packed bleachers at Masich Place Stadium in Saturday's BCFC season opener.

Just days ahead of the Kodiaks' spring evaluation camp, the team has announced the addition of football veteran Chris Szarka to the coaching staff.

Szarka brings his many years of football experience including a lengthy career in the CFL where he played offence and special teams.

Szarka played for Terry Fox High School in Port Coquitlam where he was a provincial all-star before going on to play college football at  Eastern Illinois.

He was drafted 13th overall in 1997 by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, playing fullback and picking up the nickname “The Canuck Truck”. Szarka played his entire CFL career with the Roughriders where he earned a Grey Cup ring in 2007. He retired from the CFL in 2011.

“It's not often you have the opportunity to strengthen your coaching staff with the character and experience of Chris," stated head coach Jamie Boreham in a release. "Szarka was a captain with the Riders and his presence in the locker room and on the field was invaluable to our success, he makes other people around him better. I am looking forward to coaching with Chris and being on the same team again. We've been through some things as teammates that will help us be great for the players and our community."

The Kodiaks will be on the field from May 10 to May 12 with the annual Black and Gold Scrimmage taking place May 12 at 1 p.m. Admission is free.