Kelly Road footballer named to All-Canadian team

A Prince George high school football player has been named to the Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team.

Tristin Brochu of the Kelly Road Roadrunners will be in Calgary next week as one of 70 high school football players chosen from across the country to take part in the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup celebrations.

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"We'll get to meet some CFL players, do a bit of training and play in an exhibition game on the Saturday," Brochu said, before watching the Grey Cup live at McMahon Stadium on Nov. 24.

The 16-year-old Grade 11 student was nominated by his coaches for his play on the field, his straight A and B grades and his volunteer work at the Hart Ski Hill. Brochu also manages to work two days a week at Excel Transportation.

He started playing football in Grade 9 with his friends at Kelly Road and quickly excelled.

"In my first year, we won the P.G. Bowl and went to provincials," he said. "Last year I led the province in tackles."

Although he's mostly played on defence as a linebacker and safety, he also lined up this year with the offence as a running back.

Heading into his final high school football season next year, Brochu is hoping his play and the Nissan All-Canadian recognition leads to a post-secondary football career.

"I haven't had anybody talk to me yet but that'd be my dream, to play after high school," he said. "That's what I'm working towards."

The selection committee for the Nissan All-Canadian team was made up of CFL host Brodie Lawson, HGTV personality Bryan Baeumler, Jesse Lumsden, a former CFL player and three-time Olympian, and Travis Lulay, a former CFL player and who works with the BC Lions in business operations.

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