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(Posted 10:30 p.m., Dec. 30)
Former St. Peter Knight signs free agent deal with Alouettes

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Geoff Coventry will get a chance to make his dreams come true when tries out for the Montreal Alouettes next season. The 23-year-old wide receiver recently signed a free agant deal with the CFL club. Johany Jutras/photo-deck.com

All Geoff Coventry wanted going into his final year at Bishops University was an opportunity to make it to the next level.

After being passed over in the 2012 CFL draft, the St. Peter High School alum and former Knight knew he had to have a decent senior campaign if he hoped to attract any offers.

He ended up making 37 catches in nine games for 525 yards and two touchdowns, and was named to the Quebec university all-star team. All of which caught the attention of the Montreal Alouettes who signed him to a free agent deal on Monday, thus giving him the opportunity he had been hoping for.

"I got overlooked in my draft year and realistically I wasn't ready to go pro anyway so it was irrelevant," said Coventry. "Now I really think I'm ready to take a stab at it and see what happens."

After recently completing his studies, Coventry can focus on getting in the best shape possible for his first CFL camp. As the old adage goes, success is where opportunity meets preparation.

An exceptional all-round athlete, Coventry excelled at both hockey and basketball as a youth. He only started playing football in Grade 9.

By his own admission he struggled on the gridiron during his first two years at St. Pete's before eventually coming into his own in Grade 11 and 12 which earned him a invitation to Bishops.

Coventry is immensely proud of the fact that he is in the same company of a number of local athletes who have recently achieved a great deal of success including Cody Ceci and Jason Akeson who both went to St. Peter High School as did national women's basketball team member and Olympian Courtnay Pilypaitis.

Coventry's signing comes closely on the heels of fellow Orléans native Brendan Gillanders who recently signed a free agent deal with the Toronto Argonauts.

Coventry plans on giving back to the community by holding a football camp in the spring.

"I want to give back to the community anyway I can and help motivate kids to become the stars of tomorrow," says Coventry whose own star is definitely on the rise.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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