Former KSS star Taylor Loffler (left) and Okanagan Sun defensive back Brennan Van Nistelrooy were chosen in Tuesday's Canadian Football League draft.

Loffler, Van Nistelrooy go in CFL draft

Winnipeg Blue Bombers take KSS grad and UBC standout Taylor Loffler in second round, BC Lions grab Sun DB Brennan Van Nistelrooy

  • May. 11, 2016 12:00 p.m.

A KSS grad and an Okanagan Sun grad have each taken the next big step towards a pro football career.

Taylor Loffler and Brennan Van Nistelrooy were both selected Tuesday in the Canadian Football League’s 2016 draft.

Loffler, a safety/defensive back, was drafted in the third round, 19th overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound former Owl, helped the UBC Thunderbirds to the CIS national championship last season.

Loffler, who struggled with injuries throughout his four-year stint at Boise State, transferred to the Thunderbirds last season and made an immediate impact in the Canada West conference. While at KSS, Loffler was named the B.C. high school football player of the year in 2010.

Van Nistelrooy, a defensive back, was selected in the sixth round, 48th overall by the B.C. Lions.

The 23-year-old from Lethbridge led the Canadian Junior Football League in interceptions in 2015. Van Nistelrooy was also the Sun’s co-MVP and the BCFC’s outstanding defensive player last season.

Van Nistelrooy, who attended the Lions’ evaluations camps in both 2014 and 2015, performed well this spring at both the CFL regional combine in Edmonton and the CFL Combine in Toronto.

Van Nistelrooy will head the Lions rookie camp May 26 in Kamloops.

 

 

Just Posted

Outbreak at Okanagan hospital

Gastrointestinal illness reported at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Kelowna public menorah lit tonight to celebrate Hanukkah

The menorah will be lit tonight after celebrations at 5 p.m. in Stuart Park

Big Band supports children with disabilities in Lake Country

Proceeds from the Okanagan Big Band performance in Vernon supports local kids

Were your hockey cards stolen?

The Kelowna RCMP are looking to reunite a hockey fan with their cards

RCMP look to reunite owner with stolen tools

Kelowna police seek to identify the owner of tablet and tools seized by RCMP

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

Dedicated volunteers look for clues

Police appreciate work of those who provide extra eyes for missing women investigations.

Truck driver volunteers to take dog lost in B.C. back home to Alberta

Frankie, a pit bull service dog, was found wandering in the Lower Mainland

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Horgan on Site C: ‘dammed’ if did, ‘dammed’ if he didn’t

B.C. premier didn’t like keeping massive hydro damn project going, but felt he had to

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

Most Read