Alouettes sign top pick Lavoie, three others

The Montreal Alouettes signed Canadian fullback Patrick Lavoie, their top pick from the CFL Draft, on Wednesday along with three others.

Lavoie was selected 11th overall in the Canadian college draft on May 3 after spending four years with the Laval Rouge et Or. The 24-year-old played 25 career games with the Rouge et Or registering 30 catches and 374 yards. Lavoie had three touchdowns last season to go along with 7.5 special teams tackles.

The 6’2”, 240-pounder was Laval’s special teams captain and won two Vanier Cups with the club in 2008 and 2010.

“Lavoie will give us added depth and potential leadership to our special teams and the ability to compete on offense,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a press release. “We are happy to make this solid addition to the Alouettes family.”

The Alouettes also signed defensive back Lance Milton, running back Joey Gabrick and receiver Jerod Zaleski.

Milton was the team’s fourth-round pick in the draft. The 24-year-old had 13 tackles and one sack in just three games with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds last season; Gabrick had 66 yards on six catches and was the Thunderbirds’ long snapper; Zaleski spent last season with the Surrey Rams after spending the previous three years playing at Simon Fraser University. He is known for his blocking ability and was also a long snapper.

Each of the four players signed two-year contracts with the Alouettes.

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