Montreal Royal Announce 2017 Roster
March 1, 2017
The top 10 plays from the Montreal Royal during 2016.
After a few years of relying on a strong veteran presence, Montreal has taken a decidedly younger turn heading into their fourth season. The retirements of local legends Yoland Cabot and Jean-Levy Champagne certainly influenced the team's new direction, as did the announcement that Championship Weekend VI will be held in Montreal on August 26-27, giving the Royal a chance to compete for a title in front of their hungry home crowd.
Captained by 2016 Second Team All-AUDL member Kevin Quinlan and the underrated Félix-Antoine Daigle, the team welcomes 13 new members to the team this year. That rookie total is almost entirely made up of non-natives, and includes seven Americans, two French, and one Colombian. Of the returners, the Royal retain virtually all of their top performers from a season ago, including their assists leader (Quinlan, 43), goals leader (Quinlan, 42), and blocks leader (Daigle, 21), as well as last year's late season addition and European standout Nasser Mbae Vogel.
In particular, Christian Foster comes to the team with a history of championship experience. He's won titles at the collegiate, club, and professional levels, and is renowned as one of the better defensive players in the sport.
Christian Foster carves a perfect backhand into space for a late assist in the 2016 USAU Club Championship semifinals.
See the entire 2017 Montreal roster below. Names in bold indicate that the player was not on 2016 Royal roster.
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