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St. Paul football players commit to Huskies

Kiseyotin White and Owen Breast heading to Canadian Junior Football League
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Kiseyotin White and Owen Breast, both from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, have committed to play with the Edmonton Huskies of the CJFL. Photo supplied.

ST. PAUL - After playing football from Grade 9 to Grade 12 in St. Paul, Kiseyotin White will be heading to Edmonton to join the Huskies of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL).

White played with the Bengals in Grade 9, and moved on to play football throughout his high school years with the St. Paul Lions.

According to his mom, Pam Quinn, her son played a number of sports as a child, including soccer, baseball, volleyball, badminton, track and field, and hockey.

"Eventually, he found his love for football," she says.

White was drawn to the camaraderie and feeling of being accepted into a team.

Starting as a defensive tackle, White then moved to the left guard position and finally moved to right tackle, where he excelled.

After the northern championship game in November 2019, which was also the semi-final game for provincials, Edmonton Huskies' Head Coach Ian Maclean approached the Lions and expressed interest in White.

Later in 2020, he asked White to participate in field sessions with the Huskies. Then, on June 1, a letter of intent and was sent out to White, which he accepted.

According to White, his football dream is to play professional football, and his goal is to be the best that he can be. White also hopes to play university football.

Playing in St. Paul with the Lions helped lay a great foundation for her son, says Quinn.

From practices to encouragement, team bonding and even offering counselling when needed, players are given the support they need to succeed. Quinn also points to the strong parental support and fan base the team has as being key to the team's success.

St. Paul Lions head coach Mark Tichkowsky gives credit to White for putting himself out there and getting noticed. The coach says White had a number of different schools looking at the offensive player.

“He’s a quiet giant,” says Tichkowsky, when asked to describe White as a player. At 6'6" and 270 lbs, White is simply made to play on the offensive line.

White won't be the only St. Paul Lion heading to play for the Huskies. Owen Breast, who is also from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, has accepted an offer to play with the team.

Breast had been playing football at Acadia University in Nova Scotia during the past school year. The running back began playing with the St. Paul Football Club when he was in Grade 6.

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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