Huclack's hometown debut

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

He will not be in the Blue and Gold uniform that he had first envisioned wearing but Montreal's Cory Huclack will be playing a CFL game in his old hometown for the first time tonight.

"It's pretty exciting," Huclack said yesterday. "It's nice to come home this early in the season and see my family and friends and play in front of them.

"It's pretty amazing. I know lots of people from Winnipeg after living here my whole life."

Huclack, 23, had signed with Winnipeg as a free agent last winter but the Blue Bombers suddenly shipped him to Montreal for non-import receiver O'Neil Wilson on the eve of training camp.

That spoiled the dream of playing for the same team as his dad, Dan, who played fullback for the Bombers 1980-84.

"Once I sat back and looked at the situation I was in Montreal, I was quite happy," said the linebacker/long snapper. "I mean, it worked out for the best for me.

"I talked to (Als head coach/GM) Jim Popp before I went out there. He explained the whole situation to me and it looked pretty promising."

Although the 6-foot, 210-pound University of Manitoba product was named Canada West defensive player of the year last season, the former Bison will be used only as a long snapper and on special teams.

ADJUSTING TO LIFE

Meanwhile, Huclack is still adjusting to Montreal and its famous night life.

"I don't know any French," he admitted. "I get a little lost sometimes trying to find people who speak English ... We went out after (last week's) game but I haven't seen the town too much. That's still to come."

BUSH BACK: Although veteran defensive back Davin Bush will dress for his first regular-season game tonight, he will not start because his ankle is still healing. In fact, his ankle has been so taped up in practice, it almost looks like he has a club foot.

"I'm trying to keep it tight and keep it from moving too much to keep it stable because I'm not 100%," Bush said. "I'm definitely excited to be back on the field playing instead of watching so tomorrow, it's going to be a good day."

ON THE MARK: Montreal's Anthony Calvillo is less than 300 yards away from becoming only the fourth quarterback in CFL history to throw for more than 50,000 yards.

"I can't say enough good things about Anthony," said Als head coach/GM Jim Popp. "He's done some phenomenal things and will be a hall-of-fame quarterback. He's led us to five Grey Cups and I plan on him leading us to a sixth, it's that simple."

Calvillo, however, is more determined to make amends for last week when he threw three picks in a 16-7 loss to Saskatchewan.

"When you turn the ball over three times, it's going to come back to haunt ya ," he said.

"Now, it's time for me to bounce back and get back on the field and help us win one on the road here in Winnipeg."

HASHMARKS: The Bombers had sold 26,600 tickets to tonight's match as of 6 p.m. yesterday ... The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will perform both the national anthem and halftime show along with Grey Cup highlights.


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