February 6, 2024

Ben Hladik Remains With Lions Through 2025 Season

The BC Lions announced today that National linebacker Ben Hladik has signed a two-year extension with the club. He was eligible to become a free agent on February 13.

Hladik, 24, enjoyed a career year in 2023, becoming the first Canadian in franchise history to record 100 defensive tackles in a season while recording a career-best five sacks to go along with one interception.

The Vernon native was selected by the Lions in round three (22nd overall) of the 2021 CFL Draft and would play a solid special teams role in his rookie year with six tackles and a pair of stops on defence across 14 regular season contests.

2022 would see Hladik move into a starting role at linebacker as he went on to record 65 total tackles (59 defence, six special teams), two sacks and a pair of interceptions in 18 regular season games.

Hladik suited up in 28 games over three seasons with the UBC Thunderbirds (2017-19), registering 189 combined tackles (124 solo, 65 assisted), 28 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, six pass knockdowns and an interception that was returned 50 yards for a major. A two-time U Sports All-Canadian, Hladik was named Canada West Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.

Before joining the T-Birds, Hladik played high school football for his hometown Vernon Panthers and reached the 2016 Provincial Championship game at BC Place.