Born: May 13, 1987 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
2018: Years as a Lion: 5th Years in CFL: 6th Status: National
Career Games: 66 Playoffs: 4 Grey Cup: 0
Mike was signed as a free agent by the Lions on August 31, 2014. He signed one-year contract extensions with the club prior to the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
2017: Mike appeared in all 18 regular season games for a third year pushing his consecutive Lions games-played total to 63. He recorded one special teams tackle on the year, but also notched his first pro touchdown on six-yard return following a fumbled punt return against Edmonton on October 21. In recognition of his hard work and perseverance, Mike was the Lions’ nominee for the Jake Gaudaur Award.
2016: Another 18-game slate for the Lions’ special teams ace as he solidified his spot as one of the CFL’s most reliable and accurate long-snappers. Mike equaled his two previous season’s total of four special teams tackles giving him 12 for his Lions career.
2015: Dressing for all 18 regular season games for the first time in his CFL career, Mike was a consistent and valued part of the club’s special teams unit as the long-snapper. He finished the season with four stops on special teams.
2014: A valuable mid-season pick-up after being released by Toronto in training camp, Mike served as the Lions’ long-snapper for the final nine regular season games notching four special teams tackles.
2013: Mike spent the season on the Eskimos’ practice roster but did not see game action.
2012: Mike was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent and was placed on the club’s practice roster coming out of training camp. He dressed for three games in 2012 including his pro debut versus BC that October.
2008-2011: Mike played football at Acadia University seeing time at both linebacker and long snapper. Prior to his university career, he played with the Winnipeg Rifles of the PFC Jr. Football Conference. In eight games in his senior year with the Acadia Axmen, Mike registered 13.5 tackles (10 solo), and two fumble recoveries.
Mike, nicknamed Thor by teammates for his signature long hair which he has since cropped, studied Community Development at Acadia University before making his CFL debut with the Edmonton Eskimos. He still counts that first CFL game as his favourite football memory. Mike considers himself very outdoor-oriented and says Vancouver is the perfect place for him to take advantage of year-round hiking and camping opportunities. He is an avid guitar player and developed a love of traveling after spending a year in Europe when he was 18. He enjoys spending time reading and says his favourite book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.