Montreal Blitz

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Montreal Blitz
Logo blitz07 sm.png
Founded 2003
League Independent Women's Football League
Team history 2003-present
Stadium Dalbé-Viau High School
Based in Lachine, Quebec
Colours Red, black, white
President Saadia Ashraf
Head coach Nick Kalaidopoulos
Championships 3 (2008 & 2010 Tier II; 2012 Tier I)
Division titles 2 (2004, 2008)

The Montreal Blitz is a team in the Independent Women's Football League. Based in Montreal, Quebec, the Blitz play their home games at Dalbé-Viau High School in the borough of Lachine. The Blitz are the first and only team from Canada to play in a women's American football league.

History

2003

The Blitz finished their inaugural season with a record of 4-3, good for second place in the North Atlantic Division behind the undefeated Bay State Warriors.

2004

In their sophomore season, the Blitz finished 6-2, this time with a first-place finish in the North Atlantic Division. However, for unknown reasons, the Blitz did not participate in the playoffs that year.

2005

For the 2005 season, the Blitz were an exhibition team ("X-Team"), losing all four of their exhibition games.

2006

In 2006, the Blitz finished 3-5 and last place in the North Atlantic Division.

2007

2007 saw the Blitz finish 6-2 (their best finish since 2004) and tie for first place in the North Atlantic Division with the Manchester Freedom. However, since the Freedom won the season series against the Blitz two games to one (the Blitz' only losses of the season), they got the North Atlantic crown and the playoff berth over Montreal.

2008

2008 was a year full of changes for the Blitz. Since the IWFL divided itself into two tiers, the Blitz found themselves in the Tier II North Atlantic Division, facing competition such as the Manchester Freedom, New England Intensity, Holyoke Hurricanes, and Southern Maine Rebels.

It was then that the Blitz finished with their best regular-season record in team history at 7-1, granting them the North Atlantic Division title and their first-ever playoff berth. After a 41-27 win over the Carolina Phoenix in the Divisional Playoffs, the Blitz traveled to the IWFL Championships in Chicago, Illinois (hosted by the Tier I Chicago Force), where they would face off against the Clarksville Fox for the Tier II Championship. Defeating the Fox by a score of 26-6, the Blitz won the Tier II Championship, the first Canadian team playing in an American football league of any kind to do so.

2009

In their second season in Tier II, the Blitz remained a force to be reckoned with, finishing 5-3 and once again making the Tier II playoffs. Such dominance was exemplified in the first-round playoff game with a 68-0 win over the Manchester Freedom. Though the next round would be not nearly as simple, it was enough to advance to the title game once again as the Blitz eked out a 9-8 win over the Jersey Justice. Om July 25, the Blitz lost the IWFL Tier II North American Championship game, 42-14, against the Wisconsin Warriors at Round Rock ISD Athletic Stadium in Round Rock, Texas (a suburb of Austin).

2010

The 2010 season saw the arrival of a new coaching staff. Under head coach Nick Kalaidopoulos, the Montreal Blitz completed the regular season with 8 wins and 0 losses. The team scored an average of 40 points per game, while allowing an average of 5 points per game. The first playoff game saw the Blitz defeat the New England Intensity 53-14. The semi final was held on July 10, and the Blitz beat the North Carolina Phoenix by a score of 19-14. The Blitz won the IWFL Tier II 2010 Championship for the second time in its history by defeating the Bay Area Bandits with a score of 9-2.

Coaching staff in 2010:

  • Head Coach and offensive line coach: Nick Kalaidopoulos
  • Offensive Coordinator: Joe Culzac
  • Defensive Coordinator and defensive line coach: Pierre Migner
  • Receivers coach and special teams coach: Jordan Coons
  • Linebacker coach: Charles André Migner
  • Defensive backs coach: Ulises Olvera

2011

The 2011 season brought new changes to the team. Under new head coach Pierre Migner, The Montreal Blitz had another perfect regular season, with 8 wins and 0 losses. After winning the quarter final game, the Blitz saw its season end with a loss to the Carolina Phoenix.

Coaching staff in 2011:

  • Head Coach and defensive coordinator: Pierre Migner
  • Offensive Coordinator: Jordan Coons
  • Defensive line coach: Pierre Migner
  • Receivers coach and special teams coach: Jordan Coons
  • Linebacker coach: Charles André Migner
  • Defensive backs coach: Ulises Olvera

2012

The objective for 2012 was clear: GO ALL THE WAY to the championship. The Montreal Blitz won the IWFL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP by defeating the Sacramento Siren 28-27, in a very exciting game. After taking a lead of 28-14, the Blitz saw the Sirens score two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. A blocked PAT on the last Sacramento touchdown insured the BLITZ victory.

Coaching staff in 2012:

  • Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator: Pierre Migner
  • Offensive Coordinator: Jordan Coons
  • Defensive line coach: Jacques Gagné
  • Receivers coach: Mike Alfonso
  • Linebacker coach: Gerry Viau & Charles André Migner
  • Defensive backs coach: Mathieu Guérard
  • Special teams coach: Jordan Coons & Ameet Pall

Season-by-season

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2003 5 4 0 2nd EC North Atlantic --
2004 6 2 0 1st NC North Atlantic --
2005 0 4 0 X-Team --
2006 3 5 0 3rd EC North Atlantic --
2007 6 2 0 2nd EC North Atlantic --
2008 7 1 0 1st Tier II North Atlantic Won Tier II Semifinal (Carolina)
Won IWFL Tier II Championship (Clarksville)
2009 5 3 0 2nd Tier II Won Tier II Quarterfinal (Manchester)
Won Tier II Semifinal (Jersey)
Lost Tier II Championship (Wisconsin)
2010 8 0 0 2nd Tier II EC Northeast Won Tier II Quarterfinal (New England Intensity)
Won Tier II Semifinal (North Carolina Phoenix)
Won IWFL Tier II Championship (Bay Area Bandits)
2011 8 0 0 1st East North Atlantic Lost Eastern Conference Quarterfinal (Carolina)
2012 8 0 0 1st East North Atlantic Won Tier I Quarterfinal (Baltimore Nighthawks)
Won Tier I Semifinal (Houston Energy)
Won IWFL Tier I Championship (Sacramento Sirens)
Totals 66 23 0 (including playoffs)

* = Current Standing

Season schedules

2009

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 18 Southern Maine Rebels Away Won 55-6
April 25 New York Nemesis Home Lost 6-14
May 2 Holyoke Hurricanes Away Won 48-0
May 9 Boston Militia Home Lost 0-39
May 17 Holyoke Hurricanes Home Won 2-0
May 23 Erie Illusion Home Won 41-10
May 30 New York Nemesis Away Lost 12-13
June 13 Holyoke Hurricanes Away Won 2-0**
June 27 Manchester Freedom (Tier II Quarterfinal) Home Won 68-0
July 11 Jersey Justice (Tier II Semifinal) Home Won 9-8
July 25 Wisconsin Warriors (Tier II Championship) Neutral (Round Rock) Lost 14-42

** = Won by forfeit

2010

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 3 Binghamton Tiger Cats Away Won 76-0
April 17 Manchester Freedom Home Won 41-14
April 24 Holyoke Hurricanes Home Won 1-0 (forfeit by the Hurricanes)
May 1 Southern Maine Rebels Home Won 41-6
May 8 Connecticut Crushers Away Won 22-0
May 15 New York Nemesis Home Won 20-0
May 22 Southern Maine Rebels Away Won 34-0
June 5 Connecticut Crushers Home Won 26-0
May 22 Southern Maine Rebels Away Won 34-0
June 5 Connecticut Crushers Home Won 26-0
July 24 Bay Area Bandits (Tier II Championship) Neutral (Round Rock) Won 9-2

IFAF competitors

The following recognizes women from the Lady Gladiators that competed in the IFAF Women's World Football Championships

2010

  • Saadia Ashraf
  • Jacynthe Crochetiere
  • Jennifer DeGuise
  • Andreanne Dupont-Parent
  • Alia Palmer1

2013

  • Saadia Ashraf
  • Annie Arpin
  • Jennifer DeGuise

2

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