Chris Van Zeyl
Chris Van Zeyl
Van Zeyl was drafted in the third round with the 18th overall pick in the 2007 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes and attended training camp with the Alouettes but returned to McMaster in August. He noted that the Alouettes intention was for him to remain as a defensive lineman as a professional player, which was his preferred position. He re-joined Montreal in October and remained on the practice roster for the remainder of the 2007 Montreal Alouettes season. Van Zeyl attended the 2008 Montreal Alouettes training camp and was again added to the practice roster but was released on September 3, 2008.
On September 5, 2008, Van Zeyl signed with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent and was assigned to the Argos practice roster. He was converted to the offensive side of the ball as an offensive lineman and remained on the practice roster for the rest of the year.
During the offseason, Van Zeyl signed another contract extension with the Argonauts on January 13, 2017, through to the 2019 CFL season. He played and started in 16 regular season games for the team and was named a CFL All-Star for the second time in his career. He started at right tackle for both post-season games, including his second Grey Cup championship in the Argonauts' 105th Grey Cup victory over the Stampeders. He started 17 games at right tackle in 2018 and was once again named an East Division All-Star. In a reportedly salary cap-related move, the Argonauts released Van Zeyl on the day before the start of training camp on May 18, 2019.
On the same day of his Toronto release, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed Van Zeyl to a two-year contract on May 18, 2019. He started 17 regular season games and two post-season games for the Tiger-Cats and was named a CFL All-Star for the third time in his career. He re-signed with the Tiger-Cats on January 12, 2021.
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