The Gee-Gees Football Hall of Fame will induct five new members this Spring. The undefeated 1965 team, Vanier Cup champion and long-time CFLer Al Moffat, Vanier Cup champion and team captain Steve Alexandre (1998-2001) and his head coach Marcel Bellefeuille (1995-2000), as well as two-time All-Canadian quarterback Josh Sacobie (2004-08), will all enter the prestigious ranks as part of the Touchdown Dinner celebrations.
As one of only three undefeated teams in Gee-Gees history, the 1965 team powered to a 9-0 record in the Ontario Intercollegiate Football Conference (OIFC). Led by Gee-Gees Hall of Famer, head coach Matt Anthony, the team was considered the most dominant of any of his teams. The Garnet and Grey outscored their opponents by a margin of 222-68, including four shutouts en route to OIFC and OSLAA Championships. Eight players were named to the OIFC All-Star team that year and four became Gee-Gees Hall of Famers, including Vince Thompson, Jim Silye, Al Scanlon, and Ric Myles.
Al Moffat (1972-75):
In his four seasons with the Gee-Gees, Moffat was a shining star on the defensive line from 1972-75. Becoming a starter in his first year, he appeared in 29 consecutive games for the powerhouse Gee-Gees. Moffatt was named an OUAA All-Star in ’72 and eventually was a leader on the 1975 Vanier Cup winning team. Moffat went on to play seven years in the CFL, appearing in one Grey Cup. In 2015, Moffat was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1975 team.
Steve Alexandre (1998-2001):
A team captain during a storied stretch of Gee-Gees football history, Alexandre was a force on the Gee-Gees defence that captured the Vanier Cup in 2000. A leader on and off the field, Alexandre came to uOttawa from the Cégep ranks, using his athleticism and tenacity to excel for the Gee-Gees. He later went on to suit up for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL for two seasons. He is now the Academic Advisor and Head of Football Operations at Cégep du Vieux Montréal.
Marcel Bellefeuille (1985-86, 1995-2000):
Beginning his coaching career with the Gee-Gees as the Assistant Head Coach in 1995, Bellefeuille began a journey to the top of football in Canada. Becoming the Gee-Gees’ head coach in 1998, Bellefeuille continued the tradition of nationally contending teams at Ottawa. In 1999, he was named the OQIFC Coach of the Year, setting up a magnificent Vanier Cup winning season in 2000. After accepting a job at the next level, Bellefeuille closed his Gee-Gees career with a 26-5 overall record. He has since been a head coach in the CFL and is currently the receivers coach with the BC Lions in his 17th year in the league.
Josh Sacobie (2004-08):
As a rookie quarterback, Sacobie took over the Gee-Gees offence and never looked back. In his five seasons at pivot, he led the Gee-Gees to a 37-14 overall record, becoming a three-time OUA All-Star and a two-time All-Canadian. In 2006, he led the Gee-Gees to a Yates Cup victory, where he was named Most Outstanding Player. The following season, he was named the OUA Most Valuable Player. Sacobie has crossed over into the world of U SPORTS coaching, he was the quarterbacks coach with the Gee-Gees in 2011 and is currently the receivers coach with Carleton. Sacobie is also a part of New Brunswick’s Aboriginal Sport Hall of Fame’s inaugural class this year.
Tickets to the annual Touchdown Dinner and Hall of Fame ceremony can be purchased here.