The Grey Cup in Saint-Laurent

Published December 18, 2023 - 10:34 am
Last updated December 18, 2023 - 2:35 pm

The event took place on Saturday, December 16 at the Complexe sportif de Saint-Laurent. Anthony Calvillo presented the trophy alongside his teammate Jamar McGloster.

The Montréal Alouettes won the 110th Grey Cup in a thrilling victory on November 19, with suspense right up to the very end. This is the eighth Grey Cup in the history of the franchise, which has enjoyed an eight-game winning streak, not having been defeated since September 15. However, since their last win in 2010, the Alouettes hadn’t reached the championship game.


Given the fact that Anthony Calvillo, the team’s quarterbacks coach and Los Angeles native, has been an illustrious resident of Saint-Laurent for many years, the municipality wanted to congratulate him publicly. The Arrondissement had already awarded him the Ordre des Grands Laurentiens in 2007—the municipality’s highest honour—not only for his inspiring football successes, but also for his ongoing commitment to the community.


As a player, Anthony Calvillo won the Grey Cup three times (2002, 2009 and 2010) wearing the Alouettes’ number 13 jersey. Named Canadian Football League MVP on three occasions (2003, 2008, 2009), he also set numerous records during his 20 seasons, including the most passing yards—79,816, to be exact!


In the photo: The Alouettes’ quarterback coach and member of the renowned CFL Hall of Fame, Anthony Calvillo, and his teammate, Jamar McGloster, the players for the Spartans, the MNA for l’Acadie, André Albert Morin, the Mayor of Saint-Laurent, Alan DeSousa, the City Councillor for Norman-McLaren District and Leader of the Ville de Montréal Official Opposition, Aref Salem, the City Councillor for Côte-de-Liesse District, Vana Nazarian, and the Borough Councillor for Côte-de-Liesse District, Jacques Cohen, among others.

Watch TVA’s report on the event here.

Anthony Calvillo is a fine example of the excellence we like to cultivate in Saint-Laurent. After being an outstanding football player, he became a terrific coach by winning this Grey Cup with the Montréal Alouettes. Beyond these extraordinary professional achievements, he is a man of great generosity, as evidenced by the presentation of this trophy to Saint-Laurent residents. Mr. Calvillo and his family are in fact still very active in the Montréal community, supporting many charitable causes. These are some of the reasons that prompted Saint-Laurent to award him the Ordre des Grands Laurentiens in 2007. We are proud and fortunate to have such a role model for young people in our community—especially the members of the Saint-Laurent Spartans, the oldest civic football institution still active in Montréal and the province of Québec!

It is with great pleasure that we share the Montréal Alouettes victory with the citizens of Saint-Laurent. Winning the Grey Cup was also a victory for the public who has been incredibly supportive of our team not only this season and but over the years as well. Having the Grey Cup trophy here today was a great way to celebrate with the fans. We encourage everyone in the community to continue to support the Montréal Alouettes and to embrace this great sport of football, so we can share in the benefits of our success together.