Deslauriers retires, joins Alouettes’ front office

Receiver Eric Deslauriers retired after nine CFL seasons Thursday to join the Montreal Alouettes front office.

The Calgary native becomes Montreal’s football operations assistant as well as a scout with the CFL team.

The six-foot-four, 206-pound Deslauriers had 99 catches for 1,334 yards and three TDs in 115 career games, all with Montreal. He was a member of two Grey Cup-winning teams after being selected in the first round, seventh overall, in the 2007 CFL draft.

“We congratulate Eric for a wonderful career and for all his dedication to the Alouettes on and off the field,” Montreal coach/GM Jim Popp said in a statement. “I have said to him several times over the years that he would be a great addition to our organization once his playing days were over.

“Sometimes timing is everything and we are fortunate to have him join the entourage.”

Deslauriers will help evaluate talent for the upcoming CFL draft and also be responsible for advance scouting once the season begins.

“I will never forget the two Grey Cups we won and the parades the city threw for us following those victories,” he said. “I am excited about getting my second football career started with the Alouettes.”