Canadian OL Hunter Steward stays on the Left coast with Lions

The B.C. Lions have re-signed veteran Canadian offensive lineman Hunter Steward for two more seasons through the 2021 schedule.

Hunter was eligible to become a free agent on February 11.

“I’m very excited and proud to be staying with the only professional organization I’ve ever known,” Steward said.

“Talking with Ed and hearing his vision with how he plans on building this team made this an even easier decision for me.”

Originally drafted in the first round, sixth overall of the 2013 CFL draft out of Liberty University, the six-foot-six, 315 pounder has appeared in 75 games over six seasons with the organization. During that time, Steward has proven to be versatile by playing multiple positions on the offensive line.

“Hunter will continue to be important for us in both the run and pass blocking game,” Ed Hervey said.

“With our mission to be dominant on the line of scrimmage, he also possesses the size and physicality that we need up front.”

In 2016, Hunter was nominated for the Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ Award, which is given annually to the player who best demonstrates the attributes of Canadian soldiers.