Canadian cavalry: Riders sign three National reinforcements, including former fourth-round pick Alain Cimankinda

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The ailing Saskatchewan Roughriders have brought in a trio of depth Canadians ahead of their rescheduled matchup with the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday, signing defensive lineman Alain Cimankinda, defensive back Vincent Dethier and linebacker Jared Beeksma.

The six-foot-one, 280-pound Cimankinda attended rookie camp with the Green and White in 2022 and spent the 2021 season on the team’s practice roster. The Ottawa native was selected by the Roughriders in the fourth round, 35th overall, of the 2021 CFL Draft.

Collegiately, Cimankinda spent three seasons (2017-20) with the Guelph Gryphons, making 81 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 30 games. In 2019, he was named a Second-Team OUA All-Star.

Prior to attending Guelph, he spent one season (2016-17) at New Mexico Military Institute, making 30 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Dethier returns to the Riders after attending 2022 Training Camp with the Club.  The five-foot-11, 196-pound defender played in the preseason game against Winnipeg and recorded two defensive tackles.

The 26-year-old was drafted by the Roughriders in the fifth round, 44th overall, of the 2020 CFL Draft. He spent the 2021 season on the injured list recovering from a torn ACL.

Dethier played four collegiate seasons (2016-20) at McGill University. In 34 games, the former Redbird recorded 104.5 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four quarterback sacks, four interceptions, eight knockdowns, six fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

Beeksma was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the fifth round, 46th overall, of the 2022 CFL Draft and spent time on the team’s practice roster. The six-foot-two, 220-pound linebacker saw action in both of Hamilton’s preseason games and earned two defensive tackles.

The 24-year-old played four seasons (2017-21) at the University of Guelph. The former Gryphon recorded 77 solo tackles, three sacks, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and six pass breakups in 39 games.