CFL unveils 2023 off-season dates for draft night, training camps, cutdown days

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The CFL has unveiled a number of key dates for the 2023 season, including the CFL Draft, an opening for training camps, and roster cutdowns.

The league’s National/Global Kicking Showcase will take place at Maranatha Christian Schools in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 21. The inaugural event will provide prospects with the opportunity to perform in front of scouts in an outdoor setting.

The CFL’s Invitational Combine will take place on Friday, March 3 at the University of Waterloo’s Feridun Hamdullahpur Field House. This event has replaced the league’s three regional combines, which used to take place across Canada in a lead-up to the main event later in the month.

This year’s CFL Combine will take place from March 22-26 at the Commonwealth Stadium Field House in Edmonton in an expanded five-day event that will reportedly feature approximately 85 prospects. Invitations for the combine have been distributed, though the list of prospects has yet to be unveiled.

As previously announced, CFL free agency will open at noon ET on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Global Draft will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 11 a.m. ET with the CFL Draft taking place that same day at 8 p.m. ET.

Rookie camps will open on Wednesday, May 10, allowing first-year players to take the field with their new teams. Rosters will be reduced to 85 players on Saturday, May 13 (excluding non-counters) and to 75 players on Tuesday, May 16 (excluding non-counters). Training camps open for all nine teams on Sunday, May 14.

Preseason Week 1

Edmonton at Calgary — Monday, May 22 at 4 p.m. ET

Preseason Week 2

Montreal at Ottawa — Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Toronto at Hamilton — Saturday, May 27 at 4 p.m. ET
Winnipeg at Edmonton — Saturday, May 27 at 4 p.m. ET
B.C. at Saskatchewan — Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET

Preseason Week 3

Ottawa at Toronto — Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Calgary at B.C. — Thursday, June 1 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Hamilton at Montreal — Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Saskatchewan at Winnipeg — Friday, June 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Training camps will conclude on June 3 with rosters needing to be trimmed for Week 1 of the season. The league will open its regular season with a game between B.C. and Calgary on Thursday, June 8.