TORONTO, Canada (HawaiiNewsNow) - As a receiver and return specialist for Toronto of the Canadian Football League, former University of Hawaii standout Chad Owens won plenty of games in front of the Argonauts' vaunted home crowd.
He won in front of them once again on Thursday... In his playing debut for the rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Owens, a former CFL Most Outstanding Player, caught a team-high 11 receptions, for 67 yards and a touchdown, as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Argonauts 42-20. It was his first game for the club since signing with them this spring, days after Toronto declined to extend his contract.
The signing united him with several other Hawaii-based players, including starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, a one-time Saint Louis Crusader. Masoli was terrific in his season opener, completing 27-of-37 passes for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns, with no interceptions.
Former University of Hawaii receiver Kealoha Pilares is also a member of the Tiger-Cats.