The Montreal Machine was the sole Canadian team in the World League of American Football (WLAF), a springtime developmental professional league set up by the National Football League (NFL) that played in 1991 and 1992. There were also three European teams and six United States-based teams. Like all WLAF teams, the Machine played American rules football, 11 players per side on a 100-yard field, rather than Canadian rules football of 12 players per side on 110-yard field.

Montreal Machine
Montreal Machine logo
Year founded1991
Year retired1992
Home fieldOlympic Stadium
CityMontreal, Quebec,
Canada
Team colorsMaroon, Silver, Navy, Red, White[1]
                        
Franchise W-L-T recordRegular Season: 6–14

The Machine filled a void created by the folding of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes in 1987. It was the first American football team in Canada since the Montreal Beavers, Toronto Rifles and Victoria Steelers, which all played in the Continental Football League in 1967. The NFL had also played two international preseason games in Montreal in 1988 and 1990 during the Alouettes' absence.

After two years, the Machine, and the entire WLAF, were put on "hiatus" by the NFL. In 1995, the three European-based franchises (and three more) were reconstituted as the World League (later known as NFL Europe); the North American teams were folded. The Machine played their home games at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

The Machine's average game attendance was 31,888 in their first year of play, well above the league average and above expectations. It dropped to 25,254 in their second (and final) year, still in line with league average.

The end of the WLAF's North American operations was soon followed by the CFL commencing its own U.S. expansion experiment, which lasted for three seasons. The subsequent demise of the CFL's U.S. teams coincided with pro football's return to Montreal in 1996 when the third and current incarnation of the Montreal Alouettes commenced play. The Alouettes had been revived by the owners of the Baltimore Stallions, the most successful of the CFL's American franchises, who upon shuttering their U.S.-based team relocated their football organization to Montreal.

Season-by-seasonEdit

Season League Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
1991 WLAF 4 6 0 .400 3rd (North American East)
1992 WLAF 2 8 0 .200 3rd (North American East)
Total 6 14 0 .300

1991 seasonEdit

1991 Montreal Machine season
Head coachJacques Dussault
General managerGordon Cahill
OwnerRoger Dore
Home fieldOlympic Stadium
Results
Record4–6
Division place3rd (North American)
Playoff finishdid not qualify

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1991 Montreal Machine staff
Front office
  • Owner/President – Roger Dore
  • General Manager – Gordon Cahill
  • Director of Player Personnel – Lionel Vital

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Jacques Dussault

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs – Don Sutherin
  • Defensive Line/Linebackers – Hank Hughes


[2][3][4]

RosterEdit

1991 Montreal Machine roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

  • 81 Mike Cadore
  • 83 Gary Cooper
  • 82 Wyatt Harris
  • 84 Willie Snead
  • 82 Steve Williams

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen
  • 71 Tony Brown T
  • 73 Dave DesRochers T
  • 63 Pat Doyle G
  • 50 Dan Graham C
  • 75 Michael Harris G
  • 62 Mike Kelley G
  • 64 Bob Kula G
  • 67 Keven Lightner G/T
  • 79 Jeff Novak T

Defensive Linemen

  • 70 Johnny Carter NT
  • 72 O'Neill Gilbert DE
  • 91 Jerry Leggett DE
  • 92 George Little DE
  • 76 Rollin Putzier DE
  • 90 Desmond Royal NT
Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Operation Discovery
  • Vacant


Rookies in italics

ResultsEdit

  • Week 1: Sat. Mar. 23 - 8:00 pm EDT - (W) Montreal 20 @ Birmingham Fire 5 (Legion Field - 52,942) USA/TSN-RDS
  • Week 2: Mon. Apr. 1 - 8:00 pm EDT - (L) Montreal 10 vs. Barcelona Dragons 34 (Olympic Stadium - 53,238) USA/TSN-RDS
  • Week 3: Mon. Apr. 8 - 8:00 pm EDT - (W) Montreal 23 vs. Birmingham Fire 10 (Olympic Stadium - 27,766) USA/TSN-RDS
  • Week 4: Sat. Apr. 13 - 8:00 pm EDT - (L) Montreal 0 vs. New York/New Jersey Knights 44 (Olympic Stadium - 34,821) USA/TSN-RDS
  • Week 5: Sat. Apr. 20 - 2:00 pm EDT - (L) Montreal 7 @ London Monarchs 45 (Wembley Stadium - 35,294) TV EURO/TSN-RDS
  • Week 6: Sat. Apr. 27 - 3:00 pm EDT - (L) Montreal 7 @ Frankfurt Galaxy 17 (Waldstadion - 25,269) TV5/TSN-RDS
  • Week 7: Sat. May. 4 - 8:00 pm EDT - (W) Montreal 26 @ Sacramento Surge 23 (OT) (Hughes Stadium - 17,326) USA/TSN-RDS
  • Week 8: Mon. May. 13 - 8:00 pm EDT - (W) Montreal 15 vs. Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks 6 (Olympic Stadium - 20,123) USA/TSN-RDS
  • Week 9: Sun. May. 19 - 12:30 pm EDT - (L) Montreal 10 @ San Antonio Riders 27 (Alamo Stadium - 20,234) ABC/RDS
  • Week 10: Mon. May. 27 - 8:00 pm EDT - (L) Montreal 27 vs. Orlando Thunder 33 (OT) (Olympic Stadium - 23,493) USA/TSN-RDS

1992 seasonEdit

1992 Montreal Machine season
Home fieldOlympic Stadium
Local radioCKAC
Results
Record2–8
Division place3rd (North American)
Playoff finishdid not qualify

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

1992 Montreal Machine roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 33 Aaron Emanuel
  • 21 Darryl Harris
  • 32 Charlie Young

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen
  • 69 Tom Backes G/C
  • 63 Jay Butler T
  • 73 Dave Desrochers T
  • 64 Bob Kula C
  • 75 Roman Matusz T
  • 77 Matt McCall G
  • 79 Jeff Novak G/C

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers
  • 94 Adam Bob ILB
  • 53 Reggie Clark ILB/OLB
  • 56 Darrell Davis OLB
  • 50 Kevin McArthur ILB
  • 54 Reggie McKenzie ILB
  • 55 Ray Savage OLB

Defensive Backs

  • 30 Hency Charles CB
  • 31 Jamie Gray SS
  • 20 Daryl Holmes FS
  • 25 Quintin Jones SS
  • 23 James Lott CB
  • 29 Kris McCall CB
  • 22 Anthony Newsom S
  • 42 Billy Owens S
  • 26 Elliot Smith SS
  • 22 Kip Texada CB
  • 24 Dee Thomas CB

Special Teams

Operation Discovery
  • Vacant


Rookies in italics

ResultsEdit

  • Week 1: San Antonio Riders 17, Montreal 16
  • Week 2: Montreal 31, Orlando Thunder 29
  • Week 3: Sacramento Surge 14, Montreal 7
  • Week 4: Montreal 31, Ohio Glory 20
  • Week 5: Orlando Thunder 16, Montreal 8
  • Week 6: New York/New Jersey Knights 34, Montreal 11
  • Week 7: Sacramento Surge 35, Montreal 21
  • Week 8: Birmingham Fire 23, Montreal 16 (OT)
  • Week 9: London Monarchs 45, Montreal 13
  • Week 10: New York/New Jersey Knights 41, Montreal 21

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Colors – WLAF". ColorWerx.us. Archived from the original on November 15, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  2. ^ The Official 1991 World League of American Football Media Guide.
  3. ^ John Vellante (May 5, 1991). "Pawlak enjoying life with WLAF". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Tom Boggie (March 30, 1991). "Tricario enjoying life with WLAF club". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved January 17, 2010.