Montreal Machine
Montreal Machine helmet Montreal Machine logo

Current team status: Defunct
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Stadium/Home field Olympic Stadium
League WLAF / NFL Europa
Team colors Maroon, Silver, Navy, Red, White[1]
                        
Team history
Founded 1991
Folded 1992
Championships
/ World Bowl wins
None
Overall
franchise record (in W-L-T):
Regular Season: 6–14
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The Montreal Machine was the sole Canadian team in the World League of American Football, a springtime developmental professional league set up by the National Football League that played in 1991 and 1992. There were also three European teams and six U.S.-based teams. Like all WLAF teams, the Machine played by American football, 11 per side on a 100-yard field, rather than Canadian football rules.

The Machine filled a void created by the folding of the Montreal Alouettes in 1987 and were thus the only Canadian team in the WLAF; they were the first American football team in Canada since the Montreal Beavers and Toronto Rifles played in the Continental Football League in 1967.

After two stumbling years, the Machine, and the entire WLAF, were put on "hiatus" by the NFL. After three years, the three European-based franchises (and three more) were reconstituted as the World League (later known as NFL Europe); the North American teams were never heard of again. The Machine played their home games at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

The Machine's average game attendance dropped from 31,888 in their first year of play, to 25,254 in their second (and final) year.

Pro football would not return to Montreal until 1996 when the Montreal Alouettes were revived as the Baltimore Stallions relocated to Montreal.

Punter Chris Mohr was among the Machine's most notable players.

Helmet/Logos[edit | edit source]

Season-by-season[edit | edit source]

Season Division Regular season Post season results Awards
Finish W L T Pct
Montreal Machine
1991 North American East 3rd 4 6 0 .400
1992 North American East 3rd 2 8 0 .200
Total 6 14 0 .300

Coaches/Staff[edit | edit source]

Montreal Machine staff

Front Office

  • Owner/President – Roger Dore
  • General Manager – Gordon Cahill
  • Director of Player Personnel – Lionel Vital

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Joe Faragalli
  • Running Backs/Tight Ends – Paul Pawlak
  • Receivers – Joseph Tricario
  • Offensive Line – John Salarantis
 

Defensive Coaches

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

[2] [3] [4]

1991 season[edit | edit source]

1991 Montreal Machine season
Head Coach Jacques Dussault
General Manager Gordon Cahill
Home Field Olympic Stadium
Results
Record 4–6-0
Place 3rd (North American)
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Season chronology
Previous Season Next Season
none 1992

Results[edit | edit source]

  • Week 1: Montreal 20, Birmingham Fire 5
  • Week 2: Barcelona Dragons 34, Montreal 10
  • Week 3: Montreal 23, Birmingham Fire 10
  • Week 4: New York/New Jersey Knights 44, Montreal 0
  • Week 5: London Monarchs 45, Montreal 7
  • Week 6: Frankfurt Galaxy 17, Montreal 7
  • Week 7: Montreal 26, Sacramento Surge 23(OT)
  • Week 8: Montreal 15, Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks 6
  • Week 9: San Antonio Riders 27, Montreal 10
  • Week 10: Orlando Thunder 33, Montreal 27(OT)

1991 Roster[edit | edit source]

1991 Montreal Machine roster

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 21 Darryl Harris
  • 34 Ricky Johnson
  • 88 Mike Ford
  • 82 Wyatt Harris
  • 47 Roderick Sargent

Wide Receivers

  • 81 Mike Cadore
  • 84 Willie Snead
  • 82 Wyatt Harris
  • 87 Todd White
  • 82 Steve Williams
  • 86 Gary Cooper

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen
  • 73 Dave DesRochers T
  • 50 Dan Graham C
  • 75 Michael Harris T
  • 62 Mike Kelley G
  • 64 Bob Kula G
  • 67 Kevin Lightner T

Defensive Linemen

  • -- Carl Dawson
  • 70 Johnny Carter NT
  • 90 Desmond Royal DE
  • 72 O'Neill Gilbert DE
  • 76 Rollin Putzier DE
  • 92 George Little DE
Linebackers
  • 94 Adam Bob ILB
  • 57 Dan Murray ILB
  • 55 Ray Savage OLB
  • 53 Tracy Simien OLB
  • 59 Henry Walls
  • 91 Jerry Leggett DE/OLB
  • 52 Derrick Little

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Operation Discovery
  • Vacant


Rookies in italics
 

1992 season[edit | edit source]

1992 Montreal Machine season
Head Coach Jacques Dussault
General Manager Gordon Cahill
Home Field Olympic Stadium
Results
Record 2–8-0
Place 3rd (North American)
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Season chronology
Previous Season Next Season
1991 none

Results[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Roster[edit | edit source]

1992 Montreal Machine roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Operation Discovery

  • Vacant

Rookies in italics

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Team Colors – WLAF. ColorWerx.us. Retrieved on January 17, 2010.
  2. The Official 1991 World League of American Football Media Guide. 
  3. John Vellante. "Pawlak enjoying life with WLAF", May 5, 1991. Retrieved on January 17, 2010. 
  4. Tom Boggie. "Tricario enjoying life with WLAF club", March 30, 1991. Retrieved on January 17, 2010. 

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