Don Loucks

Loucks had the good fortune to be spotted by newly hired scout Harvey Johnson whose task was to find good Canadian talent as the Alouettes decided to adopt the formula used by other teams.  Since 1958 was seen to be a rebuilding year for the team, the new philosophy -  using Canadians in starting positions – required new players.  The new players signed under this plan included Loucks, Ed Learn and Dave King. The idea was an anathema to  Coach Peahead Walker who preferred to play his imports two ways in a game and leave the Canadian players on the bench.  The Alouettes had had their first look at Loucks in a pre-game exhibition against his ORFU champion Kitchener Dutchmen in July 1957. After three straight championships, Louck was heralded as the best halfback Kitchener had produced since Bobby Kuntz. Loucks contribution was thwarted by an arm injury in the pre-season and a dislocated shoulder which limited him to one reception and no rushing attempts. An attempt to return to the CFL in 1959 was ended when he separated his shoulder again while practicing with the Argos (Montreal was working on a deal at the time to let him play closer to his Toronto home in return for Canadian QB Gerry Doucette).

[Bio by Wes Cross]

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