Mike Morreale

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Mike Morreale
No. 18
Born: (1971-08-10) August 10, 1971 (age 51)
Hamilton, Ontario
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
CFL Draft1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17
Career history
As administrator
20072012CFLPA Director Marketing
20122014CFLPA President
As coach
2007McMaster Marauders Offence and Special Teams
As player
19951996Toronto Argonauts
19972001Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20022003Toronto Argonauts
20042006Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards

Mike Morreale (born August 10, 1971) is the Commissioner and CEO of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). He is a former award-winning receiver in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Early years[edit]

A graduate of Cardinal Newman Secondary School, where he earned athlete of the year honours and was football MVP twice, Morreale played his university football with the McMaster University Marauders from 1991 to 1994. He finished his Marauder career with 116 receptions for 1,880 yards and a school-record 16 touchdowns and had 217 yards on 27 punt returns and 185 yards on nine kickoff returns. He also carried the ball four times for 33 yards and averaged 33.7 yards on 36 punts. He was a CIAU second team All-Canadian once and a two-time OUAA All-Star at wide receiver.[1] He was named to the McMaster Hall of Fame in 2005 and a member of the McMaster University Football Team of the Century.[2]

Professional football career[edit]

Morreale began his 12-year CFL career in 1995 with the Toronto Argonauts. He moved on to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1997 and played there for 5 seasons before rejoining Toronto in 2002. He rejoined the Tiger-Cats in 2004. His best season was 1998, when he caught 67 passes for 1076 yards and played in the Grey Cup, and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award. He also won two Grey Cup championships, in 1996 with Toronto, and in 1999 with Hamilton, when he was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian.[1] In 2000, Morreale was awarded the Tom Pate Award for his contributions on and off the field in the CFL.

He was the CFL spokesman for the War Amps Champs program in 1997 and raised $26,000 for Hamilton Children's Hospital in the 1999 Morreale Macaroni campaign. He is also a first cousin of Toronto Argonauts legend Paul Masotti.[1]

Post-playing career in football[edit]

Mike Morreale and fellow Hamilton, Ontario native linebacker Rob Hitchcock were released from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 19, 2007.[3][4][5] He officially announced his retirement on August 27, 2007, and joined the McMaster University football coaching staff. He was honoured by the Tiger-Cats at a halftime ceremony during the 2007 Labour Day Classic along with Rob Hitchcock.[6][7]

Upon his retirement, Morreale became the Canadian Football League Players' Association (CFLPA) Director of Marketing, before being elected as the ninth President of the CFLPA in 2012, serving until 2014.[1]

Morreale works as a colour analyst for U Sports football and was the colour analyst for the Hamilton Tiger Cats on CKOC from 2018 to 2019; after CHML reacquired the Tiger Cats radio rights, Morreale was retained as a studio contributor.[8]

CEBL Commissioner[edit]

Since 2017, Morreale has served as the Commissioner and CEO of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) which launched in 2019 with 6 teams. The league has since expanded to include 10 teams, adding its seventh franchise in Ottawa in late 2019, & another 3 franchises in Montreal, Scarborough, & Newfoundland ahead of the league's 2022 season. The CEBL is Canada Basketball's only licensed professional Men's Division 1 Pro league.


  1. ^ a b c "Mike Morreale #18". Players. CFL.ca.
  2. ^ "McMaster Hall of Fame". McMaster Marauders Athletics. Archived from the original on 2007-04-22.
  3. ^ "Tiger-Cats release veterans Morreale, Hitchcock". CBC Sports. 2007-06-19.
  4. ^ Peters, Ken (2007-06-19). "Decision time for Mike". The Hamilton Spectator.
  5. ^ Peters, Ken (2007-06-20). "Tough day for Hamilton fans". The Hamilton Spectator.
  6. ^ "Ticats announce retirements". Canadian Press. 2007-08-27.
  7. ^ "Mike Morreale joins McMaster Football coaching staff". McMaster Marauders Athletics. 2007-08-27. Archived from the original on 2008-05-25.