December 19, 2006 10:47 ET

Keith Stokes Back in Montreal: Alouettes Acquire Spectacular Kick Return Specialist in a Trade for Free Safety Richard Karikari

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - Montreal Alouettes' Vice-President, General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp announced today the acquisition of spectacular receiver and kick return specialist Keith Stokes in a trade that sends free safety Richard Karikari to the Toronto Argonauts.

Stokes had two very productive seasons with the Alouettes in 2002 and 2003, as he set several records on kick returns. In 2002, he returned 25 kickoffs for gains of 527 yards and 76 punts for gains of 896 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 43 passes for 572 yards and three touchdowns. He was named East Division rookie of the year and top special teams player.

In 2003, he returned 23 kickoffs for 455 yards and 60 punts for 539 yards and a touchdown. In these last two years, he also returned 16 missed field goals for 861 yards (avg. 53.8 yards per return) including two for 115-yard scores. He added 429 yards on 33 pass receptions.

He was then traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he had two excellent seasons. In 2004, he was named on the CFL All-Star team and was the CFL's Most Outstanding Special Team Player. He had his best year as a receiver in 2005 with 58 catches for 832 yards and three touchdowns.

In 2006, Stokes caught 20 passes for 253 yards with the Toronto Argonauts.

Keith Stokes and Jim Popp will both be available for interviews at the Alouettes' football operations' office at Olympic Stadium today at 1 p.m.

Contact Information

  • The Montreal Alouettes
    Louis-Philippe Dorais
    Director of Media Relations
    The Montreal Alouettes
    Francis Dupont
    Assistant to the Director of Media Relations