Montreal Alouettes retire Ben Cahoon’s No. 86 jersey

Former Alouettes receiver Ben Cahoon waves to fans after being inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame during a half-time ceremony as the Montreal Alouettes take on the Calgary Stampeders in Montreal, Sunday, September 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes announced Wednesday the football club will be retiring receiver Ben Cahoon’s No. 86 jersey.

Cahoon played 13 seasons as a slotback with the Alouettes, becoming the CFL’s all-time pass receptions leader.

Over the years, he, along with quarterback Anthony Calvillo, became one of the league’s best pass-and-catch duos.

Cahoon, who retired after the 2010 season, is remembered for routinely making highlight-reel plays across his 224-game career, recording 1,017 receptions over 13 seasons for a total of 13,301 career yards and 65 touchdowns.

He amassed over 1,000 yards in nine seasons throughout his career.

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The three-time Grey Cup winner was also voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in two Grey Cup appearances, in 2003 and 2009, as well as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in both the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

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He is the Grey Cup’s all-time leading receiver with 46 career receptions and 658 receiving yards in the league’s championship game.

Montreal Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon holds the ball for kicker Damon Duval during action against the Toronto Argonauts during the first quarter of the CFL Eastern Final Sunday November 21, 2010 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The 43-year-old holds the team record with 32 career games with 100 or more receiving yards and held a streak of 144 games with at least a catch, the longest in team history and fourth-longest in CFL history.

In 2003, he completed the year with 112 receptions, a team record, and was one reception shy of holding a CFL record.

Cahoon was born in Utah to Canadian parents and grew up in both Alberta and Montreal.

He was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1998 CFL Canadian Draft.

Cahoon’s jersey will be officially retired during the half-time ceremony on Friday, July 29, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, when the Alouettes will play the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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His number will be the 11th retired by the Alouettes.

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