Zack Pelehos
No. 52     Ottawa Redblacks
Pelehos with the Redblacks in 2023
Born: (1999-07-12) July 12, 1999 (age 24)
Gananoque, Ontario, Canada
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight300 lb (140 kg)
High schoolGananoque Secondary
CFL Draft2022, Round: 1, Pick: 2
Drafted byOttawa Redblacks
Career history
As player
2022–presentOttawa Redblacks
Career stats

Zack Pelehos (born July 12, 1999) is a Canadian professional football offensive lineman with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

University career

Pelehos played U Sports football for the Ottawa Gee-Gees from 2018 to 2021.[1] He did not play in 2019 after using a redshirt season and did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 U Sports football season.[1] He returned to play in 2021 and played and started in 16 regular season games over two seasons.[1]

Professional career

Pelehos was ranked as the 15th best player in the Canadian Football League's Amateur Scouting Bureau final rankings for players eligible in the 2022 CFL Draft.[2] He was then drafted with the second overall pick, and first by players in U Sports, by the Ottawa Redblacks.[3] He began the 2022 season on the injured list, but made his professional debut in week 2 on June 17, 2022, against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, as a backup offensive lineman.[4] He spent eight games on the injured list and played in ten games for the Redblacks during his rookie season.[4][5]

Following training camp in 2023, Pelehos won a starting job and earned his first career start at right tackle on June 10, 2023, against the Montreal Alouettes.[6] He had eventually lost his starting role to Dontae Bull in August, but reclaimed the starting position on October 14, 2023.[7][8] He played in 14 regular season games in 2023.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Zack Pelehos". Ottawa Gee-Gees. Retrieved December 9, 2023.
  2. ^ "Metchie leaps to top-spot in final Scouting Bureau of 2022". Canadian Football League. April 19, 2022.
  3. ^ "Redblacks look local with OL Zack Pelehos". Canadian Football League. May 3, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Game Notes" (PDF). Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  5. ^ "2023 CFL Guide" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  6. ^ "Depth Chart" (PDF). Ottawa Redblacks. Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  7. ^ "Redblacks still can't beat the East (& nine other thoughts on losing to the Argos)". 3DownNation. 15 October 2023. Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  8. ^ Baines, Tim (August 13, 2023). "Full Bull: Top CFL draft pick Dontae Bull gets first start as Ottawa Redblacks look to beat Alouettes". Ottawa Sun.
  9. ^ "Zack Pelehos". Canadian Football League. Retrieved December 12, 2023.