In Canada, they call it defence.

But no matter where it’s performed or how it’s spelled, Adam Bighill can play it.

The former Central Washington All-American, in his first season as the BC Lions starting middle linebacker, has been named to the CFL All-Star team.

Bighill, the league’s defensive player of the month for October, finished second in the CFL with 104 tackles and was third with nine sacks. He also tied for seventh with four interceptions.

He also had been lauded by BC head coach Mike Benevides as a strong candidate for defensive player of the year, but fell short in that competition.

The Lions, defending Grey Cup champions. were the CFL’s West Division champions with a 13-5 record and will host the Calgary Stampeders in a West playoff game at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.