Calgary Stampeders

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For the ice hockey team that existed from 1938 until 1972, see Calgary Stampeders (ice hockey). For the WIHL ice hockey team that played the 1978–79 season, see Calgary Stampeders (WIHL ice hockey).
"Calgary Bronks" redirects here. For the ice hockey team, see Calgary Bronks (ice hockey).
Calgary Stampeders
2014 Calgary Stampeders season

Calgary Stampeders logo

Founded 1945
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Home field McMahon Stadium
League Canadian Football League
Division West Division
Nickname(s) Stamps, Horsemen
Head coach John Hufnagel
General manager John Hufnagel
Owner(s) Calgary Flames Limited Partnership (majority), John Forzani and Doug Mitchell
Grey Cup wins 6 (1948, 1971, 1992,
1998, 2001, 2008)
Current uniform
CFL CAL Jersey.png
Colours Red, white, and black
              
Mascot(s) Ralph the Dog
Website www.stampeders.com

The Calgary Stampeders are a professional football team based in Calgary, Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadium and are the third-oldest active franchise in the CFL. The Stampeders were officially founded in 1935 as the Calgary Bronks, although there were clubs in Calgary as early as 1909.[1] The Stampeders have won 18 Western Division Championships and one Northern Division Championship. They have appeared in 13 Grey Cup Championship games, and have won the league's Grey Cup championship six times; most recently in 2008. The team has a provincial rivalry with the Edmonton Eskimos, as well as fierce divisional rivalries with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the BC Lions.

Team facts[edit]

Formerly known as: Bronks 1935 to 1944
Helmet design: red background with a white, running horse. This design has been in place, with slight variations, since the 1967 season.
Uniform colours: Red, Black and White.
Stadiums: Mewata Park Stadium (1939–1959), McMahon Stadium (1960–present)
Western regular season championship: 18 — 1937, 1938, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2013
Northern regular season championship: 1 — 1995
Grey Cup final appearances: 13 (6 victories) — 1948 (won), 1949 (lost), 1968 (lost), 1970 (lost), 1971 (won), 1991 (lost), 1992 (won), 1995 (lost), 1998 (won), 1999 (lost), 2001 (won), 2008 (won), 2012 (lost)
Main Rivals: Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders, BC Lions
2013 Regular Season Record: 14 wins, 4 losses, 0 ties.

Franchise history[edit]

The first time Calgary took the field in Canadian football was in 1891 when they faced Edmonton in a home and away series. The following years saw the formation of several Calgary-based football teams starting with the Calgary Tigers of the Alberta Rugby Football Union in 1908. This was followed by the likes of Canucks, the 50th Battalion, Altomahs, Tigers for the second time and later the Bronks.

The Stampeders were officially born on September 29, 1945. In their very first game played on October 22 at Mewata Stadium they beat the Regina Roughriders 12–0 before 4,000 fans in attendance. It was a taste of success to come that decade under the direction of head coach Les Lear and talented stars such as Woody Strode, Paul Rowe, Keith Spaith, Dave Berry, Normie Kwong and Ezzert "Sugarfoot" Anderson.

The year 1948 was perhaps the greatest season in Stamps history, becoming the only professional Canadian football team ever to achieve a perfect season with a record of 12–0 and capping the year with a Grey Cup victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders at Toronto's Varsity Stadium. It was also during that same Grey Cup festival that Calgary fans brought pageantry to the game and made it into a national celebration, featuring pancake breakfasts on the steps of City Hall, starting the Grey Cup parade and even riding horses in the lobby of the Royal York Hotel.

They returned to the Grey Cup the following year (1949), with a 13–1 record but lost to the Montreal Alouettes 28–15 in the title game. It was 19 years until Calgary once again reached the Grey Cup, losing 24–21 to Ottawa in the 1968 final and not until 1971 when they were crowned champions, defeating the Toronto Argonauts 14–11.

The Stampeders nearly folded after the 1985 season marked by declining attendance, financial woes and poor 3–13 record. However, a successful Save Our Stamps campaign resulted in season ticket sales of 22,400, additional funds and stability that translated to improved on-field play which laid the groundwork to Grey Cup berths in 1991 and 1992 when they won the title over Winnipeg.

The decade of the 1990s was very successful for the Stampeders, led by quarterbacks Doug Flutie and later Jeff Garcia and Dave Dickenson throwing to receivers Allen Pitts, Terry Vaughn and Dave Sapunjis, and a rock steady defence led by Western All Stars Alondra Johnson, Stu Laird and Will Johnson. They reached the Grey Cup final three more times, losing in 1995 and 1999 and winning in 1998.

After winning their fifth Grey Cup championship in 2001, Calgary went into a brief period of decline until 2005 when they emerged as playoff contenders again, led by Henry Burris at quarterback and Joffrey Reynolds at running back. Nevertheless, they did not win a playoff game for several years, suffering three successive losses in the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Western semi-final games.

In 2008, the Stampeders ended their playoff drought en route to winning the team's sixth Grey Cup 22–14 against the Montreal Alouettes. Burris was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player with DeAngelis being the top Canadian for their efforts. John Hufnagel has been interviewed by several NFL teams and College football teams.

Grey Cup championships[edit]

Year Winning team Score Losing team Title Location
1948 Calgary Stampeders 12–7 Ottawa Rough Riders 36th Grey Cup Varsity Stadium, Toronto
1971 Calgary Stampeders 14–11 Toronto Argonauts 59th Grey Cup Empire Stadium, Vancouver
1992 Calgary Stampeders 24–10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 80th Grey Cup SkyDome, Toronto
1998 Calgary Stampeders 26–24 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 86th Grey Cup Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
2001 Calgary Stampeders 27–19 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 89th Grey Cup Olympic Stadium, Montreal
2008 Calgary Stampeders 22–14 Montreal Alouettes 96th Grey Cup Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Builders of note[edit]

Builders honoured as of 2012

Players of note[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

5 Harry Hood
10 Willie Burden
13 Mark McLoughlin
18 Allen Pitts
22 Tom Forzani
55 Wayne Harris
67 Jamie Crysdale
75 Stu Laird

Canadian Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

General managers[edit]

The Presidents' Ring[edit]

The Presidents' Ring was established in 1967 by Calgary Stampeders Football Club team president George McMahon and general manager Rogers Lehew. Formerly presented to the team's most valuable player,[2] it is currently awarded to the player who best demonstrates leadership ability.[3] As of 2012, 29 players have won the award, including three-time winners Henry Burris, Danny Barrett and Stu Laird.[4]

Wall of Fame[edit]

The Stampeders Wall of Fame recognizes the greatest players and most important off-field contributors in Stampeders history; it was Instituted in 1985.

Current coaching staff[edit]

Calgary Stampeders Staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning


Coaching Staff
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Current roster[edit]

Calgary Stampeders roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Slotbacks

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Injured List

6-Game Injured List

Practice Roster

Suspended


Italics indicate Import player
Roster updated 2014-06-22
Depth ChartTransactions
46 Active, 7 Injured, 3 6-Game Injured,
10 Practice, 5 Suspended

More rosters

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  2. ^ Maki, Alan (1982-11-17). "Stamps zero in on Reeves". Calgary Herald. p. D2. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  3. ^ Busby, Ian (2010-06-29). "Familiar faces among Stamps' captains". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Raymond wins second President's Ring". Calgary Stampeders Football Club. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

Jim Finks as 1960 interim coach: Toronto Globe and Mail, Saturday 20 August 1960, p. 21, "Calgary Coach Resigns".

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