Burke Dales

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Burke Dales
No. 30
Born: (1977-02-16) February 16, 1977 (age 42)
Collingwood, Ontario
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
NFL draft2002 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
2002Pittsburgh Steelers*
2003Montreal Alouettes*
20052011Calgary Stampeders
20122013Edmonton Eskimos
2013Montreal Alouettes
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2010, 2011
CFL West All-Star2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Honors *2001 All-Canadian team

Burke Dales (born February 16, 1977) is a former professional Canadian football punter. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played CIS Football with the Concordia Stingers.

Over his 9-year career Dales played for the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, and Montreal Alouettes. Dales was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and raised in Brockville, Ontario.

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

After playing at Concordia University, Dales attended the Pittsburgh Steelers 2002 training camp. He also tried to make the team as a kick-off specialist. When he placekicks, he uses the straight-on style which had not been seen in the NFL since the 1980s.[1]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

Dales attended Montreal Alouettes's 2003 training camp[2] and sat out the remainder of the 2003 and 2004 seasons before signing with Calgary in 2005.[3]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

Dales was signed as a free agent on March 8, 2005, by the Calgary Stampeders.[3]

Prior to the Stampeders' 96th Grey Cup victory in 2008, Dales was offered a new contract to re-sign with Calgary for the 2009 CFL season but withheld signing until seeing if he could get interest from a National Football League team.[4]

Dales re-signed with the Stampeders on March 24, 2009, after failing to gain interest from NFL teams and a reportedly higher offer from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers would have meant losing his off-season employment.[5][6][7][8][9]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

After becoming a free agent in 2012, Dales signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on February 19, 2012.[10]

On July 22, 2013, he was released by the Eskimos.[11]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

On October 30, 2013, Dales was signed by the Montreal Alouettes.[12][13]


Dales announced his retirement on May 16, 2014.[14]

Personal life[edit]

His sister, Stacey Dales, is a former Women's National Basketball Association player.[15] His cousin Jason Arnott played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League.[16]


  1. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2002-05-22). "Steelers uncover old-style kicker". Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  2. ^ "Concordia Punter Joins the Alouettes - Burke Dales Will Try Out With Montreal". Montreal Alouettes Football Club. 2003-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  3. ^ a b "Burke Dales P #16". Roster. Calgary Stampeder Football Club. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  4. ^ Cameron, Allen (2009-01-22). "Dales puts faith in NFL networking". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2009-01-30.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Stampeders Sign P Dales to Contract Extension". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  6. ^ Penton, Kirk (2009-02-17). "Shabazz to the rescue". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  7. ^ Busby, Ian. "Dales deal not done yet". The Rouge. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  8. ^ "Kelly To Join Bob Tonight on "The Football Huddle"". CJOB. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  9. ^ Penton, Kirk (2009-03-25). "Bomber punter bid blocked". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  10. ^ "Esks sign All-Star punter Dales". Archived from the original on 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  11. ^ CFL Transactions July 2013 Archived September 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ CFL Transactions October 2013 Archived September 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Longtime Calgary Stampeders punter Burke Dales hangs 'em up". Calgary Sun. Archived from the original on 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  15. ^ Canadian Press (2003-01-16). "Als lose Woodcock, sign rookie Dales". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  16. ^ Ryan, Allan (2008-11-23). "How to impress your fellow Grey Cup watchers without even trying". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-03-25.

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