John Forzani

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John Forzani
Calgary Stampeders
Date of birth (1947-04-05)April 5, 1947
Place of birth Calgary, Alberta
Date of death October 30, 2014(2014-10-30) (aged 67)
Place of death Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Owner/OL
Career history
As administrator
2005–2012 Calgary Stampeders (co-owner)
As player
1971–1976 Calgary Stampeders
As business owner
1974–2014 Forzani Group

John Forzani (April 5, 1947 – October 31, 2014) was a Canadian businessman, former Canadian Football League (CFL) player, and CFL team owner. He was the Chairman and co-founder of the Forzani Group.

Early life[edit]

Born in Calgary, Alberta, he received a degree in business administration from Utah State University in 1971. In 1971, he joined the Calgary Stampeders as an offensive lineman and was part of the winning team of the 59th Grey Cup. He played football until 1976.[1]


In 1974, he opened a 1,200-square-foot (110 m2) store called Forzani's Locker Room in Calgary. In 1994, he acquired Sports Experts Inc. for $20 million becoming Canada's largest sporting goods retailer.[1]

In 2001, the Retail Council of Canada recognized Forzani's work in leading the Forzani Group to outstanding business success. In recognition of this accomplishment he was presented with the Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award.[2]

In 2005, he became a part owner of the Calgary Stampeders.[1] In June 2005, Concordia University conferred an honorary doctorate at the convocation ceremony for the John Molson School of Business, and he gave the address to the graduates.


John and two of his brothers, Joe and Tom, all played together with the Calgary Stampeders.[3] Joe and Tom also attended Utah State University.[4] Forzani died of a heart attack on October 30, 2014.[5]


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