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Calgary Stampeders
Calgary Stampeders helmet Calgary Stampeders logo

Founded 1935
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Home field McMahon Stadium
League Canadian Football League
Division West Division
Colours Red, White, Black
              
Nickname(s) Stamps, Horsemen
Head coach John Hufnagel
General manager John Hufnagel
Owner(s) Tom Forzani, Ted Hellard, Doug Mitchell
Grey Cup wins 1948, 1971, 1992
1998, 2001
Mascot(s) Ralph the Dog
Quick Six the Touchdown Horse
Website www.stampeders.com

The Calgary Stampeders are a Canadian Football League team based in Calgary, Alberta. The Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadium. They have won the league’s Grey Cup championship five times, most recently in 2001.

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Team facts

Formerly known as: Bronks 1935 to 1944
Helmet design: red background with a white, running horse
Uniform colours: Red, Black and White.
Stadiums: Mewata Stadium (1939-1959), McMahon Stadium (1960-present)
Western regular season championship: 16 — 1937, 1938, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2008
Northern regular season championship: 1 — 1995
Grey Cup final appearances: 11 — 1948 (won), 1949 (lost), 1968 (lost), 1970 (lost), 1971 (won), 1991 (lost), 1992 (won), 1995 (lost), 1998 (won), 1999 (lost), 2001 (won), 2008

Grey Cup championships

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
Main Rivals: Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders
2008 Regular Season Record: 13 wins, 5 losses.

Franchise history

Calgary Stampeders uniform: 2005-present

The first time Calgary took the field in Canadian football was in 1891 when they faced Edmonton in an 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 would be 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 would be 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.

1948 would perhaps be the greatest season for the Stamps to date, they became the only CFL team as of 2007 to achieve a perfect season with a record of 12-0 that was capped with a Grey Cup victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium. It was also that same Grey Cup 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 famous Grey Cup parade and even riding horses in the lobby of the Royal York Hotel.

They would return to the Grey Cup the following year (1949), with a sterling 13-1 record but lost to the Montreal Alouettes 28-15 in the title game. It would be 19 years until Calgary once again reached the Grey Cup again, losing 24-21 to Ottawa in the ’68 final and not until 1971 when they would be 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 were very successful for the Stamps, 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 would reach the Grey Cup final three more times, losing in 1995 and 1999 and winning in 1998.

After winning their fifth Grey Cup 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, however, they have not been able to win a playoff game since their 2001 Grey Cup victory, suffering three successive losses in the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Western semi-final games.

Players of note

Retired numbers

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

  • Willie Burden
  • Doug Flutie
  • Dean Griffing
  • Wayne Harris
  • Herman Harrison
  • John Helton
  • Jerry Keeling
  • Earl “The Earthquake” Lunsford
  • Don Luzzi
  • Tony Pajaczkowski
  • Allen Pitts
  • Rocco Romano
  • Paul Rowe
  • Harvey Wylie

Current roster

Calgary Stampeders roster
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Quarterbacks
  •  1 Henry Burris QB
  •  4 Will Proctor QB
  •  7 Ben Sankey QB
  • 17 Barrick Nealy QB

Running Backs

  •  9 Jon Cornish RB
  • 21 Joffrey Reynolds RB
  • 26 Rob Cote FB
  • 32 Demetris Summers RB

Wide Receivers

  •  3 Ryan Thelwell WR
  • 11 Brett Ralph WR
  • 85 Ken-Yon Rambo WR

Slotbacks

  • 80 Jeremaine Copeland SB
  • 82 Nikolas Lewis SB
  • 86 Teyo Johnson SB
  • 87 Jabari Arthur SB
Offensive Linemen
  • 60 Derek Armstrong RG
  • 62 Jesse Newman LG
  • 64 Jeff Pilon RT
  • 65 Ben Archibald LT
  • 67 Dimitri Tsoumpas RG
  • 68 Rob Lazeo C
  • 69 Fabio Filice LG

Defensive Linemen

  • 42 Mike Labinjo DE
  • 56 Randy Chevrier DT
  • 71 LeMarcus Rowell DL
  • 93 Howard Hodges DT
  • 96 Miguel Robede DT
  • 97 Eddie Freeman DT
Linebackers
  •  2 JoJuan Armour OLB
  • 23 Shannon James OLB
  • 37 Marc Calixte OLB
  • 39 Charleston Hughes LB
  • 43 Saleem Rasheed MLB
  • 44 Justin Phillips LB
  • 48 Juwan Simpson LB

Defensive Backs

  • 14 Milton Collins DB
  • 25 Keon Raymond DB
  • 27 Brandon Browner CB
  • 28 Brandon Smith HB
  • 29 Dwaine Carpenter DB
  • 31 Wes Lysack S
  • 33 Dwight Anderson CB
  • 35 Lenny Walls DB
  • 88 Markus Howell CB/WR

Special Teams

  • 12 Sandro DeAngelis Kicker
  • 16 Burke Dales Punter
Injured
  •  4 Julian Battle HB
  •  6 Matt Grootegoed OLB
  •  8 Richard Karikari S
  • 15 Dave Dickenson QB
  • 19 Calvin Bannister HB
  • 38 J. R. Ruffin DB
  • 47 Neil Ternovatsky MLB
  • 58 Antonio Hall LT
  • 61 Godfrey Ellis LG
  • 90 Julian Jenkins DL
  • 91 Pat MacDonald DT

Practice Roster

  • 24 Lavarus Giles RB
  • 34 Funtaine Hunter DE
  • 49 Jonathan Lapointe RB
  • 57 Michael Byrne OL
  • 66 Tim O’Neill C
  • 89 Reggie Williams SB
  • 94 Marcus Parker DT

Italics indicate Import player
Roster updated 2008-10-24
Depth ChartTransactions
46 Active, 11 Inactive, 7 PS

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Notable former players

  • Kelvin Anderson
  • Danny Barrett
  • Johnny Bright
  • Fred Childress
  • Lovell Coleman
  • Marvin Coleman
  • Jamie Crysdale
  • Vince Danielsen
  • Eagle Day
  • Terry Evanshen
  • Joe Fleming
  • Doug Flutie
  • Jeff Garcia
  • Darryl Hall
  • Wayne Harris
  • Larry Hartshorn
  • Alondra Johnson
  • Will Johnson
  • Normie Kwong
  • Peter Liske
  • Mark McLoughlin
  • Jay McNeil
  • Travis Moore
  • Dave Sapunjis
  • Pee Wee Smith
  • Woody Strode
  • Junior Thurman
  • Lou Zivkovich

Head Coaches

  • Les Lear (1948-1952)
  • Bob Snyder (1953)
  • Larry Siemering (1954)
  • Jack Hennemier (1955)
  • Otis Douglas (1956-1960)
  • Steve Owen (1960)
  • Bobby Dobbs (1961-1964)
  • Jerry Williams (1965-1968)
  • Jim Duncan (1969-1973)
  • Jim Wood (1974-1975)
  • Jack Gotta (1976-1979)
  • Ardell Wiegandt (1980)
  • Jerry Williams (1981)
  • Jack Gotta (1982-1983)
  • Steve Buratto (1984)
  • Bob Vespaziani (1985-1986)
  • Lary Kuharich (1987-1989)
  • Wally Buono (1990-2002)
  • Jim Barker (2003)
  • Matt Dunigan (2004)
  • Tom Higgins (2005-2007)
  • John Hufnagel (2008-Present)

General Managers

  • Bob Robinett (1953-1955)
  • Bob Masterson (1956)
  • Jim Finks (1957-1964)
  • Pat Mahoney (1964)
  • Rogers Lehew (1965-1973)
  • Gary Hobson (1974-1975)
  • Jack Gotta (1976-1983)
  • Steve Buratto (1984)
  • Earl Lunsford (1985-1987)
  • Norm Kwong (1988-1991)
  • Wally Buono (1992-2002)
  • Fred Fateri (2003)
  • Mark McLoughlin (2003)
  • Matt Dunigan (2004)
  • Jim Barker (2005-2007)
  • John Hufnagel (2008-Present)

See also

  • List of fan-owned sports teams
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame
  • Canadian football
  • Comparison of Canadian and American football
  • List of CFL seasons
  • Perfect Season

External links

  • Calgary Stampeders Official Site
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