The Calgary Stampeders are a professional Canadian football team based in Calgary, Alberta. The Stampeders compete in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The club plays its home games at McMahon Stadium and are the third-oldest active franchise in the CFL. The Stampeders were officially founded in 1945, although there were clubs operating in Calgary as early as 1909.
|Founded||January 24, 1945|
|Based in||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Home field||McMahon Stadium (1960–present)|
Mewata Park Stadium (1945–1959)
|Head coach||Dave Dickenson|
|General manager||John Hufnagel|
|Owner(s)||Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation|
|League||Canadian Football League|
|Colours||Red, white, black|
|Mascot(s)||Ralph the Dog|
|Grey Cup wins||8 (1948, 1971, 1992,|
1998, 2001, 2008, 2014, 2018)
The Calgary Stampeders have won eight Grey Cups, most recently in 2018, from their appearances in 17 Grey Cup Championship games. They have won 20 Western Division Championships and one Northern Division Championship in the franchise's history. The team has a provincial rivalry with the Edmonton Football Team, as well as fierce divisional rivalries with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the BC Lions.
- Founded: 1945
- 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, white and black
- Past uniform colours: Red and white with accents of grey
- Nicknames: Stamps, Horsemen
- Mascot: Ralph the Dog
- Fight Song: "Ye Men of Calgary"
- Stadium: McMahon Stadium
- Main Rivals: Edmonton Football Team (see Battle of Alberta), Saskatchewan Roughriders, BC Lions
- Western Division Championships: 16—1948, 1949, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1991, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
- North Division Championships: 1—1995
- Grey Cup Championships: 8—1948, 1971, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2008, 2014, 2018
- 2018 regular season record: 13 wins, 5 losses
1909–1940: Pre-Stampeders footballEdit
Prior to the formation of the Calgary Stampeders, football in Calgary can be dated back as early as 1909 and the Calgary Tigers of the Alberta Rugby Football Union. The following years saw Calgary based teams come and go these included the Calgary Canucks, the "Fiftieth Battalion", the Tigers again, then the Calgary Altomahs, and finally the Calgary Bronks of the Western Interprovincial Football Union. These teams were a dominant force in football in Alberta winning championships 15 times over the next 30 years.
World War II brought a halt to football in Calgary for a few years. 1940 was the final year for the Bronks.
1945–1959: The early years and an undefeated seasonEdit
The WIFU returned to Calgary on September 29, 1945 with the formation of the Calgary Stampeders. In their very first game played on October 20 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, achieving a perfect regular season of 12–0 and capping the year a 2-0-1 record in the playoffs including a Grey Cup victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders at Toronto's Varsity Stadium, memorable for the team's scoring a touchdown on a "sleeper play". 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 a horse 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, like all the teams playing in the WIFU and IRFU, joined the newly-formed Canadian Football League in 1958.
1960–1971: A New StadiumEdit
From 1968 to 1971, the Stampeders made it to the Grey Cup game three out of those four years (missing in 1969), winning it in 1971.
1972–1989: Save Our StampsEdit
After having some great years at the end of the 1960s which culminated in their 1971 Grey Cup championship, 1972 started a long period of struggles for the Stampeders. In the 18 seasons from 1972 to 1989, the Stampeders only made the playoffs 7 times, and although they reached the Western Final in 1978 and 1979 under Jack Gotta (which were their only two playoff wins and appearances for the rest of the 1970s) losing both times to their provincial rivals in Edmonton, who were in the midst of an unprecedented five year Grey Cup victory run at the time), the next decade would be less than kind to the team. During the 1980s, the Stampeders were the only CFL team that did not win a playoff game (the team made five appearances during the decade, all but one of which came on the road and all resulting in losses in the West Semi-Final).
The Stampeders nearly folded after the 1985 season due to years of declining attendance, financial woes and a poor 3–13 record. However, a successful Save Our Stamps campaign in 1986 resulted in season ticket sales of 22,400, additional funds and stability that translated to improved on-field play which laid the groundwork for Grey Cup berths in 1991 and 1992 when they won the title over Winnipeg.
1990–2002: Wally Buono eraEdit
Wally Buono took over the head coaching duties in 1990 (after having served as an assistant coach for the previous three years). Late in the 1991 season, the team, after being community-owned since its inception, went private when Larry Ryckman purchased the team. The next 13 years would be some of the most successful years in Stampeders history. Led by quarterbacks Doug Flutie, Jeff Garcia, and Dave Dickenson 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 the Stampeders would rack up a 153–79–2 record during these years. They reached the Grey Cup six times, winning in 1992, 1998, and 2001, losing in 1991, 1995, and 1999. In 1996, Ryckman was found by the Alberta Securities Commission to have run a stock manipulation scheme, was fined $492,000 and was forced to give up the Stampeders, who were subsequently purchased by Sig Gutsche via a receivership court for $1.6 million on April 3. Gutsche helped rectify the team's debts and made the team profitable again. The team finished the 1990s having made the playoffs in every year that decade.
On October 8, 2001, Sig Gutsche sold the team to California businessman Michael Feterik. Unlike previous owners, Feterik was intimately involved in the club's football operations. Feterik's most notorious move was to give the starting quarterback position to his son Kevin Feterik, angering both fans and Buono. Buono left to join the BC Lions after the 2002 CFL season.
2003–2007: Coaching carouselEdit
After Wally Buono departed from the Stampeders, the team went through three different head coaches in three years. Jim Barker succeeded Buono in 2003, but was let go after a 5–13 season, and he was replaced by Matt Dunigan, who fared no better in his lone season in 2004, going 4–14. The coaching carousel ended with Tom Higgins taking over in 2005, who brought the team back to respectability led by Henry Burris at quarterback and Joffrey Reynolds at running back, but lost in three straight years in the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Western semi-final games in that span. During this time, the team lost money, and in January 2005, Feterik sold the team to a group led by Ted Hellard, Doug Mitchell and former Stampeder John Forzani, and the Calgary Flames Limited Partnership, the organization that represents the NHL's Calgary Flames.
2008–2015: Hufnagel yearsEdit
In 2008, one-time Stamps QB John Hufnagel took the coaching reins, and the Stampeders ended their playoff victory 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 had been interviewed by several NFL and college football teams, but is still the team's general manager to this day. Hufnagel was also the team's head coach until the end of the 2015 season, when he turned over the head coaching duties to former Stampeder and BC Lions star Dave Dickenson.
Between 2009 and 2014, the Stampeders reached the Western Final every year except 2011, when the team lost the semi-final game to the Eskimos in Edmonton, 33–19. The following year, the organization by now known as Calgary Sports and Entertainment became the majority owner of the team; the company previously only had a 5% stake in the team. They were able to reach the Grey Cup game that year only to come up short against the Argonauts, falling by a score of 35–22. Following another defeat in the Western Final in 2013, the Stampeders were once again able to reach the Grey Cup the following year. This time, they came out on top with the franchise's seventh championship, defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 20–16.
2016–present: Dave Dickenson takes overEdit
After the 2015 season, Hufnagel stepped down from his dual responsibility as head coach and general manager, becoming purely a general manager and handing the coaching reins to former Stamps QB Dave Dickenson. The Stamps continued their success in 2016, winning the West Division again with a 15–2–1 record, but falling to the third-year Ottawa Redblacks in the 104th Grey Cup in overtime.
In 2017, the Stampeders finished 13-4-1 (with the league's best record for the season) and made their second straight Grey Cup appearance, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts again, just as they did five years earlier.
In 2018, the Stampeders finished 13-5 and made a third straight Grey Cup appearance, winning the title over the Redblacks 27-16 in Edmonton. Bo Levi Mitchell won Most Outstanding Player at the 2018 CFL Awards as well as the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player. Lemar Durant was named the game's Most Valuable Canadian. The Calgary Stampeders quest for a fourth consecutive Grey Cup appearance came to an abrupt end in 2019, as the team lost a step, finishing second in the West with a 12-6 record, falling to the eventual Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West Semi-Final 35-14.
Grey Cup championshipsEdit
|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|
|2014||Calgary Stampeders||20–16||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||102nd Grey Cup||BC Place, Vancouver|
|2018||Calgary Stampeders||27–16||Ottawa Redblacks||106th Grey Cup||Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton|
Canadian Football Hall of FamersEdit
|Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame|
|22||Paul Rowe||1964||RB||1945 - 1950|
|-||Dean Griffing||1965||C||1945 - 1947|
|95||Norman Kwong||1969||RB||1948 - 1950|
|55||Wayne Harris||1976||LB||1961 - 1972|
|27||Harvey Wylie||1980||DB||1956 - 1964|
|27||Earl Lunsford||1983||RB||1956, 1959–1963|
|77||John Helton||1986||DT||1969 - 1978|
|62||Don Luzzi||1986||OT / DT||1958 - 1969|
|56||Tony Pajaczkowski||1988||OG||1955 - 1965|
|76||Herman Harrison||1993||LB / TE||1964 - 1972|
|15||Larry Robinson||1998||DB / K||1961 - 1975|
|56||Rocco Romano||2007||OG||1987, 1992 - 2000|
|51||Alondra Johnson||2009||LB||1991 - 2003|
|15||Dave Dickenson||2015||QB||1996–2000, 2009|
|Coaches and Contributors|
|Dean Griffing||1965||Coach, Owner||1945 - 1947|
|A.G. “Tony” Anselmo||2009||President||1973–1974|
The Presidents' RingEdit
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, it is currently awarded to the player who best demonstrates leadership ability. As of 2012[update], 29 players have won the award, including three-time winners Henry Burris, Danny Barrett and Stu Laird.
- 1967 Wayne Harris
- 1968 Herm Harrison
- 1969 Jerry Keeling
- 1970 Wayne Harris
- 1971 Jerry Keeling
- 1972 Larry Robinson
- 1973 Rudy Linterman
- 1974 John Helton
- 1975 Willie Burden
- 1976 Tom Forzani
- 1977 Willie Burden
- 1978 James Sykes
- 1979 Ed McAleney
- 1980 James Sykes
- 1981 Lloyd Fairbanks
- 1982 Ed McAleney
- 1983 Danny Bass
- 1984 Lyall Woznesensky
- 1985 Bernie Morrison
- 1986 Bob Poley
- 1987 Bernie Morrison
- 1988 Stu Laird
- 1989 Danny Barrett
- 1990 Danny Barrett
- 1991 Lloyd Fairbanks
- 1992 Stu Laird
- 1993 Andy McVey
- 1994 Allen Pitts
- 1995 Stu Laird
- 1996 Danny Barrett
- 1997 Rocco Romano
- 1998 Mark McLoughlin
- 1999 Allen Pitts
- 2000 Dave Dickenson
- 2001 Alondra Johnson
- 2002 Alondra Johnson
- 2003 Joe Fleming
- 2004 Jamie Crysdale
- 2005 Jay McNeil
- 2006 Jay McNeil
- 2007 Henry Burris
- 2008 Henry Burris
- 2009 Henry Burris
- 2010 Rob Lazeo
- 2011 Keon Raymond
- 2012 Keon Raymond
- 2013 Rob Cote
- 2014 Corey Mace
- 2015 Rob Cote
- 2016 Deron Mayo
- 2017 Josh Bell
- 2018 Micah Johnson
Wall of FameEdit
The Stampeders Wall of Fame recognizes the greatest players and most important off-field contributors in Stampeders history; it was Instituted in 1985.
- 1985 Paul Rowe 1945–50
- 1985 Wayne Harris 1961–72
- 1985 John Helton 1969–78
- 1986 Don Luzzi 1958–69
- 1986 Larry Robinson 1961–74
- 1988 Herm Harrison 1964–72
- 1988 Harvey Wylie 1956–64
- 1990 Jerry Keeling 1961–72
- 1990 Sugarfoot Anderson 1949–54
- 1992 Willie Burden 1974–81
- 1992 Harry Langford 1950–58
- 1994 Tom Forzani 1973–83
- 1994 Earl Lunsford 1956, 1959–63
- 1996 Tony Pajaczkowski 1955–65
- 1996 Lloyd Fairbanks 1975–82, 1989–91
- 1999 Lovell Coleman 1960–67
- 1999 George Hansen 1959–66
- 2002 Peter Liske 1966–68, 1973–74
- 2002 Keith Spaith 1948–54
- 2004 Allen Pitts 1990–2000
- 2006 Dave Sapunjis 1990–96
- 2006 J.T. Hay 1979–88
- 2008 Doug Flutie 1992–95
- 2008 Frank Andruski 1966–73
- 2008 Rocco Romano 1987, 1992–2000
- 2010 Alondra Johnson 1991–2003
- 2010 Will Johnson 1989–96
- 2010 Bernie Morrison 1978–88
- 2012 Kelvin Anderson 1996–2002
- 2012 Jeff Garcia 1994–98
- 2012 Rudy Linterman 1968–77
- 2012 Gerry Shaw 1665–74
- 2014 Ron Allbright 1956–67
- 2014 Jamie Crysdale 1993-2005
- 2014 Stu Laird 1984-96
- 2014 James Skyes 1978-83
Builders of noteEdit
Builders honoured as of 2012
- 2001: Tony Anselmo
- 2001: Tom Brook
- 2001: Roy Jennings
- 2001: George McMahon
- 2001: Frank McMahon
- 2004: Rogers Lehew
- 2004: Stan Schwartz
- 2006: Dr. Vince Murphy
- 2010: Jim Finks
- 2012: Sig Gutsche
- 2012: Norman Kwong
- Dean Griffing (1945–1947)
- Les Lear (1948–1952)
- Bob Snyder (1953)
- Larry Siemering (1954)
- Jack Hennemier (1955–1956)
- Otis Douglas (1956–1960) (Douglas resigned August 19, 1960 with the Stampeders 0–2–1)
- Jim Finks (1960) (GM Finks acted as co-ordinator of the coaching staff for the August 22 loss to the BC Lions.)
- Steve Owen (1960) (Owen was hired August 23, 1960 with the Stampeders 0–3–1)
- Bobby Dobbs (1961–1964)
- Jerry Williams (1965–1968, 1981)
- Jim Duncan (1969–1973)
- Jim Wood (1973–1975)
- Bob Baker (1975–1976)
- Joe Tiller (1976)
- Jack Gotta (1977–1979, 1982–1983)
- Ardell Wiegandt (1980–1981)
- Steve Buratto (1984–1985)
- Bud Riley (1985)
- Bob Vespaziani (1986–1987)
- Lary Kuharich (1987–1989)
- Wally Buono (1990–2002)
- Jim Barker (2003)
- Matt Dunigan (2004)
- Tom Higgins (2005–2007)
- John Hufnagel (2008–2015)
- Dave Dickenson (2016–Present)
- Bob Robinett (1953–1955)
- Bob Masterson (1956)
- Jim Finks (1957–1964)
- Pat Mahoney (1964)
- Rogers Lehew (1965–1973)
- Gary Hobson (1974–1976)
- Jack Gotta (1977–1983)
- Steve Buratto (1984)
- Earl Lunsford (1985–1987)
- Vern Siemens (1987) Interim
- 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)
Current coaching staffEdit
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
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