CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

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ABENDSCHAN, JACK, Elected as a Player, October 16, 2011 (Induction year 2012).

Unheard of in the modern game, Jack Abendschan played offensive line and was the place kicker for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1965 – 1975.  He won Western All-Stars seven times and CFL All-Stars five times as an offensive guard.  As a placekicker, Abendschan had a career total of 159 field goals, and 72 singles.  He led the Western Division in scoring in 1969 and 1970 with 110 points each year.  He led the Roughriders in scoring in 1971 (94 points), 1973(110 points), and 1975(62 points).  Jack Abendschan played in four Grey Cup games (1966, 1967, 1969, and 1972) and was a member of Saskatchewan’s first Grey Cup championship in 1966.  He is also a member of the Roughriders Plaza of Honour and the University Of New Mexico Hall Of Honor.

 

* ACKLES, BOB, Elected as a Builder, March 6, 2002.

Bob Ackles joined the Lions as a 15 year old water boy in 1953, the year prior to the team's inaugural season in the WIFU (later to become the CFL's Western Conference). Over the next thirty-four years Ackles performed virtually every administrative duty in the organization, from Equipment Manager to General Manager. As General Manager, with the help of a strong Board of Directors, he turned the team around on the field and off. He consulted with the Provincial Government in obtaining a much needed stadium, built a new training facility and office complex while finishing first in the Western Conference four times (1977, 1983, 1984 and 1985), participated in the Grey Cup in 1983 and won it all in 1985 in Montreal.

 

AH YOU, JUNIOR, Elected as a Player, September 20, 1997.

Ah You played defensive end for the Montreal Alouettes. He was awarded the All-Eastern Defensive End honour in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980 and All-Canadian Defensive End in 1976 and 1979. Ah You played in five Grey Cup games throughout his career and was a member of the 1974 and 1977 Grey Cup Championship teams.

 

ALDAG, ROGER, Elected as a Player, March 6, 2002.

Roger Aldag joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1976 as a centre and moved to the offensive guard position. He won Western All-Star accolades eight times in his seventeen year career as a Saskatchewan Roughrider and won CFL All-Star honours five times. Aldag also won the Schenley Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award two times throughout his career. He played in the 1989 Grey Cup game which was an awesome win for the Green Riders. Roger Aldag was considered one of the most consistent offensive lineman in the League. He retired from CFL action in April 1993.

 

ALLEN, DAMON, Elected as a Player, October 16, 2011 (Induction year 2012).

Over an illustrious 23 year career Damon Allen was: divisional All-Stars three times, CFL All-Star once, Most Valuable Player in the Grey Cup Game three times, and CFL Most Valuable Player once.   Allen joined the CFL when he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent in 1985 and game of the bench in the 1987 Grey Cup Game to lead the Eskimos to victory and earned the honour of Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Game.  He signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1989 and became the second quarterback in CFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season (1991).  After a brief stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1992, Allen returned to the Edmonton Eskimos in 1993 where he led them to another Grey Cup victory and was again voted Most Valuable Player of the Grey Cup game.  In 1996, Allen joined the BC Lions after one season with American expansion team the Memphis Mad Dogs and was voted to the Western All-Star team in 1999.  In 2000, Allen became the CFL’s all-time leading passer, surpassing Ron Lancaster’s 23 year old record of 50,535 yards.  During the 2001 season, Allen moved into 1st place among active quarterbacks on the All-Passing list with 54,420 yards.  He also became the first CFL quarterback to rush for over 10,000 yards in his career.  In 2003, Allen was acquired from the BC Lions by the Toronto Argonauts.  During this season he became the third quarterback in professional football history to pass for 60,000 yards and broke the record for Most Career Touchdown Passes with 334.  In 2004, he was again named Most Valuable Player in the Grey Cup Game.  In 2005, Allen would be named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player for the first time during his career, as well as being named a CFL All-Star, Eastern All-Star, and winner of the CFL Fan Choice Award.  At the time of his retirement in 2008, Damon Allen was Pro-Football’s All-Time Passing Leader with 72,381 yards, as well as holding the CFL record for All-Time Rushing Yards by a Quarterback with 11, 914 yards.  He also held the CFL record for Most Pass Attempts – 9,138, Most Pass Completions – 5,158, and Most Touchdown Passes – 394.  He was ranked third All-Time for CFL service having played in 370 regular season games over 23 seasons.  Damon Allen was number 14 on TSN’s Top 50 CFL Players list.

 

* ANSELMO, TONY, Elected as a Builder, April 7, 2009.

Tony Anselmo has been actively involved with the Calgary Stampeders Football Club since 1973 and part of the McMahon Stadium Society since 1974.  Under his direction McMahon Stadium was converted from a pro sports facility to a multi-purpose amateur/professional facility.  His time and dedication helped successfully fundraise over $32,000,000.00 worth of improvements to McMahon Stadium.  In 1991, Anselmo was a major partner in the successful transition of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club from a community-based team to private ownership.  Tony Anselmo is a founder and a director of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club Wall of Fame Committee.  He is also an active member of the Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association.  He is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and has been named to the Calgary Stampeder Football Club Wall of Fame as a builder.

 

* ATCHISON, RON, Elected as a Player, June 24, 1978.

He starred with the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1952 to 1968, earning All-Western All-Star honours at Middle Guard in 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963 plus All-Western All-Star Defensive Tackle in 1964.

 

 

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* BACK, LEONARD P., Elected as a Builder, November 25, 1971.

A head injury in 1919 curtailed his playing to two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Juniors but he returned to become manager of that team in 1920. Back became synonymous with Hamilton football clubs managing Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Pro teams in his native Hamilton.

 

* BAILEY, BYRON L. (BY), Elected as a Player, June 28, 1975.

Recruited by Annis Stukus, By Bailey was with the B.C. Lions when they debuted in the CFL in 1954, scored their first TD and starred for eight seasons at Fullback and three more at Defensive Back for them.

 

* BAILEY, HAROLD, Elected as a Builder, November 25, 1965.

For 30 years he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Rugby Football Union; he was President of the Canadian Rugby Football Union in 1941 and member of the CRU Rules Committee from 1931 through 1950. As head of the ORFU during the Second World War, he kept football alive in difficult days.

 

* BALLARD, HAROLD E., Elected as a Builder, May 2, 1987.  The President and majority shareholder of Maple Leaf Gardens Limited purchased the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1978, keeping the strong tradition of pro football in that City. Also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

BAKER, BILL, Elected as a Player March, 1994.

Played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1968 until 1973 and again in 1977-78. Played with B.C. Lions from 1974-76 and had a career total of 174 games. His credo was "Your opponents are only as tough as you let them be" and throughout his career, the "Undertaker" was known for his ferocious pass rush. Was named to the CFL All-Star team 4 times, All-Western team 5 times, played in the Grey Cup in 1969 and '72 and was named the Schenley Outstanding Defensive Player in 1976. Was named the CFL's President and Chief Operating Officer in December 1988, serving for one year.

 

BARKER, DONALD, Elected as a builder on May 17, 1999.

From 1960 to 1981 he provided meaningful leadership as an Official, Director of Officiating, and as a member of the CFL Rules Committee. Over the course of his officiating career, Barker appeared in 390 regular season and playoff contests and was selected to officiate in 10 Grey Cup games.

 

BARROW, JOHN, Elected as a Player August 5, 1976.

In 14 years with the Tiger-Cats he earned All-Star status 16 times because for four consecutive years (1957-8-9-60) he was an All-Star Tackle on offence and defence. He helped Hamilton to nine Grey Cup Games and in 1962 he was selected as the CFL's top lineman.

 

BASS, DANNY, Elected as a Player, February 22, 2000.

Schenley Award winner, Danny Bass, began his CFL playing career in 1980 with the Toronto Argonauts in the linebacker position. In 1981, Bass was traded to the Calgary Stampeders where he played for two seasons. Bass went to play with the Edmonton Eskimos from 1984 to 1991. He retired in 1991 after twelve years in the CFL. Bass was named CFL All-Star six times, Western All-Star eight times, Schenley Most Outstanding Defensive Player and was the Norm Fieldgate Trophy winner three times. Danny Bass played in three Grey Cup games, winning in 1987.

 

* BATSTONE, HARRY L, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

Of medium height and only 155 pounds, he was nonetheless a triple threat Halfback who could run and kick. He and Lionel Conacher made the end run play a success especially in winning the first East-West Grey Cup Game in 1921 when the Argonauts beat Edmonton. Later at Queen's, Batstone starred often through a string of 26 consecutive victories which included three Grey Cups in a row.

 

BATTLE, GREG, Elected as a Player, February 19, 2007.

Greg Battle played for five CFL teams, earning most of his laurels as a linebacker with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who relied heavily on his pass-coverage skills and an amazing ability to react to the football.  An Arizona State product, he began and ended his 12-year career with Winnipeg , spending 1987-1993 with the Blue Bombers and returning again from 1997-1998.  Battle played 179 regular-season games, 10 playoff games and three Grey Cups.  Regular-season statistics include 766 defensive tackles, 31 interceptions, 26 sacks and 26 fumble recoveries.  Battle was chosen Western All-Star in 1989, 1990 and 1991, earning CFL All-Star honours in 1990 and 1991.  He was named Winnipeg’s outstanding defensive player in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 and was chosen the Western Division outstanding defensive player three times (1989, 1990 and 1991) and the CFL’s top defensive player in 1990 and 1991.

 

*BEACH, ORMOND, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

A great Fullback and Linebacker, The Sarnia Imperials watched him lead them to four Senior ORFU titles from 1934 to 1937 plus two Grey Cup Championships.

 

BENECICK, AL, Elected as a Player, April 15, 1996.

An outstanding offensive lineman who played ten seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders until 1969 at which time he was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos for his final season. He was named as a CFL All-Canadian for three consecutive seasons from 1964-66 and was the Clubs nominee for the Schenley Most Outstanding Lineman award in those three seasons.

 

BENNETT, PAUL, Elected as a Player, March 6, 2002.

Bennett began his CFL career in 1977 as a protected draft choice of the Toronto Argonauts. In his rookie season he was a starter at defensive back and was awarded both Eastern All-Star and CFL All-Star honours. He also set a new CFL record in 1977 for punt return yards (965). In July of 1980, he was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he played for four years. He won many CFL awards in 1983 including Western All-Star, CFL All-Star, and the Schenley Most Oustanding Canadian Player. Paul played his remaining years with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 1985, he continued to win All-Star accolades and was awarded the James P. McCaffrey Trophy as Outstanding Defensive Player in the Eastern Division. And, for the second time in his career, was awarded the Schenley as Most Outstanding Canadian Player. Bennett retired from the CFL in 1987 after eleven years. At his leaving the game, he had 45 interceptions and acquired CFL records in punt return yards (6,358), punt  return carries (659) and interception return yards (1,004).

 

* BERGER, SAMUEL, Elected posthumously as a Builder on June 26, 1993.

He was President and Director of the Ottawa Football Club which won the Grey Cup Championship on four occasions. Sold his interest in the Ottawa team and purchased the Montreal Alouettes in 1969. He revitalized the team which won the Grey Cup in 1970, 1974 and 1977. He was President of the CFL in 1964 and 1971 and was instrumental in drafting the League's first T.V. contract.

 

BONK, JOHN, Elected as a Player, April 2, 2008.

 

Playing Career:

Hamilton Tiger-Cats: 1972-1973

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: 1973-1985

 

Awards and Honours:

CFL All-Star: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

West All-Star: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

Schenley Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: 1984

DeMarco-Becket Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Lineman in the West: 1983, 1984

Grey Cup Participation: 1984

Grey Cup Winning Teams: 1984

 

John Bonk was born August 27, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario and attended Delta Secondary School. In 1970 and 1971, while attending Mohawk College, he continued playing football with the Burlington Braves of the Canadian Junior Football League. Bonk’s pro-football career began when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats invited him to training camp in 1972. Although most of his play that first season was with their developmental team in Kitchener, he played every game at linebacker in the 1973 season until he was traded to Winnipeg in October of that year. Bonk started at linebacker in Winnipeg, but switched to center, the position he played for the rest of his career. He did not miss a regular season game between 1973 and 1985 (202 games), when a neck injury sidelined him and eventually led him to retire from football following the 1985 season. John, his wife Christine and son Jesse returned to Hamilton following his retirement.

 

* BOX, AB, Elected as a Player, November 25, 1965.

A tremendous Halfback who could run as well and punt 60 yards often, he starred for Balmy Beach and the Argos, winning the Jeff Russell Trophy in 1934.

 

BRALEY, DAVID, Elected as a Builder, October 16, 2011 (Induction year 2012).

David Braley has owned 3 CFL teams over a 20 year period.  The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, BC Lions and the Toronto Argonauts.  He has served as the chair of the CFL’s Board of Governors and stepped in as the CFL's interim commissioner from March 2002 to November 2002. A leader among his peers on the Board of Governors, Braley’s efforts in recent years have played a significant role in stabilized the CFL and helped spurred its unprecedented growth. Braley acquired the BC Lion’s in 1997.  Under his leadership, the Lions are recognized as one of British Columbia’s model citizens; a team active in charitable and community endeavor’s focused on health and wellness, public education and the development of amateur football.  In 2007, Braley was honoured with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Appreciation Award for outstanding philanthropic and community service.  In 2009, he received the Consumer’s Choice Award as Vancouver Business Man of the Year.  Braley is also a member of the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame, McMaster University Sports Hall of Fame, and the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction.  In May 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed David Braley to the Canadian Senate.

 

* BREEN, JOSEPH M., Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

After scoring football playing honours with the University of Toronto, Parkdale Canoe Club and the Argos, he coached the University of Western Ontario to its first Intercollegiate football championship in 1931. A member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

 

* BRIGHT, JOHNNY, Elected as a Player, November 26, 1970.

This powerful Fullback gained 10,909 yards in 13 CFL seasons with Calgary and Edmonton. He was top rusher in the West four times; a Western All-Star seven times and the Most Outstanding Player in the CFL once and along with Jackie Parker and Normie Kwong, Bright and the Eskimo backfielders charged to three straight Grey Cup wins in the mid-1950's.

 

BROCK, RALPH DIETER, Elected as a Player, June 18, 1995.

Always known for his strong arm, this quarterback led the CFL in passing for four years. He was selected All-Western three times, All-Canadian twice, Most Outstanding Player in the West twice, and Most Outstanding Player in the CFL twice.

 

* BROOK, T.L. (TOM), Elected as a Builder, June 28, 1975.

He vetoed a CRU movement to establish a two-game Grey Cup series and he strongly emerged as one of the first to push the interlocking schedule. Brook kept the Calgary Stampeders alive in low times in 1948 and that club responded with a 12-0 record in 1948, another two wins and a tie in the playoffs plus 10 straight wins in 1949 for a 25-game unbeaten streak.

 

* BROWN, D. WES, Elected as a Builder, June 19, 1963.

For more than 40 years he served as the Director of the Ottawa Football Club. He was Director, Treasurer and Secretary with Ottawa and became Secretary of the CFL's Eastern section in 1948.

 

BROWN, TOM, Elected as a Player, April 3, 1984.

Although a neck injury ended his career, for five years he starred for the B.C. Lions playing Middle Guard, Linebacker and Defensive End. Twice he was the CFL's Lineman of the Year with Schenley Awards; he was an All-Canadian and an All-Western All-Star three times as the Lions made two Grey Cup appearances during his time, winning in 1964.

 

BROWNE, LESS, Elected as a Player, March 6, 2002.

Less Browne signed as a free agent with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in April 1984. He had two stellar years in 1985 and 1986, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, winning defensive back, All-Eastern and CFL All-Star awards. Browne then moved to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he played from 1989 to 1991. Continuing his incredible playing career, Browne received All-Star awards as a Blue Bomber in 1990 and 1991. In 1990 and 1991 he set the CFL record for most interception return yards with 273 and 267 respectively; records that he still holds today. Moving back to the eastern conference in 1992, Browne played with the Ottawa Rough Riders for one season and for the third time set a CFL record for most interception return yards in a season with 259. Browne closed out his CFL career as a B.C. Lion where he played from 1993 to 1994 setting even more CFL records. Browne still holds the records for most interceptions all-time, regular season with 87 and most interception return  yards, all-time regular season with 1,508. Less holds the team records for most interceptions in a season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1990 with 14 interceptions, the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1992 with 11 interceptions and with the B.C. Lions in 1994 with 11 interceptions. Less Browne finished his career on a winning note as a member of the 1994 B.C. Lions Grey Cup Team.

 

BURDEN, WILLIE, Elected as a Player, April 27, 2001.

Willie Burden played his entire eight year CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in the running back position. Burden played 103 games as a Stampeder but it was during the 1975 season that he was really outstanding and was named to the Western All-Star team, the CFL All-Star team and was the recipient of the Schenley Most Outstanding Player Award. Burden was also the recipient of the Eddie James Memorial Trophy, and Jeff Nicklin Memorial Awards. Burden played with the Calgary Stampeders from 1974 to 1981. As a tribute to his dedication to the game and his ability as a player, the Calgary Stampeders retired his number (#10) in 1982 and he was named to the Stampeder Wall of Fame in 1992.

 

 

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CANERON, BOB, Elected as a Player, February 02, 2010

After starring at Acadia University, Cameron was a punter with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1980 to 2001, winning three Grey Cups, and the honour of being named to three All-Canadian teams.  In 1988, he was voted the Most Valuable Canadian in the Grey Cup game.  In addition to being a CFL all-star, Bob Cameron won the Hec Crighton award as the top university football player in the country at Acadia.

 

CAMPBELL, HUGH, Elected as a Builder, February 22, 2000.

Hugh Campbell has been in the CFL for 26 seasons, as a player, coach, General Manager and President & CEO. Campbell became the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1977. He coached the Eskimos to a Canadian Football League record of six Grey Cup appearances in a row, winning five from 1978 to 1982. His regular season coaching record of 70 wins, 21 losses and five ties is the best percentage in League history. Campbell has received many awards and honours recognizing his outstanding achievements.

 

CAMPBELL, JERRY "SOUPY", Elected as a Player, April 15, 1996.

This dominant middle linebacker began his illustrious CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1966 and was subsequently traded midway through the 1968 season to the Ottawa Rough Riders where he played until his retirement in 1975. He was named as a CFL All-Canadian linebacker from 1969-75 and was a member of the 1968, 1969 and 1973 Ottawa Grey Cup teams.

 

CASEY, TOM "CITATION", Elected as a Player, November 26, 1964.

Enjoyed a splendid CFL career, with the Hamilton Wildcats (1940) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1950-55), earning All-Western All-Star honours at Running Back three times and Defensive Back three times.

 

* CHARLTON, KENNETH (KEN), Elected as a player on October 24, 1992.

The Regina native joined the Roughriders in 1941, only to spend the next two years playing for military teams due to the Second World War. Following the War, he played in both Regina and Ottawa until he retired at the conclusion of the 1954 season. He earned All-Star honours in 1941, 1945, 1946, 1948 and 1949 at flying wing, running back and halfback.

 

CHIPMAN, ARTHUR, Elected as a Builder, November 28, 1969.

Helped save the game during the Second World War Years in the West, he joined the executive of the Winnipeg Football Club in 1936 and was President from 1944 to 1948. In 1949, he was President of the Western Interprovincial Rugby Union and, in 1952 he was President of the Canadian Rugby Union.

 

* CLAIR, FRANK, Elected as a Builder, January 6, 1981.

He came to Canada in 1950 and started with a Grey Cup victory with the Argos. The professor coached in five more Grey Cup Games after that, winning four of those to tie Lew Hayman's Grey Cup record of five all-time victories. He won 174 games in 19 years as a Coach before retiring in 1969 with a Grey Cup victory with Ottawa.

 

CLARKE, BILL, Elected as a Player on April 15, 1996.

He played fourteen seasons for the Saskatchewan Roughriders both at offensive and defensive tackle. He was named to the CFL All-Star team in 1961 and was a member of the 1963 Roughrider defensive unit which went five games without yielding a touchdown to the opposition.

 

CLEMONS, MICHAEL "PINBALL", Elected as a Player, April 2, 2008.

 

Playing Career:

Toronto Argonauts: 1989–2000

 

Coaching Career:

Toronto Argonauts: 2000-2007

 

Awards and Honours:

CFL Most Outstanding Player: 1990

CFL All-Star: 1990, 1997

CFL East All-star: 1990, 1993, 1994, 1997

Tom Pate Award: 1993, 1996

Order of Ontario: 2001

Grey Cup Winning Teams (Player): 1991, 1996, 1997

Grey Cup Winning Teams (Head Coach): 2004

 

Michael Clemons was born January 15, 1965 in Dunedin, Florida. A William and Mary College economics graduate, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts in June, 1989 after a brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. In his first game as an Argo, he was named player-of-the-game with two kickoff returns for 62 yards and five punt returns for 46 yards.

 

His coach, Bob O’Billovich, started calling his dynamic running back and returner “Pinball” because of his knack for bouncing off would-be tacklers. In just his second year, Pinball set a single season record amassing 3,300 all-purpose yards. In 1997, Clemons surpassed his own mark when he recorded 3,840 all-purpose yards, a record that still stands today. He also holds the career record for combined yards with 25,438. Both are both pro-football records.

 

In 1999 he passed the 5,000 yard mark in four separate categories: rushing (5,341), receiving (7,015), kickoff returns (6,349), and punt returns (6,025) -- the only person in pro-football to do this. After a phenomenal career, Pinball retired in 2000 and immediately stepped into the head coaching position which he held until November, 2001.

 

After a brief period as the club’s President, Clemons again took over the head coaching job from 2002 to 2007. He now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Argonauts. He has been recognized by many organizations for his work with charities, schools and other community groups. In 2005, he was an integral part of launching The Argos Foundation –- Stop the Violence. In February, 2006, Clemons was named Chair of the Youth Challenge Fund by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. In 2007, he fulfilled a long-time ambition by launching the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth.

 

“American by birth but Canadian by choice”, Clemons and his wife Diane, along with their daughters Rachel, Raven and Rylie, live in Oakville, Ontario.

 

CLEMENTS, TOM, Elected as a Player, March 1994.

Had a career total 2,807 completions out of 4,657 attempts for 39,041 years, 252 TDs and a 60.3% completion rate while quarterbacking for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1975-78, then with the Western 'Riders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in '79. He played in the NFL in 1980 and returned to the 'Cats in '81 until being traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1983, retiring in '87. Played on the Grey Cup winning teams in 1976 and '84 and in both games, was named the Outstanding Offensive Player. He was a divisional all-star seven times and a CFL all-star twice. Was the League's Rookie of the Year in '75, Most Outstanding Player in '87 and runner-up as the MVP in '81.

 

COFFEY, TOMMY JOE, Elected as a Player, June 25, 1977.

Seven times an All-Canadian All-Star, four times an Eastern All-Star and three times a Western All-Star, the Pass Receiver-Kicker finished with 10,320 yards on pass receptions and 971 points. After two seasons with Edmonton, T.J. left football in 1961 but returned to shine for the Eskimos (1962-66), Hamilton (1967-72) and Toronto (1973) before retiring in 1973.

 

* CONACHER, LIONEL "BIG TRAIN", Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

Acclaimed as Canada's greatest all-round athlete and football player of the 1900-1950 era. The unbelievable Back not only tasted Grey Cup victory but he also played on two Stanley Cup teams and played professionally in five different sports. In the Argos' 23-0 Grey Cup victory over Edmonton in 1921, The Big Train, as he was known, scored 15 points.

 

CONNELLAN, PETER, Elected as a Builder, October 16, 2011 (Induction year 2012).

Peter Connellan is one of the most successful coaches in history at the University of Calgary and in Canadian Interuniversity Sports.  He had an overall regular season win-loss record of 70-32-2 and has never coached a team with a losing record.  Connellan was interim coach with the University of Calgary Dinos in 1977 and led the team to a conference title.  He became the full-time head coach for the team in 1983 and coached them to a Vanier Cup Championship over Queen’s that year.  During his 13 years as coach, the Dinos won eight Canada West Championships and four Vanier Cups.  Connellan announced his retirement after the team’s 1995 Vanier Cup victory.  This victory made Connellan the first coach in CIAU history to win four Vanier Cup Championships.   He won the Frank Tindall Trophy for CIAU Coach of the year in both 1977 and 1985.  Peter Connellan was the recipient of many coaching awards for his work at the University of Calgary, as well as for coaching at the high school level earlier in his career.  Some of these awards include the Norm Kimball Award, Alberta Sports Council Provincial Coaching Recognition Award, and the 3M Canadian Coaching Association – Male Coach of the Year.  He is also an honoured member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Calgary Hall of Fame.

 

CONNOP, ROD, Elected as a Player, October 1, 2005.

Rod Connop joined the Edmonton Eskimos as a first-round selection, ninth overall, following the 1982 CFL draft.  After missing two starts because on an injury in 1983 he played 210 consecutive games, a rare feat for an offensive lineman. He won CFL All-Star honours six times and was named West Division All-Star seven times and north division All-Star once.  He spent 16 seasons in Edmonton, winning Grey Cups in 1982, 1987 and 1993, before retiring in 1998 as the team's all-time leader in games played (303)- 274 during the regular season, 23 playoff contests and six Grey Cups.

 

* COOPER, RALPH W., Elected as a Builder on October 24, 1992.

The Hamilton native was responsible for merging the Hamilton Tigers and the Hamilton Wildcats into the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He served as Club President, was a member of the Board of Directors and served on the team's Board of Governors. Was a member of the committee responsible for recommending a draft system for university players. Helped devise the interlocking schedule which still stands today.

 

* COPELAND, ROYAL, Elected as a Player on March 5, 1988.

Played from 1944 to 1956. He and Joe Krol were known as the Gold Dust Twins during their days with the Argos. An Eastern All-Star Running Back in 1945-46-47-49 and Jeff Russell Memorial Trophy winner in 1949. Only player to score a TD in 3 consecutive Grey Cup games.

 

CORRIGALL, JIM, Elected as a Player on April 28, 1990.

He played his entire career (1970 to 1981) with the Toronto Argonauts. Corrigall was an Eastern All-Star as a Defensive End eight times and was also honoured four times as a CFL All-Star. His best season was in 1975, when he was chosen the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the League and was the Argonauts' nominee for Most Outstanding Player and Canadian.

 

COULTER, BRUCE, Elected as a Builder, September 20, 1997.

As Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach at Bishop's University from 1961 to 1990, his coaching record was 137-80-2 which is the second best amongst C.I.A.U. coaches. The Bishop's Gaiters playing field has been renamed Coulter Field and the Bruce Coulter Award, which is presented annually to the outstanding offensive or defensive player in the Vanier Cup Game, are both in recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments.

 

COVINGTON, GROVER, Elected as a Player, February 22, 2000.  Grover Covington began his CFL career in 1981 when he joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. For eleven years he played the defensive end position and was named CFL sack leader in 1988 with 25 sacks. Covington still holds the CFL's all-time quarterback sack record with 157 sacks. Covington was named CFL All-Star four times, Eastern All-Star seven times, Schenley Most Oustanding Defensive Player and was the James McCaffrey Trophy winner. Grover Covington played in four Grey Cup games, winning in 1986.

 

* COX, ERNEST, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

Many regarded him as the greatest Snapback (Centre) in the late 1920s. He was the first winner of the Jeff Russell Memorial Trophy and a member of the Hamilton Tigers' Grey Cup squads in 1928, 1929 and 1932.

 

* CRAIG, ROSS, Elected as a Player, November 26, 1964.

A powerful lineman who scored consistently as a ball carrier he played from 1906 to 1920 beginning in his native Peterborough and on to Dundas, Hamilton Rowing Club, Hamilton Alerts and Hamilton Tigers. He scored 15 points in the 1913 Grey Cup Game.

 

* CREIGHTON, HECTOR NAISMITH "HEC", Elected as a Builder, August 17, 1985.

Creighton was elected to the Canadian Rugby Union Rules Committee in 1947 and five years later rewrote their rules. He is best remembered as the author of the revised Intercollegiate Rule Book, development of the College Bowl and the Hec Creighton Trophy presented annually to the Most Outstanding Canadian Intercollegiate football player.

 

* CRONIN, CARL, Elected as a Player, November 30, 1967.

The first American import brought into Winnipeg in 1932, this excellent Passer and hard-hitting Linebacker was a fiery leader. As a playing-Coach in 1933, he led Winnipeg to the Western Canadian title. He later served as Coach of the Calgary Bronks and made them a gritty club, typical of his character.

 

* CURRIE, ANDREW, Elected as a Builder, May 6, 1974.

This distinguished player and high school football Coach eventually launched a successful career in Officials' Associations in Manitoba and B.C. He served on the CFL's Rules Committee from 1957 to 1970. In 1965 he was named Chairman of a sub-committee of the Rules Committee and was responsible for revising and rewriting the rule book which was adopted in 1967.

 

CURRIE, GORD, Elected as a Builder, October 1, 2005.

Gord Currie began his coaching career at Regina's Balfour Tech in 1950. At one stage the Balfour Redmen won 40 straight games. While coaching at Balfour his football teams won eight Saskatchewan Championships, successes that were mirrored with the baseball and hockey teams he also coached. Currie joined the Regina Rams, a junior franchise that grew out of the amalgamation of the Dales and Bombers, after Balfour won its sixth straight provincial high school football championship in 1965. During his tenure, the Rams won 109 of their 136 games, one Alberta Junior League Championship, eight Manitoba-Saskatchewan League Championships, seven Western Canadian Junior Championships and six Canadian Championships.  The final national crown coming in his last game in 1976.

 

CUSTIS, BERNARD, Elected as a Builder, February 24, 1998.

Began his coaching career in the 1950's with the Oakville Black Knights. From there went on to guide the Burlington Braves of the CJFL from 1965-1972. Was hired by Sheridan College in 1973 and remained there until 1981 when he took over the McMaster Marauders. He guided the Marauder program to a 31-23-2 record during his 8-year CIAU career and was named as the CIAU Coach-of-the-Year in 1982.

 

CUTLER, DAVE, Elected as a Player, February 24, 1998.

Was an All-Western All-Star in 1977, 1978 and 1980 and an All-Canadian All-Star in 1977 and 1978. Won a member of six Eskimo Grey Cup championship teams in 1975 and 1978-1982. Holds the Eskimo record for career points with 2,237.

 

* CUTLER, WES, Elected as a Player, November 28, 1968.

An All-Star End from 1933 to 1938, he assisted the Argos to Grey Cup wins in 1933, 1937 and 1938. He won the Jeff Russell Trophy in 1938.

 

 

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DALLA RIVA, PETER, Elected as a player on June 26, 1993.

He played 14 seasons with the Montreal Alouettes from 1968 to 1981. This tight end led the team in receiving 5 seasons and is the franchise's all-time leader in TD catches; 2nd in receptions and yardage; 3rd in TDs scored and 5th in scoring. His play earned him All-Star honours in 1972, 1975 and 1976 and All-Canadian honours in 1972, 1973 and 1975. He played in six Grey Cup games, winning three. The Montreal franchise retired his number 74 in 1981.

 

* DAVIES, DR. ANDREW P., Elected as a Builder, November 28, 1969.

A player with McGill and Ottawa, he served as player, Officer and Physician of the Ottawa Club from 1915 to 1948. In 1940, he served as President of the Canadian Rugby Union.

 

* DeGRUCHY, JOHN, Elected as a Builder, June 19, 1963.

Until his death in 1940, he served football in many capacities for half a century. President of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1925, 1930 and 1935, he was father of the Toronto city series between the Argos, Varsity and Balmy Beach.

 

DIPIETRO, ROCKY, Elected as a player on September 20, 1997.

Rocky DiPietro played his entire professional football career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1978 to 1991 as a slotback and wide receiver. He became the CFL's all-time pass reception leader in 1989 and had a career total 706 receptions for 9,762 yards and 45 touchdowns. He holds Tiger-Cat team records for most career pass receptions and reception yards. He has been awarded the All-Eastern All-Star title four times in 1981, 1982, 1986, and 1989, the All-Canadian All-Star title in 1986 and 1989. He was named the Most Outstanding Canadian in 1982 and 1989 and was the Lew Hayman Trophy winner in 1982, 1986, and 1989. DiPietro played in four Grey Cup games and won the Championship in 1986.

 

* DIXON, GEORGE, Elected as a Player, May 6, 1974.

Winner of the Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 1962, he averaged 6.3 yards per carry in seven seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. Following a series of injuries, this dynamic Running Back retired in 1965.

 

* DOJACK, PAUL, Elected as a Builder, June 24, 1978.

He ended a 23-year Officiating career in 1970. During his time, Dojack worked in 15 Grey Cup Games, eight as the Referee including back-to-back assignments as Referee, the first time the tradition of alternating between an Easterner and a Westerner had been broken.

 

* DUGGAN, ERIC WILWIN THOMAS "ECK", Elected as a Builder, January 6, 1981.

Involved in Canadian football for close to 60 years, he Quarterbacked and later served on the executive of the Edmonton Eskimos, officiated in a Grey Cup Game, served as President of the CFL and virtually provided his services to many other areas of football.

 

* DuMOULIN, SEPTIMUS "SEPPI", Elected as a Builder, June 19, 1963.

As a Backfielder for the Hamilton Tigers (1894 to 1906) and later Coach of Hamilton and Winnipeg teams he went on to serve football for close to 70 years. It was, he said, for the love of football that he gave the sport so much of his life.

 

DUNIGAN, MATT, Elected as a Player, January 26, 2006.

For 194 regular-season games through 14 CFL seasons, quarterback Matt Dunigan was considered a linebacker who happened to play quarterback.  Dunigan starred with six CFL teams throughout his career including the Edmonton Eskimos (1983-1987), B.C. Lions (1988), Toronto Argonauts (1989-1991), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1992-1994), Birmingham Barracudas (1995), and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1996).  Upon his retirement, Dunigan was the only quarterback in CFL history to lead 5 different teams to winning records.  Dunigan was named divisional All-Star five times and CFL All-Star three times.  Over his career he rushed 850 times for 5,031 yards and 77 touchdowns.  He was an active member in every community where he played and has been the spokesperson and Chairperson of many organizations and associations over the years.  Dunigan won the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 1989 for his off-field involvement.

 

 

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