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Edmonton Elks
Team logo
Founded1949
Based inEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Home fieldThe Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium
Head coachChris Jones
General managerChris Jones
Owner(s)EE Football Team, Inc.[1]
("Community" (shareholder) owned)
LeagueCanadian Football League
DivisionWest Division
ColoursGreen, gold, white[2][3]
     
Nickname(s)
  • The Double-E
  • The Herd (2021–present)
  • Esks, Eskies (1949–2020)
  • The Evil Empire (1970s–1990s)
Mascot(s)Punter and Spike
Grey Cup wins14 (1954, 1955, 1956, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015)
  • Edmonton Eskimos (1949–2020)
  • Edmonton Football Team (2020–2021)
Websitegoelks.com Edit this at Wikidata
Current uniform
CFL EDM Jersey.png
Current sports event2022 Edmonton Elks season

The Edmonton Elks are a professional Canadian football team based in Edmonton, Alberta. The club competes in the Canadian Football League (CFL) as a member of the league's West Division and plays their home games at the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. The Elks were founded in 1949 as the Edmonton Eskimos and have won the Grey Cup championship fourteen times (including a three-peat between 1954 and 1956 and an unmatched five consecutive wins between 1978 and 1982), most recently in 2015. The team has a rivalry with the Calgary Stampeders and is one of the three community-owned teams in the CFL. The team discontinued using the "Eskimos" name in 2020, with the new name "Elks" being formally announced on June 1, 2021.[4][5]

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Canadian football

Canadian football

Canadian football is a sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (101 m) long and 65 yards (59 m) wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area.

Canadian Football League

Canadian Football League

The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

West Division (CFL)

West Division (CFL)

The West Division is one of the two regional divisions of the Canadian Football League (CFL), its counterpart being the East Division. Although the CFL was not founded until 1958, the West Division and its clubs are descended from earlier leagues.

Commonwealth Stadium

Commonwealth Stadium

Commonwealth Stadium is an open-air, multipurpose stadium located in the McCauley neighbourhood of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It has a seating capacity of 56,302, making it the largest open-air stadium in Canada. Primarily used for Canadian football, it also hosts athletics, soccer, rugby union and concerts.

Grey Cup

Grey Cup

The Grey Cup is both the championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the trophy awarded to the victorious team playing in the namesake championship of professional Canadian football. The game is contested between the winners of the CFL's East and West Divisional playoffs and is one of Canadian television's largest annual sporting events. The Toronto Argonauts have the most Grey Cup wins (18) since its introduction in 1909, while the Edmonton Elks have the most Grey Cup wins (11) since the merger in 1958. The latest, the 109th Grey Cup, took place in Regina, Saskatchewan on November 20, 2022, when the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24–23.

Three-peat

Three-peat

In North American sports, a three-peat is winning three consecutive championships. The term, a portmanteau of the words three and repeat, originated with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, during their unsuccessful campaign for a third consecutive championship during the 1988–89 season, having won the previous 2 NBA Finals. The Lakers, however, were swept by the Detroit Pistons in the 1989 NBA Finals. The term is a registered trademark owned by Pat Riley, the Lakers' head coach from 1981–1990, although it was coined by L.A. player Byron Scott immediately after their successful championship defense against the Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals. The Lakers finally achieved a three-peat over a decade later, winning the NBA title in 2000, 2001, and 2002. It was their second in franchise history, and only the first since moving from Minneapolis. As of 2022, the Lakers are the last team of the 4 major American professional sports to accomplish the three-peat.

103rd Grey Cup

103rd Grey Cup

The 103rd Grey Cup was a Canadian football game that was played on November 29, 2015 between the East Division champion Ottawa Redblacks and the West Division champion Edmonton Eskimos to decide the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship for the 2015 season. The game was played at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shaw Communications was the presenting sponsor of the game; it was the first time in CFL history that the Grey Cup has been sponsored. The Eskimos won the contest 26–20 to claim their 14th Grey Cup championship in franchise history and first since 2005. Mike Reilly was named Most Valuable Player and Shamawd Chambers received the Dick Suderman Trophy as Most Valuable Canadian. It was the Eskimos' first Grey Cup win that did not involve Hugh Campbell in any capacity with the organization since the 1975 Grey Cup. This was Edmonton's last Grey Cup under the "Eskimos" name before the team name was changed to the Edmonton Elks in 2020.

Battle of Alberta

Battle of Alberta

The Battle of Alberta is a term applied to the intense rivalry between the Canadian cities of Calgary, the province's most populous city, and Edmonton, the capital of the province of Alberta. Most often it is used to describe sporting events between the two cities, although this is not exclusive as the rivalry predates organized sports in Alberta.

Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders

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 since the 1890s.

Ownership

The Edmonton Elks are one of three "community owned" teams in the CFL (owned by local shareholders).

Edmonton Elks Football Team, Inc., is governed by a ten-member board of directors.[6] The board consists of a chairman, treasurer, secretary, and seven directors. As of 2017, the board of directors included chairman Brad Sparrow, treasurer Janice Agrios, secretary Murray Scambler, directors Douglas Cox, Rob Heron, Ian Murray, Harold Roozen, Marshall Sadd, Lindsay Dodd and Tom Richards. The club's president and CEO was Chris Presson until he was fired on November 22, 2021.[7][8]

History

Football in Edmonton 1895–1939

The Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club, unaffiliated with the current team, was an early Canadian football-rugby union team based in Edmonton. The team played its first organized games with the formation of the Alberta Rugby Football League in 1895. In 1908 the name Esquimaux was adopted.[9] In 1910 the club was officially named the Edmonton Eskimos and was briefly called the Edmonton Elks during 1922. (The city was represented by the Edmonton Civics in 1914 and the Edmonton Canucks in 1919.) After appearing in and losing the 9th Grey Cup and 10th Grey Cup games (being the first western teams to play for the Cup) the team folded in 1925, but returned for two seasons beginning 1928, and then folded again. It was succeeded by the Edmonton Boosters, who played for three more seasons, and the Edmonton Hi-Grads in 1936 (a team of high school graduate all stars.) Elite-level football returned to Edmonton in 1938 with a team once again called the Eskimos, this time in the Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU). This team ceased operating after only two seasons because of the Second World War.

Team history

The current incarnation of the team began in the 1949 WIFU season as the Edmonton Eskimos under head coach Annis Stukus, for whom the CFL's annual coach of the year award is named. The team played home games at Clarke Stadium and quickly saw success under quarterback Jackie Parker and running back Johnny Bright, winning the Grey Cup three years in a row from 1954 to 1956. The team did not win the Grey Cup again until 1975, the longest drought in team history. The team moved to Commonwealth Stadium in 1978.

The team won five consecutive Grey Cups (1978–82), led by superstar quarterbacks Warren Moon and Tom Wilkinson and head coach Hugh Campbell. After a brief absence, Campbell returned to the team in 1986 and worked for Edmonton in an administrative capacity until his retirement in 2006. This five-year dynasty, followed by the dominance of the city's NHL team the Edmonton Oilers, led the city to be nicknamed the "City of Champions" in the 1980s. Edmonton made it to nine Grey Cups in a ten-year span from 1973 to 1982.

In the 1980s and 90s the team's marquee player was Gizmo Williams who still holds many CFL records in punt and kickoff returns and was a key part in Grey Cup victories in 1987 and 1993 under head coach Ron Lancaster. During this period the team was also known for its stellar defensive line, with future Canadian Football Hall of Famers like Danny Kepley and Danny Bass winning Defensive Player of the Year Awards and Willie Pless winning the trophy a record five times.

After winning the Grey Cup in both 2003 and 2005, under quarterback Ricky Ray, who is Edmonton's all-time leader in passing yards, the team missed the playoffs the following year, for the first time in 34 years, a North American professional sport record. This led to a ten-year Grey Cup drought. After a gap of ten years, Edmonton won the Grey Cup again in 2015, under the leadership of quarterback Mike Reilly, their most recent championship.

The term Eskimo is an offensive term placed on Inuit.[10][11][12] In 2020 after pressure from sponsor Belairdirect,[13] the team officially dropped all use of the word "Eskimo" from the team, temporarily rebranding as the "Edmonton Football Team" or, secondarily, the "EE Football Team", confirming their plan was to rebrand with a nickname starting with "E" to continue the use of at least some of their branding, most notably the interlocked double-E logo. On June 1, 2021, it was formally announced that the new Edmonton team name would be the Edmonton Elks, a name used by the Edmonton football club of 1922.[4]

2012–2015 uniform combinations as the Edmonton Eskimos
2012–2015 uniform combinations as the Edmonton Eskimos

Franchise great Warren Moon, who led Edmonton to a record five straight Grey Cups between 1978 and 1982 stated, "The name Eskimos, to me, just means pride and it means winning with that organization". However, he stated that he was ultimately supportive of the move because some people might be offended by the name.[14]

The team colours, green and gold, have remained essentially the same over the years with only minor modifications to the uniform or logo until 2021, when the EE logo was designated as a secondary logo,[15] and introduced a new logo of a stylized image of an elk and the Elks helmet logo was changed to antlers. After keeping the elk-antler helmet for the 2021 season, the team reintroduced the EE logo to their helmets (albeit with it not being enclosed in an oval) in the 2022 offseason, acknowledging fan favourability towards the logo.[16][17]

Team records and achievements

The Elks have won the Grey Cup more than any other team except the Toronto Argonauts, including more championships than any other since the CFL was formed in the 1950s. This places the Elks second overall to the Toronto Argonauts, who have won 17 Grey Cups (seven since the CFL was formed in 1954). The team also made playoffs for 37 consecutive years from 1927 to 2005, a North American professional sport record. Since re-entering the WIFU in 1949, Edmonton is the only team to have two dynasties of three or more successive Grey Cups: 1954–1956 and 1978–1982.

The Elks have also led the CFL in attendance for many years. As of August 2016, Edmonton had the highest average attendance in the league 27 times since moving to Commonwealth Stadium in 1978.[18]

Team alumni have figured prominently in Alberta political life: past players include two former provincial premiers (Peter Lougheed and Donald Getty), a former mayor of Edmonton (Bill Smith), and a lieutenant-governor (Norman Kwong).

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Canadian football

Canadian football

Canadian football is a sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (101 m) long and 65 yards (59 m) wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area.

Alberta Rugby Football Union

Alberta Rugby Football Union

The Alberta Rugby Football Union was formed on September 25, 1911, and governed the newly emerging and evolving sport of football in the province for over 2 decades before it was disbanded in 1936. First the Calgary Rugby Football Union (CRFU) was created on September 29, 1908. The CRFU would play the champion from Edmonton to determine the winner of the Alberta Rugby Football League for 4 seasons from 1907 to 1910. After that the Alberta Rugby Football Union was formed in 1911. It joined the Manitoba Rugby Football Union and the Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union to form the Western Canada Rugby Football Union (WCRFU) in 1911.

1922 in Canadian football

1922 in Canadian football

1914 in Canadian football

1914 in Canadian football

1919 in Canadian football

1919 in Canadian football

9th Grey Cup

9th Grey Cup

The 9th Grey Cup was played on December 3, 1921, before 9,558 fans at Varsity Stadium at Toronto. Edmonton was the first western team to challenge for the Grey Cup.

10th Grey Cup

10th Grey Cup

The 10th Grey Cup was played on December 2, 1922, before 4,700 fans at Richardson Memorial Stadium at Kingston.

1925 in Canadian football

1925 in Canadian football

1928 in Canadian football

1928 in Canadian football

1936 in Canadian football

1936 in Canadian football

1938 in Canadian football

1938 in Canadian football

For the second consecutive season the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers met for the Grey Cup. The Argonauts won the game.

Annis Stukus

Annis Stukus

Annis Paul Stukus was a Canadian football player, coach and general manager, and ice hockey general manager.

Wall of Honour

The Edmonton Elks have a policy of honouring the players who have best represented the team on the field. The player's name, number and seasons played with the Edmonton Elks are displayed on the edge of the concrete separating the field level from the lower bowl of The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. The Elks keep the numbers in circulation rather than retire them from use.

Numbers so honoured as of 2022:

† Honoured posthumously

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Gizmo Williams

Gizmo Williams

Henry Lee "Gizmo" Williams is a former American and Canadian football kick returner and wide receiver. After his retirement at the end of the 2000 CFL season, Williams worked as a motivational speaker.

Canada

Canada

Canada is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering over 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest binational land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Larry Highbaugh

Larry Highbaugh

Larry Highbaugh was an American defensive back who played with the BC Lions from 1971 to 1972 and the Edmonton Eskimos from 1972 to 1983 of the Canadian Football League.

Oscar Kruger

Oscar Kruger

Oskar Kruger was a defensive back for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1954 to 1965 of the Canadian Football League.

Ricky Ray

Ricky Ray

Ricky Ray is an American former professional Canadian football quarterback. Ray spent the majority of his professional career with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He also briefly spent time in the af2, as well as with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). Ray is the all-time leader in passing yardage, pass completions, and passing touchdowns for both the Edmonton Elks and Toronto Argonauts. He won a Grey Cup championship four times as a starter, in 2003, 2005, 2012, and 2017.

Johnny Bright

Johnny Bright

John Dee Bright was an American professional football player in the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Drake University. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame, the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame, the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and the Des Moines Register's Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.

Ed Jones (defensive back)

Ed Jones (defensive back)

Ed Jones is a former American and canadian football safety for the Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He won five Grey Cups for the Eskimos and was a CFL All-Star. He also was a member of the Buffalo Bills in the National Football League. He played college football at Rutgers University and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1975.

Jim Germany

Jim Germany

Jim Germany, is a former star running back in the Canadian Football League.

Dave Cutler (Canadian football)

Dave Cutler (Canadian football)

David Robert Stuart Cutler is a former all-star place kicker with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Cutler is considered by many to be the best field goal kicker in CFL history.

Don Getty

Don Getty

Donald Ross Getty was a Canadian politician who served as the 11th premier of Alberta between 1985 and 1992. A member of the Progressive Conservatives, he served as Energy Minister and Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister in the government of Peter Lougheed before leaving politics for the private sector in 1979. He returned to politics six years later to contest the leadership contest resulting from Lougheed's retirement. He defeated two other candidates, and became Premier November 1, 1985.

Joe Hollimon

Joe Hollimon

Joe Hollimon is a former defensive back for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 1976-1985. He won six Grey Cups while a member of the Eskimos. He was a three-time Western Conference All-Star Corner Back and was a CFL All-Star in 1978.

Danny Bass

Danny Bass

Danny Bass is a former linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts in 1980, Calgary Stampeders from 1981–1983 and the Edmonton Eskimos from 1984-1991 of the Canadian Football League. He won a Grey Cup for the Eskimos and played in another two for them. Bass was voted one of the CFL's top 50 players (#44) by Canadian sports network TSN.

Current roster

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

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Special teams

1-Game Injured List

6-Game Injured List

Practice roster

Suspended

Italics indicate American player • Bold indicates Global player • 45 Active, 21 Injured, 9 Practice, 13 Rookies, 5 Suspended
Roster updated 2022-10-22 • Depth chartTransactionsMore CFL rosters

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Kai Locksley

Kai Locksley

Kai Locksley is an American professional Canadian football quarterback and wide receiver who is currently a member of the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Ante Milanovic-Litre

Ante Milanovic-Litre

Ante Milanovic-Litre is a professional Canadian football running back and fullback for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted in fourth round, 28th overall, in the 2017 CFL Draft by the Stampeders and was signed on May 18, 2017. He won his first Grey Cup as a member of the Stampeders 106th Grey Cup championship team in 2018. He played college football for the Simon Fraser Clan. Milanovic-Litre joined the Edmonton Elks in free agency on February 14, 2022.

James Wilder Jr.

James Wilder Jr.

James Curtis Wilder Jr. is a professional gridiron football running back for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played three seasons for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League (CFL), winning the Grey Cup in 2017 and the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award for 2017. Wilder played college football at Florida State, where he was part of the team that won the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. He was also a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, and Montreal Alouettes.

Emmanuel Arceneaux

Emmanuel Arceneaux

Emmanuel Arceneaux is an American professional wide receiver for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Alcorn State University.

Kenny Lawler

Kenny Lawler

Kenneth James Lawler, Jr. is a professional gridiron football wide receiver for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round, 243rd overall, of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

Jalin Marshall

Jalin Marshall

Jalin Delane Marshall is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State. He has also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) and Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

Dillon Mitchell

Dillon Mitchell

Dillon Mitchell is an American football wide receiver who is currently a member of the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Oregon and was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round, 239th overall of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Llevi Noel

Llevi Noel

Llevi Noel is a professional Canadian football wide receiver for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is a Grey Cup champion after winning the 105th Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts in 2017.

Daniel Vandervoort

Daniel Vandervoort

Daniel "Danny" Vandervoort is a professional Canadian football wide receiver for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Vandervoort was drafted in the first round, third overall by the BC Lions in the 2017 CFL Draft.

Derel Walker

Derel Walker

Derel Walker is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was named a CFL All-Star in 2015 and 2016 and received the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award in 2015. He is a Grey Cup champion after winning the 103rd Grey Cup with Edmonton in his rookie year. He previously attended Texas A&M University where he played college football for the Aggies.

David Foucault

David Foucault

David Foucault is a Canadian football offensive lineman for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football for the Montreal Carabins. He has also played for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) and the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

Jesse Gibbon

Jesse Gibbon

Jesse Gibbon is a professional Canadian football offensive lineman for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Current coaching staff

Front Office
  • President and CEO – Victor Cui
  • General Manager – Chris Jones
  • Assistant General Manager – Geroy Simon
  • Assistant General Manager – Bobby Merritt
  • Director of Football Operations – Kris Hagerman
  • Director of US Scouting – Sammy Gahagan
  • Assistant Director of Football Operations – Nick Pelletier
  • Head Video Coordinator – Mike Woytowich

Head Coach

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach – Tyrone Robinson

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Victor Cui

Victor Cui

Victor Cui is a Canadian sports executive, who is currently the president and CEO of the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League.

Chris Jones (Canadian football coach)

Chris Jones (Canadian football coach)

Chris Jones is the head coach and general manager of the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was previously the head coach and general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for three seasons, after serving as the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos for two seasons. Jones previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts before becoming a head coach. Jones won four Grey Cup rings with four teams between 2002 and 2015.

Geroy Simon

Geroy Simon

Geroy Simon is the assistant general manager for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is also a former professional Canadian football slotback who played in 15 seasons in the CFL, twelve of them with the BC Lions. Simon won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in 2006 while also winning three Grey Cup championships; with the BC Lions in 2006 and 2011 and with Saskatchewan in 2013. As of the 2013 CFL season, Simon is the all-time career leader in CFL receiving yards with 16,352 yards, second in pass receptions with 1,029 and third in touchdown receptions with 103.

Stephen McAdoo

Stephen McAdoo

Stephen McAdoo is an American professional football coach and former player who is the offensive coordinator for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played professionally as an offensive lineman for parts of three seasons for Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) and the Shreveport Pirates of the CFL.

Jarious Jackson

Jarious Jackson

Jarious K. Jackson is a professional Canadian football pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has also been a coach for the Toronto Argonauts, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and BC Lions. Jackson played professionally in the CFL for eight seasons with the Lions and one year with the Argonauts where he won three Grey Cup championships in 2006, 2011, and 2012. He has also been a member of the Denver Broncos (NFL), to whom he was drafted 214th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, and the Barcelona Dragons. Jackson played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Markus Howell

Markus Howell

Markus Howell is the receivers coach for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is a former professional Canadian football wide receiver and kick returner who played for 11 years for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Renegades, and Calgary Stampeders. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2000 CFL Draft by the Blue Bombers. He won a Grey Cup championship in 2008. He played college football at Texas Southern.

Demetrious Maxie

Demetrious Maxie

Demetrious Maxie is a former Canadian Football League defensive end. He has been the defensive line coach for the Edmonton Elks since 2017.

Brandon Isaac

Brandon Isaac

Brandon Isaac is a professional Canadian football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He has been a member of the Spokane Shock, Manchester Wolves, Milwaukee Iron, Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts.

List of current Canadian Football League staffs

List of current Canadian Football League staffs

The following is a list of current Canadian Football League (CFL) team staffs:

Head coaches

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Canada

Canada

Canada is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering over 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest binational land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Annis Stukus

Annis Stukus

Annis Paul Stukus was a Canadian football player, coach and general manager, and ice hockey general manager.

Frank Filchock

Frank Filchock

Frank Joseph Filchock was an American gridiron football player and coach. As a consequence of a famous scandal regarding the 1946 NFL Championship Game, he was suspended by the National Football League (NFL) from 1947 to 1950 for associating with gamblers.

Darrell Royal

Darrell Royal

Darrell K Royal was an All-American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Mississippi State University (1954–1955), the University of Washington (1956), and the University of Texas (1957–1976), compiling a career college football record of 184–60–5. In his 20 seasons at Texas, Royal's teams won three national championships, 11 Southwest Conference titles, and amassed a record of 167–47–5. He won more games than any other coach in Texas Longhorns football history. Royal also coached the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) for one season in 1953. He never had a losing season as a head coach for his entire career. Royal was an All-American at the University of Oklahoma, where he played football from 1946 to 1949. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1983. Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, where the Longhorns play their home games, was renamed in his honor in 1996.

Eagle Keys

Eagle Keys

Eagle Keys was a Canadian football player and coach. He is currently fifth all-time in regular season wins with 131 as a head coach in the Canadian Football League. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Neill Armstrong

Neill Armstrong

Neill Ford Armstrong was an American football player and coach whose career spanned more than four decades at both the college and professional levels. Notably, Armstrong served as the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Member of the 1945 National Championship Oklahoma A&M Team.

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell is a former American football and Canadian football player, coach, and executive. He served as a head coach in three different professional gridiron football leagues: the Canadian Football League (CFL), the United States Football League (USFL) and the National Football League (NFL). Campbell retired as the CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 2006. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Jackie Parker

Jackie Parker

John Dickerson "Jackie" Parker was an American gridiron football player and coach. He was an All-American in college football and an outstanding professional football player in the Canadian Football League at the running back, quarterback, defensive back, and kicker positions. He is primarily known for his play with the Edmonton Eskimos. Later in his career, he played for the Toronto Argonauts and the BC Lions, and coached the Eskimos and Lions after his playing career ended.

Joe Faragalli

Joe Faragalli

Joe Faragalli was a gridiron football player and coach who had most of his success in the Canadian Football League. Faragalli played guard at Villanova University from 1950 to 1953, and was the team captain all four years. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 12th round of the 1954 NFL Draft. He served four years in Germany with the United States Army and went on to coach college football in the United States.

Kay Stephenson

Kay Stephenson

George Kay Stephenson is an American former college and professional football player and retired coach, whose latter career has seen him work in four different professional leagues. Stephenson played quarterback for the American Football League's San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He finished his playing career in 1974 in the World Football League with the Jacksonville Sharks before entering the coaching ranks.

Don Matthews

Don Matthews

Donald J. Matthews, a.k.a. "The Don", was a head coach of several professional football teams, mostly in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He won 231 games in the CFL, the second highest win total by a head coach in the league's history while leading four teams to Grey Cup victories. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in September 2011.

Danny Maciocia

Danny Maciocia

Danny Maciocia is the head coach and general manager of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was previously head coach of the Université de Montréal Carabins football team. He is also the former general manager and director of football operations of the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos and former offensive coordinator with the André-Grasset Phénix, a CEGEP team in Montreal.

General managers

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Al Anderson (Canadian football)

Al Anderson (Canadian football)

Albert James Anderson was a Canadian football administrator who was general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos from 1947 to 1956. He won three Grey Cups with them in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Anderson later worked with the Edmonton Exhibition Association and Northlands.

Joe Ryan (Canadian football)

Joe Ryan (Canadian football)

Joseph Bernard Ryan was a Canadian football manager of the Winnipeg Winnipegs and Montreal Alouettes between the 1930s to 1940s. During his manager tenures, Ryan won the Grey Cup with Winnipeg in 1935, 1939 and 1941. He also won the Grey Cup with the Alouettes in 1949. With the Canadian Football League, Ryan worked as the general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos from 1960 to 1965. Ryan was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1968, the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

Vic Schwenk

Vic Schwenk

Victor Earl Schwenk was an American gridiron football coach and executive. He served as the head football at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1960 to 1963, compiling a record of 23–12. Schwenk was the general manager for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1966 and the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL) from 1968 to 1972. He died in 2016.

Norm Kimball

Norm Kimball

Norman H. Kimball is a Canadian former football executive. Joining the organization in 1961, he served as the general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos from 1966 to 1985. He won the Grey Cup with the team in 1975 and for five years straight from 1978 to 1982. From 1971 to 1974, he was Chairman of the CFL General Managers. In 1975, he became the Chairman of the CFL's Player Relations Committee. He was also President and Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Alouettes from 1986 to 1987. Kimball was elected as a builder in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame on May 11, 1991. In 2011, Kimball was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell is a former American football and Canadian football player, coach, and executive. He served as a head coach in three different professional gridiron football leagues: the Canadian Football League (CFL), the United States Football League (USFL) and the National Football League (NFL). Campbell retired as the CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 2006. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Tom Higgins (Canadian football)

Tom Higgins (Canadian football)

Thomas Joseph John Higgins Jr. is the defensive coordinator for the Alberta Golden Bears football team in U Sports. He has previously served as the Director of Officiating for the Canadian Football League and is a former Canadian and American football player, head coach, and general manager.

Danny Maciocia

Danny Maciocia

Danny Maciocia is the head coach and general manager of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was previously head coach of the Université de Montréal Carabins football team. He is also the former general manager and director of football operations of the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos and former offensive coordinator with the André-Grasset Phénix, a CEGEP team in Montreal.

Eric Tillman

Eric Tillman

Eric Tillman is an American-born Canadian football executive who is the vice president of football operations for the Atlantic Schooners. He was previously the general manager of the BC Lions (1993–94), Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Renegades (2002–04), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2006–2010), Edmonton Eskimos (2010–2012), and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2016–2018). As a general manager, Tillman has won the Grey Cup three times. In addition to his career as an executive, Tillman has also worked as a CFL analyst for TSN, the CBC, and Rogers Sportsnet in 1998, 2000, and 2005.

Ed Hervey

Ed Hervey

Edward Hervey is a former professional Canadian football wide receiver and currently an assistant general manager for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos for eight years and also served as general manager of the Eskimos from 2013 through 2016, winning the 103rd Grey Cup to conclude the 2015 CFL season. He was later the general manager for the BC Lions from 2017 to 2020. He played college football at the University of Southern California.

Brock Sunderland

Brock Sunderland

Brock Sunderland was the General Manager of the Edmonton Elks in the Canadian Football League from 2017 until 2021. He won the Grey Cup as the Assistant General Manager of the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016. Previously, he was a college and pro scout with the New York Jets from 2007 to 2012. He started his pro management career as a regional scout for the Montreal Alouettes in 2004, working his way up to Director of Scouting under Jim Popp. He attended the University of Montana, where he was a kick returner and receiver on the Montana Grizzlies football team.

Chris Jones (Canadian football coach)

Chris Jones (Canadian football coach)

Chris Jones is the head coach and general manager of the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was previously the head coach and general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for three seasons, after serving as the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos for two seasons. Jones previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts before becoming a head coach. Jones won four Grey Cup rings with four teams between 2002 and 2015.

CFL awards and trophies

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42nd Grey Cup

42nd Grey Cup

The 42nd Grey Cup football game was played on November 27, 1954, before a full house at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

43rd Grey Cup

43rd Grey Cup

The 43rd Grey Cup game was played on November 26, 1955, before 39,417 football fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. This was the first Grey Cup played in Vancouver.

44th Grey Cup

44th Grey Cup

The 44th Grey Cup game was played on November 24, 1956, before 27,425 fans at Varsity Stadium in Toronto.

63rd Grey Cup

63rd Grey Cup

The 63rd Grey Cup was played on November 23, 1975, before 32,454 fans at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. In a tight, defensive battle, the Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Montreal Alouettes 9–8. Just before the contest began, a young woman was "streaking" during the coin toss.

66th Grey Cup

66th Grey Cup

The 66th Grey Cup was played on November 26, 1978, before 54,695 fans at Exhibition Stadium at Toronto. The Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Montreal Alouettes in a close game, 20–13.

67th Grey Cup

67th Grey Cup

The 67th Grey Cup was played on November 25, 1979 before 65,113 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Montreal Alouettes 17–9.

68th Grey Cup

68th Grey Cup

The 68th Grey Cup was played on November 23, 1980, before 54,661 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. The Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 48–10 in one of the most lopsided victories in Grey Cup history.

69th Grey Cup

69th Grey Cup

The 69th Grey Cup was played on November 22, 1981, at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec in front of 52,487 fans. The 1981 Grey Cup game is considered to be one of the ten best Grey Cup games of all time. CFL football fans saw an unexpectedly exciting game, as the 22.5 point underdog Ottawa Rough Riders, sporting a woeful record of 5–11, came within 3 seconds of denying the Edmonton Eskimos the title. The Esks, with a 14–1–1 record, were almost the victims of what would have been the biggest upset in the history of the Grey Cup.

70th Grey Cup

70th Grey Cup

The 70th Grey Cup, also known as the "Rain Bowl", was the 1982 Grey Cup Canadian Football League championship game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos. The Eskimos, who were making their sixth consecutive appearance in the CFL championship game, defeated the Argonauts 32–16 on the Eskimos' way to their fifth straight Grey Cup. The game was played on Sunday, November 28, 1982, at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.

75th Grey Cup

75th Grey Cup

The 75th Grey Cup was the 1987 Canadian Football League championship game that was played at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Toronto Argonauts. The Eskimos defeated the Argonauts 38–36, on Jerry Kauric's last second field-goal.

81st Grey Cup

81st Grey Cup

The 81st Grey Cup was the 1993 Canadian Football League championship game played between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta. The Eskimos defeated the Blue Bombers 33–23 to win the Grey Cup.

103rd Grey Cup

103rd Grey Cup

The 103rd Grey Cup was a Canadian football game that was played on November 29, 2015 between the East Division champion Ottawa Redblacks and the West Division champion Edmonton Eskimos to decide the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship for the 2015 season. The game was played at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shaw Communications was the presenting sponsor of the game; it was the first time in CFL history that the Grey Cup has been sponsored. The Eskimos won the contest 26–20 to claim their 14th Grey Cup championship in franchise history and first since 2005. Mike Reilly was named Most Valuable Player and Shamawd Chambers received the Dick Suderman Trophy as Most Valuable Canadian. It was the Eskimos' first Grey Cup win that did not involve Hugh Campbell in any capacity with the organization since the 1975 Grey Cup. This was Edmonton's last Grey Cup under the "Eskimos" name before the team name was changed to the Edmonton Elks in 2020.

Mascots

Punter (an anthropomorphic football) and Spike (an elk) are the mascots for the Edmonton Elks. They were introduced in 2004 and 2021, respectively.[19] Nanook, a polar bear, was introduced in 1997, but was retired and replaced with Spike in 2021, coinciding with the rebranding.

Source: "Edmonton Elks", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonton_Elks.

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