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The Calgary Stampeders are a Canadian Football League team based in Calgarymarker, Albertamarker and named in reference to the Calgary Stampedemarker. The Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadiummarker. They have won the league's Grey Cup championship six times, most recently in 2008.

Team facts

Formerly known as: Bronks 1935 to 1944

Helmet design: red background with a white, running horse

Uniform colours: Red, Black and White.

Stadiums: Mewata Park Stadiummarker (1939-1959), McMahon Stadiummarker (1960-present)

Western regular season championship: 16 — 1937, 1938, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2008

Northern regular season championship: 1 — 1995

Grey Cup final appearances: 12 — 1948 (won), 1949 (lost), 1968 (lost), 1970 (lost), 1971 (won), 1991 (lost), 1992 (won), 1995 (lost), 1998 (won), 1999 (lost), 2001 (won), 2008 (won)

Main Rivals: Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders

2009 Regular Season Record: 10 wins, 7 losses, 1 tie.

Franchise history

The first time Calgary took the field in Canadian football was in 1891 when they faced Edmonton in a home and away series. The following years saw the formation of several Calgary-based football teams starting with the Calgary Tigers of the Alberta Rugby Football Union in 1908. This would be followed by the likes of Canucks, the 50th Battalion, Altomahs, Tigers for the second time and later the Bronks.

The Stampeders were officially born on September 29, 1945. In their very first game played on October 22 at Mewata Stadiummarker they beat the Regina Roughriders 12-0 before 4,000 fans in attendance. It would be a taste of success to come that decade under the direction of head coach Les Lear and talented stars such as Woody Strode, Paul Rowe, Keith Spaith, Dave Berry, Normie Kwong and Ezzert "Sugarfoot" Anderson.

1948 would perhaps be the greatest season for the Stamps to date, they became the only CFL team as of 2007 to achieve a perfect season with a record of 12-0 that was capped with a Grey Cup victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders at Toronto's Varsity Stadium. It was also that same Grey Cup that Calgary fans brought pageantry to the game and made it into a national celebration, featuring pancake breakfasts on the steps of City Hall, starting the famous Grey Cup parade and even riding horses in the lobby of the Royal York Hotelmarker.

They would return to the Grey Cup the following year (1949), with a sterling 13-1 record but lost to the Montreal Alouettes 28-15 in the title game. It would be 19 years until Calgary once again reached the Grey Cup again, losing 24-21 to Ottawa in the '68 final and not until 1971 when they would be crowned champions, defeating the Toronto Argonauts 14-11.

The Stampeders nearly folded after the 1985 season marked by declining attendance, financial woes and poor 3-13 record. However, a successful Save Our Stamps campaign resulted in season ticket sales of 22,400, additional funds and stability that translated to improved on-field play which laid the groundwork to Grey Cup berths in 1991 and 1992 when they won the title over Winnipeg.

The decade of the 1990s was very successful for the Stamps, led by quarterbacks Doug Flutie and later Jeff Garcia and Dave Dickenson throwing to receivers Allen Pitts, Terry Vaughn and Dave Sapunjis, and a rock steady defence led by Western All Stars Alondra Johnson, Stu Laird and Will Johnson. They would reach the Grey Cup final three more times, losing in 1995 and 1999 and winning in 1998.

After winning their fifth Grey Cup in 2001, Calgary went into a brief period of decline until 2005 when they emerged as playoff contenders again, led by Henry Burris at quarterback and Joffrey Reynolds at running back. Nevertheless, they did not win a playoff game for several years, suffering three successive losses in the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Western semi-final games.

In 2008, the Stampeders ended their playoff 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 has been interviewed by several NFL teams and College football teams.

Grey Cup championships

Year Winning Team Score Losing Team Title Location
1948 Calgary Stampeders 12-7 Ottawa Rough Riders 36th Grey Cup Varsity Stadiummarker, Toronto
1971 Calgary Stampeders 14-11 Toronto Argonauts 59th Grey Cup Empire Stadiummarker, Vancouver
1992 Calgary Stampeders 24-10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 80th Grey Cup SkyDomemarker, Toronto
1998 Calgary Stampeders 26-24 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 86th Grey Cup Winnipeg Stadiummarker, Winnipeg
2001 Calgary Stampeders 27-19 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 89th Grey Cup Olympic Stadiummarker, Montreal
2008 Calgary Stampeders 22-14 Montreal Alouettes 96th Grey Cup Olympic Stadiummarker, Montreal

Players of note

Retired numbers

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5 Harry Hood
10 Willie Burden
13 Mark McLoughlin
18 Allen Pitts
22 Tom Forzani
55 Wayne Harris
67 Jamie Crysdale
75 Stu Laird

Head Coaches

General Managers

Current roster


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