Andrew Buckley capped off his Canadian Interuniversity Sport career Monday night by adding the only individual award missing from his collection.

The fifth-year University of Calgary Dinos quarterback won the BLG Award as the top male athlete in CIS for 2015-16 at the Martha Cohen Theatre at Calgary's Arts Commons, receiving the Doug Mitchell Trophy along with a $10,000 scholarship. Kylie Masse, a swimmer from the University of Toronto, received the Jim Thompson Trophy as the female BLG Award winner.

The BLG Award is the eighth in the University of Calgary's history, doubling the next closest schools' totals – McGill, UBC, McMaster, and Toronto have four apiece – since the inaugural honours in 1993. Buckley joins a constellation of Dinos stars to have received the prestigious honour, including volleyballer Andy Cameron (1993), football star Don Blair (1996), Olympic medal-winning swimmer Curtis Myden (1997), basketball standout Leighann Doan...
According to Justin Dunk, the CFL will be adding one more round to the CFL Draft.

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The CFL is set to make its Canadian draft one round longer, per sources.

That will make this year’s pick-fest eight rounds and it marks the second time the league has expanded the draft since 2013, when they went from six to seven rounds.

An extra round gives teams a chance to bring more Canadian players to training camp as “non-counters” or athletes that don’t count against a teams’ roster number until the final cuts are made.

That opportunity for a player to display what he can do over a prolonged period of time in a football setting can help ensure less fall through the cracks. Canadian receiver Rob Bagg is a perfect example: he went through the 2007 CFL Draft unselected and signed with Saskatchewan after the draft. Bagg went to camp, proved he could play at the pro level and he’s carved out an...
The Calgary Stampeders have signed international linebackers Jared Brackens and Josh Francis as free agents. As per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Brackens played four seasons (2011-14) at Iowa State and had 132 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss, in 46 career games. As a senior, he saw action in all 12 games as a linebacker and nickel back and made six starts. He recorded 57 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, and one pass breakup. In 2013, he started 13 games at linebacker and ranked third on the Cyclones with 61 tackles while recording a pair of sacks.

Francis signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Jan. 21, 2014, but he did not see action with the team. He signed with the Indoor Football League’s Wichita Falls Nighthawks in 2015 and signed with the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers on Mar. 5, 2015. Francis attended training camp with the Packers and he was released on Aug. 31, 2015.

Francis played two seasons (2012-13) at...
The Calgary Stampeders have signed three receivers — national Matthew Norzil and internationals Josh Harper and Jamal Nixon — as free agents. As per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Calgary first signed Norzil on Oct. 13, 2015, and he was placed on the practice roster. He was selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the fourth round (30th overall) of the 2015 CFL Canadian Draft. Norzil attended training camp with the Argos and then signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on July 23, 2015.

Norzil played 15 games over four seasons at Laval. He was a Quebec conference all-star in 2012 after making 34 catches for 548 yards and six touchdowns. Norzil added 10 carries for 116 yards. He was limited to just one game for the Rouge et Or over the 2013 and 2014 seasons due to injuries.

Harper signed with the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015, and attended training camp. He played four seasons (2011-14) at Fresno State...
A face familiar to the CFL will be vying for a spot in the Calgary Stampeders’ depleted receiving corps when training camps open around the league next month.

Facing the task of replacing the 223 targets and 134 receptions lost when Eric Rogers and Jeff Fuller both escaped to the NFL, the Stampeders have signed former Edmonton Eskimos and Ottawa RedBlacks receiver Carlton Mitchell, according to multiple sources.

Mitchell is no stranger to three-down football, as he initially signed with the Esks late in the 2013 campaign and registered six receptions for 69 yards in a late-season cameo.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder was then selected in the expansion draft by the Ottawa RedBlacks, going on to post 16 catches for 170 yards in the nation’s capital in 2014, before spending last summer in Atlanta Falcons training camp.

Mitchell attended the Stampeders’ mini-camp in Bradenton, Fla., earlier this month and impressed with his imposing frame and knowledge of the nuances of the CFL receiver...
Stampeders.com It's A Snap 2016
The 26th annual It's A Snap ladies-only football seminar, presented by the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, will take place on Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5.

It's A Snap gives women ages 18+ an interactive opportunity to learn more about football directly from Stampeders players and coaches. The evening includes the teaching of basic football concepts, on-field instruction and the opportunity to meet with Stamps players, coaches and fellow fans.

It's A Snap Sessions - Wednesday, May 4 OR Thursday, May 5

Please note: based on your feedback, we will be running the exact same seminar both days for all registrants. There will no longer be separate beginner and advanced sessions as we have run in the past.

As a participant of the ladies-only football seminars, Stampeders coaches and players will break down the basics of CFL football and share a detailed understanding of some of the strategies used while preparing for games, leaving you with a...
Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce that national offensive lineman Spencer Wilson has signed a contract extension that will carry through the 2018 season.

Fellow offensive lineman Shane Bergman has also signed a three-year extension.

“Shane and Spencer have both been important players for us over the past few seasons and I’m pleased that they have chosen to make a commitment to the club by signing contract extensions,” said Hufnagel. “Under the guidance of position coach Pat DelMonaco, I believe the offensive line will continue to be a position of strength for us.”

Wilson, a Calgary Colts product who signed with the Stamps in 2011, is heading into his sixth season in Red and White and has made starts at four different positions on the offensive line. In 2015, he saw action at right guard, right tackle and left tackle and was the Stamps’ nominee for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman as well as a West Division and CFL all-star.

Wilson was a...
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Per multiple sources, Stampeders have signed former Michigan QB/WR Devin Gardner. #CFL

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No indication as of yet if Devin Gardner is coming north as a QB or WR. Patriots converted him to WR last May, Steelers had him at QB in Aug


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Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel announces that the team has released national running back Matt Walter.

“I thank Matt for all of his contributions to the club over the past four seasons and wish him the best of luck,” said Hufnagel. “Although we did recently re-sign Jerome Messam, we have increased roster flexibility heading into the 2016 season and it’s no longer necessary for us to start a national at running back and to have a national backup.”

Walter was a fifth-round draft pick of the Stamps in 2011 and he joined the team in 2012. He played 59 career regular-season games — including 14 starts — for Calgary and accumulated 1,264 rushing yards and four touchdowns as well as 28 receptions for 217 yards. He was also a contributor on special teams with 11 tackles and eight kickoff returns for 160 yards.

The University of Calgary product appeared in eight post-season contests and was a member of the Stamps’ 2014 Grey Cup-winning team.
Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the signing of national linebacker and special-teamer James Green.

The University of Calgary alum is a seven-year veteran who spent the past two seasons with the Ottawa RedBlacks. He has recorded double digits in special-teams tackles in six of his seven seasons including 15 in 17 games with Ottawa in 2015. The 31-year-old Vernon, B.C., product also played in the Eastern Final and Grey Cup.

“James is a veteran who has been a very good special-teams player over the course of his career,” said Hufnagel. “He will have the opportunity to become an important part of our special-teams unit.”

Green has played 106 career regular-season games for the Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and RedBlacks and has recorded 99 special-teams tackles, four fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. He was selected in the third round (18th overall) by Toronto in the 2009 draft and spent one year with the Argos before joining...
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