Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the re-signing of international defensive back Brandon McDonald. He was set to become a free agent in February. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

McDonald rejoined the Stamps on Sept. 28 and started the final five regular-season games as well as both playoff contests at cornerback. The 30-year-old Collins, Miss., native recorded 24 tackles, including one tackle for loss, one sack, three pass knockdowns and two interceptions in the five regular-season games and added eight tackles and a knockdown in the playoffs.

“Brandon stepped in and did an excellent job for us when we signed him during the season and I’m pleased that he’s chosen to return,” said Hufnagel.

Prior to signing with Calgary, the University of Memphis product played eight games for the Ottawa RedBlacks in 2015 and registered 33 tackles, two interceptions and three knockdowns.

McDonald previously played two games for...
Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce that international quarterback Drew Tate has signed a contract extension. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

A nine-year CFL veteran who has spent the past seven seasons with the Red and White, Tate in 2015 dressed for all 18 regular-season games and both playoff contests. He started the final regular-season game and was 18-of-22 for 231 yards and two touchdowns.

“Drew has been an important contributor to our success over the years and I’m pleased that he has chosen to make this commitment to the club,” said Hufnagel. “Quality and depth at the quarterback position is very important in the CFL and Drew is a big part of that for us.”

After two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in which he did not see any game action, Tate signed with the Stampeders in 2009. In 111 career regular-season games for the Stamps, he has completed 353 of 529 passes (a 66.7-per cent completion rate)...
Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the signing of national quarterback Andrew Buckley.

Buckley is a Calgary native who starred for the University of Calgary Dinos, capturing the Hec Crighton Trophy as the top Canadian Interuniversity Sport player in both 2014 and 2015. He was the Stamps’ seventh-round selection (62nd overall) in the 2015 draft and attended training camp before returning to university for his senior season.

“Andrew was impressive for us in camp and in the pre-season and he followed that up with another great season for the Dinos,” said Hufnagel. “He’s a talented quarterback and I’m looking forward to seeing him in camp.”

Buckley saw action in the Stamps’ pre-season game against BC on June 12 and completed eight of 10 passes for 72 yards.

After returning to school, he led the Dinos to an 8-0 record in 2015 while setting a CIS single-season record with 3,162 passing yards. He also established a Canada West conference record by...
After missing the entire 2015 CFL season, OL Brander Craighead has retired due to concussion problems.

All the best to him in the future.
Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel announces that the team has released international linebacker Juwan Simpson.

“This was a very difficult decision but one that was necessary because of salary-cap considerations and the need to give an opportunity to younger players,” said Hufnagel. “I thank Juwan for everything he has done on and off the field for the Calgary Stampeders. It was a true pleasure to have been Juwan’s coach these past eight years and I wish him all the best.”

Simpson joined the Stamps in 2008 and became the starting middle linebacker in 2010. The Decatur, Ala., native played 115 regular-season games for the Red and White as well as 11 post-season contests and was a member of Grey Cup-winning teams in 2008 and 2014.

The University of Alabama product was a three-time West Division all-star and was a CFL all-star and a finalist for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award in 2010. Simpson has 395 career tackles, 24 sacks, three interceptions and...
Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the team’s football operations and scouting staff for 2016.

Cole Hufnagel joins the organization as director of U.S. scouting. He joins the Stampeders after spending nine seasons with the National Football League’s New York Jets. He was a video intern when he first joined the Jets in 2006 before earning a full-time position in 2007 as a pro personnel assistant. In 2011, he became a pro scout and was promoted to college area scout after the 2012 NFL Draft, evaluating college prospects in the Western United States.

Brendan Mahoney, who is entering his 10th season with the Stampeders, has been named director of Canadian scouting while Kyle Carson has been appointed a scout and football operations coordinator.

Mahoney joined the club during the 2005 season as a member of the practice roster and his scouting career began in 2007 as an intern in the personnel department. Most recently, he had...
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Original Stampeder, POW and model airplane expert dies at 93


He was a prisoner of war, as he described it a “guest of the Fuhrer” for 18 months during the height of the Second World War, an original Calgary Stampeder football player in 1945 and a life insurance agent for 30 years.

But most Calgarians would have known William (Bill) Millar in his later years as the local expert in plastic model airplanes who owned and operated Uncle Bill’s Hobbies for more than two decades.

Millar would build and sell the models as well as teach others how to build them. He would also participate with other passionate hobbyists in competitions in their favourite hobby … and usually won. He later expanded his business to include model trains, but planes remained his favourite.

Even after he closed his store while in his mid-70s, Millar, who...
Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the re-signing of international defensive lineman Frank Beltre. He was set to become a free agent in February. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Towson University product has played two seasons with the Red and White and appeared in 17 regular-season games and four post-season contests including the Stamps' 2014 Grey Cup victory.
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Here is tentative information about upcoming tryout camps in 2016.

Saturday, February 20 – Miami, FL

Sunday, February 21 – Atlanta, GA

Saturday, March 5 – Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, March 6 – Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, March 19 – Dallas, TX

Sunday, March 20 – Houston, TX

Saturday, April 2 – New Jersey and Chicago, IL

Sunday, April 3 – Philadelphia, PA and Nashville, TN

Saturday, April 9 – Charlotte, NC

Sunday, April 10 – New Orleans, LA

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Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the re-signing of national receiver Simon Charbonneau-Campeau. He was set to become a free agent in February. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The four-year CFL veteran has played the past two seasons in Calgary after beginning his career in Hamilton. The Universite de Sherbrooke product was selected by the Tiger-Cats in the 2012 CFL Draft and was acquired by the Stamps in a Jan. 6, 2014, trade.

In 2015, Charbonneau-Campeau recorded three catches for 34 yards before suffering a broken leg in the third game of the season. He returned to play in the Western Final and recorded a catch for 39 yards.

“Simon has shown an ability to make big plays as a receiver and he is also a solid contributor on special teams,” said Hufnagel. “I look forward to seeing what Simon can do over a full and healthy season.”

Charbonneau-Campeau’s had his best season in 2014 when he registered 13 catches...
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