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2 GAME DAY
Friday, August 23, 2013
Shaw taking nothing for granted
TERRY JONES
Edmonton Sun Sports Columnist
“Giving back to the
community, especially
the one I grew up in,
means very much to
me, and I consider it a
key characteristic of an
Eskimo.”
– Eskimos kicker/punter Grant Shaw
Photo by dale macmillan
Grant Shaw was cut, coming out of high
school, by the Edmonton Huskies.
Start there. Shaw has a pretty good story.
“For me, being an Edmonton Eskimo is
the greatest feeling in the world,” the kicker
tries to explain.
“I never really could have imagined it as I
was a child in the stands watching a game or
walking up and down the stairs selling 50/50
tickets for the Huskies.
“I went to try out for the Huskies my first
year after high school but I was actually cut
after main camp. I was crushed. I figured my
football career was over. I really didn’t think
I would play football again after I was cut by
the Huskies after high school.
“After I got cut by the Huskies and came
back and made the team and my football
career started to take off at the junior level,
I set a goal for myself that all I wanted to do
was one day get to a CFL training camp and
experience the level of football. Once I had
achieved that, I knew that I wanted to be in
Edmonton and try to have a long career as
an Edmonton Eskimo.
“I want to do as many community appearances as possible and am probably at over
50 so far. Giving back to the community,
especially the one I grew up in, means very
much to me, and I consider it a key characteristic of an Eskimo.
“My next pressing goal is to be a Grey Cup
champion. I want to help my team achieve
that for all our loyal fans. I want to take the
Grey Cup around the city to different schools
and share that with the children of the city
like when I was a child.”
‘Local Boy Makes Good’ is always a good
story.
When you get Shaw to sit down and take
you through his story, there’s a lot there.
“I grew up in a house in the community
of Elmwood until I was 10. It’s right beside
West Edmonton Mall. From there we moved
to a home in Ormsby, which is where my
parents continue to live,” he said of mom
Heather and dad Glenn.
“When I was younger I remember watching Henry ‘Gizmo’ Williams doing front flips
and thinking how amazing that was. I also
really remember how upset I was when we
lost the Grey Cup in 1997 to Toronto in the
snow in Hamilton.”
Shaw played soccer when he was a kid
and eventually became a kicker. That’s is
hardly a new tale. But that’s not the way it
worked when he takes you through it.
“I grew up playing all sports, really,
depending on the season. I started playing
soccer when I was only three. That was the
only sport I played competitively until I was
12 when I started playing football.
“But with my friends, we would play road
hockey and pick-up shinny hockey at the
rink in the winter and soccer, baseball, basketball and football in the summer.”
One of the kids he played those nonstructured games with is the person responsible for his football career.
“When I was 12, my best friend Jordy Burrows, who grew up five houses away, convinced me to come out and play football. I
started playing for the West Edmonton Raiders at the pee wee level. Then I played two
more years for the Raiders at the bantam
level before playing high school for Jasper
Place, mostly as a linebacker and a slotback
and then cornerback in my final year at J.P..”
Funny the way it worked. His friend Jordy,
in addition to being the quarterback, was
also the kicker.
“I never really tried kicking until junior
football,” he said.
When he did, it was kind of a goofy way to
get into it.
“At our first game of my second season
with the Huskies, I was at the game really
early. It was about to be my first game starting at that level and I was pretty nervous.
As I was running around the field getting
warmed up, I noticed the kicking equipment ...
“It just so happened that it was the first
year of Wendy’s Kick For A Million contest,
so I thought I’d give it a try. I ended up hitting four of five from 50 and thought that
was pretty cool.
“We ended up losing that game to the rival
Edmonton Wildcats by four points and our
kicker struggled.
“It was my breakout game. I had two
interceptions as the starting cornerback
and at practice next week I pulled my defensive coach Samaji Akili aside and told him I
thought I could kick better than our kicker.
He laughed but stuck around after practice
to watch. He couldn’t believe how well I was
doing. He got the other coaches, especially
head coach Mike McLean, to notice.
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Friday, August 23, 2013
“No changes were made immediately, but during our next
game a situation came up where we had a 40-yard field goal.
Out of nowhere Coach McLean called that he wanted me
to kick it. I was definitely caught off guard but was able to
run out and make the kick. I was the field goal kicker for the
remainder of my junior career.”
The Huskies experience was pretty positive stuff with a
pair of Canadian titles and leading the nation in interceptions. But why junior football in the first place?
“I wanted to play junior football because that’s what all
my friends were doing. The Huskies were the good team at
the time and most of the people from the west side of the
city played for the Huskies.
“Luckily my older brother Steve had a flag football team
with his friends. I started playing flag football and continued
to improve. By the end of my second year, my friends were
encouraging me to come out for the Huskies again. One of
my really good friends Jordan Heathcote was going into his
fifth and final year with the Huskies and he really encouraged me to come play for his final year. We started training in the off-season and he was the driving force for me to
come back to football.
“I made the team for my third year of eligibility and continued to improve. We won the national championship that
year at Commonwealth Stadium with a really talented team.
My second year, and fourth of eligibility, I started at corner-
back all year and started kicking field goals after Week 2. We
started that season one-and-three, but went on to be undefeated the rest of the way and repeated as national champions,” he said of winning the Little Grey Cup in Montreal.
There was no three-peat in his final year, but he added
punter to his portfolio and was named PFC special teams
player of the year, kicker of the year and was an all-star
defensive back.
Shaw ended up playing senior football with the Edmonton Stallions the next year, winning the championship for
the first time in team history and being voted league MVP.
“My friend Jordy Burrows was playing at the U of Saskatchewan and came to watch one of my Stallions games
and was impressed with what he saw in me. He encouraged me to come play with him in Saskatoon with the U of
S Huskies.
“When I first got there they only wanted me to play cornerback as they already had a kicker,” he remembers.
He had two interceptions and was named CIS Player of
the Week in Week 2.
“Halfway through my first off-season there, the coaches
told me that our kicker had quit and there was a strong possibility they were going to need me to kick and punt the following season as well as play defensive back.”
His second and final season at the U of S went very well.
He was a Canada West All-Star at cornerback and a second
team CIS All-Canadian. He was invited to the CFL combine.
“The combine went really well. I felt I had nailed the interviews and tested very well. I wasn’t sure what was going to
happen in the draft, though, although I had worked out for
five teams.
“Never did I think I’d make the TSN show and be chosen
11th overall.
“I was at my parents home watching the draft in the basement with a few close friends and family. We had the computer ready to get updates as the TSN show was nearly over,”
he said of the first two rounds of the draft being carried
nationally on TV.
“My mom went upstairs to grab something and all of a
sudden she started screaming. The TVs must have had a
delay between them as it came on downstairs about five
seconds later.”
He’d been drafted by the Toronto Argos!
Then he made the team and then came the Ricky Ray
trade and yadda, yadda, yadda.
“I honestly don’t really put much thought into the fact
that I was included in that trade. I joke that I was only in the
fine print anyways.
“For me it was a great opportunity to get back to Edmonton, which was where I wanted to be. Once I had made the
CFL it was a dream and goal of mine to make it to Edmonton.”
Grant Shaw began both
his junior and universitylevel football careers as
a cornerback — but he
soon became his team’s
go-to kicker at each level.
Edmonton Sun file photo
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Friday, August 23, 2013
White brings
attitude
Terry Jones
Edmonton Sun Sports Columnist
John White has had a philosophy since he
was a kid.
“I grew up in the centre part of Los Angeles,” he said of the L.A. Riot territory which
Edmonton Eskimos G.M. Ed Hervey survived
to carve out his career and a life here.
“Growing up there, it’s kind of crazy.
There’s a lot of gang violence. I’ve had friends
that have been killed in that. But I always
knew that path wasn’t for me. I just needed
to stay focused on school and football. I knew
it was the best thing to take me to places and
have a great life.”
When you’re five-foot-eight and
186-pounds and your sport is football, you
need more than one philosophy.
“People always try to downsize you, especially someone like me,” said the running
back who made the Eskimos as a rookie out
of training camp.
“I’m already small in stature so they try to
downsize me even more. So I try to play with
a chip on my shoulder. I tell myself that I’m
not going to get beat and I’m not going to get
hit. It may happen, but if you have that mentality, it keeps you going.
“It’s not about size. It’s not about how big
you are, how fast you are or how much you
weigh. It’s about whether you can get the
job done. It’s about whether or not you can
make plays. If you are out there making plays,
you’re a playmaker and that’s what they want
on the team. You’re just as big as the next
guy. The game is starting to change nowadays. Anybody can play.”
The CFL has had that philosophy not just
since the arrival of Kory Sheets and his phenomenal success in the first third of the season as the feature back of the Saskatchewan
Roughriders.
“My first impression of the CFL is that I
love it,” said White.
The question is whether the CFL is going to
end up loving him.
In the first third of the season he had a 3.4yard average and a couple big play chances
with the game on the line that didn’t work
out.
“They’re giving me the chances to succeed
and I’m just trying to take it play-by-play.
Some plays don’t end as well as you would
like. Sometimes they do. To see they want
success to be in my hands shows they really
trust me.
“When we played Montreal, the coaches
wanted me in late that game for blocking purposes. And that ball they gave me ... that run
... it was so close.
“Every time the team gives me an opportunity, I’ve got to run with it and just play.”
Running with it and just playing have basically been what he’s been all about since the
beginning.
“I decided football was my game when my
mom put me in flag football. Those were the
early years. Once they saw me run with the
ball, I never looked back.
“My Pop Warner days ... Those were the
best days. I felt like I could really let loose and
there wasn’t as much thinking.”
“High school was different. I came in late
because I was trying to decide what school I
wanted to go to. I ended up at South Torrence
and played a lot my freshman year. When I
got to my senior year, I broke records for most
rushing yards and most touchdowns.”
For some reason it seems strange that a
kid out of the tough inner city in Los Angeles
would end up playing his college ball for the
University of Utah.
But he wasn’t flooded with big school
scholarships and ended up at L.A. Harbor
College in 2009-10 where he ended up set-
“Every time the
team gives me an
opportunity, I’ve got
to run with it and just
play.”
– Eskimos running back John White
ting numerous records and being named
Central West Conference Offensive Player of
the Year.
That drew him big school interest.
“Utah was the one I really wanted to go
with from the moment they talked to me.
They were the first team to really show me a
lot of love. The coach who recruited me really
seemed like he wanted me so bad.
“Utah was a new team coming into the Pac12. But it was still in the West and my family
could still come and watch. Why not?
“My first year was a really big year. I didn’t
have a spot coming in but I really exploded
on the scene and showed everybody what I
had to offer.
“It was a great year, winning the Sun Bowl,
and scoring the winning touchdown. It
doesn’t get any better than that.”
It was only two seasons in Utah, but he set
school records for rushing yards per game at
106.7 and career 100-yard rushing games at
14. White became the only running back in
school history to record back-to back 1,000yard seasons.
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Hints about Hinse
Full Name: Gordon Addison Hinse
Nickname: I’ve been known to go by
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First car : My first car was a 1984
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First job: In the family business, some
janitorial work. It’s a rite of passage in
my family. If you don’t do some janitorial work, you’re not a part of the family.
Which reality show would you most like to be on? Some
kind of hunting reality show. I’d imagine that’s where I’d fit
in the best.
Your favourite football movie? It’s got to be Friday Night
Lights.
If you could have dinner with somebody dead or alive, who
would it be? Maybe Jimi Hendrix
Your beard is arguably the best on the team. In your opinion, which teammate would struggle the most with growing a beard? I’m going to go with Matt (O’Donnell). He
would have trouble getting the fullness.
Having been born and raised in Edmonton, what is your
favourite thing about the city? How beautiful it is.
Your favourite restaurant in Edmonton? No question —
High Voltage … the best donairs in town.
Who was your childhood celebrity crush? I would probably
say one of the Spice Girls.
What was your favourite cartoon as a child? Anything Bugs
Bunny
What’s your biggest pet peeve? Running red lights. It drives
me nuts. I see it and I get a little road rage.
You own a lot of? Vinyl records
What is your weirdest habit? I got too many quirks to mention.
Do you have any pre-game rituals you can share with us? I
go to the same Subway every day and get the same sub. I get
here at the same time and do the same routine. It’s all about
doing the exact same thing every time.
If I wasn’t playing football I’d be . . . I’d be a NASCAR driver.
Who’s had the biggest impact on your football career?
Coach (Tim) Prinsen. He was my offensive line coach here
last year. He also coached me in university and he really
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10 GAME DAY
Friday, August 23, 2013
Fryer’s call to the Hall
Brian Fryer thought one of his former Esks
teammates was pulling a prank on him when
he got the call earlier this year that he was
being inducted into the Canadian Football
Hall of Fame.
“I was at my desk at the Football Alberta
office, and I get this call, and the voice on the
other line said ‘Hello, this is CFL commissioner Mark Cohon…,” laughed Fryer.
“I was thinking ‘Is this a hoax? What buddy
of mine is setting me up here?’ I was surprised, but I’m truly honoured and humbled.
It’s a privilege.”
Fryer will be inducted in the players’ category with Dan Ferrone, Miles Gorrell and Earl
Winfield. Also included in the 2013 induction
class are Jake Ireland and Don Loney, who are
going in as builders.
What makes Fryer’s induction even more
special is that the Hall of Fame Weekend festivities will be in his home town when the
Eskimos host the 50th Induction Ceremony
and Hall of Fame Weekend this October.
Among the festivities is the Capital Power
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Oct. 3 at the Shaw Conference Centre just
two days before the Eskimos host the visiting Montreal Alouettes on Oct. 5 in the Hall
of Fame game.
“It’s going to be a great three
days with all of the ceremonies,” says Fryer. “It’s going
to be a wonderful celebration that I’ll always
remember. I’m looking
forward to all the stories
that will be shared with
all of the inductees.”
Fryer was a member
of the Eskimos powerhouse teams of the ’70s
and ’80s. Through his
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h e ha d 1 7 9 catch e s
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He also made his mark with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Fryer was one of
the most dominant players in Canadian university football in his era and he still holds
many Golden Bears records over four decades
after his CIS career ended. He was a member of the Golden Bears 1972 Vanier Cup winning team, a Canada-West all-star at three different positions and, in 1975, he was the Hec
Crighton award winner as the top
Canadian university football
player.
In 1976, Fryer became
the first player in the
CIS to be drafted to an
NFL team when he
was taken in the eighth
round by the Washington Redskins.
“I didn’t start playing
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I was a DB. Back then, I
never thought I would get
the opportunity to play
university football, let
alone professional.
There have been so many
memories over the course of
my career.”
Where he’s arguably made the biggest
impact in his career in football is at the amateur and grassroots level during his time with
the Golden Bears and his 27 years as executive
director with Football Alberta after he retired.
“For me, playing football wasn’t about
accomplishing the big individual awards. I
knew, when I got to university, I had a shot at
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“The biggest thing for me is to now share
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12 GAME DAY
2
Friday, August 23, 2013
5
7
Fred Stamps
10
Kerry Joseph
Slotback
Hugh Charles
Quarterback
Running Back
11
Donovan Alexander
12
Grant Shaw
Safety
14
13
TJ Hill
Kicker/Punter
Mike Reilly
Linebacker
Quarterback
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Friday, August 23, 2013
21 Woldo
14 Miller
Jonathan Crompton
Quarterback
When Edmonton has the ball
When Saskatchewan has the ball
Saskatchewan Defence
Edmonton Defence
24 Turenne
20 Maze
42 Newman
41 Brackenridge
33 Anderson
HB
S
HB
CB
17
15
Chris Rwabukamba
Cornerback
31
22
23
Shamawd Chambers
Joe Burnett
Slotback
25
Marcell Young
Cornerback
26
Mike Miller
Defensive Back
Safety
32
29
Donovan Richard
Chris Thompson
Linebacker
35
30
John White
Defensive Back
38
DE
51 Black
48 Williams
LB
11 Thomas
35 Brown
LB
Running Back
41
Which Eskimo holds the team record
for the most 100+yard receiving games
with 41?
Defensive Back
44
Rennie Curran
45
Corbin Sharun
Linebacker
48
Linebacker
84 Koch
K/P
11 Shaw
ANSWER:
Joash Gesse
53
54
Ryan King
Long Snapper
Miles Mason
Guard
Kyle Norris
Linebacker
55
57
Alexander Krausnick
63
Elie Ngoyi
Centre
84
69
Damaso Munoz
Linebacker
Gord Hinse
Defensive End
85
Cary Koch
Don Oramasionwu
Defensive Tackle
Slotback
Slotback
94
90
Marcus Henry
Matt Carter
Wide Receiver
96
Ted Laurent
Defensive Tackle
Guard
Matthew O’Donnell
Tackle
Almondo Sewell
Defensive End
Brandon Lang
Thaddeus Coleman
Tackle
Justin Capicciotti
Defensive End
Eddie Steele
Defensive Tackle
CB
44 Gesse
48 Norris
45 Munoz
39 Sharun
26 Richard
35 Curran
MLB
38 Samuels
12 Hill
OLB
15 Rwabukamba
32 Williams
CB
74 Shologan
96 Lang
91 Howard
90 Sewell
93 Oramasionwu
97 Steele
94 Laurent
55 Ngoyi
92 Capicciotti
41 Willis
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Friday, August 23, 2013
Rivalry always a motivator
TERRY JONES
Edmonton Sun Sports Columnist
It didn’t break Edmonton’s record from
Grey Cup 2010 when they put the ‘Sold Out!’
sign up with an attendance total of 63,313
on June 4 — before the team played the first
pre-season game.
But what they did over in Saskatchewan
this year — and this was before the Roughriders raced out of the starting gate with a
string of five straight wins to get the province
all lathered about having their own team in
the game — was exceptional.
The ‘Sold Out’ sign for the 101st Grey Cup
in Regina went up on July 17 when organizers of the game, set to be played Nov. 24 at
Mosaic Stadium, sold the final 5,000 of the
45,000 seats through a 101-hour lottery.
“The response from our season ticket
holders and CFL fans from across the country has been amazing,” said club president
Jim Hopson.
The seats for this Grey Cup, the third for
Regina — and last in old Taylor Field with
the team moving into a new stadium in the
future — are fewer than the 52,563 (1995)
and 50,909 (2003) of previous Grey Cups in
the heartland of Canadian football.
But by deciding to install a significant
number of the extra temporary seats, the
Roughriders are drawing impressive crowds
— 35,296 and 37,372 for openers in the regular season — to lead the league.
This year will be the final Grey Cup to be
played in the stadium formerly known as
Taylor Field. Regina is planning a 33,000 seat
stadium to be built in time for the 2017 CFL
season. With Winnipeg playing in a new stadium this year, and Hamilton and expansion
Ottawa opening new stadiums next year, the
Roughriders aren’t going to be left behind.
In a 10-1 vote, Regina city council approved
the $278 million facility.
SEATS ALL IN – For the first time after a
season and a half of adding section by section from game to game, the new seats are
all in at Commonwealth Stadium. The seat
replacement cost $11.9 million, with $4 million coming from the City of Edmonton.
The remaining $7.9 million is being raised
through a ticket surcharge of five per cent
that has been added to all events at the stadium since 2012. Chair installation was
completed two months ahead of schedule.
It was originally scheduled for completion
by Oct. 31.
HOW MANY WILL SIT IN ’EM? – With the
seats all in and the Saskatchewan Roughriders out of the gate with five straight wins, it’ll
be interesting to see how many people are
in the seats Saturday. Announcing 35,869 for
the regular season opener here, in the previous 10 regular season visits of the Roughriders to Edmonton, they’ve drawn 46,704,
40,127, 48,808, 62,517, 47,829, 38,325, 38,054,
30,845, 43,178 and 38,678.
STOPPED SHORT OF SIX – Two weeks
ago the Roughriders had a chance to go 6-0
to start a season for only the second time
in team history. They went 6-0 to start the
season in 2008 but went 6-6 the rest of the
way. Their season opening win in Commonwealth Stadium was rare. It was only the 10th
in 51 Saskatchewan regular season games in
Commonwealth Stadium over the years and
only their third in the last 13 games in the
last big stadium. This will be the 199th regular season meeting between the two teams.
The Eskimos are 114-82-2.
NOW SINGING – Prior to the start of the
season the Eskimos held a judging to select
local talent as anthem singers for O Canada
duties at Eskimos home games this year.
Melody Lovejoy won the right to perform
prior to Saturday’s game. One of Lovejoy’s
notable previous appearances included an
appearance at the 2010 Grey Cup Huddle
Town Stage. Altera and The Ivory Gang will
be featured at the Molson Canadian Fanfest
pre-game tailgate party.
NEXT UP, LABOUR DAY – It’s the first
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Tackle hunger with the Eskimos
Purolator and the Edmonton Eskimos
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On Saturday, August 24, when the Esks
host the Roughriders, fans are encouraged
to drop off non-perishable food items or a
cash donation to volunteers stationed at
Commonwealth Stadium gates. In return,
you can get your photo taken with the
Grey Cup.
All proceeds go to the Edmonton Food
Bank.
“Over the last 11 years we’ve raised over
six million lbs. of food, and 660,000 lbs.
of that comes directly from Edmonton.
That’s more than any other CFL city,” says
Brian Collins, Purolator manager of corporate sponsorship.
To date, the CFL has raised 585,030 lbs.
of food during the 2013 season. As part
of the program, every time a quarterback
gets sacked this season, Purolator will also
donate the equivalent of the quarterback’s
weight in food to the local food bank.
“An event like this wouldn’t be possible
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“Last year, we raised 116,000 lbs. of food
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Friday, August 23, 2013
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Edmonton Sun Sports Columnist
Spirit of Edmonton is
almost always the No. 1
party place during Grey
Cup week.
Normally, the first question a Grey Cup
regular asks when he hits town is “Where’s
the Spirit of Edmonton?”
Almost always, the No. 1 party place is at
or near ground zero of the grand national
celebration of the CFL and Canadiana.
Not this year.
Heading into the third and last mixer
of Saskatchewan and Edmonton fans at
Commonwealth Stadium of the season
Saturday, it is news that it hasn’t worked
out that way at the 101st Grey Cup game
in Regina.
Chairman Keith Keating says not only
has the Spirit been punted to a location
outside the City Centre but it has landed
at a location named after a Saskatchewan
Roughriders great.
Actually, they like that last part.
“We’re booked in the 1,000 seat George
Reed Auditorium in the Orr Centre located
at 4400 4th Avenue in Regina.
“It’s located a few blocks from Everaz
Place, which will be the location of Riderville,” said Keating of the Saskatchewan
party place.
The Spirit location is 10 minutes from
downtown on a shuttle route and will
open at 4 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 21. The
Saturday morning breakfast will be held
there as well.
“Obviously there are a limited number
of hotels in Regina, but we had a commitment on a space downtown. But a
few months later they informed us that
they would not be interested in hosting
our nightly entertainment but would still
handle our breakfast. Then they called
a couple of months after that and said
they could not handle our breakfast, as
they had to accommodate other guests in
our hotel,” said Keating, in his third year
replacing Bruce Keltie as the leader of the
not-for-profit institution which has kept
the hoopla in the Grey Cup through good
years and bad.
“We like to be in a major hotel in the
heart of downtown for the convenience
for the fan who is staying at one of the
downtown hotels and can easily access
our venue, and because we believe we’ve
proved over the years that we generate
over half a million in increased income in
and around the hotel, and we don’t have a
cover charge.”
The Spirit of Edmonton essentially
became The Spirit of Canada as fans of
all teams have used the scene created by
the team of welcoming veterans from the
home of the Eskimos as the great gathering spot to show their colours and huddle
up through the evenings together.
“It sent us scrambling to find a new
venue, of which there are a limited
number in Re0gina.”
Keating isn’t knocking the Regina
organizers.
“The Regina Grey Cup committee is
doing a great job and may be the best
organized group that we have worked with
to date,” he said.
“I’m sure the festival will be great, but
on a different level than the one experienced in Edmonton in 2010 or last year
celebrating the 100th in Toronto.
“I don’t think there were a lot of choices
for most team hosting groups. The Grey
Cup committee did a good job of organizing them all to be located at Everaz Place
where Riderville will be anchored.”
While the shuttle service is being provided, the Spirit group is being proactive
in that area.
“We’ll also be providing some transportation to assist in getting people to and
from their hotels as we feel there will be a
need,” he said.
The Spirit location is 10 minutes from downtown on a shuttle route
and will open at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.
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