Special Teams to be Recognized Through New Partnership with Calgary

Calgary Stampeders

June 17, 2017 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Calgary Stampeders

News Release

The Calgary Stampeders have teamed up with the Calgary Fire Department to bring recognition to members of the Stamps' special-teams unit.

"We're very pleased to partner with the Calgary Fire Department and introduce the Firefighters Helmet Award," said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. "The Calgary Fire Department does extremely important work without always receiving the full credit they deserve. On a very different scale, the same is true of special-teams players in football. That's why this partnership is such a great fit."

"The core values of the Calgary Fire Department are pride, professionalism, teamwork and respect," said Calgary Fire Department chief Steve Dongworth. "Those values also apply to the Stampeders, and we're very happy that the two organizations have come together for this special initiative."

After each Stampeders victory, a customized Calgary Fire Department helmet will be presented to an unsung hero on the special-teams unit. The fire helmet is designed in the same style as the Stampeders' alternate helmet with a gradient red-and-back colour scheme and a chrome horse logo.

"It's been a tradition for us to hand out offensive and defensive game balls and now we'll be able to shine the spotlight on special teams, which are equally important to any team's success," said head coach Dave Dickenson. "It's obvious when a kicker or a returner has a big game, but most of the work done on special teams goes unnoticed. This award gives us an opportunity to recognize those players."

Each recipient of the award will sign the helmet. At the conclusion of the season, it will be auctioned off to benefit Calgary Fire Department charities and the Stampeders Foundation.

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