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Esks' All-Star Beaton announces retirement

May 21, 2004 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Edmonton Elks News Release

(Edmonton) Perennial All-Star offensive tackle Bruce Beaton announced his retirement today. An eleven year CFL veteran, Bruce spent the last six years with Edmonton and capped off his great career with a Grey Cup win.

In making the announcement Bruce says, “I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my playing career by helping to bring the Grey Cup back to Edmonton. The city and the fans are the best and I’ll always cherish my time as an Eskimo.”

The product of Acadia University never missed a game in his six years with the Green and Gold. In 2002, Bruce was the West Division finalist for CFL Outstanding Lineman.

Originally drafted by BC (8th overall) in 1991, Bruce was traded to Ottawa and spent two seasons (1993-’94) with the Rough Riders. He spent one season (1995) in Calgary before moving on to Montreal for two years where he was named a CFL East All-Star in 1996 and ’97. Bruce signed as a free agent with Edmonton May 15th, 1998.

Bruce, wife Michelle and daughter Layla Jane make their home in Kentville, Nova Scotia.

“Bruce will be missed by everyone in the organization. He was an outstanding player and a leader in our dressing room. We wish him the very best in the future,” said Head Coach Tom Higgins.

Bruce Beaton

LT (Non-import)

Born: June 13, 1968 – Port Hood, NS


Yrs Eskimos: 6

Yrs CFL: 11

Yrs Pro: 11

Games Played 2003: 18

Career GP: 194

Playoffs Games: 14

Grey Cup Appearances: 3 (2003, 2002 w/Edmonton, 1995 w/Calgary)

Acquired: Traded to Edmonton from BC for future considerations on June 22, 1994.

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