Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association

Save the date: 20th Annual Golf Fun Day will be June 4 at Eagle Ridge

Mack welcomed into HS hall

(Jan. 16, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, Herald-Banner) Gene Mack, a talented all-around athlete, was recently inducted into the Greenville (TX) Athletic Hall of Honor.
Gene and Patsy Jefferson (volleyball/track/basketball) took their places in the Hall and then were recognized before the Greenville Lions’ home football game against Texas High in October.
Mack excelled in football, basketball and track and field at Carver in Greenville before transferring to Greenville High School in 1967. He went on to earn all-conference honors as a defensive end at Texas-El Paso and then all-star honors as a linebacker in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts.
Mack, who has gone on to a long and distinguished acting career, talked about the rough start to his football career at Carver.
“The first day I went out for football I broke my leg,” he said.

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Rashovich turns back the hands of time

(Jan. 9, 2018 – Regina Leader-Post) Damaged digits are a lasting reminder of 16 years as a linebacker and special-teams ace in the Canadian Football League — an experience that, despite the various souvenirs of on-field combat, he will always treasure.

“I loved trying to be the best you could be,” the 57-year-old Rashovich, who spent his final 13 CFL seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, said in the living room of his south Regina home. He also played in 1985 and 1986 with the Toronto Argonauts.
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He was an Argo: John Trainor

(Dec. 23, 2017 – argoalumni.com.com) The membership of the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association was saddened to learn of the passing of former Argo John Trainor. John, who played for the Argos between 1971-73, was 70.
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Flutie Brothers Band headlines Grey Cup VIP tailgate party

(Nov. 7, 2017 – ottawaredblacks.com) The 105th Grey Cup Festival organizing committee today announced that the Flutie Brothers Band, featuring Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees Doug and Darren Flutie, will perform at the Grey Cup VIP Tailgate Party, presented by Casino Lac-Leamy, on the afternoon of November 26.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Doug Flutie, a three-time Grey Cup champion and three-time Grey Cup MVP. “Playing classic rock with my brother Darren and our friends is a blast and playing at Canada’s biggest party is going to be incredible,” said the 2008 Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee. “I’ve heard a lot about RNation …. the crazy fans in Ottawa … and we’re going to put on the plaid and give them a great show.”

Doug was named to the list of All-Time Argos at a game earlier this year.

More: ottawaredblacks.com
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Alumnus Chuck Ealey tops Toledo’s All-Century team

(Sept. 20, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Former Argo quarterback Chuck Ealey was recently recognized as a member of his alma mater’s All-Century team at the University of Toledo.

RonFanfair.com: Ex-CFL star Chuck Ealey tops Toledo’s All-Century team

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Congratulations O’Sh

(Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL)

(Sept. 14, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association salutes former Argo player (1996-99, 2001-08) and assistant coach (2010-13) Mike O’Shea, a member of the 2017 Induction Class into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Mike, a North Bay, ON native,  has been the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers since 2014. Mike will be inducted in a class that also includes fellow CFL legends Stan Schwartz (builder), Geroy Simon, Brian Towriss (builder), Anthony Calvillo and Kelvin Anderson.

North Bay Nugget: Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction in Hamilton

BayToday.ca: New Canadian Football Hall of Famer handed out a lot of North Bay thank-you’s

He was an Argo: Rick Sowieta

(August 26, 2017 – Ottawa Citizen) A bit more than seven months ago, Rick Sowieta’s words came slowly, but there was great determination in his voice.
“I … want … to … live.”
Ottawa Citizen: Sowieta battled cancer to the end
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Remembering Dr. Shklar

Jerry Shklar

(August 18, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that Dr. Jerry Shklar, Argonauts team physician from 1977-90, has passed away. He was 76.

Fred Dunbar, head trainer through nearly all of Dr. Shklar’s seasons with the Argos, said: “He was a well-read man on the subjects of History, Sports and Medicine, and to top it off he was a gentleman in the finest way. He treated the players with great dignity. He was great to work with because he understood Canadian football. He was one of a kind that is for sure. He also was a great friend for over 40 years.”

Dr. Jaroslav (Jerry) Oleh Shklar July 23, 1941 – August 16, 2017
Visitation at Turner & Porter – Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street, West, Toronto, ON M6S 1P4 – Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 12 noon – 4 pm AND 6 – 9 pm. A panachyda service will be held at 7:30 pm Wednesday.
Funeral at Turner & Porter – Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street, West, Toronto, ON M6S 1P4 –
Thursday, 24 August 2017, 10 am
Interment at Prospect Cemetery

Argos celebrate back-to-back champs

Flutie snow

(July 13, 2017 – argonauts.ca) When the Toronto Argonauts took on the Ottawa Redblacks at BMO Field for Monday night football on July 24, the Argos celebrated the 20th anniversary of the ’96-’97 back-to-back Grey Cup championship teams.  Fans in attendance received a Doug Flutie Bobblehead at the gates. The bobblehead was modeled after the historic photo of Flutie wearing red glass cutter gloves during the ‘Snow Bowl’ Grey Cup in 1996 in Hamilton.

More on argonauts.ca
Flutie to be named an All-Time Argo (July 17, 2017)
Flutie named an All-Time Argo (TSN)
1996-97 Grey Cup Champions reunion gallery

 

Commissioner Ambrosie!

Argo alumnus named CFL boss

(July 5, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Randy Ambrosie has been chosen as the 14th commissioner of the CFL.Randy is a veteran of the business world and the CFL. He was selected with the second overall pick in the 1985 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders. Over the course of a nine-season career, he played in 142 professional games and became a Grey Cup champion. Ambrosie played college football at the University of Manitoba. Randy was an offensive lineman with the Boatmen in 1987-88, and also played with Calgary (1985-87) and Edmonton Eskimos (1989-93). He earned a Grey Cup ring with the Eskimos in 1993.

Grey Cup Champion and business leader Randy Ambrosie is the new Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
More on CFL.ca: CFL appoints Randy Ambrosie as Commissioner

Coach Matthews will be missed

(June 15, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Hall of Fame CFL and Argo coach Don Matthews passed away Wednesday. He will be known as one of the greatest coaches and motivators in league history. He was a five-time winner of the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL coach-of-the-year, and he coached several of the greatest teams in CFL history.

Don Landry on cfl.ca: The brilliant, headstrong, playful mind of Don Matthews
Mike Hogan on argonauts.ca: The loss of a legend
Argonauts Coaching Records

Golf Fun Day

(June 5, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) The inclement weather held off, and the fun was on. Review the day in pictures.
2017 Argo Alumni Golf Fun Day

Wayne Smith retires

(April 28, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) After 12 seasons in the Canadian Football League, offensive lineman Wayne Smith has announced his retirement from professional football. Originally selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats first overall in the in the 2014 CFL Draft, Smith went on to suit up for 183 regular season games, eight playoff games and one Grey Cup over a 12-year span with the Tabbies, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts.

Full story (argonauts.ca): Argos OL Wayne Smith announces retirement

Grey Cup 2017 alumni ticket offer

(April 19, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) The Grey Cup Game is back in the Nation’s capital. The 105th Grey Cup game will be played in TD Place Stadium in Ottawa on Sunday, November 26.
CFL Alumni Association members are being given the privilege to access a special pre-sale window to purchase game tickets. As you will have a limited amount of time to purchase, please read this story in its entirety so that you are aware of the details surrounding this access window.
105th Grey Cup Alumni Ticket Offer

Brad Elberg joins law firm

(April 12, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Brad Elberg (Argonauts player from 1999-2002) has joined the Toronto law firm of Allen McDonald Swartz LLP business lawyers. Regina born and raised, Elberg was Saskatchewan’s first round selection, #2 overall, in the 1993 CFL Draft. The product of the Queen’s Golden Gaels was coming home even though they weren’t quite Canada’s Team.
Elberg profile on cfl.ca

Kevin Eiben returns to handle Argo special teams

(March 22, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Toronto Argonauts Head Coach Marc Trestman announced the team’s coaching staff for the 2017 season today and it includes longtime Argo linebacker Kevin Eiben. As a player, the Argos 2001 CFL Draft pick was named a League all-star on three occasions, East Division All-Star five times, and played a key role in the Argonauts 2004 Grey Cup championship.
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