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He was an Argo: Al Irwin

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is al-irwin.jpg(Sept. 6, 2021) Again the association mourns one of its legendary heroes of yesteryear. We are saddened to learn of the Sept. 2 passing of former Argonauts receiver and Toronto native Al Irwin. He was 78.

Al was a product of McMaster University, and he broke into the CFL with Montreal Alouettes in 1964-65. with the Als, he was the East’s top Canadian rookie in 1964.

He went on to a three-year stay with his hometown Argos from 1966-68 followed by single season in Edmonton and a final year with Hamilton.

Argonauts team history

He was an Argo: Nick Volpe

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is volpe.jpg(Aug. 23, 2021) The Association is saddened to learn that Nick Volpe, who served the CFL as an Argonauts player (1949-1952), scout and administrator for 70 years, as well as television isolation director, passed away Saturday.

Nick won a Grey Cup with the Argos in 1950, where he was named the game MVP. Volpe previously played football and attended the University of Toronto and East York Collegiate. He recently served as Consultant for Football Operations for the Argonauts. He was inducted into the University of Toronto Hall of Fame in 2012.


News release from the Argonauts

Nick Volpe bio


He was an Argo: Ken Clark

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ken-clark-1.jpg(Aug. 23, 2021) The Association is saddened to learn that former Argonauts punter Ken Clark has passed away. Ken died Aug. 8, 2021 at the age of 73.

Ken played 13 seasons in the CFL (with the Argos, Hamilton, Saskatchewan and Ottawa), WFL and NFL. He led Saint Mary’s University to a 14–6 win over McGill University in the 1973 Canadian College Bowl to win the Vanier Cup, and won the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the game’s Most Valuable Player. He was a punter for the Portland Storm of the WFL in 1974. He played in Super Bowl XIV for the Los Angeles Rams, becoming the second Canadian to play in a Super Bowl.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at the Barrie Country Club (635 St Vincent St N, Barrie) from 1-4 p.m.

KEN CLARK OBITUARY at Barrie Examiner (Barrie, ON)

He was an Argo: Ellis Rainsberger

(July 23, 2021) The Association is saddened to learn that former Argonauts offensive line coach Ellis Rainsberger has passed away. He was 88.

Rainsberger (born October 20, 1932) was a former American football and Canadian football player, coach, and scout. He served as the head football coach at Washburn University (1962–1964), Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1966), and Kansas State University (1975–1977), compiling a career college football record of 27–42–1.

Rainsberger was the head coach of the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers for part of the 1984 season. Ellis was the offensive line coach with the Argonauts between 1986-88.

He was most recently a scout with the Tennessee Titans (2000–2004) and Miami Dolphins (2005–2007).

Ellis Rainsberger obituary – The Mercury (Manhattan, KS)

He was an Argo: Rick Mohr

(June 18, 2021) The Association is saddened to learn that former Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive end Rick Mohr of San Francisco passed away on June 6. He was 61.

Rick signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 1981. Released after playing two games, he signed with the Argos and headed north. He led the Argonauts in sacks with 9.5 for the season. His team played in the Eastern Final game and then the Grey Cup. In 1983 Rick continued to play for the Argos, again leading the team in sacks, this time with 15.5 (still the 3rd most in their history). He was selected to the Eastern Division All-Stars and the CFL’s All-Canadian All-Star team. His team played in the Eastern Final and the Grey Cup again, winning this time and securing a Grey Cup ring. It was the first Grey Cup win for the Argos in 31 years.

Rick concluded his playing career with the Roughriders in 1984 and 1985. Rick was a product of California-Davis.

Rick Mohr obituary

CFL announces plans to return to play for 2021 season

(April 21, 2021 – Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner Randy Ambrosie issued the following statement on Wednesday announcing the League’s Return-to-Play plans for the 2021 season:

“We will play CFL football in 2021.

“Our revised target date to start our regular season is August 5. To facilitate a 14-game season, for our players, fans and partners, we are re-scheduling the Grey Cup to December 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.

“I say ‘target date’ because our plans are subject to the state of COVID-19 across the country. A so-called ‘third wave’ in some provinces is forcing us today to postpone the start of our regular season, which had been scheduled for June 10.

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2004 Grey Cup added to games available on demand

(April 9, 2021 – Damon Allen was named as the game’s MVP as the Argonuats beat the B.C. Lions 27-19 in the 9snd Grey Cup at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.The Tragically Hip performed at halftime. You can relive the game by clicking on the 2004 Grey Cup link below.

The Grey Cup On Demand Portal powered by Mark’s is a new one-stop platform that will allow fans to watch Grey Cup games on demand for free on 65 Grey Cup games will be available from the 1940’s to the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary. Below are the games involving the Argonauts that have been released so far:

1946 – Winnipeg vs. Toronto at Varsity Stadium
1950 – Toronto vs. Winnipeg at Varsity Stadium
1952 – Toronto vs. Edmonton at Varsity Stadium
1971 – Calgary vs. Toronto at Empire Stadium
1982 – Edmonton vs. Toronto at Exhibition Stadium
1983 – Toronto vs. B.C. at B.C. Place Stadium
1987 – Edmonton vs. Toronto at B.C. Place Stadium
1991 – Toronto vs. Calgary at Winnipeg Stadium
1996 – Toronto vs. Edmonton at Ivor Wynne Stadium
1997 – Toronto vs. Saskatchewan at Commonwealth Stadium
2004 – Toronto vs. B.C. at Frank Clair Stadium
2012 – Calgary vs. Toronto at Rogers Centre
2017 – Toronto vs. Calgary at TD Place Stadium
View all games on Grey Cup On Demand