12th Annual CFL Alumni Golf Tournament – May 27/28, 2010 – Medicine Hat Alberta

The very first tournament was initiated because the Alumni were planning a meeting in SE Alberta and decided that because they were going to be here anyway they wanted to do something good for the community. Hence the Golf Tournament was formed.

Typically most guys are from the surrounding area. But with the newly formed CFL Alumni Association we are making every effort to help support the event by getting the message out to ALL of our membership across North America.

Thursday – May 27, 2010

Welcome Mixer – Meet and Greet (Evening)

(thank you to sponsors and registered golfers)

Friday – May 28, 2010

Registration – Pre Golf lunch

Golf – on course BBQ


Here is what will be provided to all CFL Alumni:


Accommodations – Shared hotel for Thursday and Friday nights.

Meals – Thursday night, Friday lunch, on course BBQ, Friday dinner (prime rib)

Return transfers from the Hotel to the mixer, as needed and to the golf course as well.

Eligible for all prizes and draws.

Other information

Travel to Medicine Hat is not included

Friday breakfast is not included

Introduction at the post golf banquet (lots of fun and entertainment)

All CFL Alumni are introduced at the banquet by a speaker elected to represent their team!

Dinner is provided at the banquet directly after golf on the Friday. All Alumni are eligible for all prizes and draws at the tournament.

NOTE: Any CFL related prize donations would be much appreciated.

Please contact Holly Stadnicki, Executive Director, United Way Southern Alberta

403-526-5544 or holly@utdway.ca

Special Insurance Coverage for Alumni

Through the efforts of Don Taylor, BC Lions Alumni Presidents the CFLAA would like to make you aware of interesting insurance coverage Diagnostic and Specialist Access Insurance (DSAI). This specialized insurance allows Insured members who are placed on a medical wait-list greater than 21 days expedited access to diagnostic examinations (MRI and CT scans) and Specialist consultations. Underwritten by Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance and Financial Services Inc., DSAI is available as an employer group benefit in Western Canada and Ontario.

The company will donate a portion of premiums (5%) to the CFL Dire Needs Fund. The cost is will between $11.60 – $14.50 per month depending on number of members who sign up.

Please visit their website http://www.pacific-first.com and click on the CFLAA logo for more information.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, CFL Alumni Association

From our family to your family all the best over the holiday season and here’s to a prosperous 2010!


Leo Ezerins, Executive Director

CFLAA Mission: “The Canadian Football League Alumni Association unites former CFL players in support of sport- and youth-related charitable causes, to offer support to former players experiencing financial or medical hardship, and the promotion of football in the community.”

CFL Alumni merchandise now available

CFL Alumni merchandise now available at http://www.cflshop.ca/  just follow the links.   Just in time for Christmas!

 We have been working closely with our friends at CFL Shop/Jersey City ,especially Alf Garvin, and have put together a few items of CFL Alumni Association logoed merchandise available for sale. 

 While there check other CFL team licensed product!   Best of the season to you and yours!

Tony Proudfoot, CFL Alumni, relying on his team to fight the battle


 Tony Proudfoot, CFL Alumni, relying on his team to fight the battle.

ALS has forced Tony from the field to the sidelines, but he refuses to go quietly.

Montreal (November 20, 2009) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)—also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease—is devastating.  For Tony Proudfoot, former Alouettes and BC Lions player, he knows the impact all too well. “In 2007, I was diagnosed with ALS and from that moment on my life changed forever,” says Tony. “I never thought that I would be forced to stand on the sidelines so early in my life.” But Tony refuses to stand quietly. As with his football career, he is fighting to win this one but he needs to recruit a committed team.

“Team Proudfoot Inspired Mosaic.”

“With this team I am asking for people to help raise awareness surrounding ALS,” says Tony. “With the Inspired Mosaic all those touched by ALS, no matter how they communicate, what their mobility or strength is, can take part.”

Awareness breeds knowledge, knowledge fosters change. The desired outcome: enhanced research, improved clinical care, upgraded services. Be part of this team, we have a significant challenge in front of us!

Since Tony became public with his diagnosis, he has inspired thousands of people coast to coast through his words, his actions, and his positive outlook on life. It has now been two years since he was diagnosed with ALS. “I am continuing to slide downhill, communicating only with the aid of my computer, eating with a feeding tube (I have lost 50 lbs, and counting) and struggling to breathe even on the smallest of exertions,” he says. “Luckily I can still move about and I keep on doing the activities that I love with the people I care about. I enjoy my association with the Alouettes, working as an adviser and I writing about football on CJAD’s website.”

As the hype for the Grey Cup nears, Tony welcomes the opportunity to “talk” football, “talk” about living with ALS and/or “talk” about “Team Proudfoot Inspired Mosaic.”

 For information, contact:

 Tony Proudfoot:  tonyproud24@hotmail.com (text message: 514-919-2093)

Claudine Cook, Executive Director, ALS Society of QC: ccook@sla-quebec.ca , mobile 514-298-0540

Dr. Angela Genge:  Director of the ALS Clinic, Montreal Neurological Institute Hospital 514-398-3868
What is ALS?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a rapidly progressing, neuromuscular illness that is always fatal. Known in France as Charcot’s Disease – after the neurologist who first described it 130 years ago – and in America as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – after the famous baseball player who died of it in the 1940s, it is characterized by the progressive degeneration of the neurons controlling the motor muscles, gradually leading to total paralysis of the body while leaving the intellectual faculties untouched. ALS can strike anyone, regardless of age, sex or ethnic origin. Although ALS generally develops between the ages of 50 and 75, it can occur in people as young as 20. ALS usually leads to death within three to five years of the diagnosis, although for some unknown reason, 10 to 15% of patients survive about 10 years after they have been diagnosed.

How to be part of “Team Proudfoot Inspired Mosaic” 

To be part of “Team Proudfoot Inspired Mosaic” only takes a few minutes. Simply upload a photo and send a message to Tony, someone touched by ALS, a loved one or to someone who has inspired you. The photo then becomes a permanent part of the tapestry of the “Inspired Mosaic” and a lasting tribute to caring individuals who are or have been touched by ALS.

To upload a picture and message:

1.go to: http://www.sla-quebec.ca/mosaic/?lang=en (english) or

             http://www.sla-quebec.ca/mosaic/?lang=fr (french)

2. Follow the easy steps … then watch Team Proudfoot and our Inspired Mosaic build!

3. You can view the Inspired Mosaic by visiting http://www.sla-quebec.ca (click on the icon)

4. With a donation of $50 or more, donors will receive a print of the Inspired Mosaic   autographed by Tony Proudfoot



The CFL Alumni Association together with partner Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association are pleased to announce the inaugural CFL Alumni Legends Club Luncheon, Friday, November 27, 2009 to kick off Grey Cup weekend. The goal of this fundraising event is to raise money for the ‘CFL Players Dire Needs Fund’, which offers support to former CFL players experiencing medical hardships and to local Calgary amateur football.

The luncheon will feature profiles on Hall of Fame and members CFL Alumni by the CFL on TSN broadcast panel, Dave Randorf, Jock Clime, Matt Dunigan and Chris Schultz. Guests’ will hear battle and success stories of their playing career while watching Grey Cup moments of the Alumni profiled at the event. Attendees will be treated to a hot stove session with CFL greats. The roster of guests includes the likes of John Forzani, Bob Viccars, and Doug Mitchell (Calgary Stampeder ownership group), Angelo Mosca, Tony Gabriel, Peter Dalla Riva, Lui Passaglia, with the room full of CFL Alumni and friends.

“Guests of this event can expect to see some of their favourite legends of the game in attendance”, said former player and Calgary Stampeders Alumni President Rocco Romano. “We want this event to be THE Alumni event of the year not only raising money, but as a gathering place for our members to reacquaint with each other and interact with our passionate CFL fan base,” said Romano.

 The CFL Alumni Legends Club Luncheon will be held Friday, November 27th at Flames Central www.flamescentral.com a World Class Sports and Entertainment Venue located in the heart of downtown Calgary. Doors open at 11:00 AM and goes until 2 PM. A roast beef Lunch buffet, seating, stories, meet and greet, memorabilia, and the opportunity to give back to the game and to OUR LEAGUE make this a must go to event!

VIP Tickets ($150 plus applicable taxes) are already SOLD OUT but General Admission tickets ($75 plus applicable taxes) are still available but going fast!

To purchase tickets and more information please visit our website at http://www.cflalumni.org


CFL Alumni Association Media Release 

OCTOBER 21st, 2009





CALGARY, AB, October 21st, 2009
The CFL Alumni Association together with partner Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association are pleased to announce the inaugural CFL Alumni Legends Club Luncheon to be held over Grey Cup weekend in Calgary, Alberta Friday, November 27th. This charity event is the first of its kind for the newly established CFL Alumni Association, whereby the goal is to raise money for the ‘Dire Needs Fund’, which offers support to former CFL players experiencing financial or medical hardships.
“All of our CFL Alumni fundraising efforts will result in creating new and exciting events under the umbrella of the CFL and its national celebration and championship- the Grey Cup”, said Leo Ezerins, Executive Director of the newly created CFL Alumni Association. “We are excited to be working with the CFL on TSN panel for this legends club luncheon and profiling some of our hall of fame CFL Alumnus for the passionate fans of the CFL”, said Ezerins.
This inaugural luncheon will feature profiles on Hall of Fame and CFL Alumni members by the CFL on TSN broadcast panel, consisting of Dave Randorf and CFL Alumni members themselves Jock Clime, Matt Dunigan and Chris Shultz. Guests’ fortunate enough to obtain VIP tickets to the event will be privy to a luncheon with Alumni members seated at their table, where they can hear battle and success stories of their playing career while watching Grey Cup moments of the Alumni profiled at the event.
“All of our CFL clubs have stepped up and provided support of our Alumni association and guests of this event can expect to see some of their favorite legends of the game in attendance”, said former player and Calgary Stampeders Alumni President Rocco Romano. “We want this event to be THE Alumni event of the year not only raising money for our Dire Needs Fund where portions of this fund remain within the Calgary community to support amateur football, but as a gathering place for our members to reacquaint with each other and interact with our passionate CFL fan base,” said Romano.
The Alumni Legends Club luncheon will be held Friday, November 27th at Flames Central located at 219 8th Ave SW in Calgary, AB with doors opening at 11:00 am. Tickets are available for sale thru the Alumni Association’s website at www.cflaa.ca where $150 dollar VIP tickets and $75 dollar standing reception style tickets are available.
For more information on the CFL Alumni Association please visit www.cflaa.ca

For media requests, please contact:
Sheldon Lachambre
Director of Marketing and Media Relations









Etcheverry is the CFL alumni’s “Man of the Year”


September 30, 2009

Inaugural Award Recognizes a Former Canadian Football League Player who Epitomizes Connection, Community and Compassion

WINNIPEG — The late Sam “The Rifle” Etcheverry is the very first recipient of the new CFL Alumni Man of the Year Award.
“This award means a lot to our family, and would have meant the world to my father,” said Sam’s son Steve, who accepted the honour on the weekend on behalf of the Etcheverry family.
“The time Dad spent with former teammates and opponents were precious to him, and the work he did on behalf of the game he loved, and the community that loved him, was precious to all of us.”
This the first year of the CFL Alumni Man of the Year Award, presented to a former CFL player who is active or previously active in his local alumni association, has achieved a successful transition to a career after football, and has served his community and charitable causes. A nominee was selected from each Alumni Association across Canada.  
Reg Low, President of the Manitoba Club, Past President of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Football Club, long time CFL supporter and chair of the event said he and his members were, “honored to host this inaugural prestigious event.  We understand the need out there to support our former players and we were just happy to help out.” 
“So it was natural to choose Sam as our first honouree. He was a legendary player, a Hall of Fame quarterback and a Grey Cup winning player and coach, who made Montreal his home, and football and community service his twin passions.”
Etcheverry was instrumental in forming the Montreal Alouettes Alumni Association in 1974, one of the first such groups in the CFL, with a goal to raise funds for the less fortunate, provide financial support to the football community, and give former players a reason to maintain their bond. It has been a driving force in Montreal ever since, even when the city didn’t have a CFL team.
He was the first chair of the association’s annual golf tournament, a position he maintained for 25 years, helping to raise more than $800,000 for various charities.
“Long after he stopped throwing touchdowns, even after his number 92 was retired, Sam Etcheverry was the face of football in Montreal, lending a hand wherever it was needed,” said Peter Dalla Riva, another legendary Montreal Alouette who played for Etcheverry as a coach.
“None of us has achieved more for business, the community and football. The fact he left us so recently makes this honour all the more poignant for all of us who knew him, and respected him.”
Etcheverry was actually chosen from a list of deserving nominees for the award prior to his passing on August 29th. The presentation to his family was part of an event held at the Manitoba Club, with all proceeds from the event going to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Alumni, the CFL Alumni Association, the Never Alone Foundation, and the CFL Alumni Dire Needs Fund, which supports former players that have experienced medical or other life challenges. 
“As CFL Alumni we are all a member of one extended family, we value the connection we have to one another, our ability to serve the broader community, and the need to act with compassion, towards former players and families in need,” said Dave Vankoughnett, President of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers alumni association. “The event was a great opportunity for the local Bomber Alumni and the CFL Alumni Association to work together.”
An Alouette player from 1952 to 1960, Etcheverry led Montreal to three Grey Cup appearances. Today, a half century after his playing days in the league ended, he still holds the record for the most passing yards in a Grey Cup game (508 in 1955), and the record for the most consecutive games with a passing touchdown (34 games, from 1954 to 1956).

He is tied for the record for the longest pass completion (109 yards in 1956.)  He threw for 586 yards in a game in 1954, setting a single-game record that stood for 39 years, a feat which still stands third on the all-time list.

Etcheverry returned to the Als in 1970 to coach the team, leading them to a Grey Cup title in his first season. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
After the presentation of the award, attendees were treated to the unique experience of listening to CFL Legends Chris Walby, Angelo Mosca, Peter Dalla Riva, John Bonk, and Ken Ploen share personal stories about their playing days in a `hot stove` session emceed by former Bomber Wade Miller.

Source:  http://cfl.ca/article/etcheverry-is-the-cfl-alumni-s-man-of-the-year

Fans name Ploen Outstanding Player of the 60s


September 26, 2009

CFL.ca Staff

TORONTO — Canadian Football League fans have spoken: Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Kenny Ploen is their choice for the Most Outstanding Player of the 1960s.

“On behalf of our fans, I want to congratulate Kenny Ploen on an unique and special honour,” said CFL  Commissioner Mark Cohon.

“Good players are respected by those who watch them play. Great players are remembered by those who saw them play. And the very best players are even revered by those who never saw them play. And this tribute establishes Kenny Pleon as one of our very best, in the eyes of more than one generation of CFL fans.”

Ploen will be honoured in front of his hometown fans during the pre-game ceremony of Saturday’s game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts at Canad Inns Stadium.

“I want to thank all the CFL fans who voted, and especially everyone here in Manitoba, for this privilege,” Ploen said.

“It has been an honour to be mentioned in the same breath with so many great players, including a fellow quarterback, Russ Jackson, the eastern nominee. The game gave me so much, including my start in Canada, which led to so many good friends and, of course, my wonderful family. To think that it is still giving me thrills after all these years — and this really is a thrill — is really something.”

Fan balloting for the Most Outstanding Player of the 1960s has been part of this year’s CFL Retro Celebration of one of the greatest decades in our league’s history. Fans were asked to vote online at CFL.ca on each team’s top player of the decade, then the top player for the East and West Division, and finally the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player of the 1960s.

Ploen came to Winnipeg fresh from leading the University of Iowa to a victory in the granddaddy of all U.S. college football games – the Rose Bowl. From 1957-1967, he led the Blue Bombers to six Grey Cup appearances, including four victories (1958, 1959, 1961, 1962). During his career, he completed 1,084 passes for 16,470 yards and 119 touchdowns. He was named a CFL All-Star in 1965 and was a three-time West Division All-Star at quarterback (1957, 1965) and defensive back (1959).
The MOP of the 1960s stayed in Winnipeg following his football career, working as a sales representative and football commentator, and is a member of the Order of Manitoba.
He’s remembered by CFL fans as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, and one of those imports who found something bigger than stardom: a home.