JOHN HUFNAGEL NAMED 2014 CFL COACH OF THE YEAR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:01

WINNIPEG -- Calgary Stampeders general manager and head coach John Hufnagel has been named the 2014 recipient of the Annis Stukus Trophy, awarded to the Canadian Football League Coach of the Year. Hufnagel was presented with the honour earlier today by CFL President and Chief Operating Officer, Michael Copeland at a luncheon in Winnipeg, Manitoba as part of the CFL’s annual league meetings.

“John Hufnagels Stampeders completed one of the greatest seasons in Canadian Football League history with the ultimate prize in Canadian football: a Grey Cup victory", said Copeland. “Throughout the year, he overcame adversity and put his team in a position to succeed week in and week out.  On behalf of our Board of Governors, and our entire league, we congratulate John on this tremendous honour.”

Hufnagel led the Stampeders to their seventh championship in franchise history, their first since 2008; coincidentally the same year Hufnagel originally won the Annis Stukus Trophy.

The Calgary Stampeders showed off their skill as well as tested their team depth in several positions throughout the season. The Stampeders started Bo Levi Mitchell, the league’s youngest starting quarterback, with an offence that had to overcome multiple injuries to key players during the 2014 campaign.  Even with these barriers, the Stampeders could not be slowed down, as they continued to run an effective and efficient offence in the CFL; leading the league in points scored, most touchdowns scored and most net yards rushing.

The Calgary Stampeders tied a franchise mark in 2014 with 15 victories, eight of them coming away from McMahon Stadium. After claiming first place in the West, the Stampeders hosted their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Eskimos in the West Final where they defeated them for the fourth time, sweeping the season series and advancing to the 102nd Grey Cup.

In the championship game in Vancouver, the Stampeders closed out their season in style with a 20-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. This marked Hufnagel’s second Grey Cup Championship as head coach in his third Grey Cup game.

The CFL Coach of the Year is selected by 65 voting members of the Football Reports of Canada. Hufnagel, the current longest tenured head coach in the CFL received 43 first place votes.

 

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Media are invited to participate in today's call with 2014 Annis Stukus Trophy recipient, John Hufnagel.

What:              2014 Coach of the Year Conference Call

Who:               John Hufnagel, general manager and head coach

When:             Wednesday, January 21, 2014

Approx 2:15pm CT

Call In #:        416-695-7806 / 877-405-9213

Passcode:     8626286

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:04
 
2014 CFL Coach of the Year Conference Call PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:32

WINNIPEG - On Wednesday, January 21 the Canadian Football League will present the 2014 Annis Stukus Trophy awarded annually to the CFL Coach of the Year.

The ceremony will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba and will be streamed live online on CFL.ca at approximately 12:30 pm CT. 

Following the luncheon, the CFL will host a conference call with the 2014 Coach of the Year. This will be an opportunity for media who will not be in attendance to ask the 2014 Annis Stukus Trophy recipient questions. Details for the conference call are below.

CONFERENCE CALL IN DETAILS

What: 2014 Coach of the Year Conference Call

Who: 2014 Annis Stukus Trophy recipient

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2014

Approx 2:15 pm CT

Call In #: 416-695-7806 / 877-405-9213

Passcode: 8626286

 
2014 COACH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 12 January 2015 19:57

TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League announced today the finalists for the 2014 Annis Stukus Trophy, awarded to the CFL Coach of the Year. As voted by 65 members of the Football Reporters of Canada, the finalists are Montreal Alouettes Head Coach, Tom Higgins, Calgary Stampeders Head Coach and General Manager John Hufnagel, and Edmonton Eskimos Head Coach, Chris Jones.

The 2014 CFL Coach of the Year will be presented the Annis Stukus Trophy on January 21, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba as part of the CFL's annual Congress.

The CFL Coach of the Year will also be streamed live on CFL.ca.

Chris Jones - Edmonton Eskimos

In his first season at the coaching helm for the Edmonton Eskimos first-year head coach Chris Jones helped lead the Esks to a 12-6 record and second place in the West Division, capping the biggest turnaround by any CFL team in 2014.

The Esks stormed out of the gate to begin the season 4-0, a mark the team has not completed since 2011. The momentum continued throughout the season thanks to a balanced offence and an up-tempo defence.

The Esks went on to claim second place in the West Division and hosted their first playoff game since the 2011 season.


Jones' team led many defensive categories this season including; interceptions, fewest first downs allowed, average gain per pass, fewest net passing yards per game, fewest passed completed, lowest points against per game and fewest points allowed to name a few.

This is the first time that Jones has been named a finalist for the Annis Stukus Trophy.

Tom Higgins - Montreal Alouettes

In a year where the Alouettes had to fill the void left by the CFL's all-time passing leader, Anthony Calvillo, Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins found a way to put an impressive second half of the season together to help lead the Alouettes to a playoff win and a chance for a berth in the 102nd Grey Cup.

After beginning the year 1-7, playoffs seemed like an unlikely possibility until the team rallied and finished the rest of the season with an 8-2 record to finish in second place in the East and earning the right to host the Eastern Semi-Final.

To open the 102nd Grey Cup Playoffs, the Alouettes played their most dominant game of the season knocking off the Lions 50-17 and qualifying for the Eastern Division Final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Although the Alouettes came up short against the Ticats, Higgins led the Alouettes to a remarkable in-season turnaround that marked the first time a team had ever fallen six games below .500 and recovered to finish at .500 or better. The Alouettes  are also the fourth CFL team to ever start as low as 1-7 and make the playoffs.

Higgins won the Annis Stukus Trophy twice in his career; in 2003 with the Edmonton Eskimos and 2005 with the Calgary Stampeders.

John Hufnagel - Calgary Stampeders

In his seventh season as head coach and general manager of the Stampeders, Hufnagel guided the Stamps to a league-best 15-3 record during the regular season and capped it off with a Grey Cup victory.

The 15 victories were the largest total by a CFL team since 2009 and the best by a West Division team since 1994. The impressive record was accumulated in a very tough West Division with the team being led by a third-year quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and without  all-star running back Jon Cornish for several games throughout the season.

The Stamps led the league in a number of offensive categories including points scored, away record, most first downs, most yards net rushing, average gain per pass, fewest passes intercepted, fewest yards penalized and fewest quarterback sacks to name a few.

This is Hufnagel's fourth nomination in his career and has won the award once in 2008 as a member of the Calgary Stampeders.

For media looking to attend the 2014 Coach of the Year Luncheon, please contact Lucas Barrett at lbarrett@cfl.ca for additional details.

 
The CFL mourns the passing of Shawn Coates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 12 January 2015 19:59

The Canadian Football League deeply mourns the passing of Shawn Coates, a former Director of Football Operations for the league, a former member of the staff of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a passionate champion of our game and a dear friend to so very many in the sport and media community. 

"Shawn's passion for Canadian football ran as deep as you will find," said Michael Copeland, President and Chief Operating Officer of the CFL. "He brought energy, enthusiasm and a winning smile to those around him. The league has lost a great friend, and he will be missed."

 
2015 Key Dates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 12 January 2015 19:53

Please Note: ALL dates are subject to change

January 7

Coach of the Year Finalists Announced

January 20 - 23

CFL Congress 2015

  • CFL Congress 2015 is being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The four days of annual meetings will take place at the Delta Winnipeg.

January 21

2014 Coach of the Year Luncheon

  • The top head coach of the 2014 season will be honoured during the 54th CFL Coach of the Year Luncheon. This year's luncheon is set to take place on Wednesday, January 21 at 12:15 p.m. ET at the Delta Winnipeg.

    Media planning to attend the 2014 Coach of the Year Luncheon are asked to please RSVP to Lucas Barrett at lbarrett@cfl.ca by Wednesday, January 14.

February 10

Free Agency Period Opens

  • The free agency window opens at noon ET on Tuesday, February 10.

March 23 - 26

2015 CFL Regional Combines Edmonton/Montreal/Toronto

  • The regional combines will take place at:
    • Commonwealth Stadium Field House - Edmonton, Alta. - March 23
    • Condordia University Stadium (Loyola Campus) - Montreal, Que. - March 25
    • Varsity Centre/Park Hyatt Hotel - Toronto, Ont. - March 26


The one-day invitational combines are for players eligible for the 2015 CFL Draft and national free agents. The top players eligible for the 2015 CFL Draft from each regional combine will receive an invitation to attend the CFL National Combine in Toronto from March 27 to 29. Approximately 20-30 players will be invited to each regional combine.

Media planning to attend the 2015 CFL Regional Combines are asked to please RSVP to Lucas Barrett at lbarrett@cfl.ca by Monday, March 16.

The lists of participants will be communicated in advance of each event.

March 25 - 27

Rules Committee Meetings

  • The meetings will be held over three days at the Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ont.

March 27 - 29

2015 CFL Combine

  • In preparation for the 2015 CFL Draft, the league's general managers, coaches and scouts will be in Toronto, Ont. to evaluate approximately 50 of the country's top football prospects. The 2015 CFL Combine will be held at the Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel and at the Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto.

    Media planning to attend the 2015 CFL Combine are asked to please RSVP to Lucas Barrett at lbarrett@cfl.ca by Friday, March 14.

    The list of participants will be communicated in advance of the event.

May 5 - 9

CIS East-West Bowl

  • The 2015 CIS East-West Bowl will be played on Saturday, May 9 at McGill University in Montreal, Que.

TBD

2015 CFL Draft

May 27

Rookie Camps Open

May 31

Training Camps Open

 
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