February 23rd, 2024

CFL’s Calgary Stampers name former OL Jay McNeil as team president

By The Canadian Press on January 23, 2024.

Jay McNeil is the new president of the Calgary Stampeders. Calgary Stampeders Ryan Thelwell, right, celebrates his touchdown with McNeil during first half CFL football action against the Edmonton Eskimos in Calgary, Alta., Monday, Sept. 3, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – Jay McNeil is the new president of the Calgary Stampeders.

The former Stampeders offensive lineman was promoted to the post Tuesday. He succeeds John Hufnagel, who will remain with the organization as a special adviser to both McNeil and Dave Dickenson, Calgary’s head coach/GM.

“From the time of Jay’s arrival, the plan was always for Jay to grow into the president’s role and he’s done an excellent job,” Hufnagel said in a statement. “He’s earned this opportunity.

“I look forward to continuing to represent the Stampeders organization and to assisting both Jay and Dave.”

McNeil, who played 14 seasons with Calgary (1994-2007), returned to the organization in 2022 as its vice-president of business operations.

“I’m humbled and excited for the opportunity to be part of the future of the Calgary Stampeders, one that is rooted in a winning culture thanks to the incredible work of John Hufnagel over the past 16 years,” he said. “I’m grateful that Huff will be remaining with the organization and I know he will be a tremendous resource for me.”

Calgary selected McNeil, of London, Ont., in the fourth round, No. 34 overall of the 1994 CFL draft out of Kent State.

He was a three-time CFL all-star and played on two Grey Cup-winning teams (1998, 2001) while twice being voted by teammates as the recipient of the Presidents’ Ring for excellence on and off the field.

Following his football career, McNeil remained in Calgary and led sales and business operations for many companies including Trinidad Drilling, Tervita, Secure Energy and Cleantek Industries.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2024.

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