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Ex-CFL star Neil Lumsden in combine for Edmonton Elks president: sources

Rick LeLacheur has been Edmonton’s interim president/CEO since Aug. 22, assuming the submit after the Elks and former president/CEO Victor Cui parted methods

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A reputation acquainted to Edmonton Elks followers has surfaced as a possible president of the CFL membership.

In accordance with two sources, Neil Lumsden, who gained three Gray Cups as a fullback with Edmonton, has emerged as a candidate for the Elks’ full-time president place.

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Lumsden, of London, Ont., is at the moment Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Tradition and Sport. He was elected within the driving of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek in June 2022.

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Lumsden didn’t instantly return phone messages to each his ministry and constituency workplaces Monday.

The sources, together with one in political circles, spoke on the situation of anonymity because the Elks haven’t divulged any particulars relating to their presidential search. Each did say Lumsden hasn’t petitioned for the job, nor has he been supplied it, however his emergence as a candidate is sensible given his affiliation with the franchise and background, each in soccer (as a participant and working a franchise) and enterprise.

Rick LeLacheur has been Edmonton’s interim president/CEO since Aug. 22, assuming the submit after the Elks and former president/CEO Victor Cui parted methods.

LeLacheur beforehand served as Edmonton’s president/CEO from 2002-2011, successful two Gray Cups. He was additionally the B.C. Lions president/CEO from 2018-2022.

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Lumsden performed 10 CFL seasons with the Toronto Argonauts (1976-78), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1978-79) and Edmonton (1980-85). He joined Edmonton at a time when the crew dominated the league, successful 5 straight Gray Cups (1978-82).

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Lumsden was named the highest Canadian in Edmonton’s come-from-behind 26-23 Gray Cup win over Ottawa in 1981.

Lumsden, who gained a Vanier Cup on the College of Ottawa in 1975, was the East Division’s high rookie in 1976. He appeared in 141 profession CFL video games, dashing for 3,755 yards and 36 TDs on 767 carries whereas including 180 catches for 1,729 yards and 15 touchdowns.

He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2014.

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The solar units because the Edmonton Elks play the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Picture by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

After his CFL taking part in profession, Lumsden served as Ticats GM/director of enterprise operations (1996-99), incomes a fourth Gray Cup ring when Hamilton defeated Calgary 32-21 within the 1999 recreation at Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium. In 2003, he was named chief working officer and basic supervisor of the world street biking championships that have been held in Hamilton.

5 years later, Lumsden was named honorary chairman of the Vanier Cup that additionally occurred in Hamilton. As well as, he spent three years because the athletic director at Brock College.

Edmonton has loved an extended and storied CFL tenure. The franchise has amassed 699 all-time wins — tying it with Calgary for essentially the most in league historical past — and gained 14 Gray Cups, the final coming in 2015 when it completed atop the West Division with a 14-4-0 document.

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However Edmonton hasn’t reached the CFL playoffs since 2019 when it crossed over into the East Division after ending fourth within the West with an 8-10 document. After dispatching Montreal 37-29 l, the Alberta membership misplaced 36-16 to Hamilton within the convention last.

Because the CFL resumed play in 2021 — the worldwide pandemic pressured it to cancel the 2020 season — Edmonton has recorded three straight fifth-place finishes within the West Division, with information of 3-11-0 in 2021 and 4-14-0 within the final two years.

The franchise averaged simply over 24,700 spectators per recreation this season — which included a season-low crowd of 19,921 that watched Edmonton surge to a 22-0 lead earlier than dropping a 38-29 residence loss to Winnipeg. This yr’s attendance is down considerably from 2015 when the franchise averaged a CFL-high 31,517 followers per recreation.

Subsequent season, Edmonton will shut the higher bowl at Commonwealth Stadium, which has a seating capability for 56,400 followers.

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