CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have become majority owners of the Calgary Stampeders football team.
In a press conference to announce that the Flames will now be the team’s majority and operating partner it was said that this move will be a positive step forward for the Stampeders organization.
This is also a beneficial move for the Calgary Flames organization who also own the Calgary Roughnecks, Calgary Hitmen, and the Abbotsford Heat. This will create a community of sports under one roof in Calgary.
“We’re proud to have been a part of the community ownership group that took over the team in 2005 and look forward to continue working with the group in the future,” said Flames President Ken King in a press release.
“Increasing our ownership and involvement with the football club is a natural progression, fits perfectly with our group of community sports assets and will provide the Stampeders with an augmented business infrastructure.”
Included with this announcement was the five year extension of coach John Huffnagel who is currently second place for the team’s all-time coaching wins and led the team to a 2008 Grey Cup win. Huffnagel spoke optimistically of the team’s future.
“My coaching staff and football operations staff will continue to do everything possible to ensure the Stampeders are a Grey Cup contender every season,” said Huffnagel.
“We will continue to work hard to find talent at free agent camps, scout up-and-coming players from the CIS level and ensure that the Stampeders are a force on the field.”
The Calgary Stampeders have a great history in Calgary with six Grey Cup wins since 1945.