Sports fans can drool over this one; the Grey Cup stopped by the Fort for a visit.
Fort Saskatchewan was one of six stops the Grey Cup made on Monday (Apr.30).
The Canadian Football Hall of Fame has partnered with CCGA and the Alberta Common Ground Alliance to promote Dig Safe Month at various locations.
Keeper of the cup, Jeff McWhinney, says football and digging safe have things in common.
“We’ve partnered up with trying to keep incidents down and getting people to dig safe. Very simliar to what we want to do, is maintain a standard of professionalism and safety on the field, we go into our games with a playbook and we want to maintain and update that playbook all the time by keeping it a safe game to play,” said McWhinney.
He noted it was important to promote this ‘great icon of Canadian history’ in as many places as possible.
Since 1909, there's been 3,742 players on the Grey Cup.
"A lot of them are gone now. 65 per cent of them are gone and a lot of them fought for our country and the freedoms that we have today,” said McWhinney. “We need to remember what these guys have done for our country outside of the grid iron. World War I 1916-18 where we suspended play, where in 1942-44 we just let our players of our military compete as a morale booster.”
The 2009 Grey Cup is the most watched in history. 6.1 million Canadians watched Montreal beat Saskatchewan 28-27.
The presitgious cup has also been broken at least four times. It's been sat on, dropped, head-butted, and the chalice broke off the base.
One team will hoist the Grey Cup later this year in Edmonton. The CFL final takes place at Commonwealth Stadium on Nov.18.

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