CFL

Hec Crighton Award

  

 

 

Bob Cameron took a Hec Crighton pedigree to a 23 season Hall of Fame career


Hec Crighton Winners


2014, 15 - Andrew Buckley - Calgary - Calgary

2010 - Brad Sinopoli - Ottawa - Calgary, Ottawa

2006 - Daryl Stephenson - Windsor - Winnipeg, Hamilton

2005 - Andy Fantuz - Western - Saskatchewan Roughriders

2004 - Jesse Lumsden - McMaster - Hamilton, Edmonton
 1998, 1996 – Eric Lapointe – Mount Allison – Hamilton, Montreal
 1997 – Mark Nohra – UBC – Edmonton, B.C., Ottawa
 1995 – Don Blair – Calgary – Edmonton, B.C.
 1986 – Blake Marshall – Western – Edmonton Eskimos

1983 - Greg Vavra - Calgary - Calgary, B.C., Edmonton

1977 - Bob Cameron - Acadia - Winnipeg

1975 - Brian Fryer - Alberta - Edmonton, Ottawa

1967 - Mike Eben - University of Toronto - Toronto
 


2014, 15 - Andrew Buckley - Calgary - Calgary

 

 

 

Andrew Buckley was a collegiate star at the University of Calgary winning the Hec Crighton award in both 2014 and 2015. He set a CIS passing record in 2015 with 3,162 yards through the air. He was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the 7th round of the 2015 draft and spent the 2015 season as an understudy to Bo Levi Mitchell and Drew Tate. In 2016 he progressed to become the short yardage quarterback on a dominant team that went 15-2-1. In the 104th Grey Cup he became the 1st quarterback since Russ Jackson in 1969 to score a touchdown. He was tackled on a controversial play-call that led to a field goal, overtime and eventual defeat to Ottawa. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Passing           Rushing    
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg C Yds Avg Lg TD
2016 Cgy 2 1 13 50.0 0 0 - 27 49 1.8 5 8
Total 1 2 1 13 50.0 0 0 - 27 49 1.8 5 8

 


2010 - Brad Sinopoli - Ottawa - Calgary, Ottawa

 

 

Brad Sinopoli captured the Hec Crighton award in 2010 as the quarterback for the Ottawa GeeGees. Sinopoli was drafted into the CFL by the Calgary Stampeders as a quarterback a rare feat for a Canadian born player and rarer still he made the 2011 roster of the Stampeders as their 3rd string quarterback. Sinopoli failed to see action with Calgary at Quarterback and was cut from the team to start the 2012 season after battling Bo Levi Mitchell for 3rd string status. Injuries caused him to rejoin the team as a 3rd stringer midway through the 2012 season and for the 2013 season Sinopoli made the transition to receiver. With terrific athletic ability and a strong knowledge of the offence, Sinopoli immediately produced at receiver and again due to injuries became a key offensive contributor in 2013. Sinopoli joined Ottawa as a free agent in 2015 and became a focal point in the offence. He has surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in 2015 and 2016 and was named the leagues Most Outstanding Canadian in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Sinopoli   Ottawa  
  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2013 Cgy 34 417 12.3 42 0
2014 Cgy 20 197 9.9 27 2
2015 Ott 86 1,035 12.0 41 3
2016 Ott 90 1,036 11.5 65 4
Total 4 230 2,685 11.7 65 9

 


2006 - Daryl Stephenson - Windsor - Winnipeg, Hamilton, Saskatchewan

 

 

Daryl Stephenson had a record breaking 5 season career as a running back for the Windsor Lancers. The London native set a CIS record for career rushing yards. He had his finest season in 2005 with 1,306 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns and would capture the Hec Crighton award the following year in 2006 with 1,140 yards. He would become the only CIS back to post 3 consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons. Stephenson was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 CFL draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He has played mostly on special teams and in 2011 joined the Hamilton Tiger Cats. In 2012, playing in a tight end formation Stephenson posted 2 receiving touchdowns the first of his career. Stephenson joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013 spending his time on special teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Rushing       Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD C Yds Avg Lg TD
2008 Wpg 9 19 2.1 0 0 2 12 6.0 8 0
2009 Wpg 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1 1.0 1 0
2010 Wpg 7 30 4.3 8 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2011 Ham 6 17 2.8 8 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2012 Ham 2 9 4.5 5 0 6 65 10.8 25 2
Total 5 24 75 3.1 8 0 9 78 8.7 25 2

 


 

2005 - Andy Fantuz - Western - Saskatchewan, Hamilton

 

 

Andy Fantuz a native of Chatham Ontario holds a number of CIS receiving records. Over his career with the Western Ontario Mustangs Fantuz was a match-up nightmare for opposing defensive backs. Fantuz captured the Hec Crighton Award in 2006 the first receiver to win the award since Don Blair in 1996. Fantuz was selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders 3rd overall in the 2006 CFL draft. He also contributed in the Roughriders Grey Cup witn in 2007 with a touchdown reception and was named the games top Canadian. In 2010 he had his best season leading the league with 1,380 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns . He has gone on to become an elite receiver in Canadian Football now with the Hamilton Tiger Cats.


 

 

 

Andy Fantuz   Western  
  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2006 Ssk 30 408 13.6 30 3
2007 Ssk 56 978 17.5 72 7
2008 Ssk 36 488 13.6 31 3
2009 Ssk 67 882 13.2 40 4
2010 Ssk 87 1,380 15.9 66 6
2011 Ssk 13 175 13.5 31 0
2012 Ham 72 971 13.5 27 8
2013 Ham 65 896 13.8 64 3
2014 Ham 62 639 10.3 31 3
2015 Ham 42 432 10.3 23 2
2016 Ham 101 1,059 10.5 39 5
Total 11 631 8,308 13.2 72 44

 


2004 - Jesse Lumsden - McMaster - Hamilton, Edmonton, Calgary

 

 

Jesse Lumsden grew up around Canadian football. The son of longtime CFL player and analyst Neil Lumsden, he spent time in Edmonton and Burlington as an adolescent. Lumsden would attend McMaster University for football and set a number of CIS records on his way to capturing the Hec Crighton Award in 2004 as a senior. Lumsden was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger Cats 6th overall in 2004 and after a failed try-out with the Seattle Seahwaks, Lumsden showed promise with Hamilton. In 2005 he tried out with the Washington Redskins and returned to Hamilton to post strong totals. With his NFL aspirations behind him Lumsden enjoyed his best season with Hamilton in 2006 with an amazing 7.1 yard per carry average for 743 yards. Injuries would cut short his season and also plaque the big back in 2007 and 2008. Lumsden would join the Edmonton Eskimos for the 2009 season as a free agnet but again would suffer injury to a previously repaired shoulder in week #1 and miss the rest of the season. With time off Olympic Bobsledder Pierre Leuders approached Lumsden about joining his Olympic quest for 2010 in Vancouver. Lumsden did compete in the Olympics in Vancouver and looks to continue his football career.

 

    Rushing           Receiving    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD C Yds Avg Lg TD
2005 Ham 60 307 5.1 43 1 11 153 13.9 78 1
2006 Ham 40 163 4.1 25 0 5 51 10.2 35 0
2007 Ham 98 743 7.6 75 3 26 348 13.4 51 1
2008 Ham 87 584 6.7 57 5 7 78 11.1 17 0
2009 Edm 2 5 2.5 3 0 3 20 6.7 12 0
2010 Cgy 4 40 10.0 13 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 291 1,842 6.3 75 10 52 650 12.5 76 2

1998, 1996 - Eric Lapointe - Mount Allison - Hamilton Toronto Montreal

 

Eric Lapointe spent an incredible 4 seasons with the Mount Allison Mounties. He first captured the Hec Crighton Award in 1996 after a record breaking season at running back. The Quebec native did not stop there and would go on to win the Award a second time in 1998 his final season in college football. Highly regarded Eric spent his first pro season with Hamilton where he posted amazing totals with 691 rushing yards and a 6.6 yards per carry average in limited action. With just 2 starts Lapointe would post the best totals of his career and also capture the Grey Cup as Hamilton defeated Calgary. After 1 season with Toronto where he was under utilized Lapointe moved back to his home province of Quebec and joined the Montreal Alouettes. Eric would find a productive niche as the clubs #2 running back – he would post strong totals and in 2005 he replaced injured back Autry Denson? and would post 2 terrific post season games 1 in a victory over Toronto and then in a heartbreaking OT loss to Edmonton in the Grey Cup over the 2 games Lapointe would rush for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. Eric would retire after the 2006 season as a fan favourite and a strong example for aspiring Canadian born running backs.

 

  Rushing           Receiving    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD C Yds Avg Lg TD
1999 Ham 105 691 6.6 91 5 9 70 7.8 12 0
2000 Tor 11 29 2.6 8 0 2 11 5.5 6 0
2001 Mtl 21 123 5.9 24 0 5 59 11.8 27 0
2002 Mtl 9 107 11.9 44 0 3 34 11.3 20 0
2003 Mtl 75 432 5.8 38 2 13 84 6.5 25 0
2004 Mtl 78 479 6.1 77 6 16 80 5.0 15 0
2005 Mtl 79 423 5.4 24 3 6 36 6.0 11 1
2006 Mtl 18 132 7.3 35 0 2 6 3.0 5 0
Total 8 396 2,416 6.1 91 16 56 380 6.8 76 1

1997 - Mark Nohra - UBC - BC Edmonton Ottawa

 

Mark Nohra captured the Hec Crighton Award in 1997 while with the UBC Thunderbirds. The powerful Nohra led the nation in rushing and led the Thunderbirds to a Vanier Cup championship. Nohra was drafted 28th overall by the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1997 but attended the Buffalo Bills camp as a free agent before returning to the CFL and signing with the B.C. Lions. Nohra who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, started his career on special teams in 1998. In 1999 Mark started to see action at running back with the Lions. After being traded to the Edmonton Eskimos in 2000 Nohra assumed more of a starting role at running back and posted strong totals with 760 yards in 2000 and 666 yards in 2002. In 2002 Nohra spent 1 season with the expansion Ottawa Renegades before returning to the Lions in 2003. Mark would play sparingly in 2004 and then missed the entire 2005 season due to a knee injury. Mark returned to action in 2006 in 14 games with the Lions before retiring after another knee injury ended his season.

 


 

  Rushing       Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD C Yds Avg Lg TD
1998 BC 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
1999 BC 45 256 5.7 18 0 8 126 15.8 32 1
2000 Edm 150 760 5.1 35 5 12 120 10.0 26 1
2001 Edm 152 666 4.4 32 3 19 108 5.7 35 0
2002 Ott 47 188 4.0 9 2 15 154 10.3 21 0
2003 BC 25 123 4.9 29 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2004 BC 2 4 2.0 4 0 3 56 18.7 46 0
2005   Did Not Play                
2006 BC 7 45 6.4 12 0 1 9 9.0 9 0
Total 8 428 2,042 4.8 96 10 58 573 9.9 46 2

 


1995 - Don Blair - Calgary - Edmonton BC Calgary

 

Don Blair set the CIS world on fire in 1995. He led the Calgary Dinos to a Vanier Cup championship and had CFL General Managers buzzing about his potential as a professional. Blair would be drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos 1st overall in the draft but would pursue a free agent tryout with the Chicago Bears before joining Edmonton midway through the 1996 season. Blair had success his first season primarily as a punt returner. He would have a 81 yard punt return for a touchdown his first season in the CFL. in 1997 and 1998 he began to emerge as a star receiver in 1998 his final season with Edmonton he broke the 1,000 yard receiving mark with 1,091 yards and 6 touchdowns. The brek through season led Blair to sign as a free agent with the B.C. Lions where he would enjoy 2 productive seasons in 1999 and 2000. in 2000 he would capture the Grey Cup. His final season with BC in 2001 was plagued with injuries and in 2002 he would return to the site of his amateur glory with the Calgary Stampeders. Blair would have 2 productive seasons as a Stampeder before retiring after the 2003 season. Don Blair parlayed his outstanding collegiate success into a solid 8 season career as a professional in the CFL.

  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1996 Edm 1 35 35.0 35 0
1997 Edm 36 623 17.3 47 3
1998 Edm 64 1,091 17.0 51 6
1999 BC 61 785 12.9 47 5
2000 BC 46 631 13.7 50 4
2001 BC 10 147 14.7 29 0
2002 Cgy 46 751 16.3 55 4
2003 Cgy 46 579 12.6 45 4
Total 8 310 4,642 15.0 55 26

 


1986 - Blake Marshall - Western - Edmonton Eskimos

 

Blake Marshall succeeded his older brother Greg as a star running back with the Western Mustangs. Blake followed the steps of his brother again with the Hec Crighton Award – Greg won the Award in 1984 and was a Edmonton Eskimo draft pick. Blake would capture the 1986 Hec Crighton Award and also join the Edmonton Eskimos as the #5 overall pick in the 1987 amateur draft. Where injuries had brought a premature end to Greg’s pro career Blake would enjoy 8 productive seasons as a powerful fullback for the Eskimos. Blake was named the leagues Most Outstanding Canadian in 1991 while leading the league with 16 rushing and 4 receiving touchdowns. He also captured the Grey Cup in 1987 his first season in the league.

 


 

 

 

  Rushing       Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD C Yds Avg Lg TD
1987 Edm 21 87 4.1 12 1 5 58 11.6 15 0
1988 Edm 69 315 4.6 38 5 10 58 5.8 15 0
1989 Edm 65 233 3.6 15 11 22 254 11.5 41 3
1990 Edm 120 603 5.0 27 12 25 252 10.1 62 1
1991 Edm 125 615 4.9 34 16 50 619 12.4 40 4
1992 Edm 93 495 5.3 50 7 24 188 7.8 21 2
1993 Edm 30 101 3.4 13 2 7 38 5.4 10 1
Total 7 523 2,449 4.7 50 54 143 1,467 10.3 62 11

 


1983 - Greg Vavra - Calgary - Calgary BC

 

 

Greg Vavra was a collegiate superman with the Calgary Dinos. He led the Dinos to the Vanier Cup in 1983 and captured the Hec Crighton award for his efforts. A superb athlete with great instincts the struggling Stampeders made the home town hero the clubs starting quarterback in his rookie season. It was a lot for the freshman to handle and he struggled as did the team to a 4-12 record. Vavra would not have another sustained opportunity as a starter in the CFL and after 6 seasons in the league with Calgary and BC he retired from professional football.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Passing           Rushing    
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg C Yds Avg Lg TD
1984 Cgy 324 161 1,901 49.7 10 16 41 31 153 4.9 25 1
1985 Cgy 73 32 391 43.8 1 5 38 13 28 2.2 11 0
1986 BC 9 4 75 44.4 0 1 49 2 12 6.0 8 0
1987 BC 92 46 764 50.0 5 6 45 3 -8 -2.7 -11 0
1988 Edm 26 10 105 38.5 1 3 19 2 9 4.5 8 0
Total 5 524 253 3,236 226 17 31 49 51 194 3.8 25 1

 


1977 - Bob Cameron - Acadia - Winnipeg

 

Bob Cameron won the Hec Crighton Award in 1977 after a stellar 4 year career with the Acadia Axeman. Cameron was the teams quarterback and punter and led the team to back-to-back Vanier Cup appearances. It was Cameron’s abilities as a punter that would result in a lengthy hall of fame career in the CFL. The start did not come easy for Cameron after a failed try-out with the Buffalo Bills – Cameron would bounce around the CFL trying to find a home first with Edmonton and B.C. before finally landing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1980 as a punter. From there Bob would spend 23 productive seasons as a premiere punter as a 4 time CFL all-star he would also win 3 Grey Cup championships with Winnipeg. A testament to perseverance and longevity Cameron was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame with the class of 2010.

 

 

 

 


1975 - Brian Fryer - Alberta - Edmonton Ottawa

 

 

Brian Fryer was a star receiver at the University of Alberta who captured the 1975 Hec Crighton he set a CIS record for receiving in 1974 with 1,068 yards and compiled 943 yards receiving when he was awarded the top honour. His exploits caught the attention of the Washington Redskins who selected him in the 8th round of the 1976 NFL draft. he would spend 2 seasons with Washington seeing game action as a kick returner, injuries would end his time in the NFL. The Edmonton native would join the Eskimos in 1978 as a territorial exemption and go on to capture 5 consecutive Grey Cups with the Edmonton dynasty. His finest season as a pro was 1982 when he compiled 812 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. After a brief stint with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1985 he would return to the Eskimos to conclude his playing career.  A top CIS talent who played in both the NFL and CFL Brian Fryer was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

 

  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1978 Edm 20 293 14.7 56 1
1979 Edm 0 0 0.0 0 0
1980 Edm 23 408 17.7 42 2
1981 Edm 1 11 11.0 11 0
1982 Edm 55 812 14.8 38 2
1983 Edm 46 639 13.9 39 1
1984 Edm 31 464 15.0 31 0
1985 Ott 13 152 11.7 26 0
  Edm 3 43 14.3 20 1
Total 8 192 2,822 14.7 56 7

 


1967 - Mike Eben - U of Toronto - Toronto Edmonton Ottawa

 

Mike Eben captured the Hec Crighton Award in 1967 – the 1st year of the awards existence. Eben set numerous Canadian College football records at receiver over his 4 years with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. He obtained a Phd in German from the University of Toronto. The Czech native started and would spend the majority of his career with the Toronto Argonauts. He spent 1 season in the Western Division in 1970 with the Edmonton Eskimos where he was named a West All-Star. Eben captured East All Star selections with Toronto in 1972 and 1976. His best season was with the Argonauts in 1975 when he totalled a career high 63 catches for 729 yards. Mike would retire to a career as a language teacher after the 1977 CFL season.

 

 

  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1968 Tor 1 7 7.0 7 0
1969 Tor 11 141 12.8 25 2
1970 Edm 48 733 15.3 81 5
1971 Tor 36 572 15.9 77 3
1972 Tor 46 551 12.0 41 4
1973 Tor 39 637 16.3 49 4
1974 Tor 42 579 13.8 50 1
1975 Tor 63 729 11.6 41 1
1976 Tor 47 681 14.5 44 3
1977 Tor 3 42 14.0 20 1
Ott 2 25 12.5 15 0
  Ham 3 55 18.3 28 0
Total 10 341 4,752 13.9 81 24

 


 

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