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Normie Kwong - Fullback - 1951-60 - North Hill Junior College

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Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Star football player Normie Kwong was fondly dubbed the “China Clipper,” both for his fierce performance as a running back and as a tribute to the fact that he was first Chinese-Canadian to crack the CFL.

 

Kwong spent his entire football career in his home province of Alberta, playing three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders and ten seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. In ten years of recorded statistics, he made 75 touchdowns and gained 9,020 yards rushing with a 5.2 yard per carry average. He was a member of four Grey Cup winning teams, including three consecutive victories with the Eskimos between 1954 and 1956.

 

An exceptional backfielder, described by the Toronto Sun as a “bruising runner despite his small stature,” Kwong won accolades for his consistently brilliant performance on the field. When the Eskimos implemented the offensive twin fullback system in the early 1950s, Kwong and his partner Johnny Bright were instrumental in securing Edmonton’s three Grey Cup victories.

 

The China Clipper was three times winner of the Eddie James Memorial Trophy as the leading rusher in the Western Division and five times a CFL all-star. He won the Schenley Award as the CFL’s top Canadian player in both 1955 and 1956 and received the Lionel Conacher Trophy as Canada’s top male athlete of 1955. At retirement in 1960, he held over 30 CFL records.

 

Even after leaving the field, Kwong continued to be an asset to the game and remained a prominent figure in Canadian football. He was largely responsible for the survival and resurgence of the Calgary Stampeders. After assuming the position of president and general manager of the struggling Stampeders in 1988, Kwong

Normie Kwong       North Hill Jr College    
  Rushing           Receiving

Yr

Team C Yds Avg Lg TD C Yds Avg Lg TD
1950 Cgy 40 254 6.4 - 1 1 7 7.0 - 0
1951 Edm 178 933 5.2 - 8 3 46 15.3 - 0
1952 Edm 84 480 5.7 - 8 14 227 16.2 - 3
1953 Edm 117 802 6.9 - 2 6 42 7.0 - 0
1954 Edm 120 572 4.8 21 1 1 1 1.0 1 0
1955 Edm 241 1,250 5.2 39 10 6 36 6.0 17 0
1956 Edm 232 1,437 6.2 26 5 9 106 11.8 35 1
1957 Edm 204 1,048 5.1 22 15 14 172 12.3 19 0
1958 Edm 232 1033 4.5 23 10 9 106 11.8 24 0
1959 Edm 179 750 4.2 35 9 5 61 12.2 15 0
1960 Edm 118 461 3.9 22 6 7 99 14.1 23 0
Total 13 1,745 9,020 5.2 39 75 75 903 12.0 35 4

 helped to rebuild the team and restructure its finances, bringing it out of near bankruptcy several times during his tenure. He improved the club’s

 image, increased ticket sales, and helped to booster the quality of players on the field. By 1992, the Stampeders were Grey Cup champions. In the early 1980's Kwong also was part of a consortium who brought the Atlanta Flames to Calgary.

 

For his significant contribution to the sport, Kwong was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1969 and was named to the Order of Canada in 1998. An eloquent speaker and well-loved community man, Kwong was appointed lieutenant-governor of Alberta in 2005.