Hamilton Tiger Cats

Paul Osbaldiston - Kicker - 1986-03 - Simon Fraser


Brian Snelgrove - ticats.ca

He is the most prolific kicker in Tiger-Cat history and holds virtually every career kicking record.

Following brief stops in B.C. and Winnipeg, Paul Osbaldiston (1986-2003) landed in Hamilton midway through the 1986 season and embarked on an unparalleled 18-year career with the Black and Gold.

He is the team’s all-time leading scorer. With 2,856 career points, he’s nearly 1800 points ahead of runner-up Bernie Ruoff (1,069).  The top ten spots for most points scored in a single season all belong to Paul Osbaldiston.  He holds the team record for most career punts (2,127), most punting yards (88,542) and most punts in a season, with 165 in 1994. He is first in most career kick-offs (1,223), most career kickoff yards (69,777) and most kickoff single points with 17. “Ozzie” was an East Division all-star on seven occasions and selected as an All-Canadian three times (1996, 98 and 2001).

In the 1999 Grey Cup championship season, Osbaldiston led the league in scoring with 203 points. Payback wasn’t on his mind however, heading in to the rematch against Calgary. “When you get to the Grey Cup you don’t need revenge as a motivation,” says the legendary kicker. “The Cup itself is the motivation. It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past. The mentality of the guys stepping on the field was completely positive. We started fast and dominated the whole game against a very good Stampeder team.”

Ozzie was instrumental in the Ticat victory as he connected on three field goals, three converts and added a pair of singles. “It wasn’t about any one individual,” says Osbaldiston. “The thing I remember most about the game and about that season is the camaraderie and unselfishness of the players on and off the field. We played hard and had fun hard. It was the best group of guys I was ever associated with in my career. Everybody knew their role. It wasn’t about personal recognition. The players were committed to each other. You did your job for the team to win. It didn’t matter if I missed five converts as long as we won.” 

“We were focused on the Grey Cup form the beginning of training camp,” adds the most valuable Canadian from the Tiger-Cats Grey Cup victory in 1986. “We had a really good mix of guys; very balanced with good special teams and terrific offense and defense.”

Today, Ozzie lives in Stoney Creek and is Manager of Business Development for Walton Capital, a Toronto based company specializing in real estate investment. “Family, friends and work keeps me busy,” says Osbaldiston who is married with two small children. “Also I haven’t missed a Ticat game either live or on television since I retired.”