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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

GUTFRIEND, DOMINGUEZ TO PLAZA OF HONOR



The Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee has announced two new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor as the class of 2016. This year Matt Dominguez and Ivan Gutfriend will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.

Gutfriend spent 38 seasons as the Riders head trainer (1978-2015) winning three Grey Cups.  He is originally from Leader, SK.

Dominguez played for the Roughriders for six seasons (2003-2008) being named a Division All-Star in 2006 and winning a Grey Cup in 2007.  The Texas product played his college football at Sam Houston State and had NFL stints with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 120 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams. 

The cairn recognizing the Plaza of Honor inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.

The SaskTel Plaza of Honor Dinner is known as Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sports dinner and as a result has contributed over $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 16 in the Credit Union Eventplex at Evraz Place. Five seasons ago the Dinner was moved to the Eventplex in order to meet the demand for tickets and accommodate a larger audience. The space allows patrons the opportunity comfortably mingle and meet friends and associates throughout the evening. 

For information on tickets or corporate tables, contact the Saskatchewan Roughrider Ticket Office at 525-2181 or 1-888-474-3377 or any committee member.

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GUTFRIEND QUOTES

IG: "My first visit to Taylor Field if you will was in 1970 so, having followed a person like Sandy Archer, was monumental to me.  And working with pro athletes at this level was beyond my feelings with regards to how important was to me.  This was something I dreamt of doing since 1969 so I'm just overwhelmed right now with this honour.

"I've had a fair amount of coverage in the past.  That's fine.  I'm not the focal point.  It's not all about me as most of you know.  It's about the players and my role was to have them have success and get them on the field to help the team have success.  Here again it's really not about me.  It's about the players.

"I have a lot of memories but obviously two stand out: one was winning in 1989 after 11 years of not making the playoffs at all.  That was pretty huge.  And secondly, the 2009 (Grey Cup) loss in Calgary was overwhelming from my perspective.  Here's a game that we had, with just a minutes left and lost a game like that.  Those are the two major things that stand out in my mind."

DOMINGUEZ QUOTES

MD: It feels really good.  When you look up the all-time greats, the guys that are already in, it's a lot of slotbacks.  And I played wide receiver.  So for the WR position to get some love, that's good.

"I told my wife that I spent a lot of time with Ivan!  So for me to go in with Ivan and spend some time with him, it kind of makes sense.

"When I first got here in 2003 my thinking was to just make the team.  From Day 1, Shivers, Danny Barrett, I've had a lot of quarterbacks.  If you look it up, I had seven or eight QBs and I only played six years.  To be a part of the resurgence of the Riders, because in 2003 we slowly got a little better, I was never part of a losing season.  And to be able to produce the way I was able to when I was 'on', I never thought about the end.  It's just an honour to be here."

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats Ivan.

That is all.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. The guy who tapes ankles gets in, and I just want to get this correct. The guy who didn't play in the 2007 big game gets in but the guy who did and won the MVP that year is not getting in? This is what they are saying?

Anonymous said...

"Honor"... the American spelling of Honour.

Randolph said...

I can't think of two more deserving ex - Riders, and nice guys to boot. Ivan continued capably after the great Sandy Archer.

And Matt, for all the great catches I remember a crushing block a number of years ago in the playoffs at Edmonton.

Well done, gentlemen!

JFRENCH said...

Still no Wes Cates? booo.

Glenn said...

Congratulations to both Ivan and Matt.

Anonymous said...

Anon #3: As opposed to what...the British spelling? Who cares. I mean, besides you.
Congrats to both men.

Anonymous said...

Anon #2. It's obviously about more than one game, even if it was the Grey Cup game. It's about a career. Think about it for a bit.

Anonymous said...

debate all you want about Dominguez but 30+ years with the team for Ivan = undoubtedly deserved. If you question that you got problems. Pick another team, seriously!

Eskimo Joe said...

#blamejonesandmurphy

Rafal said...

Congrats to both of them, well deserved! It's not only about the game, it's also what you did after the game, and after you retired in the community.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they just rename it the Plaza of Mediocrity already. But they'd probably spell that wrong too.

Anonymous said...

Where's Mr. Roy Shivers name along with Mr. Danny Barrett? Two men who successfully built the Roughriders team from the ashes of doom.

Anonymous said...

Ivan, yeah good pick. Dominguez, you have to be kidding. All I remember of this guy is he seemed to be injured all the time.

Anonymous said...

Riders haven't contributed a dime to the stadium build. Their pitence of the deal will commence once they occupy (and only then) allotted space in the building.

Rod Pedersen said...

Actually they've committed tens of millions of dollars already.

Anonymous said...

$10000000 / $350000000 x 100% = 2.9%. But that just math kinda like honor and honour what the difference? All reading, writing, and arithmetic ever done was provide context.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to both men, I respect both!

Anonymous said...

The idiots are out in full force I see.

Anonymous said...

h-o-n-o-u-r

Anonymous said...

I just don't get how some people can find fault and piss and moan about absolutely everything.

Must be a joy to be around everyday. Cripes.

Anonymous said...

Since spelling doesn't matter, I'm going to start using saskchiwn... close enough, and who cares?

Anonymous said...

Honor. Honour. Who cares? Honestly. If it bothers you that much you need counselling.

Seriously. You are pathetic.

The problem with a comment section is it gives people a voice that are completely wrong. The stadium costs $278M not $350M first off. The Riders are on the hook for $40M plus will repay $100M back in ticket surcharges over the next 30 years. So by my math that is 50.3%.

The Province has contributed a $80M LOAN. So in the end will have no money actually invested in new Stadium. In the end the Riders will have paid the most for the stadium with City paying just under half.

These are FACTS.

Voice of Reason

CM said...

debt is part of the capital structure and an investment. cates and joseph should be in. Dominquez nice guy good player. injured too much to be in.

Anonymous said...

Can the Shivers lovers explain to me why he should be in the plaza. I honestly don't care either way, but decided to do some research, because if he deserves to be in there, then he should be.

Here is what I found out. He was hired in the winter of 1999. For 6 and a half years he ran the team. His record finished half way through the 2006 season. It sits at 51 wins, 63 losses, and 1 tie. Never made it past the west final. The only thing you could say, is that the 2007 team that won the grey cup has his fingerprints on it. But the fact of the matter is he wasn't at the helm anymore.

Looking at this I say no to Shivers in the plaza. What am I missing here?

Anonymous said...

Did you read Jim Hopson's book? He'll tell you Roy Shivers improved this team. The players you are inducting into the plaza are Shivers recruits. Roy doesn't get in because full well they are scared if they do induct him he just will not show up and that'll be his middle finger salute to the team brass.

Also he does better not being in. Name the builders in there and tell me if they had more impact than Roy? Ken Preston - one Grey Cup. - I like Roy not being in, and I like Eric Tillman not being in. It's like the baseball HOF - you have Barry Bonds, Pete Rose, and Roger Clemons laughing at the guys who are in there and saying okay if that's the standard guess I'm not good enough. Smirk while saying it too. Plus why should Roy, Danny or Eric let the Riders make money off their names?

Roy is doing well, Eric redeemed himself, and Danny will just have to get by not being in the Plaza while he gets ready for an NFL season.

Anonymous said...

Re; rider capital,
A 40 million Capital Campaign to support the financial commitment to the construction of saskatchewan's new stadium. The 40 million Capital Campaign will be branded as the roughrider "Builder Campaign" and is designed to allow for participation from the business community and the fanbase. A multi- tiered Builder Campaign and partnership program that will allow business partners and Individuals to paticipate ad be recognized, rewarded for their contributions to the construction of the stadium. The business community will be provided with multiple opportunities to become part of the builders team. The foundation of the Builder Campaign will feature 12 Founding partners- "The Starting 12"- who will recieve lifelong presence within the new facility and the ability to secure exclusive multi year assets, naming rights and other activation opportunities with the fanbase. The business community at large will also be presented with partnership opportunities to contibute and be recognized for their support of the stadium building project. Individual rider fans will also have opportunities to participate and be recognized as being part of the Builder Campaign.

Anonymous said...

Shows us where the priorities are. build the stadium but in Regina the libraries crumble. Whoever said knowledge was power anyway. I also like how it's now the time to talk about privatizing SaskTel. Anyway don't look at me I didn't vote for any of these guys.

Keep Saskatchewan Strong

Anonymous said...

You never really made a point for him to be in here.

Finding players and making the team better shouldn't alone get you in.

And because other people don't deserve to be in there dosent mean you should be in there.

Only one thing matters. Winning. That is why Hopson deserves to be in, and from what I can see, Shivers dosent.

Anonymous said...

Honor, honour. 12, 13... You're right. None of it matters.

Anonymous said...

Next thing you know someone will think Broadcasters will be in there.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine letting John Lynch, Geoff Courier or anyone else in there? Broadcasters don't work for the team.

Rod Pedersen said...

What do you have against the broadcasters?