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Saturday, September 17, 2016

2016 PLAZA OF HONOR PHOTOS


Over 1,100 patrons filled Regina's Credit Union Eventplex Friday evening for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' annual Plaza of Honor induction dinner.



Rider greats Matt Dominguez and Ivan Gutfriend made up the 2016 induction class.  Dominguez spent five great seasons with the Riders - being named a 2006 West Division All-Star and 2007 Grey Cup champion - while Gutfriend is the longest-serving employee in Rider history.  The Leader, SK product spent 38 seasons as the Riders' Athletic Therapist, winning three Grey Cups.



The entrance to the Plaza on Friday evening ...



The MC was TSN's Darren Dutchyshen who did a great job ...



Dutchy hosted a panel session with the Riders' Chris Jones, John Murphy and Jeremy O'Day ...


Former Rider coach Ken Miller flew in from North Carolina to give the induction speech to Ivan ...



Rider great and Canadian Football Hall of Famer Don Narcisse inducted Dominguez ...



Chris Jones poses with fans ...



The men running the Riders: Wayne Morsky and Craig Reynolds ...



Rider linemen Xavier Fulton and Chris Best ...



His Worship Mayor Michael Fougere and the First Lady ...



Don Narcisse, who's well below his playing weight.  Rider receiver Naaman Roosevelt is on the verge of breaking Narco's single season receptions record but Don figures he'll need 6.7 catches per game the rest of the way and that's IF he plays in every game.  Don says his record of 216 consecutive games with a catch will never be broken ...



The Eventplex was decorated very nicely for Friday's event ...



Hosting the SportsCage Friday from Plaza.  Seen here with George Yannitsos and Derek Meyers ...



Coach Miller shares a laugh with Carol Hoeving from the Rider ticket office.  We've missed that smile!



Rider owner Tom Shepherd joined us on air ...



The day got rolling with the annual Plaza luncheon at the Ramada at which I had the honour of being MC ...



Rider great Scott Schultz welcomed this year's inductees ...



Craig Reynolds brought greetings from the team ...



From left: Steve Mazurak, Jim Hopson, Twyla Meredith and Dan Rashovich ...



Dale West, Carm Carteri, Kathy Fong and Norm Fong ...




Kenny with his "roommate" Maureen!  (His words).



Former Rider Presidents Dick Rendek and Gord Staseson ...



Dutchy and Wayne Morsky leave for their tour of New Mosaic Stadium.

A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

RP
@rodpedersen

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I too miss Ken Miller's smile. His coaching era (not management) was the funnest time there has ever been for me as a fan.
He had the one of the hardest jobs in Rider history when he had to talk an entire team off the edge of the cliff after Kavis Reed's miscount. Coach Miller got them back in the Grey Cup game the next year.
Welcome back Ken and Maureen.

Parkside said...

Miller Time?

jk.

polkabill504 said...

Thanks for sharing all these fine pix.. Make sure and be the first to apply for Orridge's job once It becomes available right after Grey Cup 2016.. The Best and Go Rider Go on Sunday.. Polkabill from the Peg

dboe said...

Is it just me or does Wayne Morsky look like Future Craig Adam? :)

Anonymous said...

Yes Morsky is Craig Adam in the future. And Darren Dutchyshn looks pretty ripped at his old age.

Anonymous said...

If the Toronto Media had an Anchorman Ron Burgundy style brawl, Dutchy would be last man standing.

Anonymous said...

Rider owner Tom Shepherd???? In his dreams! If he's the team owner, why didn't the blowhard wannabe build a private stadium at his own cost from his own pocket?

Anonymous said...

Would the wannabe Tom Shepherd just go away already, what a pityful man making out as someone Important, not!