CALGARY – Former Calgary Stampeders general manager Rogers Lehew, who guided the team to three Grey Cup games, has died at the age of 92.
After four years as an assistant coach, Lehew became the Stamps’ GM in 1965 and held the post for nine years. Calgary made trips to three Grey Cup games under Lehew and won the CFL title in 1971.
Lehew also was instrumental in the introduction of a horse to the sidelines during games at McMahon Stadium, which set the foundation for the tradition of Quick Six the Touchdown Horse.
In 1967, Lehew established the Presidents’ Ring, which goes to the Stampeders player who best demonstrates excellence on and off the field as voted by the players.
After his time with the Stamps, Lehew was the vice-president and assistant GM of the NFL’s Detroit Lions from 1974 to 1978. He then returned to Calgary to pursue business interests and lived in the
city until his death on Tuesday.