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In each of the last four seasons, the Edmonton Eskimos played in four division finals.
But only once did they win.
Only once did they get to the Grey Cup.
Only once was the West Final at home.
The key stat in all of that was that the 2015 Grey Cup champion Eskimos went 8-1 at home. It was the same 8-1 record at home as the Calgary Stampeders that year, but Edmonton won the season series.
Edmonton hasn’t had a home playoff game since, going 6-3 at home last year with a matching record on the road, and 5-4 the year before with the identical win-loss record in away games as well.
So, nobody should need to draw anybody on this year’s edition of the Edmonton Eskimos a map.
Everybody wants to win all their games and especially all their games at home and yadda, yadda, yadda.
But the league’s most outstanding player said this season the Eskimos have to find whatever it is that the Stampeders have found when they show up to play in McMahon Stadium and put it into play in Commonwealth Stadium.
“In the last four years, the team that finished first and won the bye to West Final has played in the Grey Cup game,” said quarterback Mike Reilly.
Calgary, in the last four years, rolled to 7-2, 9-0, 8-1 and 7-2 records at home.
“It’s hard to get a road win in this league. That’s what was so great about our road win to open the season last week in Winnipeg,” Reilly said.
The Eskimos became the only team in the league to win on the road on opening weekend and it’s interesting how this season now sets up for them as they prepare to play back-to-back home games against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and B.C. Lions.
While the Lions have the bye week, the three other teams in the division play in the East — Saskatchewan in Ottawa, Calgary in Toronto and Winnipeg in Montreal.
Calgary and Saskatchewan won’t play a four-point game against a division opponent until Week 7 when they play each other in Regina.
You get the idea. That win in Winnipeg might turn out to be bigger than it appears if the Eskimos follow through at home in these next two games.
The Eskimos are celebrating the team’s 70th season and 40th anniversary of Commonwealth Stadium and there are a few interesting statistics at play.
A win would be their 50th in a home opener.
That’s a 49-18-2 record on opening day at home. They’re 3-1 in local lid-lifters against Hamilton and 7-3 in their last 10.
With the 106th Grey Cup game in Edmonton this year, the team should benefit from a greater home field advantage provided by at least somewhat increased attendance.
For one thing, season ticket sales generally increase in Grey Cup hosting years.
While it’s not dramatic, Eskimos president and CEO Len Rhodes reports that the Eskimos will go to the gate with 20,810 season tickets, up by 1,037 from last year.
Friday, for openers, the Eskimos received permission from the Alberta gaming commission to add $140,000 to the 50-50 — $70,000 to the winner — to create the carryover effect.
It all goes back to 2014 when a $71,732 payout went unclaimed and back into the pot and an unprecedented game day walk-up crowd of 5,120 resulted in an attendance of 40,066 and the winning ticket — 280731C, held by 20-year-old Connor Crocken — turned out to be worth $348,543.
With an unclaimed jackpot of $82,060 carried over to the game last year, Quentin and Samantha Ebertz took home a record $435,919 with their 235466C winning ticket.
There’s no indication that this second-game in June is likely to get anywhere near that 40,066, especially with so many fans having just forked out money for their Grey Cup tickets, but it should be well into the 30,000s and top the highest crowd of opening weekend, the 29,988 in Regina.
It should provide the atmosphere to provide the Grey Cup hosts with the intended boost to get the season launched the same way at home as they did last week in Winnipeg.
“We’ve got the biggest stadium. When we have 30,000 it’s a big crowd, a bigger crowd than the capacity of a lot of the other stadiums,” said Reilly. “But the more it gets up over 30,000 it’s remarkable the extent to which it makes a difference in the game.
“That’s when it really gets loud and sounds like some of the smaller stadiums we play on the road. When we get over 30,000 is when the crowd noise really begins to affect you as a team.”
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DALLAS — Defenceman Sean Comrie will be playing at Denver University in the fall and studying business regardless if he is selected in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
Another local winger, Josh Paterson wants to be a doctor one day and will be just fine if his name is not called.
They’re not slam dunks to be selected at the draft in Dallas starting Friday, along with Sherwood Park defenceman Dylan Plouffe, who plays with the Vancouver Giants and was overlooked last year.
But Fort Saskatchewan centre Eric Florchuk, who was asked to play in last winter’s CHL Prospects Game where he was coached by Don Cherry, will probably go in the third or fourth round.
“I’ll be in the gym if a team calls,” joked the skinny, 173-pound Comrie, not going to the draft.
Comrie played for the Spruce Grove Saints, deciding he would go the Junior A route rather than play in the WHL after Brandon Wheat Kings picked him in the second round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He was looking for a U.S. college scholarship and got one. He will be a teammate of former Saints defenceman Ian Mitchell, a second-round draft of Chicago Blackhawks last June, and Todd McLellan’s son Tyson.
“Denver was one of the first schools I talked to while playing midget. They offered me and there’s no point in waiting when you get an offer from a school like that,” said Comrie, who’s asked often if he’s related to Bill Comrie or son Mike. “I’m a pretty distant cousin, second cousin from a second cousin removed. I’ve met Bill once or twice.”
Comrie was an integral part of the Saints as they won the AJHL title over Okotoks, but in the matchup with the BCJHL champions from Wenatchee, Wash., to get to the RBC Cup, he was hurt in the third game.
“I went to hit some guy and got a self-inflicted concussion, but it’s all good,” said Comrie.
The six-foot-one, 175 pound Florchuk started the season with the Victoria Royals, but was traded to Saskatoon at the WHL deadline for two first-round bantam draft picks. He had 49 points on the season, and got the mid-season call to play in the Prospects game.
“Pretty surreal experience with Don Cherry and Eric Lindros (team celebrity coaches) there, I was on Cherry’s team … he didn’t remember any of our names, so didn’t call us by name,” laughed Florchuk.
The Prospects was a true measuring stick for the youngster who was surprised to get the invite.
“Different level of pace from what I was used to in the Western Hockey with the top-end guys from across the CHL,” said Florchuk, who was also at the NHL Combine in Buffalo.
Florchuk’s Fort Saskatchewan buddy Kirby Dach, who also plays for the Blades, will be a first-rounder in the 2019 draft. But for now, it’s Florchuk’s time.
“Whoever takes you it’s just the first step,” he said.
Paterson, 19, didn’t get drafted last June, but after his second season with Saskatoon Blades, he’s hoping this time around he gets a call. He’s a very bright kid, graduating high school at 16.
“I took college courses (U of Sask.) right off the bat, I wanted to get ahead in my studies. I’ve taken some electives, now I’m getting into the sciences,” said Paterson. “I want to be a radiologist.”
So far, Paterson is balancing school and hockey, studying on the WHL bus road trips.
“I would say both are important and you try to do the best you can at both of them,” he said. “The universities can be a little less accepting (than high school) when you miss classes.”
The six-foot-two inch, 190 pound centre had 53 points in 72 games this past season, 31 goals, in his third WHL season.
Plouffe has separation speed according to his junior GM Glen Hanlon. He didn’t get picked last June but the 19-year old did get invited to two NHL camps, in Florida and Vancouver.
The Panthers development camp didn’t come off because Hurricane Irma struck, so the Canucks stepped in with an audition. He wasn’t devastated when he went through the seven rounds in 2017.
“I was golfing with my dad (draft day) to take my mind off of it and my agent called during the seventh round to say I had an invite from Florida which was exciting,” said the second-round 2014 bantam selection. “Even if I don’t get drafted again, it’s not the be-all, end-all. There’s 20-year-olds from our league getting signed as free-agents like (Cameron) Hebig, who the Oilers signed.”
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