Calgary football sensation Blair named to Canada West Hall of Fame

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Calgary’s electric offence led the country in scoring that season (317), as the Dinos topped the Canada West regular-season standings with a 6-2 record, before earning an epic 32-30 overtime win over the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Hardy Cup.

“In 1995, we knew the Hardy Cup final against Saskatchewan would likely be for a trip to the Vanier,” said Blair back in 2014. “It was one of the greatest games I have ever been a part of, not because of my personal performance but just an epic football game.

“A great catch by Brett Campbell on the sidelines set up our field goal to tie the game. I remember that game like it was last week. Our league was so tough that year. We were in lots of close games and went 6-2.”

He would go on to be named Hec Crighton Trophy winner as the nation’s top player.

A convincing 37-7 win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the Churchill Bowl then punched the Dinos’ ticket to the Vanier Cup in Toronto. 

In the national championship game, Blair scored a Vanier Cup record 24 points on four touchdowns, as the Dinos roared to a 54-24 win over the Western Mustangs. 

“In 1993, we had lost late in the Vanier Cup game to Toronto — we seemed happy to be there,” Blair said. “Then, the 1994 season was a huge disappointment for us. That year, we had a good team but were not solid as a group. I remember how professional and locked in we were as a group (in ’95). We knew what do and what the expectations were. We were internally confident despite being underdogs going into that game. That played into our strength. (Western) had no idea what they were in for.