(By: Hilary Punchard)
The Art Gallery of Ontario hosted the Shaw CFL Awards for the 104th Grey Cup on Thursday night, the event beginning around 8:30 p.m. ET.
The event was a part of the 104th Grey Cup festival in Toronto, a celebration starting on Nov. 22 and running up until game day on Nov. 27.
Around 450 people attended the award ceremony; players, coaches, family and fans all being in the audience.
The Calgary Stampeders dominated the CFL awards, taking five out of the 11 awards given, including AGF CFL Coach of the Year, Most Outstanding Canadian Player and the Most Outstanding Player.
Jerome Massa, the running back for the Calgary Stampeders, won the Most Outstanding Canadian Player for the second time in his career yesterday, first winning the award back in 2011. His career totals at 4’468 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns.
The Most Outstanding Rookie was awarded to DaVaris Daniels, Calgary Stampeders receiver. Daniels played his first CFL game in Week 9, playing in 11 season games. He has made 885 receiving yards on 51 receptions and scored nine touchdowns.
The Most Outstanding Special Teams Player was awarded to Justin Medlock, the kicker/punder of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Medlock has had several notable achievements this season, including: 60 field goals (breaking the CFL single-season record of 59 field goals from 1990), making 60 of 68 field goals at an 88.2% success rate and having an average of 42.7 yards per punt.
Solomon Elimimian, linebacker for the BC Lions, took home the CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second time, his first time being in 2014. It is his second season with having 100+ tackles, being the eight player in CFL history to achieve multiple seasons with 100+ tackles.
Jason Colero, the Toronto Argonauts’ Education and Community Programs Director, was awarded the Commissioner’s Award. Colero has created several programs to help the Argonauts presence within the youth. Examples of these are the Level the Playing Field Program to help support high school football programs in Toronto and the Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program.