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CALGARY — Henry Burris and the Calgary Stampeders will be sporting a new look during the 2011 CFL season.
Burris unveiled the team’s new black helmet on Saturday prior to the Stampeders’ intra-squad game. The black Riddell helmet features the well-known Stamps horse on either side and will be worn by the team for road games in 2011.
The Stamps will continue to wear their customary red helmets at home.
“I think we’re going to look great in black,” said Burris. “It’s always exciting to have a new look and I’m really impressed with these helmets.”
John Forzani, chairman of the Stampeders, founded The Forzani Group and has spent a lifetime in sports marketing. Forzani was also an offensive guard with the Stamps from 1971-76. He believes the black helmets are a natural fit with the Stamps.
“Making updates to any professional team uniform is never easy but I’m confident our fans will love the new look of our team on the road,” said Forzani. “We’re excited to see and hear fan reaction to the new helmet.”
The Stampeders held their annual training camp BBQ on Saturday, prior to the team’s intra-squad game. The fans in attendance were the first in Calgary to see the new black helmet.
Stampeders training camp continues with daily sessions at McMahon as the Red and White prepare for their first pre-season contest against the BC Lions on June 15. The Stamps conclude their pre-season with a game against the Eskimos in Edmonton on June 24.