February 4, 2016

Stampeders ink D’Aguilar to extension

LB Ben D'Aguilar during the 2015 Labour Day Classic (Photo by David Moll)

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders locked up some key young Canadian talent on Thursday, announcing they’ve agreed to a contract extension with defensive lineman Ben D’Aguilar.

D’Aguilar was due to become a free agent on Feb. 9.  In 2015, his third season with the Red and White, D’Aguilar appeared in nine regular-season games and recorded four tackles, one special-teams tackle and one fumble recovery. The Hamilton product saw action in both of the Stamps’ playoff contests and made a pair of special-teams tackles.

“Ben has battled through injuries during his time with the Stamps but when he’s been on the field, he’s shown the ability to be a difference-maker on special teams,” said Hufnagel. “I look forward to seeing him play a full season and for him to be a contributor both on special teams and on defence.”

In 31 career regular-season games, D’Aguilar has 25 special-teams tackles, two defensive tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He was Calgary’s second-round draft selection in 2013 after a standout career at McMaster University.

“Calgary is home for me now and I’m very happy to be staying home,” said D’Aguilar. “I’m eagerly awaiting the new season.”