July 20, 2018

Nik Lewis signs, retires with Stampeders

The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Nik Lewis has retired as a Calgary Stampeder.

Calgary President and General Manager John Hufnagel announced Friday that the international has signed a one-day contract with the club, allowing him to retire wearing the red and white.

The Canadian Football League’s all-time leader in receptions with 1,051, Lewis played 11 seasons with the Stampeders (2004-14) before concluding his career with three seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. He accumulated 13,778 receiving yards and 71 touchdowns during his 14 seasons in the CFL.

Lewis holds the Stampeders record with 165 consecutive games played with at least one catch and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving in each of his first nine seasons. He was a CFL all-star three times as a member of the Stampeders and a West Division all-star on five occasions.

The Mineral Wells, Tex., native was a Grey Cup winner in 2008 and 2014 with Calgary.

“Nik was an important player for this organization for many years and it’s fitting that he retires as a member of the Stampeders,” said Hufnagel. “In particular, I recall Nik’s outstanding performance in the 2008 Grey Cup – 11 catches for 122 yards – to help us win a championship.

“His accomplishments on the field speak for themselves as Nik was certainly one of most popular players in Stampeders history with our fans. We celebrate his career on this day and wish him all the best for the future.”