HAMILTON — When the Hamilton Tiger-Cats host the Edmonton Eskimos on Oct. 4, they’ll be paying homage to a team of the past.
As part of the Tiger-Cats ongoing season-long celebration of 150 years of professional football in Hamilton, the club will be hosting a reunion of the 1999 team for the 20th anniversary of them winning the 87th Grey Cup.
The ceremony will take place on the same night that Tiger-Cats legend Rob Hitchcock is inducted to the Wall of Honour at Tim Hortons Field. Throughout his time with the Tiger-Cats, Hitchcock was named a CFL All-Star twice (1999, 2001), an East Division All-Star three times (1999, 2001, 2002), a CFLPA All-Star in 2002, was Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Canadian three times (1999, 2002, 2006) and Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2002.
The long-serving defensive captain was originally selected by the Ticats in the second round, 17th overall, in the 1995 CFL Canadian Draft out of Weber State University.
The team will be hosting a pregame autograph session with the ’99 Grey Cup team ahead of the game. Hitchcock, Danny McManus, Joe Montford, Paul Osbalidiston, Mike Morreale, Ronald Williams, Andrew Grigg, Tim Fleiszer, Kyle Walters, Frank Rocca, and others will be in attendance for the autograph signing. They’ll also be on the field for a special pre-kickoff ceremony honouring the team’s championship season.
The Tabbies will also be selling limited edition jersey t-shirts featuring Hitchcock, three-time Most Outstanding Defensive Player Joe Montford, and cornerback and current Hamilton head coach Orlondo Steinauer.
Hamilton and Edmonton will go head-to-head in Week 17 action on Oct. 4. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET.