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Ron Logan

- 2022 Sportsperson of the Year -

Before immersing himself into organized sports, Logan was a typical kid, stampeding around the playground, engaging in rough-and-tumble matches.

Growing up in West Hillhurst, he had a pal who was a water-boy for the Mount Royal Cougars football team. Meaning neighbourhood kids could get their mitts on old gear.

Logan skated in West Hillhurst for a squad called the Blackhawks. Naturally, he had an affinity for the Chicago NHLers, rooting for the likes of Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall, Pierre Pilote, Kenny Wharram. His Windy City adoration extended to the NFL’s Bears.


Then at 13 — this in 1964 — he joined the CBFA, playing for three years for league-founder Jim Courchesne on squads such as the Stampeders and the Kramer Kats. Attending Queen Elizabeth High School, he evolved into a dual-sport threat. Football for the Calgary Colts juniors, Logan was an all-star, operating as the centre.

Hockey for the local junior outfit that competed at the 1971 Canada Winter Games, then later for the University of Calgary Dinos, he also played centre.

Already, a volunteering knack had been established, whether it was scraping the outdoor ice for games or working the counter at the concession booth.

Then Logan, in his early 20s, was asked by a chap named Brock Jacobs to take over one of the bantam squads.

So he did. For 13 years, he coached the side that would eventually become the Golden Hawks. A stretch that he eventually parlayed into his exemplary stay on the CBFA board and plenty of other roles, including masterminding that Calgary Selects enterprise.

After all, this is a gentleman who coached and managed hockey, acting as director of the Calgary Buffalo Hockey Association for four years. Along the way he guided community soccer squads and Little League baseball teams.

When the Stamps hosted Grey Cup games, he was there, too, pitching in at McMahon Stadium.

But his joy is minor football. He serves as the southern representative of Football Alberta (which saw fit in 1991 to hand him the Gary Hobson Volunteer of the Year Award). And, shovel in his hands, he’s been known to help clear snow from fields so the players could strut their stuff. Of course, Logan was also involved in the development of that spiffy facility at Shouldice Park.

Now, with 49 years’ worth of contributions on his resumé, he is barrelling towards a magical milestone. And there is no doubting his desire to reach a half-century of service to bantam football in Calgary.