Lions bring in McLoughlin

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

Buono has resurrected Mark McLoughlin to solve the Lions' kicking conundrum.

The ex-Calgary Stampeder was to arrive last night and join the Lions' at their Whalley practice field today. He'll kick Sunday in Montreal.

McLoughlin, who kicked for Calgary from 1988 to 2002, replaces Duncan O'Mahony, who was McLoughlin's heir in Calgary. O'Mahony was a dismal 26-for-42 in 2005.

The 39-year-old is working full-time as a vice-president at Olds College in Alberta. His 639 career field goals is a Stampeders' record. He had 54 in 1996, including eight in a single game on Aug. 5 against Saskatcheawn.

His finest moment was the 1998 Grey Cup in which he kicked the Stamps to a 26-24 victory over Hamilton with a 35-yarder on the last play of the game.

"He's probably in as good shape today as he was when he was 20 years old," said Lions' head coach and general manager Wally Buono.


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