DeAngelis crashes Lions' nomination party

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Sandro DeAngelis has already booked his trip to Winnipeg.

The Calgary Stampeders kicker now hopes some teammates will get to join him.

DeAngelis is the Stamps' lone West Division representative for the CFL awards after being named top special teams player, while the B.C. Lions swept the other five categories.

Receiver Geroy Simon was named most outstanding player from the West, defensive end Brent Johnson took Canadian and defensive honours, Rob Murphy was named top lineman and Aaron Hunt took the rookie nomination.

"You just have to tip your hat to the B.C. Lions," said DeAngelis. "Geroy Simon and Brent Johnson are tremendous players. But any player would trade in any individual award to have your team there with you playing for the Grey Cup.

"Getting the ring is the ultimate goal. It's all I want in this world at this point."

DeAngelis will face one of his role models for the league award in Toronto Argonauts kicker Noel Prefontaine. By setting the Stampeders record for field goals in a season with 56, DeAngelis has a good chance at winning.

"I know Noel doesn't want to hear this but I watched him a lot growing up," said DeAngelis.

"That might make him feel old. It's an honour to go up against a great player."

DeAngelis finished 56-of-65 (86.2%) on field goals and led the league with 214 points.

The East Division nominees for awards are Winnipeg's Charles Roberts (most outstanding player), Doug Brown (Canadian), Barrin Simpson (defensive), and Montreal's Scott Flory (lineman) and Etienne Boulay (rookie).


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