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DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders are once again tipping their hats to the team's history.

Two former players -- receiver Dave Sapunjis and kicker J.T. Hay -- along with Dr. Vince Murphy, have been added to the Stampeders Wall of Fame.

Sapunjis played just seven seasons in Red and White (1990-96) but distinguished himself as the first Canadian to record 100 catches. He finished his career with 460 grabs for 6,586 yards, fifth on the team's all-time list in both categories.

Sapunjis was the CFL's most outstanding Canadian in both 1993 and '95. Although he won just one Grey Cup (1992), three times he was named outstanding Canadian in the championship game.

Since retiring, the 38-year-old Sapunjis has been involved in the oil and gas industry in Calgary and is part of the team's local ownership group.

Hay (1979-88) was the team's career leader in several categories -- 1,275 points, 282 field goals, 320 converts and 109 singles -- all marks eventually eclipsed by Mark McLoughlin.

Including one year in Ottawa, Hay played 173 regular-season games. Hay, 51, has worked locally in residential real estate since his retirement from football.

Dr. Murphy's half-century of service with the Stampeders began in 1957 when then-head coach Jim Finks decided a physician should accompany the team in the sidelines during games. Murphy, 83, practises medicine part-time in Calgary.

All three will be officially inducted at a dinner Aug. 11 and will be recognized at half-time of the team's game the following day.


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