Ackles back to where it began

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

Two of the biggest events in Scott Ackles' life happened in Calgary, so it wasn't too hard to lure him here from Vancouver.

Ackles joined the Calgary Stampeders yesterday as senior vice-president of club operations, returning to stadium where he helped put on the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

It was there Ackles also met his wife, Theresa, at the old King Eddy hotel.

"It was my first big exposure to a world-class event," said Ackles, 41, who was the B.C. Lions vice-president of operations in 2006. "To actually work on the opening and closing ceremonies was a privilege."

Since then, Ackles has worked as video co-ordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, director of operations for the XFL's Las Vegas franchise and, more recently, general manager of the 2005 Grey Cup.

Ted Hellard targeted Ackles for his wealth of experience hosting big events and the Stampeders president hopes his new hire can add more club-related parties to the Calgary social calendar.

The Stamps are planning a Canada Day concert for 2008 and would like to bring the Grey Cup back to McMahon Stadium, possibly in 2008.

Now the biggest hurdle for Ackles after being hired away from the Lions is changing allegiances from B.C., where Ackles' father Bob is the president and CEO.

"I was born a B.C. Lion but I'm a Stampeder now," Ackles said. "It's like a business like any other and sure I have ties to the Lions because who my father is, but today is different. I have a white horse on my lapel instead of a orange lion. It's going to be a lot of fun beginning this challenge to work with a great organization."


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