Second chance thrills receiver

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

His last name is associated with a nightmare series, but Blaine Kruger is having quite the opposite experience.

It's no Nightmare on Elm Street. It's Dream Day on Crowchild Trail.

Kruger is following in his father's footsteps by signing with the Calgary Stampeders. Harry Kruger played with the Stamps from 1981-83 as a defensive back.

"I'm pumped to be here," said Kruger after his first practice at McMahon Stadium.

"It's awesome. This is a dream come true."

Kruger was supposed to be getting an opportunity with the Stamps a year ago.

But the Cochrane native injured his ankle a few days before the 2007 training camp started. The junior player then turned around and went to UBC, where he led the Thunderbirds with 36 catches for 491 yards and a touchdown.

The phone rang last week when the Stamps needed an extra Canadian with Ryan Thelwell (hamstring) slowed by injury and Ken-Yon Rambo (hamstring) also out.

Kruger officially joins the practice roster, but if he plays in a game, that will be it for his CIS career.

B-Day boys get it good

The Stamps were in a jovial mood yesterday.

Birthday boys Dwight Anderson and Rob Cote were given the goal-post treatment, as both were taped up and doused with water.

A bigger challenge will be Wednesday, when hulking defensive end Mike Labinjo celebrates his 29th birthday and defensive end Juwan Simpson has his 25th.

EXTRA POINTS

Rookie DL Osie Ukwuoma left practice with what appeared to be a leg injury suffered in one-on-one drills ... OL Godfrey Ellis sat out practice with a hamstring injury he aggravated against the Alouettes.


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