Stampeders co-owner steps down

Stamps co-owner Ted Hellard wears a Roughrider hat but is definitely a Stamps fan at McMahon...

Stamps co-owner Ted Hellard wears a Roughrider hat but is definitely a Stamps fan at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Nov. 29, 2009. (Jim Wells/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 4:22 PM ET

Calgary Stampeders co-owner and co-managing partner Ted Hellard is stepping down from all roles with the football club effective Dec. 1, 2010, the organization announced Wednesday.

Hellard was the club’s president from 2005 to 2007, took the role of managing partner prior to the 2008 championship season and was named managing partner, football operations prior to the 2009 campaign.

“I count the last six years as some of the most challenging and rewarding of my life,” said Hellard.

“I would like to thank the Stampeders fans for the tremendous support they have given this club over the time I have been involved. I am very proud of what has been accomplished both on and off the field and of what the organization has and will continue to put forward for the best fans in the CFL.

“On a personal note, as president and managing partner of football operations, I wish I had been able to help the players, our staff and our fans get that elusive trophy more often than we did.

"2008 was an experience I will never forget and I know that with the tremendous coaching, players and staff this organization has, it will not be long until this city has that wonderful experience again.”

Hellard played an instrumental role in the existing ownership group’s purchase of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club in 2005 and he helped set in motion a new chapter in the history of Stampeders football.

“On behalf of the Calgary Stampeders’ ownership group, I would like to thank Ted for his significant contribution to our organization,” said Stamps chairman and managing partner John Forzani. “Ted was instrumental to our group when we took control of the club in early 2005 and he was key in building the foundation that exists today.

“Ted was instrumental in developing our football operations department which, under the guidance of head coach and general manager John Hufnagel, has never been stronger.

"We now have a head coach/general manager, a director of football operations and a director of player personnel in place that Ted was pivotal in selecting and those individuals will continue to work towards the goals of this organization.”

Over the years, Hellard has been committed to the sporting community, both as an athlete and as a coach. He starred with the University of Calgary Dinos basketball team from 1974 to 1978 and coached championship high-school basketball and football teams.


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