An edge with 'Football Boy'?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

CALGARY -- The Canadian men's hockey team had the lucky loonie at the Salt Lake Olympics.

In a much different setting three years later, the Edmonton Eskimos might have their own good-luck charm.

Football Boy - a small statue of a child wearing a green and gold uniform that usually resides in the Eskimo lockerroom at Commonwealth Stadium - has made the trip south to Calgary for today's CFL West semifinal against the Stamps.

It marks the first road trip for the statue since travelling to Regina for the 2003 Grey Cup, which the Esks won 34-22.

"We wanted to make our room at Taylor Field in 2003 feel like home, so he got to go for a ride," said Eskimo equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak.

On this road trip, the statue is perched on top of a locker in the McMahon Stadium visitor's room.

"He watches over our equipment," joked Mandrusiak of the statue he bought at a local market a few years ago.

"If nothing else, the players will look at the statue and get a chuckle this weekend."

If the Eskimos win today, Football Boy will make the trip to Vancouver next weekend for the West final.


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