Eskimos set sights on P.E.I.

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 PM ET

Normally, because of the atmosphere, tradition, history, legend and lore, the biggest game of the CFL regular season is considered the Labour Day Classic in Calgary.

Not this year.

This year it's Touchdown Atlantic, a regular-season game between the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argos in Moncton later this month.

As the Eskimos returned to practice leading up to the 45th Labour Day game, the organization began announcing plans for the trip to the Maritimes.

The Eskimos have informed their entire organization, including front-office personnel, they'll all be taken to Moncton for the experience.

The Spirit of Edmonton Grey Cup party people, it has also been confirmed, will set up operations in a tent on a blocked-off street outside the Argos' hotel.

And the Eskimos announced Wednesday details of a trip to Prince Edward Island with the team on Sept. 21, two days after their game in Montreal.

The Eskimos will become the first pro football team ever to set foot on Spud Island when they make a special visit to Turf Fields at the Terry Fox Recreation Complex in Cornwall, P.E.I., as part of their extensive community tour during the Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic visit the organization has planned.

While in Cornwall, the Eskimos will be delivering a coaches' clinic and an on-field clinic for both coaches and players, led by Eskimos' manager of football administration and Canadian scouting Dan MacKinnon and Eskimos' scout Ed Hervey. The on-field clinic will be assisted by Eskimos players.

The highlight of the visit will be the entire team and coaching staff gathering for an autograph session and social to meet with football fans of P.E.I.

The Eskimos are also donating two Grey Cup packages as a fund-raiser for minor football in Prince Edward Island.

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca


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