Bitter-sweet homecoming

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Wes Lysack had mixed emotions about returning to his home city to play for the team that he used to cheer as a kid.

"I'm the type of person that throws everything I have into an organization and the city that I'm involved with so, I had started doing that (in Calgary)," Lysack said after being introduced yesterday as one of the three Stampeders acquired from Calgary in Winnipeg's Khari Jones deal. "So, it was a shock and was difficult to hear the news. At the same time, it was good news because I'm coming back home so, it's a whirlwind of emotions.

WINTER AND MOSQUITOES

"The first thing my wife (Lise) said is the winter and the mosquitoes but, when you've got your family around ya, it doesn't matter about all that stuff. This has always been home for the two of us. We were probably planning on moving back here even if I didn't play here."

Bombers head coach Jim Daley has landed a safety who had become a take-charge guy in the secondary right out of college, something the Blue Bombers had been lacking since Tom Europe was in his prime.

"When I was a little bit older and understood the game a little bit more, one of the guys I appreciated was Tom Europe because we're kind of similar," said the 6-foot-1, 200-pound University of Manitoba Bisons product.

"We're smarter-type players that can bring the wood and hit a little bit, but can also make the big play whenever it arises."

Daley coached Lysack in Calgary last year.

"He very quickly gained the total respect of our veterans around him because he becomes the quarterback for those around him," he said.

"He handled that with tremendous leadership."

The Bombers have had three different, inexperienced starting safeties this season so Lysack is expected to solidify that spot in the playoff run.

"That's one of the most exciting things about the transition -- going from a pretty dismal season where there's no shot of making the playoffs to here, where we're in the playoff hunt," said Lysack, 27.

Meanwhile, the third player Winnipeg landed in the deal, Scott Regimbald, went from being the hero of Calgary's last game when he scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard plunge to being dealt away two days later.

"It was a roller-coaster of emotions," said the 6-foot-3, 246-pound fullback.

"You come off a game like we did against B.C. on a big high. Then you get a call the next day and your role changes. That's what this business is about. It was a surprise but after everything subsided, I was really excited to get here."

ADDED HISTORY

Regimbald, 27, has some added history with Daley as his dad, Pete -- who coaches at Concordia -- had coached against Daley when he was at the University of Ottawa back in the 1980s.

"My father knows what kind of character Jim has and knows that he's well-prepared, and an awesome, awesome leader," Regimbald said.

Regimbald will also give the Bombers offence an added threat on short-yardage situations.

"I expect to play some special teams, open up some holes for (tailback) Charles (Roberts) and catch some balls," he said.

"And one-yard runs for glory, I don't mind that."


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