Warrener's footloose for Riders

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The Calgary Flames clash with the Vancouver Canucks is one of two big games today for Rhett Warrener. Both of which are in the same city.

The Calgary Flames defenceman is a huge Saskatchewan Roughriders fan, and his beloved CFL team will meet the B.C. Lions in the West Final this afternoon at B.C. Place in Vancouver.

Shortly after that game concludes, with the victor earning a berth in the Grey Cup, Warrener and the Flames will meet the Canucks across the street at GM Place.

"I'll have to watch a bit in the afternoon," Warrener said, although knowing full well during the game he'll need to rest. "It'll be a bit of incentive to play after a Rider win.I'd tell my wife to TiVo it, but I'll find out the score before then."

No kidding, seeing as the Flames boast a plethora of Roughriders fans, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger supporter than the Shaunavon, Sask., native. Warrener owns a share of the team. The club sells shares to generate capital for such things as stadium upgrades, which came with a fantastic fringe benefit when the Roughriders hosted a playoff game last weekend for the first time since 1988.

"When you're a shareholder, you have access to 10 tickets for a playoff game, you have first dibs," said Warrener, who proudly displays the team's logo from the rear-view mirror of his truck. "It was kind of a nice surprise. My sister used six of them, but my mom and dad were in Calgary so my dad and I sat on the couch and watched the game."

Of course, had Warrener been fully healthy instead of nursing a throat infection, he could have been at Regina's Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field. The Flames had the day off.


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