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Hometown loyalty scoring as Grey Cup tilt nears

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Grey Cup fever will gain steam in Calgary over the coming days.

Maybe it'll even sweep up Flames back-up goalie Curtis McElhinney in the process.

McElhinney may be the lone Flame whose hometown is Calgary, but he's admittedly not a huge CFL fanatic.

He didn't even know yesterday the Stampeders had advanced to the Grey Cup with their win Saturday.

"The fact Calgary's managed to get to the Grey Cup is good for the city," said McElhinney.

"Maybe I'll have to tune in and root for the home team."

In his defence, McElhinney moved to Calgary from London, Ont., when he was 12, went to Notre Dame College in Saskatchewan when he was 14, spent four years at Colorado College and most of the last three seasons in the minors in the U.S.

"I never really grew up being a big football fan," he said. "I think I've been to one Stampeders game. Actually, I think it's two."

There are a pair of Montrealers on the Flames roster in Andre Roy and Matthew Lombardi, and it's a good guess they'll find a way to make the Grey Cup game have a little meaning among them.

"Oh yeah, for sure," Roy said with a grin. "When it's the Masters, guys will do something with that, same thing with the Super Bowl. The Grey Cup will be on guys' minds. It's good to follow that and look at other stuff."

Roy admitted he's not a big Alouettes fan, although he and former Alouettes defensive lineman Ed Philion work out at the same gym.

"I'm not the superfan, but I know they're doing pretty good. Coming from that town, it would be good to see them win," he said.

Still, Roy can be counted on to needle any Stampeders followers on the team over the coming days.

"It'll be fun to get under their skin, in their chops and have fun with it," he said.


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