Saskatchewan Roughriders

Facts and information about the Saskatchewan Roughriders

  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders were founded in 1910 as the Regina Rugby Club, later named the Regina Roughriders, before settling on their current name in 1950.
  • Saskatchewan’s Roughriders team name comes from an alternate name for the North-West Mounted Police, while the Ottawa Rough Riders team name comes from the log rollers in the rivers around their area of Canada.
  • In 1956, on the way home from playing in the CFL All-Star Game, Roughriders players Gordon Sturtridge, Mel Beckett, Ray Syrnyk, and Mario DeMarco were killed when their plane crashed into Slesse Mountain in British Columbia. All four players had their jerseys retired shortly thereafter.
  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders met the Ottawa Rough Riders for the Grey Cup on four separate occasions. The Roughriders vs. Rough Riders for the championship scenario provided ample fodder for sportswriters’ columns.
  • The Roughriders held the number one pick in the dispersal draft following the folding of the Ottawa Renegades. They selected Quarterback Kerry Joseph with that pick.

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