Huskie Speakers and Memories

Ray Elgaard

The big slotback is one of the best receivers to have played in the CFL. At 6' 3" and 220 pounds, Elgaard literally ran over defensive backs when he snagged a pass and rambled downfield. Saskatchewan was drafted in the second round of the 1983 college draft and spent his entire 14 year career from 1983 to 1996 with the Riders. Elgaard's statistics speak for themselves. He had eight 1000+ yard receiving seasons and finished with a total of 830 catches for 13,198 yards and 78 touchdowns. Elgaard was a Western All-Star six times (1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1993) and an All-Canadian selection three times (1988, 1992 and 1993). Elgaard was also named the Outstanding Canadian in the CFL three times (1988, 1992 and 1993). Elgaard was elected to the CFL Hall-of-Fame in 2002.

Bobby Jurasin

Bobby Jurasin was one of the top quarterback rushing defensive ends in the history of the CFL, finishing his career with 142 QB sacks. Jurasin played 12 seasons for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1986 to 1997. Jurasin won six West All-Star honours (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994 and 1997) and four CFL All-Stars (1987, 1988, 1992 and 1997). Jurasin was also the Rider nominee for Outstanding Defensive Player in the CFL three times (1987, 1996 and 1997). After 1997, the Riders thought Jurasin had lost a step and released him in June, just before the start of the regular season. Coming off a CFL All-Star season in 1997, Jurasin disagreed and signed with Toronto, but only played one game for the Argos. Jurasin was a fan favourite with Saskatchewan, and always easy to spot on the sidelines with his trademark bandana.

Dave Ridgway

Ridgway's consistent kicking for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 14 seasons from 1982 to 1995, through good times and bad, earned him the nickname "Robo Kicker". Ridgway was originally a seventh round draft pick of the Montreal Alouettes in 1981 but was released before the 1981 season started. Montreal liked Ridgway's placekicking ability, but not so much his punting. With the smaller roster sizes of the time, Montreal opted for Gerry McGrath as their all-in-one kicker. Ridgway had a tryout with Winnipeg, before signing with Saskatchewan in April of 1982. In his first season with the Riders, Ridgway kicked 38 field goals and 163 points to win both West and CFL All-Star honours in his rookie season. After four seasons with the Riders, Ridgway was actually traded twice before the 1987 season. He was first traded to Edmonton along with the Rider's third round pick in the 1987 CFL college draft (which turned out to be Todd Storme) for offensive lineman Brian Illerbrun. Edmonton then traded Ridgway to Montreal along with QB Brad Taylor and their first round draft pick in 1987 (Matthew Salo) for offensive tackle Trevor Bowles. It looked like Ridgway's career with Saskatchewan was over, but fate intervened. The Alouettes folded prior to the 1987 season and Ridgway was reclaimed by Saskatchewan in the second round of the dispersal draft. Ridgway's new lease on life in Saskatchewan yielded six more West All-Star honours and five more CFL All-Star selections. The return to the Riders, also meant Ridgway was with Saskatchewan for their 1989 Grey Cup game, in which he kicked the game winning field goal to give the Riders their second Grey Cup in franchise history. Ridgway became property of Montreal for the third time after the 1995 season when the was traded along with offensive lineman Dan Payne, DB Anthony Drawhorn, FB David Pitcher and the rights to tackle Matthew Quivger for FB Bruce Boyko, offensive lineman John James, running back Willie Latta and future considerations. Ridgway, however, retired before playing for Montreal. Ridgway had over 100 points in all 14 seasons and was over 200 points in four of them with his highest total coming in 1990 with 233 points. Ridgway's best year for accuracy was 1993 when he hit on 46 of 53 field goal attempts for an excellent 90.6% success rate. Ridgway is currently fifth on the CFL all-time field goal list with 574 and ninth on the convert list with 541. Among the records he holds are most field goals in one season, with 59 (1990) and most field goals in a game with 8 which he accomplished twice. Ridgway won 6 CFL All-Stars (1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1993) and 7 West All-Stars (same years and also 1991). Ridgway was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2003.