June 21, 2022

Shivers, Evans Get Call To Hall Of Fame

Two individuals who made a lasting impact on the Calgary football scene – Roy Shivers and Keith Evans – are part of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022.

Shivers will be inducted into the Hall of Fame after a successful 32-year career in the CFL as a coach and front-office executive. Nine of those years (1990-94 and 1996-99) were spent with the Stampeders, first as a scout and then as an assistant to general manager Wally Buono.

The Stamps won a pair of Grey Cups (1992 and 1998) during Shivers’ time with the organization and the Hally, Ark., native played a significant role in Calgary’s success throughout the decade.

Shivers also worked for the BC Lions, Birmingham Barracudas and Saskatchewan Roughriders during his time in the CFL, serving as general manager of the latter two teams. He was part of Grey Cup-winning teams in BC in 1985 and 2001.

Also to be inducted in the builders’ category is Evans, founder of the Calgary Colts junior program.

Evans, who passed away earlier this year, will be honoured posthumously.

He was involved with the Colts since their inception in 1965 and served as the team’s general manager from 1969 to 2019. Calgary won back-to-back Canadian Bowl championships in 1989 and 1990 and sent a number of players to the Canadian Football League including Stampeders Darcy Kopp, John Forzani, Scott Deibert, Pat Hinds, Harry Kruger, Travis Arnold, Tyler Lynem, Johnny Forzani, Spencer Wilson and current team member Richie Sindani.

Evans received a number of honours over the course of his career including the Canadian Junior Football League executive of the year in 1987, the Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year in 1988 and induction into the Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Shivers, Evans and the other members of the 2022 Hall of Fame class – players Chip Cox, Paul McCallum, Ricky Ray, Dick Thornton and Tim Tindale as well as builder Dave Ritchie – will officially be inducted in a ceremony at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field on Sept. 16.

In addition, the media wing of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame will welcome two new members – longtime Vancouver writer Ed Willes and veteran TSN analyst Glen Suitor.