June 7, 2023

7 Things – Stamps VS. Lions



  1. Us:

The Stamps fell 25-22 to the Lions on June 1 in their final preseason tuneup. Quarterback Chris Reynolds led the way on offence going 12-for-13 for 122 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Dedrick Mills contributed 31-yards and a touchdown on five carries in the loss.


  1. Them:

The Lions went 1-1 during the preseason. Vernon Adams Jr. will be at QB for the Leo’s Thursday. He went 12-for-12 for 213-yards and three touchdowns in the preseason finale last weekend.

  1. Fast Facts:

It’s the 14th time in franchise history the Stamps have faced the Leos in their season-opener, with Calgary boasting a 7-5-1 record. Seven of the previous season debuts against BC have come in Calgary, including four at McMahon Stadium (1966, 1967, 2008 and 2013) and three at Mewata Stadium (three consecutive seasons from 1956-58).

The Stampeders have won eight of their 10 most recent home-openers including a 30-27 victory over the Montreal Alouettes a year ago.

Thanks to our Director of Communications Jean Lefebvre for handing off these facts!


  1. Come Early:

The fun gets under way early in the East Fan Zone across from the Ticket Office and Stamps Store at McMahon.

Attractions include:

  • A DJ trailer
  • Face painters
  • Activations from Telus, Tim Hortons and Sport Calgary
  • Yard games
  • Stampeder autographs
  • The chance to meet members of the Outriders and the Hype Team

Red and White Stampeders pom-poms will be distributed to fans as they enter the stadium.

  1. Who’s Where

  1. Player to Watch

Stamps: Ka’deem Carey – RB

Carey led the CFL in rushing yards last season with 1088 and added 10 touchdowns on the ground. He will be a huge part of the success of the offence this season.

Lions: Vernon Adams Jr – QB

Adams Jr takes over as the number one quarterback for the Lions after the departure of Nathan Rourke. He threw for 1788 yards and seven touchdowns last season in 11 games.

  1. Quotable:

“I’m not different than anybody else. I hate losing. But, I moved on. It’s fun to know we get to play them week one though.” – Jake Maier