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Equipment Manager

CFL: 51st season
Stampeders: 51st season

Hopkins enters his 51st season with the Red and White. He has worked 849 regular-season games, 46 playoff contests and 12 Grey Cups – including six championships – with the Red and White through the 2021 campaign. Including the pre-season, he has worked more than 991 games with the Stamps and is on track to reach the 1,000-game milestone in 2022.

Hopkins was added to the Stampeders Wall of Fame in the builders’ category in 2014.

Hopkins’ foremost responsibility is the safety of players by fitting each team member with a customized array of equipment designed to provide maximum protection. He orders and issues all equipment — everything from chewing gum to shoes and cleats — and also coordinates the transport of the club’s equipment to and from each road site.

Each off-season, Hopkins helps coordinate an equipment inspection program for amateur football in the province. Run under the auspices of Football Alberta, Hopkins visually inspects equipment and gives recommendations on storing, cleaning, reconditioning and disposal to Peewee, Bantam, Midget and high school teams. Hopkins also sits on the board of directors for the Calgary and Area Midget Football Association.

In 1995, Hopkins was honoured at the Stamps’ annual dinner as the recipient of the Art Evans Memorial Award for perseverance, contribution and dedication to the football club.

A graduate of the Mount Royal College (now University) Business Administration program, Hopkins worked as assistant press chief at Canada Olympic Park for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

In 2012, Hopkins missed a two-game eastern road trip following surgery for a torn rotator cuff. Hopkins had previously only missed one game during his 40 years with the team — when his wife Cathy delivered their first child, daughter Jorde, in 1992. Hopkins, a native Calgarian, also has a son Hunter and a grandson Malcolm.