Equipment Manager

CFL: Entering 47th season
Stampeders: Entering 47th season

Now in his 47th season, Hopkins had worked 799 regular-season games, 43 playoff contests and 11 Grey Cups with the Red and White through the 2017 campaign. He 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 and Edmonton Eskimos equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak have coordinated an equipment inspection program for amateur football in the province. Run under the auspices of Football Alberta, Hopkins and Mandrusiak visually inspect equipment and give 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.

Hopkins stays informed on the latest football equipment by attending the annual AFCA Convention and meeting with suppliers and distributors. A graduate of the Mount Royal College (now University) Business Administration Program, Hopkins also 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. In 1996, Jorde welcomed the birth of a baby brother, Hunter. Hopkins is a native Calgarian.