A pair of national championships and an impressive list of players who went on to professional careers are obvious success stories in the history of the Calgary Colts. For long time General Manager Keith Evans and other volunteers who serve the junior football club, the biggest victory has been providing young men aged 17-22 years a chance to play at a highly competitive level.
The present-day club evolved from the North Hill Colts, who competed in the Alberta Junior Football League (AJFL) with the Calgary Mohawks, Edmonton Huskies and Edmonton Wildcats. The team was known as the Carma Colts for a few years while Carma Developers was involved as a major sponsor.
In 1965 the Calgary Colts Junior Football Association was formed under the direction of a core group of people that included Ron Urton, Doug Baker, Lyle Edwards and Evans. Operating from a clubhouse at Foothills Athletic Park the Colts competed in the AJFL, which eventually included the Red Deer Packers and the Medicine Hat Rattlers.
Under the direction of head coach Dale Parsons, who had played with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders, the Colts won the AJFL title in 1972, after losing the championship game the previous year.
With the addition of the Saskatoon Hilltops, the AJFL evolved into the Prairie Junior Football Conference. Soon, the Mohawks, Packers and Rattlers eventually folded leaving the Colts, Rams, HIlltops, Huskies and the Wildcats.
Always competitive, the Colts captured their first national championship in 1989. Under the direction of head coach Keith Kendall, the Colts finished fourth in the regular season and then shocked Regina and Saskatoon in the playoffs. The Colts staged another upset in the Canadian Bowl, defeating the favored Burlington Tiger Cats 23-6 at McMahon Stadium.
The following year the Colts placed second in the regular season and beat the Hilltops in overtime at McMahon Stadium in the semifinals. Calgary then beat the Rams at Regina to win the conference. The playoff trail was long in 1990 as the Colts beat the no. 1 Surrey Rams at Vancouver and the Thunder Bay Giants in a game at Winnipeg. The Colts then rolled to a 50-15 win over the host Windsor AKO to claim their second consecutive Canadian Bowl.
The Calgary Colts have always enjoyed strong support from the Calgary Stampeders and the McMahon Stadium Society.
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