Retired Ticats OL Peter Dyakowski unsuccessful in election bid

A retired CFL player failed to secure a victory in Monday’s federal election.

Peter Dyakowski ran for the Conservative Party in the Ontario riding of Hamilton Mountain, which is located in the south end of the city. The 35-year-old finished third with 13,330 votes, a 25.5 per cent share as of Tuesday morning.

The seat was won by New Democratic Party incumbent Scott Duvall with 18,872 votes. Liberal Party candidate Bruno Uggenti was second with 15,825 votes.

These figures remain unofficial with two of Hamilton Mountain’s 206 polling stations yet to report.

The Vancouver native was a second-round pick of the Tiger-Cats in 2006 and signed with the club in 2007. Dyakowski dressed for 148 regular season games over ten seasons in Hamilton before being released in February of 2017.

Following a brief off-season stint with the Toronto Argonauts, Dyakowski was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he started all 18 games in 2017. He formally announced his retirement from the CFL in November of 2018.

Dyakowski was named Canada’s Smartest Person by the CBC in 2012 and participated in an episode of Jeopardy! in 2014, finishing third.

Marwan Hage, a long-time teammate of Dyakowski, was briefly the Conservative Party candidate in the adjacent riding of Hamilton East–Stoney Creek but resigned his candidacy in February.