Edmonton Football Team lets go longtime equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak

Photo courtesy: Johany Jutras/CFL

The Edmonton Football Team has parted ways with a hard-working and familiar face, according to 630 CHED reporter Dave Campbell.

Hearing longtime EE Football Team equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak has been let go permanently after 49 years with the team. Was temporarily laid-off in early May. Waiting for confirmation from the organization, Campbell wrote on Twitter. He obtained a statement from the franchise.

“We are unable to comment on the specific employment status of current or former employees as this is personal, private and confidential information. COVID-19 has taken a toll on many businesses and ours is no exception. With the cancellation of our 2020 season, we have had to make and continue to have to make tough choices. This unfortunately has included ongoing staffing reductions. We do not take these choices lightly and continue to strive to make decisions to ensure the ongoing viability of the team.”

Photo courtesy: Johany Jutras

Mandrusiak started with Edmonton in 1971, which would have made 2020 his fiftieth year with the team. He was part of eleven Grey Cup championships, including the run of five straight from 1978 to 1982. The man was well respected by anyone who has ever been a member or around the organization. That’s why it comes as a shock in the Alberta capital. 

TSN 1260 host and CFL on TSN play-by-play man Dustin Nielson shared his perspective on TwitterDwayne Mandrusiak should have had the opportunity to leave on his own terms, when he wanted, as simple as that, there is no room for debate.

From Sportsnet reporter Arash MadaniWhat a gutless, disgraceful move. Just a pathetic decision, showing a lack of awareness and understanding. Dwayne Mandrusiak is the soul of the #CFL. How Chris Presson + Brock Sunderland have handled Mandrusiak is so incredibly bad and shortsighted. Total lack of leadership. 

TSN’s Farhan Lalji tweeted his sentiment, including four thumbs down emojis: Just an awful decision on so many levels. Hate this. Much love Dwayne Mandrusiak. You’ve made life better for thousands of players and been the greatest ambassador for CFL.

The cutbacks in the CFL have claimed an institution in Edmonton.