Mr. Irrelevant no longer: Stampeders re-sign Canadian receiver Colton Hunchak

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The Calgary Stampeders have re-signed Canadian receiver Colton Hunchak, ensuring another chapter will be added to one of the best stories from the 2019 CFL Draft.

A native of Calgary, Hunchak became the all-time reception leader at York University while catching passes from his brother Brett. After finishing his U Sports career with 167 catches for 1953 yards and 18 touchdowns, Hunchak was drafted 73rd overall in eight round of the CFL Draft, earning the Mr. Irrelevant label by being the final player taken.

Far from irrelevancy however, Hunchak earned a spot on the Stampeders active roster as a rookie and suited up in 14 games, making 16 catches for 231 yards as a key part of their Canadian receiving rotation.

“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to come back and play for the Stampeders,” said Hunchak. “The organization is surrounded by great people, both players and staff. I can’t wait to get back with the Red and White to help continue the winning tradition.”

The young Canadian is expected to play a vital depth role once play resumes in 2021.

“I was pleased with Colton’s play during his rookie season and I’m expecting him to elevate his game this year,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel.

Also re-signed was American tackle Leon Johnson, who split the 2019 season between the six game injured list and the Stampeders practice squad. Fellow offensive lineman D.J. Coker also opted back into his contract for the 2021 season.