Former CFL commissioner Doug Mitchell passes away at age 83

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Former CFL commissioner and Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee Doug Mitchell has passed away at the age of 83.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Mitchell played college football at Colorado College and the University of British Columbia. He spent one season with the B.C. Lions before attending UBC law school and going on to have a distinguished legal career at Canada’s largest law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais.

Best known as the CFL’s sixth Commissioner, Mitchell served in that capacity from 1984 to 1988. He also sat on the CFL’s board of governors as a representative of the Calgary Stampeders and has been known as an avid supporter of Canadian university football. The athletic facilities at UBC bear his name as does the Mitchell Bowl, one of U Sports’ national semi-final games. The U Sports Athlete of the Year Awards were recently renamed in honour of him and his wife, The Honourable Lois Mitchell, former lieutenant governor of Alberta.

A member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Mitchell’s contributions to his community and his country have earned him inclusion in the Alberta Order of Excellence, and the Order of Canada. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2021.

Mitchell’s CFL legacy is carried on by his son Scott, who currently serves as president and CEO of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.