Stampeders’ HC Dave Dickenson misses team flight to Ottawa, could join later if he clears COVID protocol

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The Calgary Stampeders have left for Ottawa without head coach Dave Dickenson, but the team is holding on to hope that he will be able to join the club prior to their Friday night matchup with the Redblacks.

Dickenson has been out of commission after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week and was unable to clear protocol in time for the team’s regularly scheduled flight. However, the veteran head coach has a flight reservation booked for tomorrow should he be able to meet CFL requirements.

According to the league’s COVID policy, individuals who test positive are required to isolate for five-to-seven days or until they can produce a negative test.

Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Mark Kilam has run practices during Dickenson’s absence. The native of Lethbridge, Alta. has been with the organization for 18 years and steadily worked his way up the coaching ranks after originally serving as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

Dickenson has served as the head coach of the Stampeders since replacing John Hufnagel on the sidelines in 2016. He has produced a regular season record of 65-25-2 and one Grey Cup title in three appearances.

Kickoff against the Redblacks is scheduled for 7:30 p.m ET on Friday. It is unclear when Dickenson’s flight is scheduled.