Calgary Stampeders’ equipment manager George Hopkins has won the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual “who has demonstrated great leadership and made significant contributions to the CFL.”
Known to his friends and colleagues as “Geo,” Hopkins has been a member of Calgary’s organization for over 50 years, spanning over 1,000 games. He is a member of the Stampeders Wall of Fame in the builders’ category.
“In the ultimate team sport, George is the ultimate teammate,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie in a statement. “A consummate professional who leads by example, works incredibly hard, displays undying loyalty, and is motivated, not by the spotlight for himself, but by service to others. In a word, George is a legend.”
As of the end of the 2023 season, Hopkins has worked 885 regular season games, 48 playoff games, and 12 Grey Cups with the Stampeders, winning six championships.
“I’m especially honoured because this is the Hugh Campbell award,” said Hopkins. “From knowing people over the years in the Edmonton organization who worked for Hughie, he epitomized what leadership is about.”
Hopkins also helps coordinate Alberta’s equipment inspection program for amateur football, looking over equipment and providing insight regarding how equipment should be stored, cleaned, reconditioned, and dispersed. Hopkins also sits on the board of directors for the Calgary Spring Football Association.