Long-time Elks equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak inducted to EE Builders Wall

Photo courtesy: CFL Players' Association

Long-time Edmonton Elks’ equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak will be inducted into the EE Builders Wall during Saturday’s home opener at Commonwealth Stadium.

“For decades, Dwayne was a true pro who selflessly served our players, coaches, and overall organization,” Elks president and CEO Rick LeLacheur said as part of the announcement on Thursday night. “We’re thrilled to add Dwayne’s name to our EE Builders Wall, and give him the recognition he deserves.”

Mandrusiak started his career as a ball boy with the Green and Gold in 1973, going on to spend 49 seasons with the team. He was on the sidelines for 18 Grey Cup appearances and was part of 11 championships during his time with the team, with his attention to detail and innovative equipment techniques helping provide an edge in the cold November weather.

The 67-year-old legend was unceremoniously let go by the team during the cancelled 2020 season, denying him a 50th year on the sideline. The move sparked a public outcry at the time and has continued to hang over the struggling franchise as the losses mounted and attendance dwindled.

“I’m honoured to be included alongside this amazing group of community leaders,” Mandrusiak said in a statement. “They are a huge reason why this organization became the flagship of the CFL and I’m blessed to have had a small part in it.”

The EE Builders Wall is the highest honour non-players can receive from the franchise and will be unveiled to mark the start of Edmonton’s 75th anniversary season.

The Edmonton Elks (0-0) will host the Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-0) on Saturday, June 8 at Commonwealth Stadium with kickoff slated for 4:00 p.m. EDT.