Former CFL Commissioner and Calgary Lawyer, Doug Mitchell, Passed Away at 83

Wednesday, Douglas Mitchell passed away at the age of 83. He was a former CFL player, lawyer, and volunteer in Calgary, his hometown.

Doug Mitchell

Mitchell played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the British Columbia Lions prior to becoming CFL commissioner in the 1980s. He held various sports and community posts and represented the Calgary Stampeders on the league’s board of governors.

Mitchell passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at home, his family revealed in an email on Thursday.

Everyone who knew Doug was an inspiration, according to Lois Mitchell. Every day, we will discuss his life.

Doug lived a wonderful 83-year-long life. Doug’s life affected all of us, therefore we may take consolation in the fact that he was happy. We know that dad would want us to be well and happy.

In 2004, he was honored into the Order of Canada, Alberta’s Order of Excellence, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a member of the Canadian Athletic Foundation and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology boards.

Mitchell was a sports enthusiast and national co-chair for the BLG. He served as CFL commissioner between 1984 until 1988.

In 2005, the Calgary Stampeders signed Mitchell. In 2012, the Calgary Flames acquired the Stampeders.

Thursday, the Calgary Stampeders announced that Doug was always committed to our community and athletics. Mitchell had a fantastic body. He attended Colorado College on a hockey scholarship to study business administration.

After graduating from law school, he was a linebacker for the UBC Thunderbirds. 2009 saw the renaming of the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Center at UBC Vancouver.

The president of UBC, Santa Ono, claimed that Mitchell’s passing caused him “great sadness.” Ono noted that his previous classmates will miss him.

Mitchell completed his career in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the B.C. Lions. On March 8, 2018, Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell will deliver the Throne Address in Edmonton.

Lois Mitchell, a former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, is Doug Mitchell’s wife. On March 8, 2018, Lois Mitchell gave the Throne Speech in Edmonton. She was the 18th lieutenant-governor of the province from June 12, 2015 to August 26, 2020.

Mitchell wed Lois when he was still in law school. They moved to Calgary, had four children there, and he began practicing law.

According to John Murphy, BLG’s national managing partner and CEO, Doug set a high standard when the two businesses merged in 2000 to form BLG.

According to Alan Ross, the regional managing partner at BLG Calgary, Doug liked both men’s and women’s collegiate sports, as well as Canadian sports. He distinguished himself in athletics.

Mitchell was a sports enthusiast who served on many boards. He developed the U Sports athlete of the year awards to reward Canada’s top collegiate athletes. For this award, the Howard Mackie, BLG, and Lieutenant Governor Athletic Awards have been renamed. U Sports built the Mitchell Bowl in his honor.

After Doug Mitchell passed away at the age of 83, Jim Mullin, the president of Football Canada, sent his condolences to his family. Few Canadians have contributed more to the promotion of amateur and professional football.

“Our sport is in disarray. Working with him was pleasurable since he worked diligently and strove for success.

Mitchell met with Deborah Yedlin, president of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, for 30 minutes at the Fairmont Palliser last week. She added that they discussed the evolution of Calgary and football.

Yedlin asserts that he has voiced hope for the city. He was ecstatic with the city.

In 2022, approximately the same number of people will attend the Calgary Stampede as before the epidemic.

Despite “progress” being made on the arena, City and the Flames have yet to begin negotiations. She said that Mitchell was always kind and respectful.

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