Hugh McColl

Hugh McColl (Alberta Cancer Foundation photo)

Hugh McColl
Born: May 18, 1921 (Montréal, Québec)
Died: December 7, 2014 (Edmonton, Alberta)

Hugh McColl was a businessman who sat on the board of directors of the Edmonton Eskimos football club, a group referred to as the Nervous Nine for their financial obligations to the struggling club.

McColl strongly supported the amalgamation of the Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU) with the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) into the Canadian Football League, which was founded in 1958.

Hugh McColl (RCAF)In 1967, he was part of a committee that operated in place of a commissioner after the firing of Keith Davey from the position after a tumultuous, 54-day reign. Joining McColl as acting commissioners were Allan McEachern, Jake Gaudaur and Lew Hayman.

McColl was also Eskimos club president in 1965 and 1966, during which he also served as president of the CFL’s Western Conference. During that time, the club’s operations moved from the red (a $83,161 loss in 1964) to the black (a $22,846 profit in 1965). The team struggled on the field in those years under head coach Neill Armstrong.

Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, McColl served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He moved to Edmonton in 1953, becoming owner of South Park Motors on Whyte Avenue, a General Motors dealership.

He was involved in several community and charitable groups, most notably raising funds for research into prostate cancer. He took up boxing at age 75 to keep fit.

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