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Former Stampeders punter Burke Dales dead at age 46

Former punter Burke Dales, who assisted the Calgary Stampeders in winning 2008 Grey Cup has passed away. He was 46.

Sunday, the Stampeders affirmed that Dales had died. The cause was not revealed.

Dales was born in Collingwood, Ont., and Calgary had become his home once he ended playing football. The six-foo-three, 225 pound Dales was with the Stampeders – a Canadian Football League team for seven seasons between .

He was a West Division all-star four times (2006, ‘ 9’. ’10 -1 The league recognized him twice with honours in the team. Dales played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2013 and ’Edmonton Elks from ‘ He retired after this season due to shoulder injury.

Dales belonged to a sports family. His sister Stacy was a basketball star at Oklahoma who joined the Women’s National Basketball Association. She currently works as a reporter for NFL Network.

18 seasons later, Jason Arnott was his cousin who played in six NHL teams until this retirement date of 2013.

Dales was also given an opportunity to try out with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002 after playing his college football at Concordia.

John Hufnagel, president of the Stampeders , said in a statement: ÓBurke was outstanding throughout his time with Stampeders and he had an unusual level playing hardball for place”. “Our sympathies go out to loved ones.”

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