The Edmonton Eskimos, who won the Canadian Football League’s 2015 Grey Cup Championship, are returning to Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida for their mini-camp on April 16-19, according to Craig Callan, Historic Dodgertown Vice President.
The Eskimos held their mini-camp at Historic Dodgertown prior to their championship season when they amassed a league-leading 14-4 record and wrapped up the 2015 Grey Cup title with a 26-20 win over Ottawa on November 29. The Eskimos are one of the five Western Division teams in the CFL and have won 14 Grey Cup Championships.
“Historic Dodgertown gives us flexibility and freedom to evaluate and prepare for training camp,” said Ed Hervey, Eskimos Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager. “The location is convenient and the amenities are among the best available. The staff is friendly and makes us feel welcome.”
At this time, Edmonton’s workouts are closed to the public, but they do plan to hold an open tryout at Historic Dodgertown for interested players on April 16 on Field #1. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the workout at 10 a.m.
First-year Head Coach Jason Maas will lead the Eskimos to Historic Dodgertown. He was named the 21st head coach of the Eskimos on December 14, 2015. Last season, he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the CFL’s Ottawa RedBlacks. Maas, a former quarterback, previously spent nine seasons (2000-05, 2008-10) with the Eskimos and was a member of two Grey Cup championship teams (2003, 2005).
“We are happy to welcome back the Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos to Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach for another mini-camp,” said Callan. “They enjoyed great success last year and, as we have seen from experience at Historic Dodgertown, team togetherness and preparation in the early-going often sets the tone for the upcoming season.”
The Eskimos are one of three CFL teams to utilize Historic Dodgertown for mini-camps. The other two are the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who will train at Historic Dodgertown later this week and the Montreal Alouettes (2014 and 2015).