Mandrusiak, who was temporarily laid off in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said he was disappointed to see his time with green and gold come to an end and looked forward to a 50th season with the club.
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Mandrusiak was part of the Edmonton squad that won five consecutive Gray Cup championships in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He also gained a reputation for community spirit, helping with equipment for children. junior and high school football teams.
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When asked for comment, the EE football team told Global News it was “unable to comment on the specific employment status of current or former employees as this is news. personal, private and confidential ”.
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However, the organization said the COVID-19 pandemic “has wreaked havoc on many businesses and ours is no exception.”
“With the cancellation of our 2020 season, we had to make and continue to have to make difficult choices,” the statement said. “This, unfortunately, has included continued staff cuts.
“We don’t take these choices lightly and continue to strive to make decisions to ensure the continued viability of the team.”
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Last month, the CFL announced it was canceling its season due to the ongoing pandemic, which means it would not have a Gray Cup winner for the first time in over 100 years.
–With files from Kevin Karius of Global Sports
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