The last time the Winnipeg Blue Bombers played a game was on November 24, 2019, against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a game that was won by Winnipeg as they hoisted the Grey Cup.
On that same night, Austin Lamotte scored in overtime as the Kings beat Winkler, 6-5 in overtime, in a game that offered up more than 160 penalty minutes and Dorrin Luding (Winkler's goalie at the time) got into a fight and was ejected.
While Dauphin won't be hitting the ice on Thursday, August 5, the Blue Bombers will. The team begins its 14 game season at IG Field against the same team they beat in 2019 to win the Grey Cup as Hamilton pays a visit to town. More than 620 days have passed since Winnipeg beat Hamilton two years ago.
Nic Demski of Winnipeg returns to play with his hometown team and it's safe to say that he's ready to buckle up the pads and play in front of the home fans.
"I try to keep emotions out of it when it comes to football but I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited," said Demski. "I've been waiting for a long time to come out here and play in front of our home fans. It's going to be a great feeling to fly around out there and just to play the game I love."
Demski made 44 catches in 2019 for 543 yards and he scored three touchdowns. His 543 yards were the second-most he's recorded in a single season since entering the league in 2015, as he caught 15 more passes for 11 more yards in the 2018 season. So by the numbers, his average catch was 12.3 yards in 2019, up 2.9 yards from 2018.
One of the most versatile players on this year's roster, Demski has the ability to not only catch balls but he can rush the ball as well. He ran for 147 yards in 2019, which was 101 yards fewer than the previous season. So no, his numbers rushing-wise weren't terrific in 2019, but he has shown signs of brilliance at times.
"I just want to be a leader, I want to help this team win games," offered Demski. "Whether that's catching a ball, blocking, or making a big hit. Whatever it takes, I'll get it done."
Don't forget, we're a proud member of the Blue Bomber Radio Network which means you can listen to the game with the Voice of the Bombers, Bob Irving as he's joined by Doug Brown. Kick-off is set for 7:30 on Thursday night.