In just his second season in the CFL, offensive lineman Dillon Guy is no stranger to moving.
But he wasn’t expecting that his most recent displacement would come via a trade.
“About 10 minutes before the team meeting, I got one of those come-here waves,” explained Guy. “So I went in to see (Saskatchewan Roughriders assistant general manager) Jeremy O’Day and he told me what happened. I thought another team was going to plug me, but he said they decided to trade me. It worked out for both sides, I’ve got nothing but respect for (the Saskatchewan) organization, but I’m a Stampeder now and that’s my focus.”
On Thursday, the Stamps and Roughriders came together on a deal to bring Guy to Calgary in exchange for the rights to national defensive back Adam Laurensse.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder from Hamilton, Ont., was happy to find out he was staying in the West and joining one of the league’s top teams.
“Some great excitement coming over to such a great franchise and organization” Guy said. “For the past years, you always see Calgary at the top, so to see a team with such a good pedigree putting an offer in, it makes you feel good and you know you’ll have a chance to come in and contribute to a great program.”
A day after the trade, he hit the road and began his journey to Calgary.
“It was flat,” laughed Guy. “It was a good drive, but I didn’t know I was in Alberta until I was in Medicine Hat. I was on the phone like, ‘Am I in Alberta yet?’ It was still pretty flat.
“I got into town around 5 p.m. and I met the coaches, got my playbook and, once I got to my new place, I started plugging away.”
With some injury issues along the Stamps offensive line, the 26-year old brings with him some versatility, having played at both interior lineman positions.
“For the whole time in Saskatchewan, I was on the 1-game IR for the first four games, then they made the move to put me on the practice squad,” Guy said. “Back there I was playing predominately centre, but toward the end, before the trade, I was getting more guard and centre reps. I feel that I’m very versed in the interior roles.”
Guy put on the red and white for the first time when he joined the team at practice on Saturday.
With lots to learn and a big game coming up, the newcomer jumped right in and didn’t seem to miss a beat.
“I felt great out there,” he said. “I felt like I picked it up with speed and everything. There were some nerves at first, but once everything started going and moving, it’s just football.”