Media Release – 4.23.21


April 23, 2021

 CFLPA names Dwayne Mandrusiak as Equipment Safety Advisor

Toronto – The Canadian Football League Players’ Association today named Dwayne Mandrusiak as Equipment Safety Advisor.

“We are thrilled that Dwayne Mandrusiak is joining the CFLPA to lead our work in defining equipment standards across the league. Dwayne is a well-respected professional in his field and his experience and guidance will further contribute to the CFLPA’s commitment to player health and safety. His advice will help to ensure our members have access to the best and safest available equipment,” said Brian Ramsay, CFLPA Executive Director.

Mandrusiak brings a lifetime of valuable experience to the recently established position. He joined the Edmonton Football Team in 1971 and served as a member it’s equipment team for 49 years – including four decades as the club’s Equipment Manager. He is among Canada’s most revered and respected sports equipment safety specialists.

“I am excited to join the CFLPA to support the Association’s proactive approach to equipment safety and to advocate for safer equipment on behalf of players. The players are the most important part of the game and they deserve to be as safe as possible on game days,” said Dwayne Mandrusiak, CFLPA Equipment Safety Advisor.

In this newly created role, Mandrusiak will help define equipment standards across teams for players, lead research and understanding of the safest equipment that’s available to players, provide advice that will help inform best practices for identifying, maintaining and repairing equipment, and direct equipment policy and procedures that will help keep players safe.

The CFLPA continues to push for the implementation of new or refined player health and safety initiatives which have all contributed to a safer game. Prioritizing player wellbeing has significantly reduced and prevented player injuries and increased health and safety coverage, while also protecting the intensity and integrity of the game and keeping it entertaining and competitive for fans.

A recent example of player safety initiatives led by the CFLPA and incorporated by the CFL include reducing the number of practices with pads during the regular season from 17 annually to zero. This change has reduced the number of player injuries by over 33% and includes a reduction in man-games lost due to injury throughout the years.

About the CFLPA
The Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) is the union for professional football players in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Since 1965, the Association has worked to establish fair and reasonable working conditions while protecting the rights of all CFL players. In addition to negotiating and enforcing the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the CFLPA provides a variety of member services, builds corporate and community partnerships and works diligently for the betterment of its membership. Find us online at

For more information:  Jason Langvee, CFLPA Office, [email protected], 1-800-616-6865

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