Neil Lumsden
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Assumed office
June 24, 2022
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byLisa MacLeod
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
Assumed office
June 2, 2022
Preceded byPaul Miller
Personal details
Born (1952-12-19) December 19, 1952 (age 69)
London, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Football career
No. 32
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL statusNational
Position(s)FB/RB
UniversityOttawa Gee-Gees
CFL draft1976 / Round: Territorial Protection
Drafted byToronto Argonauts
Career history
As administrator
1996–1999Hamilton Tiger-Cats
As player
19761978Toronto Argonauts
19781979Hamilton Tiger-Cats
19801985Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
Awards
Records
  • 410 points CIS career
  • 148 points in a CIS season (1975)
Career stats

Neil James Lumsden[1] (born December 19, 1952) is a Canadian politician and retired professional football player. Lumsden was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2022 provincial election, and was subsequently appointed as the minister of tourism, culture and sport in June 2022.[2]

Lumsden played his entire professional career in the Canadian Football League, mostly as a fullback and also as a running back for the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Eskimos from 1976 to 1985.

Early life

He played high school football at Northern Secondary School and graduated from Crescent School in Toronto.

Football career

Some of his career highlights include the Vanier Cup with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in 1975, being the eastern conference nominee for Most Outstanding Rookie in 1976, losing out to John Sciarra of the BC Lions, and winning three Grey Cup Championships with Edmonton Eskimos from 1980 to 1982, and again being a Grey Cup winner in 1999 as General Manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In the 1981 Grey Cup game Lumsden with 8 receptions for 91 yards plus a carry for 2 yards was selected as the Outstanding Canadian being awarded with the Dick Suderman Trophy.

In ten seasons Lumsden played in 141 regular season games and carried the ball 767 times for 3755 yards and with 36 touchdowns. He also had 180 receptions for 1729 yards and 15 more touchdowns. Several times during his career he was called on to fill in as a placekicker and punter.

Post-CFL career

Lumsden worked briefly in cycling when he was appointed COO of the Hamilton, Ontario, UCI Road World Championships in 2003. This was only the fourth time the road cycling world championships had taken place outside Europe.

Lumsden now heads Drive Marketing,[3] a sports marketing firm and a division of OK&D Marketing Group[4] of Burlington, Ontario.

Lumsden acted as Honorary Chairman of the 2008 Desjardins Vanier Cup in Hamilton, Ontario.

In 2014, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Political career

In 2022, he was nominated to run as a candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in the provincial electoral riding of Hamilton East—Stoney Creek.[5][6] He was then elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2022 provincial election.[7]

Personal life

His son is Jesse Lumsden was also a CFL football player who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos, and Calgary Stampeders before retiring in 2011. He is now a member of the Canadian Olympic Bobsled Team.

In 2015, he and his daughter, Kristin Lumsden, a makeup artist/skincare specialist living and working in Toronto, competed in the third season of The Amazing Race Canada. In the first six legs, they placed 10th, 6th, 1st, 6th, 7th, and 6th. In the seventh leg, they placed last in 7th place and were eliminated from the show.

References

  1. ^ "Neil James Lumsden".
  2. ^ "Rookie Hamilton MPP and former CFL star Neil Lumsden named to Doug Ford's cabinet". Hamilton Spectator. 2022-06-24.
  3. ^ "Drive Marketing". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08.
  4. ^ "Untitled Document". Archived from the original on 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
  5. ^ "Neil Lumsden Nominated as Ontario PC Candidate for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek – PC Party of Ontario". Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  6. ^ "Neil Lumsden to run for the Ontario PCs in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek - Hamilton | Globalnews.ca". Global News. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  7. ^ "PC Neil Lumsden wins in Hamilton East—Stoney Creek He attended no public debates and his party didn't release a costed platform". The Toronto Star. 2022-06-02. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2022-06-03.