Friday, November 27, 2015 — WINNIPEG - STARS air ambulance, in partnership with the Canadian Football League (CFL), announced today that they will be flying the Grey Cup trophy from a location within Winnipeg to an area near Investors Group Field on Sunday.
Safety is always a priority, therefore specific takeoff and landing locations and times are not being released to the general public in advance. However, interested media will be provided with the departure and landing locations.
The STARS crew onboard for this special flight include:
- Major Jason Graveline, originally from Gilbert Plains, MB, served over 22 years as a pilot with the RCAF, and is currently an Air Force Reservist. Graveline joined STARS in 2011.
- Darryl Dash, born and raised in Kipling, SK, retired from the RCAF as a Major after 27 years as a pilot. Dash joined STARS in 2012.
- Flight Paramedic and STARS Base Director Grant Therrien, originally from Montreal, has lived in both Calgary and now Winnipeg. Therrien has over 20 years experience as an Advanced Care Paramedic working with ground, fixed-wing and helicopter EMS.
STARS had an additional back-up helicopter brought to Manitoba to accommodate this request, while the Winnipeg-based aircraft and crew remain on-duty ready to respond to emergencies.
The 103rd Grey Cup presented by Shaw will be played in Winnipeg on Sunday, November 29 and will be available on TSN/RDS in Canada, ESPN2 in the United States, Pacific Rim and the Caribbean, ESPN on BT Sport in the UK and Ireland and live streamed via YouTube in almost every major country, with the exception of China.
The Grey Cup will also be streamed live on ESPN Play in Mexico, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil) and the Caribbean, ESPN3.com in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and WatchESPN in Brazil. Additionally, the Grey Cup will be available on tape delay in Brazil via ESPN+ (December 1 at 12:30 p.m. US ET) and in Australia and New Zealand on ESPN (November 30 at 5 a.m. US ET and December 1 at 11:30 a.m. US ET).
“We are thrilled to be flying one of the most iconic Canadian symbols, the Grey Cup to Investors Group Field for the 103rd Grey Cup. Thank you to STARS donor Crescent Point Energy and the Canadian Football League for honouring us with this unique opportunity.”
- Andrea Robertson, STARS President and CEO
The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is a non-profit helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) that provides rapid and specialized medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS has flown more than 30,000 missions since it began in 1985, and operates 24-hours a day with 11 helicopters at six bases in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Grande Prairie.