REDBLACKS Recalls Their All-Time Favorite Christmas Gifts


Santa Claus is coming to town this weekend, and in anticipation of his arrival, we asked REDBLACKS players, staff and media what their favorite Christmas present was growing up. Here’s what they said…

  • Paul LaPolice, Head Coach: I must say that my greatest gift was the Atari 2600.
  • Praise Martin-Oguike, DL: My greatest childhood gift was when I got my first cell phone
  • Andrew Pickett, OL: The best Christmas present I received as a kid was a PlayStation 2! I remember being so excited when we got it for video games and now the whole family could watch DVDs. My dad and I played the NHL nonstop and took breaks to watch movies with my sister and dad.
  • Caleb Evans, QB: I would say the best Christmas present I received was either a Nintendo or an XBOX 360.
  • Avery Williams, LB: My fondest Christmas memory was when we gave away all of our toys to toddler toys.
  • Don Unamba, LB: The best gift would have to be the first PlayStation when it came out, the grey. I never left this thing for a week!
  • Jakub Szott, OL: The greatest gift was being able to go on vacation somewhere. The best trip was when we went to Saint Lucia!
  • Drew McCormick, Equipment Manager: My sister and I bought an air hockey table for Christmas. It was definitely there for me.
  • Nolan MacMillan, OL: Road hockey goalie gear.
  • Duck Hodges, QB: Probably my first shotgun. A 20 gauge in Browning gold.
  • Brendan Gillanders, RB: GT Snow Runner
  • Timothy Flanders, RB: Man, that’s tough…probably one of the game systems.
  • Avery Ellis, DL: Either PlayStation 1 with Crash Bandicoot…and I used to have the Hess Trucks.
  • Bob Dyce, Special Teams Coordinator: Rock’Em, Sock’Em Robots!
  • Martin Comtois, RED and BLACK journalist beaten for Le Droit: The Tecmo Super Bowl video game in the early 1990s
  • Tim Baines, REDBLACKS beat reporter for Postmedia: A pool table, but not one of those big ones
  • Sherrod Baltimore, DB: Probably my mom bought me the Jordan 11s when I was five.
  • Micah Awe, LB: One of the best gifts I got for Christmas was our second PlayStation 3. The first one was stolen from our house, so my parents bought us another one for Christmas. We still have it!
  • Antoine Pruneau, DB: A table soccer game.
  • RJ Harris, WR: Definitely my first dog. His name was Ranger, a miniature schnauzer! He was 100% my best friend growing up.
  • Brad Sinopoli, former REDBLACKS WR: Top Corner Hockey! The first time you could lift a puck, are you kidding me? !
  • Richie Leone, punter: I got a dirt bike in 2005, it was the coolest Christmas ever!
  • DeVonte Dedmon, WR/returner: The Ferris wheel I had one year, or Fisher Price’s basketball goal.
  • Lewis Ward, kicker: I think it was my first real snowboard. I picked it up in Switzerland and Santa gave it to me for my first Christmas in Canada.
  • AJ Jakubec, voice of ROUGEBLACKS on TSN 1200: When I was 10, I got the Sports Action Canadian Pro Football board game.

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