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The Grey Cup is coming to Brampton!

BRAMPTON, ON (January 13, 2023) – Celebrate the 109th Grey Cup Champions, the 2022 Toronto Argonauts, with a meet and greet with Brampton players and former Brampton Bulldog athletes Robbie Smith and Sam Acheampong.

Event Details:
Friday, January 20
6 to 8 PM in City Hall
• Free Argos themed sweets and drink by local Brampton businesses
• Remarks from Mayor Brown, Sam Acheampong and Robbie Smith
• Video remarks by Royce Metchie
• Meet and greet with Sam Acheampong and Robbie Smith 
• Free printed photos with the Grey Cup, Sam Acheampong and Robbie Smith

On Sunday, November 20, 2022, at the 109th Grey Cup in Regina, Saskatchewan, the Toronto Argonauts defeated the two-time defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-23, bringing home Canadian football’s top prize.

Three players with special connections to Brampton were a part of this Championship team:

Sam Acheampong
Sam was selected in the second round, 20th overall in the 2020 CFL Draft. In the 2022 season, he played 16 games, finished the season with 19 defensive tackles, a special teams tackle, a sack, and a fumble recovery. In the playoffs he recorded a tackle in Eastern Final win over Montreal. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University and played 31 regular-season games, recording 53 career tackles, adding 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. Named a First Team OUA All-Star in 2019.  He had a 2 sack, 2 TFL game against Queen’s in his final year at Laurier. Sam also attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School in Brampton where he played offensive line throughout high school.

Robbie Smith
Robbie was drafted in the second round, ninth overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft. In the 2021 season, he played 14 games, made 24 tackles, 6 special teams tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. In the playoffs he had 1 tackle and 1 special teams tackle in Eastern Final loss to Hamilton. In College he played 4 years at Wilfrid Laurier University and played 30 regular-season games plus 6 more in the playoffs. In 2017 he finished with 27.5 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He also forced 3 fumbles and knocked down 4 passes. An OUA All-Star in 2017 and 2018. A key member of the Hawks 2016 Yates Cup championship team. In 2017 he set a school record with a 4.5-sack game against Queen’s and was named USPORTS Defensive Player of the Week. Robbie also attended St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School and played for the Brampton Bulldogs OVFL team.

Royce Metchie
Royce was acquired by the Calgary Stampeders and traded to the Argonauts on February 4, 2022. In the 2021 season, he played 7 games, and finished the season with 31 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble. He attended St. Edmund Campion in Brampton and was born in Lagos, Nigeria.


“Brampton’s talent pool is overflowing! We are so incredibly proud of our local athletes who represented the community on the national stage. The City of Brampton is thrilled to welcome the Grey Cup to City Hall on January 20, and celebrate this incredible achievement in sport. On behalf of Brampton City Council, congratulations to the 109th Grey Cup Champions, the Toronto Argonauts!”
Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton




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