Dave Fennell

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Dave Fennell
No. 65
Born: (1953-02-04) February 4, 1953 (age 69)
Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight249 lb (113 kg)
CollegeNorth Dakota
Career history
As player
19741983Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
CFL West All-Star1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Awards1978 Grey Cup MVP (Defence)
1979 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian
1979 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
1980 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
1982 Grey Cup MVP (Defence)
1982 Dick Suderman Trophy
Honours1984 - Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour
Career stats

Dave Fennell (born February 4, 1953) is a former defensive lineman for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. After graduating from the University of North Dakota in 1973, he played for Edmonton from 1974 to 1983, and helped lead the team to five straight Grey Cup championships from 1978 to 1982 as a key member of the "Alberta Crude" defence.

Fennell was named CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 1978, CFL Most Outstanding Canadian in 1979, and Defensive Star of the 1978 and 1982 Grey Cup games. He was a CFL and Western All-Star at defensive tackle from 1977 to 1981, and was runner-up for the Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1980. His nickname was "Doctor Death".[1]

Fennell is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame[2] and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.[3] In November 2006, he was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (No. 24) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

Fennell earned a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1979. After retiring from football, he founded Golden Star Resources which is a mining company that was focused on gold deposits in Guyana while he was working there.[4] He was an executive vice-chairman and a director of Miramar Mining Corporation.

He is the father of John Fennell, a member of the Canadian luge team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[5]


  1. ^ Dolphin, Ric (May 10, 1998). "Dr. Death's El Dorado". Edmonton Journal. p. B1.
  2. ^ "Dave Fennell". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Fennell, David – 1995". ABSportsMEMBERS. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  4. ^ Dolphin, Ric (October 31, 1998). "Ex-Esk Fennell forced out of own company". Edmonton Journal. p. B3.
  5. ^ "Luger John Fennell tells the world he's gay". Regina Leader-Post, May 28, 2014.

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