Henry Waszczuk

Henry Waszczuk
No. 50
Date of birth (1950-08-26) August 26, 1950
Place of birth Peterborough, England
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) C
College Kent State
Career history
As player
1975–1984 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1980, 1981, 1982
Awards 1983 - Tom Pate Memorial Award

Henry Waszczuk (born August 26, 1950, in Peterborough, England) is a former all star offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League. The five-time divisional All-Star played from 1975 to 1984 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Henry Waszczuk came to Canada at the age of two. He attended Eastdale Collegiate in Oshawa, and after a successful high school football career, he participated in the Telegram East-West All-Star Game and was named defensive player of the game. Waszczuk earned a football scholarship at Kent State University (Ohio) where the team won the Mid-America Conference Championship. In his senior year, Henry was selected an All-Conference centre and earned an All-American honorable mention.

Waszczuk's professional football career began in 1975 with the Hamilton Tiger Cats when he was drafted in the first round. During his 10-year career, he was an All-Star at centre seven times and made two Grey Cup appearances (1980, 1984). As a Ticat, Waszczuk was awarded the Tom Pate Memorial Award for his contribution to the team, his community and the league. He also was chosen as the Rothman's Outstanding Lineman on three occasions and was also nominated for the Schenley Awards three times. More recently, Waszczuk was selected to the all-time Hamilton Tiger Cat "Dream Team".

Throughout his 10-year career, Waszczuk taught high school with the Hamilton Board of Education where he served as a Science Department Head.

After his retirement from the CFL in 1985, Waszczuk co-founded Canadian Sportfishing, a multi-media company. Henry co-hosted and was Executive Producer of various TV shows including Extreme Fishing, Sportfishing Adventures and the Canadian Sportfishing TV show, which aired for 14 years (1986–1999)(Show is still running). He is now host of two new TV shows, Fins & Skins Classic Adventures and Fishing the Flats TV. Waszczuk has produced and hosted over 1000 TV shows and is entering his 24th season on air. He is also publisher of Fins & Skins Travel Magazine and has co-authored eight sportfishing books.

Inducted into the Oshawa Hall of Fame in May 1989; pioneered catch and release techniques used by many anglers today; involved in many charities now and during both his professional football and fishing careers; has been acknowledged by his peers and business friends in which he has been given awards for his contribution to each community he has lived in.

From his college football days and professional career, there have been many great stories and many that relate to his fishing adventures as well. He is a much-sought-after guest speaker for various corporate and sports functions.

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/22/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.