March 2, 2017

Number 89

1951, 1953

Blair Atkinson WR 2007
Robert Baker WR 2006
Ernie Becker (also #83) QB, HB 1952-54
Kotto Cotton WR 1998
Clarence Denmark SB 2011-17
Billy Hooper QB, DB 1955
Borden (Bud) Korchak (also #34, #86, #96) FW, K 1949-54
Kenny Lawler SB 2019-
Ken Ploen (also #11) QB, DB 1957-67
Chad Rempel (also #45) WR, LS 2005, 2015-
Jamayel Smith WR 2010
Bill Todd (also #50, #86)  HB  1951, 1953
Myron Wise WR 1996
Stephen Young DE 2003

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Ken Ploen (1975)


Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Ken Ploen (1984)
  • Bud Korchak (1996)


CFL All-Stars:

  • Ken Ploen (1965)
  • Clarence Denmark (2014)


Division All-Stars:

  • Bud Korchak (1952, 1953)
  • Ken Ploen (1957, 1959, 1965)
  • Clarence Denmark (2014)


CFL Awards:

  • Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy (West Division leading scorer) — Bud Korchak, 1953


Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Player – Ken Ploen, 1957, 1964
  • Most Outstanding Rookie Player – Clarence Denmark, 2011; Kenny Lawler, 2019
  • Ring of Honour, Ken Ploen, 2016


He Wore It Well: Clarence Denmark, SB, 2011-

Clarence Denmark arrived in Winnipeg in 2011 with little fanfare, as another prospect added to training camp after spending a couple of seasons on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.

Now some six years later, Denmark is in the Bombers Top 10 list for all-time receiving yards, ranking ninth with 4,870 yards behind Milt Stegall (15,153), James Murphy (9,036), Joe Poplawski (8,341), Terrence Edwards (7,200), Rick House (6,266), Perry Tuttle (5,817), Ernie Pitts (5,525) and Jeff Boyd (5,110).

Beyond that, his 2016 season was particularly compelling. Released by the Bombers in March after the team added Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith in free agency, Denmark was back in late July following a rash of injuries to the receiving corps. Denmark then put up remarkable numbers, leading the team with eight touchdowns – a career high – while finishing with 59 receptions for 705 yards in just 10 games.


Chad Rempel was a draft pick of the Edmonton Eskimos in 2004 and made his debut with the Bombers in 2005 as a receiver. Halfway through his career, he essentially taught himself to become a long snapper and is now considered the best in the league… Blair Atkinson, a University of Manitoba product, dressed for one game with the Bombers in 2007 but by season’s end was on the coaching staff of the Bisons Vanier Cup championship. He is now Manitoba’s offensive coordinator.


Ken Ploen made #11 untouchable in these parts, but also wore #89. We highlighted his remarkable career at #11... Bud Korchak was noted at #34.