CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Hector Pothier

Hector Pothier was an outstanding offensive lineman who played his entire 12-year CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos.  Between 1978 and 1989, Pothier was a key component of the Eskimos offensive line that constantly dominated defensive lineman. During his time with the Green and Gold, Pothier won six Grey Cup championships, including five-in-a-row between 1978 and 1982 and then again in 1987.

Hector Pothier Edmonton Eskimos 1984. Photo F. Scott Grant

The Ontario born Pothier, who was CFL All Star in 1981 and four-time Western Division All Star, is now a principal with the Edmonton public school system.

“I always knew I was going to be a teacher,” said Pothier. “I went to Teacher’s College while I played football.”

Football formed a solid base for his teaching career as it taught him about working as a team, the importance of preparation and how with having the right attitude and discipline you can do anything you set your mind to.

In 1988, Pothier was awarded the league’s Tom Pate Memorial Award for his outstanding community service. That commitment to the community continues today as Pothier serves on the YMCA board of directors and the Knights of Columbus.

“That is what life is all about, giving back by taking someone under your wing,” said Pothier. “It’s important to teach kids to give back and help others when you can.”

Courtesy of Hector Pothier

He is a founder of the CFLAA and first President. He has been a key member in the success the Association has been able to achieve. He currently is the Edmonton Eskimo Alumni Association representative on the CFLAA Board of Directors, as well as, the Chair, CFLAA Alumni Support Fund.  Pothier is also an Edmonton Eskimo Alumni Association executive member.

“Our Alumni golf tournament raises close to $30,000 each year,” said Pothier.

“We make donations to minor football and Football Alberta.”

Pothier, known for his trademark long beard during his playing days, enjoys going to fan days and reminiscing about the old days with teammates and fans.

In 2014 Pothier, who played college football at McGill and St. Mary’s, was inducted onto the Eskimo Wall of Honour.

A well-deserved honour for a man who has had a positive impact on football fans and, more importantly, his students.

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Article by Tony Playter

Photo by F. Scott Grant

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