Robert C. Wetenhall

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Robert C. Wetenhall, Sr.
Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Nationality USA
Occupation Investment Banking, Founder of New York firm McConnel Wetenhall Inc.
Known for Owner of the Montreal Alouettes Football Club
Bob Wetenhall
Place of birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Career information
Position(s) Owner
College Princeton University
Career history
As administrator
1997–present Montreal Alouettes
Career stats
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2015

Robert C. Wetenhall, Sr. (also known as Bob Wetenhall[1]) is the owner of the Montreal Alouettes Football Club of the Canadian Football League since 1997.[2]

Alongside BC Lions owner David Braley (who also acquired his franchise in 1997) Wetenhall is one of the CFL's longest-tenured private owners. He is also the only American to be the current principal owner of a CFL team.

Biography

Robert (Bob) Wetenhall was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the American Midwest. He graduated from Princeton University and became an investment banker, becoming a founding partner of McConnell Wetenhall Inc. When the American Football League and National Football League merged in the 1960s Wetenhall became a part owner of the Boston Patriots of the AFL and the New England Patriots of the NFL. In the 1970s Wetenhall became involved in a North American soccer team. In 1997 Wetenhall purchased the Montreal Alouettes Canadian Football League club. During his ownership the Alouettes played in seven Grey Cups during the 14 seasons between 1997 and 2010. In addition they won three championships in the 2002, 2009 and 2010 seasons.[3]

He was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by McGill University on November 23, 2011, in recognition of his work in the redevelopment of the Montreal Alouettes and the expansion of Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.[4]

In 2015, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[5]

References

  1. ^ Milton, Steve (19 January 2006). "Evening the playing field CFL gets tough on teams". Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "How do the Alouettes Maintain High Level of Success?", Paul Hoogkamp, 2009-10-06, The Sports Network.
  3. ^ "Robert C. Wetenhall". CFLapedia. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bob Wetenhall receives honorary McGill University degree". Montreal Alouettes. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  5. ^ [1]

External links

  • Montreal Alouettes profile


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