Chronopoulos dies of heart attack
MONTREAL (CP) -- Denny Chronopoulos, who played four seasons in the CFL, has died of a heart attack. He was only 32.
The B.C. Lions, one of three CFL teams Chronopoulos played for, issued a news release Thursday saying Chronopoulos died at his Montreal home Sunday.
A Lions spokesman added the funeral was held Thursday, also in Montreal.
Chronopoulous attended Purdue University and was a first-round pick, third overall, of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1992. The six-foot-four, 289-pound offensive guard spent two seasons with the Rough Riders before being dealt to the B.C. Lions in 1994 along with defensive lineman Andrew Stewart and linebacker Angelo Snipes for defensive tackle Kent Warnock.
Chronopoulos, a Montreal native, spent just one season with B.C. But in 1994 the Lions captured the Grey Cup, downing the expansion Baltimore Stallions in the CFL title game at Vancouver's B.C. Place.
"Denny was a great football player and a great guy, a real team leader," said veteran Lions kicker Lui Passaglia, who along with current Lions Jamie Taras, Sean Millington and Cory Mantyka played with Chronopoulos on the '94 championship team. "He was a very humorous guy and kept everybody loose in the dressing room.
"We will all miss him a great deal."
Chronopoulos signed with Calgary in the off-season. The Stampeders reached '95 Grey Cup championship, only to lose a historic 37-20 decision to Baltimore, making the Stallions the first -- and only -- American-based franchise to ever win the league title.
Chronopoulous returned to the Stampeders in '96 but was released after failing the club's physical because of a heart murmur.
The Lions plan to stage a moment of silence and tribute in Chronopoulos's honour at its next home game Sept. 16 versus Edmonton.