Calgary's Roy Finch captures CFL's top special-teams player award

Calgary Stampeders return man Roy Finch, recipient of the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award, poses backstage at the CFL awards in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

OTTAWA - Kick-returner Roy Finch of the Calgary Stampeders is the CFL's outstanding special-teams player.

Finch was honoured Thursday at the league's annual awards banquet.

Diontae Spencer of the Ottawa Redblacks was the finalist.

Finch had a club record-tying three punt return TDs this season as the five-foot-seven, 165-pound dynamo amassed a league-best 1,200 yards.

Finch's 16.4-yard average was the third-best in CFL history and he added 696 kickoff-return yards.

Spencer capped his first season with Ottawa accumulating a CFL-record 496 all-purpose yards in a 41-36 win over Hamilton on Oct. 27.

He was fourth in punt returns (70, 929 yards, one TD) and kickoff returns (25 for 607 yards) but first in missed field-goal returns (five, 260 yards, one touchdown).

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