A graduate of Louisiana Tech University. The star quarterback broke nine Tech records, including Terry Bradshaw's mark for passing yards of 7,032. The 2 Time (AP & Kodak) All-American joined The Edmonton Football Team in 1983. Dunigan cut his teeth that inaugural season learning from CFL great, Warren Moon. In 1984, Matt took the reigns and over the next four years he guided the team to two Grey Cup games, winning in 87’. Dunigan was part of 2 six for one trades in his career that sent him to the BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts. He led both teams to the Grey Cup and was victorious with the Argonauts in 1991. Matt was the league’s passing leader in 1989 and averaged 38.3 points per game, a league record. He became a free agent in 1992 and joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, guiding them to two Grey Cups. When Dunigan retired he was second in all-time passing statistics (3,057 completions in 5,476 attempts for 43,857 yards and 303 touchdown passes) and had rushed 850 times for 5,031 yards and 77 touchdowns. He made pro football history on July 14, 1994 throwing for 713 yards in a single game. Matt was a 3 time CFL All-Star (85, 88, 95). Dunigan is the only quarterback to lead four different teams to the Grey Cup, getting his teams to six Grey Cup appearances. Matt was inducted into the CFHOF in 2006. He was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, became a member of the Grid Iron Greats Hall of Fame in 2014 and The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. Matt has been a broadcaster and football analyst for 21 years for Canada’s Sports Leader, TSN. Matt is a big time supporter and advocate for DEBRA Canada and co-hosts the Matt Dunigan/Jimmy Ginakes charity golf event in Winnipeg.
The Los Angeles Kings selected Nicholls in the fourth round (No. 73) in the 1980 NHL Draft. During his final year of Junior hockey with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey Association he scored 152 points (63 goals, 89 assists). Being called up to the Kings in 1981 from New Haven(Kings farm team) Nicholls scored 14 goals (including hat tricks in three consecutive home games) and finished with 32 points in 22 games, then scored the series-winning goal during the Kings' first-round upset of the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs .Four players in NHL history have scored at least 70 goals and finished with at least 150 points. Nicholls, who did it with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988-89, is one of the four, along with Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Phil Esposito. Nicholls played 18 season in the NHL for 6 teams retiring in 1999 with 1,209 points (475 goals, 734 assists) in 1,127 NHL games, as well as 114 points (42 goals, 72 assists) in 118 playoff games. Bernie ended his career 32nd all time in points per game, 39th all time in assists per game and 53rd all time in goals. Bernie played in 3 All Star games in 1984, 1989 and 1990 and won the Stanley Cup as a coaching consultant with LA Kings in 2012. Since retiring Bernie has participated in NHL Alumni charity games for 20 years and recently created the Bernie Nicholls Foundation in support of youth in sports.