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1996 CFL season

1996 CFL season
Regular season
Duration June 23, 1996 – November 3, 1996
Start date November 10, 1996
East Champions Toronto Argonauts1996-11-17
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos1996-11-17
84th Grey Cup
Date November 24, 1996
Site Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Champions Toronto Argonauts
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The 1996 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 43rd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 39th Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1996

At the CFL's Board of Governors Meetings in February 1996, it was decided to end the league's four-year American experiment.

The league ordered the Shreveport Pirates, Memphis Mad Dogs and Birmingham Barracudas to disband. The Grey Cup champion Baltimore Stallions had opted to move elsewhere rather than face the daunting prospect of competing with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. When it was apparent the CFL was refocusing on Canada, Stallions owner Jim Speros gave up the Stallions franchise and moved his organisation to Montreal as the third incarnation of the Montreal Alouettes. Up until this time, the city of Montreal had been without Canadian football for nine seasons. Speros revived the Als' traditional colour scheme of blue, white, and red. Their logo was an angry bird running with a football; it's been their helmet logo ever since. Unwilling to continue as the lone American team in the league, the San Antonio Texans voluntarily folded.

A dispersal draft was held for the players on four of the five American teams--all except the Stallions. However, all of the Stallions players were released from their contracts. Alouettes general manager Jim Popp, who followed the Stallions organisation to Montreal, managed to resign many of them.

With the removal of the American teams, the CFL reverted to its traditional "East-West" alignment. The revived Alouettes were placed in the East Division and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were placed back into the West Division, after 10 seasons.

The BC Lions and the Calgary Stampeders underwent ownership changes.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

West Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Calgary Stampeders 18 13 5 0 608 375 26
Edmonton Eskimos 18 11 7 0 459 354 22
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 9 9 0 421 495 18
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 5 13 0 360 498 10
BC Lions 18 5 13 0 410 483 10
East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 18 15 3 0 556 359 30
Montreal Alouettes 18 12 6 0 536 467 24
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 8 10 0 426 576 16
Ottawa Rough Riders 18 3 15 0 352 524 6
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Calgary and Toronto both have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

Main article: 84th Grey Cup

The Toronto Argonauts are the 1996 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 43–37, at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Argonauts' Doug Flutie (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and Mike Vanderjagt (K) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

  November 9 & 10: Division Semifinals     November 16 & 17: Division Finals     November 24: 84th Grey Cup @ Ivor Wynne StadiumHamilton, ON
  East     E2  Montreal Alouettes 7  
  E3  Hamilton Tiger-Cats 11     E1  Toronto Argonauts 43    
  E2  Montreal Alouettes 22         E1  Toronto Argonauts 43
      W2  Edmonton Eskimos 37
  West     W2  Edmonton Eskimos 15    
  W3  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7     W1  Calgary Stampeders 12  
  W2  Edmonton Eskimos 68  

CFL Leaders

1996 CFL All-Stars



Special teams

1996 Western All-Stars



Special teams

1996 Eastern All-Stars



Special teams

1996 Intergold CFLPA All-Stars



Special teams

Head Coach


1996 CFL Awards


Preceded by
1995 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
1997 CFL season