Canadian Football League Canada Day Games

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Canada Day games in the Canadian Football League are an occasional part of the league's schedule and occur only when the league schedule begins on or before July 1. The games are not an annual occurrence, unlike the Labour Day or Thanksgiving Day games and they are typically only scheduled when Canada Day falls on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. As of the 2016 CFL season, there have been 19 Canada Day games played.

History

In 1984, the CFL played regular season games in June for the first time in league history.[1] Consequently, the league also had its first Canada Day regular season game that year, with the Toronto Argonauts defeating the host Saskatchewan Roughriders 25–10. After the league expanded to an 18-game schedule in 1986, the chances of a Canada Day game became greater with an earlier start to the season and a second one was played in 1987. When the Montreal Alouettes franchise folded after the 1987 pre-season and the league reverted to eight teams, the regular season schedule didn't start until the second week of July.

When the league expended to 13 teams in 1995, scheduling difficulties necessitated an earlier start to the season, on June 28, 1995. This included the first Canada Day doubleheader and also the first and, to-date, only appearance by CFL USA teams when the Shreveport Pirates hosted the San Antonio Texans. Following the collapse of the CFL American teams and the Ottawa Rough Riders, the CFL was once again an eight-team league and typically started after July 1. The league did, however, have another Canada Day doubleheader in 1998, which was also the first time that the league began the regular season on Canada Day.[2]

When the CFL returned to Ottawa in 2002, it again meant that the regular season schedule would begin in June and Canada Day games would return. Games were played on July 1 in 2003, 2005, and 2006, with the league originally scheduling the Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa Renegades to play in Ottawa in 2006.[3] However, the Ottawa franchise again ceased operations, leaving the league to again start the season later. Despite previous trends of a later schedule start, the CFL made more of an effort to include Canada Day games, promoting a Canada Day season opener in 2009 that also featured the first Canada Day Grey Cup rematch.[4] The league also played Canada Day games in 2010, 2011, and 2012, with the Calgary Stampeders hosting for four consecutive years.

As of the 2017 CFL season, Calgary has been the most frequent host having hosted eight of 20 Canada Day games while never being a visitor. The Alouettes, Argonauts, and Lions have never hosted a Canada Day game, but have been the visiting team on multiple occasions. Canada Day games have historically been played when Canada Day falls between Wednesday and Sunday, with the exception coming in 2003 when the Tuesday Canada Day game was played during a week that featured five games being played.

Results

By year

Season Day Visiting Team Score Home Team Source
1984 Sunday Toronto Argonauts 25–10 Saskatchewan Roughriders [1]
1987 Wednesday BC Lions 40–15 Calgary Stampeders [5]
1995 Saturday Toronto Argonauts 23–45 Edmonton Eskimos [6]
San Antonio Texans 47–24 Shreveport Pirates
1998 Wednesday Montreal Alouettes 27–24 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [7]
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 20–21 Calgary Stampeders
2003 Tuesday Edmonton Eskimos 12–14 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [8]
Ottawa Renegades 12–32 Calgary Stampeders
2005 Friday Montreal Alouettes 36–39 (OT) Ottawa Renegades [9]
2006 Saturday Edmonton Eskimos 10–46 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [10]
2009 Wednesday Toronto Argonauts 30–17 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [11]
Montreal Alouettes 40–27 Calgary Stampeders
2010 Thursday Montreal Alouettes 51–54 (OT) Saskatchewan Roughriders [12]
Toronto Argonauts 16–30 Calgary Stampeders
2011 Friday Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24–16 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [13]
Toronto Argonauts 23–21 Calgary Stampeders
2012 Sunday Montreal Alouettes 10–38 Calgary Stampeders [14]
2016 Friday BC Lions 28–3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [15]
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22–36 Calgary Stampeders
2017 Saturday Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saskatchewan Roughriders [16]

By appearance

Appearances Hosted Team Wins Losses Ties Win % Streak
8 8 Calgary Stampeders 5 3 0 0.625 W2
5 3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3 2 0 0.600 L1
5 0 Toronto Argonauts 3 2 0 0.600 W1
5 0 Montreal Alouettes 2 3 0 0.400 L2
4 3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 0 4 0 0.000 L4
3 1 Edmonton Eskimos 1 2 0 0.333 L2
2 2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 1 1 0 0.500 W1
2 1 Ottawa Renegades 1 1 0 0.500 W1
2 0 BC Lions 2 0 0 1.000 W2
1 1 Shreveport Pirates 0 1 0 0.000 L1
1 0 San Antonio Texans 1 0 0 1.000 W1

References

  1. ^ a b "Canadian Football League 1984 Season Schedule". stats.cfldb.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Football League 1998 Season Schedule". stats.cfldb.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  3. ^ "20 Week Schedule to Kickoff on June 16 in Montreal". cfl.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Let the 2009 season begin". cfl.ca. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Football League 1987 Season Schedule". stats.cfldb.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  6. ^ "1995 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  7. ^ "1998 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  8. ^ "2003 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  9. ^ "2005 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  10. ^ "2006 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  11. ^ "2009 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  12. ^ "2010 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  13. ^ "2011 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  14. ^ "2012 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  15. ^ "2016 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  16. ^ "2017 Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
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