1986 CFL season

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1986 CFL season
Regular season
DurationJune 24 – November 9, 1986
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 15, 1986
East Champions Hamilton Tiger-Cats
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos
74th Grey Cup
DateNovember 30, 1986
Site BC Place, Vancouver
ChampionsHamilton Tiger-Cats
  1985 CFL seasons 1987  

The 1986 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 33rd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 29th Canadian Football League season.

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CFL News in 1986

The Canadian Football League decided that all nine teams will play 18 games each, in the regular season. The playoff structure was revised to allow a fourth place team from one of the divisions to qualify for the playoffs if that fourth place team has earned more points in the regular season standings than the third place team from the other division. Until 1992, however, that team stayed in its own division for the playoffs (the league began American expansion in 1993, changing the rules along the way). The four qualifiers in one division played semi-finals and a final while the two qualifiers in the other division playing a home-and-home, total-points, 2-game playoff (this playoff format was last used in 1972). This was somewhat unfair to the first place team, who might no longer receive a first-round bye based simply on what happened at the bottom of its own division. (The current format, which began in 1996 after the league ceased its American operations, sees a fourth-place qualifier cross-over to the other division, essentially becoming the third-place team in that division.) As it turned out, 1986 was the only year this playoff format was needed.

The Canadian Football League and the Canadian Football League Players Association agreed on a new three-year agreement.

The Concordes changed their name to the Alouettes, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the original Montreal Alouettes.

The Sports Network started to carry live coverage of the first round of the 1986 Canadian College Draft from coast-to-coast.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Montreal Alouettes played the first CFL pre-season game at Canada Games Stadium in Saint John, New Brunswick. Winnipeg won the game, 35–10.

The CFL also amended the quota to the teams 35-man roster to include 13 imports, 19 non-imports and 3 quarterbacks. The designated import rule was eliminated.

On the field, the end zones were reduced to 20 yards from 25 yards (in response to the popularity of the shortened end zones first used at BC Place in 1983).

The amateur Canadian Football Association changed its name to Football Canada in June; the Football Canada name had long been used in French.

The CTV Television Network ceased CFL broadcasts after this season; it had aired CFL games since 1962. The league-run syndicated Canadian Football Network took its place the next season.

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
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Edmonton Eskimos 18134154036527
BC Lions 18126044141024
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18117054538722
Calgary Stampeders 18117048438022
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18611138251713
East Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Toronto Argonauts 18108041744120
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1898140536619
Montreal Alouettes 1841403205008
Ottawa Rough Riders 1831413465147
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Grey Cup playoffs

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are the 1986 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 39–15, at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium. This was Hamilton's first Grey Cup victory since 1972. The Tiger-Cats' Mike Kerrigan (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Grover Covington (DE) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence, while Paul Osbaldiston (K/P) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

 November 16: Division Semifinals/East Game 1  November 23: Division Finals/East Game 2  November 30: 74th Grey Cup @ BC Place StadiumVancouver, BC
              
 E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 17  
 E1 Toronto Argonauts 31  
 East  E1 Toronto Argonauts 25 
      E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 42  
        
   E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 39
 W3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 14       W1 Edmonton Eskimos 15
 W2 BC Lions 21       
 West  W2 BC Lions 5  
    W1 Edmonton Eskimos 41 
 W4 Calgary Stampeders 18  
 W1 Edmonton Eskimos 27 

CFL Leaders

1986 CFL All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

1986 Eastern All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

1986 Western All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

1986 CFL Awards

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References

  1. "CFLapedia".