The Canadian Football League played an all-star game regularly during the 1950s and 1970s and twice in the 1980s.
The first game in 1955 actually precedes the establishment of the Canadian Football Council and the CFL, and was known as the Shrine Game. It was held each year from 1955 to 1958 the week after the Grey Cup, as the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union All-Stars took on the Western Interprovincial Football Union.
After the 1956 contest, five players that played in the game (four from the Saskatchewan Roughriders and one from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers) were killed when Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 crashed in what was then the worst air disaster in Canadian history. After poor attendances in the next two Shrine Games (the fact that they were outdoor football games played in Canada in December didn't help), the idea of an All-Star game was dropped.
The CFL All-Star Game returned in 1970, now played as a pre-season contest in late June and early July, with the league all-stars taking on the previous season's Grey Cup champion. After no game was held in 1975, the contest returned for three more years (1976–78), with East again meeting West. These games were played before the pre-season (similar to the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game), in late May and early June; again, poor attendance led to the game's cancellation.
Two more CFL All-Star Games were played, in the 1980s: a post-season contest in December 1983 (held indoors in Vancouver), pitting East and West; and a June 1988 game between the CFL All-Stars and the hometown Edmonton Eskimos. Even though the 1988 contest drew a CFL All Star-record 27,573 fans,no game has been held since then.
There have been 14 CFL All-Star Games. Of the eight games that have featured teams from the East versus West (or IRFU versus WIFU), the West leads the series 5-2-1. The remaining six games featured a CFL All-Star team versus the defending Grey Cup champion. The league team won four of these games, with the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Rough Riders each winning once.
|1955||December 3, 1955||Saturday||Varsity Stadium||Toronto, ON||WIFU All-Stars||6-6 (tie)||IRFU All-Stars||15,088|
|1956||December 8, 1956||Saturday||Empire Stadium||Vancouver, BC||IRFU All-Stars||0-35||WIFU All-Stars||13,546|
|1957||December 7, 1957||Saturday||Molson Stadium||Montreal, QC||WIFU All-Stars||2-20||IRFU All-Stars||5,000|
|1958||December 6, 1958||Saturday||Civic Stadium||Hamilton, ON||WIFU All-Stars||9-3||IRFU All-Stars||7,000|
|1970||July 2, 1970||Thursday||Lansdowne Park||Ottawa, ON||CFL All-Stars||35-14||Ottawa Rough Riders||23,094|
|1971||June 29, 1971||Tuesday||Autostade||Montreal, QC||CFL All-Stars||30-13||Montreal Alouettes||9,000|
|1972||June 28, 1972||Wednesday||McMahon Stadium||Calgary, AB||CFL All-Stars||22-23||Calgary Stampeders||23,616|
|1973||June 27, 1973||Wednesday||Ivor Wynne Stadium||Hamilton, ON||CFL All-Stars||22-11||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||24,765|
|1974||June 26, 1974||Wednesday||Lansdowne Park||Ottawa, ON||CFL All-Stars||22-25||Ottawa Rough Riders||15,102|
|1976||May 29, 1976||Saturday||Clarke Stadium||Edmonton, AB||East All-Stars||16-27||West All-Stars||21,762|
|1977||June 4, 1977||Saturday||Exhibition Stadium||Toronto, ON||West All-Stars||19-20||East All-Stars||7,500|
|1978||June 3, 1978||Saturday||McMahon Stadium||Calgary, AB||East All-Stars||12-24||West All-Stars||21,000|
|1983||December 3, 1983||Saturday||BC Place Stadium||Vancouver, BC||East All-Stars||15-25||West All-Stars||14,000|
|1988||June 23, 1988||Thursday||Commonwealth Stadium||Edmonton, AB||CFL All-Stars||15-4||Edmonton Eskimos||27,573|
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The Grey Cup is the name of both the championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the trophy awarded to the victorious team playing in the namesake championship of professional Canadian football. It is contested between the winners of the CFL's East and West Divisional playoffs and is one of Canadian television's largest annual sporting events. The Toronto Argonauts have the most Grey Cup wins (17) since its introduction in 1909, while the Edmonton Football Team have the most Grey Cup wins (11) since the creation of the CFL in 1958. The latest, the 107th Grey Cup, took place in Calgary, Alberta, on November 24, 2019, when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33–12.
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