The Thanksgiving Day Classic is an annual doubleheader held on Thanksgiving in the Canadian Football League (CFL). It is typically one of two days in which the league plays on a Monday afternoon; the other is the Labour Day Classic. Unlike the Labour Day Classic, the teams in the Thanksgiving Day Classic rotate each year. The games also lack a presenting sponsor as the Labour Day Classic games have.
The Montreal Alouettes have traditionally been given hosting duties for the opening game. This was originally started in 1997 to compensate for not being part of the Labour Day Classic festivities; Montreal and the various Ottawa franchises normally play on Labour Day when both franchises are active. The Alouettes' permanent hosting of Thanksgiving remained in place after Ottawa returned to the league in 2014. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats played CFL games annually in all but three years between 1958 and 1982, hosting the vast majority of them; Hamilton also hosted three times in four years from 1990 to 1993 and again hosted a Thanksgiving matchup in 2013 due to stadium construction disrupting their hosting of the 2013 Labour Day Classic.
Since the CFL's creation in 1958 to the 2018, there have been 120 games played on Thanksgiving Day.The 2019 CFL season was the first in league history to feature no games on Thanksgiving Day. The league scheduled the Classic for the 2020 CFL season, with one game being played on Thanksgiving Day. However, due to financial issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, the entire 2020 CFL season was cancelled and this game was not played.
Despite Canadian Thanksgiving being a legal holiday in the United States (as Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day), none of the CFL's American teams ever played the Thanksgiving Day Classic. The games have also not been televised live in the United States since 2009, although one of the two was broadcast on tape-delay in 2013.
In late 2017, a proposal emerged to move the start of the CFL season to five or six weeks earlier than it begins in the present day, so that the Grey Cup would be held on the third weekend of October, as opposed to the fourth Sunday in November as it stands as of 2018. The change, designed to accommodate a potential U.S. television agreement with NFL Network, has support among CFL owners and would, if approved, take effect for the 2019 CFL season. If the proposal were to take effect, Thanksgiving Day weekend would overlap with the CFL's conference championship games.While this change was not implemented and the season schedule remained the same, the league did not schedule any Thanksgiving Day games in 2019. The league has indicated that such a schedule change would need to be negotiated in the league's collective bargaining agreement with the players' association. The CBA at the time expired in 2019; at the same time, the league renewed its existing agreement with ESPN, making a schedule change unnecessary, and the new CBA approved that year made no provision for a change.
|Year||Visiting Team||Score||Home Team||Score||Source|
|1958||Ottawa Rough Riders||13||Montreal Alouettes||34|
|Hamilton Tiger-Cats||0||Toronto Argonauts||37|
|BC Lions||34||Saskatchewan Roughriders||16|
|Edmonton Eskimos||19||Calgary Stampeders||14|
|1959||Ottawa Rough Riders||28||Montreal Alouettes||12|
|Toronto Argonauts||7||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||20|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||27||Saskatchewan Roughriders||14|
|Calgary Stampeders||41||Edmonton Eskimos||23|
|1960||Ottawa Rough Riders||51||Montreal Alouettes||21|
|Toronto Argonauts||16||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||20|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||48||Saskatchewan Roughriders||7|
|1961||Ottawa Rough Riders||14||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||10|
|BC Lions||7||Saskatchewan Roughriders||17|
|1962||Ottawa Rough Riders||26||Montreal Alouettes||24|
|Edmonton Eskimos||20||Saskatchewan Roughriders||28|
|1963||Edmonton Eskimos||17||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||28|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||8||Calgary Stampeders||14|
|1964||Ottawa Rough Riders||1||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||23|
|Montreal Alouettes||21||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||20|
|Toronto Argonauts||14||Saskatchewan Roughriders||31|
|1965||Calgary Stampeders||36||Montreal Alouettes||21|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||23||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||25|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders||20||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||21|
|1966||Toronto Argonauts||9||Montreal Alouettes||8|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||7||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||8|
|BC Lions||19||Edmonton Eskimos||7|
|1967||Montreal Alouettes||6||Ottawa Rough Riders||40|
|Hamilton Tiger-Cats||21||Saskatchewan Roughriders||22|
|1968||BC Lions||13||Montreal Alouettes||4|
|Calgary Stampeders||15||Saskatchewan Roughriders||19|
|1969||Toronto Argonauts||17||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||7|
|Montreal Alouettes||14||Edmonton Eskimos||20|
|1970||Ottawa Rough Riders||17||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||24|
|Calgary Stampeders||13||Edmonton Eskimos||16|
|1971||BC Lions||3||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||36|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||24||Calgary Stampeders||17|
|1972||Calgary Stampeders||30||Ottawa Rough Riders||45|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||15||Edmonton Eskimos||24|
|1973||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||14||Edmonton Eskimos||14|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||16||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||13|
|Calgary Stampeders||0||Montreal Alouettes||45|
|1974||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||19||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||12|
|Calgary Stampeders||24||Edmonton Eskimos||10|
|1975||Toronto Argonauts||13||Montreal Alouettes||24|
|Calgary Stampeders||12||Edmonton Eskimos||21|
|1976||Montreal Alouettes||34||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||9|
|BC Lions||12||Edmonton Eskimos||16|
|1977||Toronto Argonauts||43||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||2|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||24||Edmonton Eskimos||31|
|1978||Ottawa Rough Riders||5||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||25|
|BC Lions||15||Edmonton Eskimos||3|
|1979||Toronto Argonauts||3||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||42|
|Calgary Stampeders||16||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||13|
|Montreal Alouettes||6||Edmonton Eskimos||47|
|1980||Calgary Stampeders||28||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||30|
|BC Lions||9||Edmonton Eskimos||33|
|1981||Saskatchewan Roughriders||28||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||12|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||6||Edmonton Eskimos||24|
|1982||Saskatchewan Roughriders||24||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||24|
|Toronto Argonauts||35||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||39|
|1983||BC Lions||30||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18|
|1984||Calgary Stampeders||8||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||46|
|1985||Saskatchewan Roughriders||14||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||51|
|Toronto Argonauts||17||Calgary Stampeders||28|
|1986||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||Ottawa Rough Riders||16|
|Toronto Argonauts||14||Calgary Stampeders||37|
|1987||Edmonton Eskimos||20||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||38|
|1988||Edmonton Eskimos||17||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||21|
|1989||Ottawa Rough Riders||21||Toronto Argonauts||49|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||7||Edmonton Eskimos||45|
|1990||Edmonton Eskimos||23||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||25|
|1991||Saskatchewan Roughriders||21||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||42|
|1992||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||49||Ottawa Rough Riders||47|
|1993||Toronto Argonauts||20||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||28|
|1994||Ottawa Rough Riders||24||Calgary Stampeders||28|
|1995||Calgary Stampeders||41||BC Lions||27|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||20||Toronto Argonauts||31|
|1996||Montreal Alouettes||25||Ottawa Rough Riders||18|
|Toronto Argonauts||23||Calgary Stampeders||30|
|1997||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||13||Calgary Stampeders||31|
|1998||Toronto Argonauts||40||Montreal Alouettes||13|
|Edmonton Eskimos||40||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||20|
|1999||Saskatchewan Roughriders||7||Montreal Alouettes||43|
|Edmonton Eskimos||26||BC Lions||20|
|2000||Edmonton Eskimos||15||Montreal Alouettes||45|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||40||BC Lions||33|
|2001||Saskatchewan Roughriders||13||Montreal Alouettes||7|
|Hamilton Tiger-Cats||35||Calgary Stampeders||33|
|2002||Toronto Argonauts||29||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||28||(OT)|
|Montreal Alouettes||48||Edmonton Eskimos||30|
|2003||Toronto Argonauts||15||Ottawa Renegades||21|
|Calgary Stampeders||22||Saskatchewan Roughriders||24|
|2004||BC Lions||16||Toronto Argonauts||22|
|Montreal Alouettes||19||Edmonton Eskimos||39|
|2005||Edmonton Eskimos||17||Toronto Argonauts||13|
|BC Lions||23||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||44|
|2006||Saskatchewan Roughriders||8||Montreal Alouettes||35|
|Edmonton Eskimos||23||Toronto Argonauts||28|
|2007||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||19||Montreal Alouettes||27|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders||33||Calgary Stampeders||21|
|2008||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||11||Montreal Alouettes||42|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders||5||Calgary Stampeders||42|
|2009||Calgary Stampeders||11||Montreal Alouettes||32|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||38||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||28|
|2010||Calgary Stampeders||19||Montreal Alouettes||46|
|BC Lions||35||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||47|
|2011||Toronto Argonauts||19||Montreal Alouettes||29|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders||1||Edmonton Eskimos||17|
|2012||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||27||Montreal Alouettes||22|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders||36||Toronto Argonauts||10|
|2013||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||34||Montreal Alouettes||27|
|Toronto Argonauts||18||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||24|
|2014||Saskatchewan Roughriders||9||Montreal Alouettes||40|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||9||Edmonton Eskimos||41|
|2015||Toronto Argonauts||25||Montreal Alouettes||17|
|2016||Edmonton Eskimos||40||Montreal Alouettes||20|
|Calgary Stampeders||48||Toronto Argonauts||20|
|2017||Edmonton Eskimos||42||Montreal Alouettes||24|
|2018||Calgary Stampeders||12||Montreal Alouettes||6|
|Edmonton Eskimos||12||Saskatchewan Roughriders||19|
|2020||Toronto Argonauts vs. Montreal Alouettes cancelled|
|2021||Ottawa Redblacks||Montreal Alouettes|
|Toronto Argonauts||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|29||11||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||10||1||.638||L1|
|19||6||Ottawa Rough Riders/Renegades||8||11||0||.421||W1|
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