2009 CFL season
Regular season
DatesJuly 1 – November 8, 2009
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 15, 2009
East championsMontreal Alouettes2009-11-22
West championsSaskatchewan Roughriders2009-11-22
97th Grey Cup
DateNovember 29, 2009
SiteMcMahon Stadium, Calgary
ChampionsMontreal Alouettes
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The 2009 CFL season was the 56th season of modern-day Canadian football. Officially, it was the 52nd season of the Canadian Football League. The Montreal Alouettes won the 97th Grey Cup on November 29 with a last second 28–27 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 19-week regular schedule, issued February 3, 2009, began on July 1, which was only the second time in league history that a CFL season started on Canada Day, with the first occurring in 1998.[1] The playoffs started on November 15 and two weeks of pre-season games began June 17.[2]

CFL news in 2009

Arena football suspension and moves for expansion

In February unexpected news was made when an American group, led by ex-NFL receiver Oronde Gadsden, announced their intentions to pursue a franchise in the CFL.[3] Citing the suspension of the 2009 season of the Arena Football League and the demise of NFL Europe as a potential opportunity for growth the US market, Gadsen's group highlighted either DetroitWindsor or Rochester, New York as possible locations for a new team. Reaction from the CFL with respect to Gadsen's intentions was mixed, however, with league head office iterating a reluctance to return to US expansion while Montreal Alouettes owner, Robert Wetenhall, welcoming the concept of bids involving border regions (Wetenhall's Alouettes spent two years in Baltimore in the 1990s, though under American ownership; Wetenhall purchased the team after it moved to Montreal).

The mayor of Moncton, premier of New Brunswick, and league commissioner Mark Cohon met in February to negotiate a deal that would see the city host a regular season game annually over five years, beginning in the 2010 CFL season.[4]

Rule changes

Several main rule changes were proposed for 2009 by fans at the request of CFL commissioner Mark Cohon. The following changes were implemented:

Other rule changes considered included moving the kickoff back 10 yards for all kicks (not just following safeties), and moving the ball back during conversions.

Hall of Fame induction weekend

For only the second time in its 39-year history, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction weekend events did not take place in Hamilton, Ontario, the home of the museum. It took place in Winnipeg from September 24 to 26, finishing with the tribute game between the Blue Bombers and Argonauts on September 26.[7]

Bye weeks

Byes in the two weeks preceding the Labour Day Classic games were retained, however the byes were changed so as to ensure that each pair of Labour Day Classic opponents will have equal rest as opposed to splitting the byes by division.

CFL retro

West Division Retro Jerseys
West Division Retro Jerseys
East Division Retro Jerseys
East Division Retro Jerseys

As the league approaches the 100th Grey Cup, the CFL celebrated the 1960s with all eight teams wearing retro-themed uniforms from that era at different points in the season. All teams wore their retro uniforms in Week 3.[8] The Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Calgary Stampeders were the only teams to wear both home and away retro uniforms, while the remaining teams wore one set of uniforms. The BC Lions wore their black alternate jerseys in combination with their retro pants and helmets for a "retro look," but did not introduce new home retro jerseys.

Records and milestones

Regular season

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

Teams in bold are currently in playoff positions.

Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Montreal Alouettes 18 15 3 0 600 324 30 Details
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 9 9 0 449 428 18 Details
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 7 11 0 386 508 14 Details
Toronto Argonauts 18 3 15 0 328 502 6 Details
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 10 7 1 514 484 21 Details
Calgary Stampeders 18 10 7 1 514 443 21 Details
Edmonton Eskimos 18 9 9 0 469 502 18 Details
BC Lions 18 8 10 0 431 502 16 Details

Notes

Grey Cup playoffs

Main article: 97th Grey Cup

The Montreal Alouettes were the 2009 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 28–27 on a field goal by Damon Duval at Calgary's McMahon Stadium on the last play of the game. It was the first Grey Cup for the Alouettes since 2002. Alouettes' runningback Avon Cobourne was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player, and slotback, Ben Cahoon was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

November 15: Division Semifinals November 22: Division Finals November 29: 97th Grey Cup
McMahon Stadium – Calgary
W4 BC Lions 18
W4 BC Lions 34* E1 Montreal Alouettes 56
E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 27 E1 Montreal Alouettes 28
W1 Saskatchewan Roughriders 27
W2 Calgary Stampeders 17
W3 Edmonton Eskimos 21 W1 Saskatchewan Roughriders 27
W2 Calgary Stampeders 24

*-Team won in Overtime.

CFL Leaders

2009 CFL All-Stars

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams

2009 Western All-Stars

Western offence[edit]

Western defence[edit]

Western special teams

2009 Eastern All-Stars

Eastern offence[edit]

Eastern defence[edit]

Eastern special teams

2009 CFLPA Pro Player All-Stars

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

Head coach[edit]

2009 Gibson's Finest CFL Awards

References

  1. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/article/let-the-2009-season-begin Archived 2012-09-16 at the Wayback Machine Let the 2009 season begin
  2. ^ "CFL to kick off on Canada Day". CFL.ca. 2009-02-03. Archived from the original on 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  3. ^ Naylor, David."Ex-NFLer wants CFL to expand to U.S." Globe and Mail. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  4. ^ Huras, Adam (2009-02-10). "Officials keen on CFL games in Moncton". Telegraph-Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  5. ^ Hornby, Lance (2009-06-10). "CFL goes to high-tech reviews". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  6. ^ "CFL Launches its Command Centre". CFL.ca. 2009-06-26. Archived from the original on 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  7. ^ The Canadian Press (2009-03-18). "Winnipeg to host Hall of Fame Induction Weekend". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  8. ^ "Retro Schedule | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". Archived from the original on 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  9. ^ "CFLapedia".