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1996 Montreal Alouettes season
Head Coach Bob Price
Home Field Olympic Stadium
Results
Record 12–6
Place 2nd, East
Playoff Finish Lost East Final
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The 1996 Montreal Alouettes finished in second place in the East Division with a 12–6 record in the franchise's first full season in the Canadian Football League since 1986. After ten years without a team, the Montreal Alouettes came back, and unlike those lean years from 1981-86, this team was going to be competitive, especially after having won the Grey Cup the previous year as the Baltimore Stallions. They had some nice talented offensive players from that team, such as Tracy Ham, Mike Pringle, kick returner Chris Wright, slotback Chris Armstrong, and two great defensive players in Irvin Smith, and Elfrid Payton. So even after a slow start they rebounded to finish strong and after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, they traveled to Toronto, where they were defeated in the East Final by the eventual Grey Cup champions, the Toronto Argonauts.

OffseasonEdit

Start of a new franchiseEdit

Starting in the 1993 CFL season, the league began expanding into the United States with hopes of boosting revenues and saw five US-based teams in 1995, including the dominant Baltimore Stallions. Prior to the 1996 NFL season, Cleveland Browns owner, Art Modell, announced his intentions to move the Browns to Baltimore, meaning there would be two professional football teams in the city. Stallions owner, Jim Speros, realized that his team could not realistically compete with an NFL team and decided to move the team elsewhere. He looked into moving the team to Richmond, Virginia, but after a deal could not be resolved, he decided to move the team to Montreal, Quebec and usher in the third installment of the Montreal Alouettes.

Stallions General Manager Jim Popp came with Speros to Montreal, but he had to build the team from scratch as all Baltimore players were released from their contracts. He signed future Canadian Football Hall of Fame quarterback Tracy Ham and future hall of fame and all-time leading rusher Mike Pringle, both of whom would play large roles in the success of the franchise. The new Alouettes played their first regular season game on June 27, 1996; almost ten years since their last game in the city of Montreal.

CFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 9 Denis Montana WR Concordia University
2 18 Bryan Chiu DT Washington State
3 27 Adam Cassidy OL Alberta
4 36 Tom Hipsz DE Toronto
6 53 Adrian Rainbow QB British Columbia
7 62 Marc Charles DT Morgan State

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PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Venue Score Result Attendance Record
A June 13 Ottawa Rough Riders Olympic Stadium 38–7 Win 11,215 1–0
B June 20 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium 43–39 Win 16,346 2–0

Regular seasonEdit

Season StandingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 18 15 3 0 556 359 30
Montreal Alouettes 18 12 6 0 536 467 24
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 8 10 0 426 576 16
Ottawa Rough Riders 18 3 15 0 352 524 6

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Season ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Venue Score Result Attendance Record
1 June 27 Toronto Argonauts Olympic Stadium 27–24 Loss 24,653 0–1
2 July 5 Edmonton Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium 16–13 Loss 26,211 0–2
3 July 10 Calgary Stampeders Olympic Stadium 62–22 Loss 19,362 0–3
4 July 19 BC Lions BC Place Stadium 44–24 Win 21,855 1–3
5 July 24 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Olympic Stadium 36–10 Win 20,302 2–3
6 Aug 1 Toronto Argonauts SkyDome 40–31 Loss 20,302 2–4
7 Aug 7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Olympic Stadium 29–22 Win 25,210 3–4
7 Aug 11 Saskatchewan Roughriders Taylor Field 32–20 Win 21,997 4–4
8 Bye
9 Aug 23 Saskatchewan Roughriders Olympic Stadium 23–16 Win 26,511 5–4
10 Aug 30 Ottawa Rough Riders Frank Clair Stadium 17–6 Loss 28,451 5–5
11 Sept 7 BC Lions Olympic Stadium 28–27 Win 15,161 6–5
12 Sept 13 Calgary Stampeders McMahon Stadium 25–23 Win 19,196 7–5
13 Bye
14 Sept 29 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium 39–38 Loss 17,740 7–6
15 Oct 4 Edmonton Eskimos Olympic Stadium 32–18 Win 17,886 8–6
16 Oct 14 Ottawa Rough Riders Frank Clair Stadium 25–18 Win 14,080 9–6
17 Oct 19 Ottawa Rough Riders Olympic Stadium 28–21 Win 18,671 10–6
18 Oct 25 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Olympic Stadium 45–41 Win 20,231 11–6
19 Nov 1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Winnipeg Stadium 42–24 Win 25,968 12–6

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RosterEdit

Montreal Alouettes roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Practice Roster

PlayoffsEdit

East Semi-FinalEdit

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Hamilton Tiger-Cats  ?  ?  ?  ? 11
Montreal Alouettes  ?  ?  ?  ? 22

East FinalEdit

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Montreal Alouettes  ?  ?  ?  ? 7
Toronto Argonauts  ?  ?  ?  ? 43

AwardsEdit

1996 CFL All-Star SelectionsEdit

1996 CFL East All-Star SelectionsEdit

1996 Intergold CFLPA All-Star SelectionsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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