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I am expecting the CFL teams to continue to use an abundance of alternate helmet designs during the 2012 season and reports of these would be appreciated. Saskatchewan and Edmonton have apparently already used alternate designs for at least one game, while Hamilton and Winnipeg both apparently have new "primary" helmet designs for 2012.

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Historical Helmets (currently active teams)


c.mid 1950s - 1961 c.1962 - 1966;
2009 (some games)
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1968 - 1970; 1972? - ? c.1970s c.1980s
*see note 3 below
1990? - 1995 2003 1996 - 2004
*see note 4 below
August 19, 2005;
August 4, 2006
2006 - 2007 October 28, 2006
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below *see note 7 below
October 9, 2008 July 10, 2010;
July 16, 2010
August 7, 2010;
August 27, 2010;
September 11, 2010
*see note 8 below *see note 9 below *see note 10 below
September 10, 2011 2005 -
*see note 11 below

I believe that the helmets shown above represent most of the historical designs for the Lions for the period covered by this site (1960 to present), but there may be some other stripe variations for some of these helmets, particularly during the 1960s.

*1 The "paw" logo is visible on helmets in photographs from at least as early as the 1962 season. This design was used as a "throwback" helmet for the following games in 2009: July 16 (at Edmonton); July 24 (vs Calgary); August 7 (vs Saskatchewan); September 13 (at Montreal); and November 6 (vs Edmonton).

*2 I have received conflicting information as to when this helmet design was used, but I now believe rather strongly that 1971 is most likely the correct year. The helmet logo is composed of three "C"s with their "backs" to each other; these stand for "Canadian Confederation Centennial". The year 1971 was the centennial of British Columbia's entry into the Canadian Confederacy. The small white flower (not a star) at the center of the design represents that of the Pacific dogwood, British Columbia's provincial flower.

*3 It has been reported to me that, in 1967, the Lions used a version of this logo with the letters "BC" in black rather than white; I would appreciate a clear photograph of this alleged version.

*4 This special design was first used during the Lions' home game against Winnipeg on June 20, 2003, as part of the team's observance of its 50th anniversary.

*5 This helmet was worn during a home game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2005, and during a home game against Edmonton in 2006.

*6 This design was apparently first used October 6, 2006 during a home game against Calgary, and was used again vs. Montreal during the 94th Grey Cup game (November 19, 2006). A visitor to this web site has reported that it may have been used for an additional game or two in 2006. I believe that it was used for a number of games in 2007, also, with the playoff game vs Sakatchewan being one specific occasion.

*7 This design was used during a home game against Winnipeg in 2006.

*8 A special helmet design was worn in 2008 as a tribute to former team president Bob Ackles, who died on July 6, 2008.

*9 Worn during home games vs Saskatchewan and Montreal in 2010.

*10 Worn during home games vs Calgary, Calgary again, and Toronto during the 2010 season.

*11 Worn during a home game against Toronto.


1960 - 1961 1962? - 1967? 1968 - ?
c.1970s ? - 1988 1989 - 1994
September 5, 2003 July 17, 2009;
September 11, 2009
August 15, 2010;
October 22, 2010
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
2011 (road games) 1995 -

Until the 2003 season, the Stampeders had used the "galloping horse" logo for at least thirty years or so, always on red helmet shells, and there may have been some other stripe variations besides those shown here, but I believe that the helmets shown above are a nearly complete set for Calgary for the period covered by this site (1960 to present). I have received a report that the team used a white star logo on red helmet shells during the late 1950s, and possibly as late as 1960.

*1 Worn in games vs Toronto and at Edmonton during the 2009 season.

*2 Worn in home games vs Edmonton and British Columbia during the 2010 season.


c.early 1960s c.1970s - c.1980s c.1980s - c.1990s
August 9, 2003 September 1, 2008;
September 5, 2008
July 3, 2008 -
November 15, 2008
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below *see note 3 below
2009 (some games) August 6, 2010 1996 - June 28, 2008;
2009 -
*see note 4 below

The Eskimos apparently used plain gold helmets during the early 1960s, before adopting some version of the "EE" logo in 1967 (or perhaps as early as 1964, according to other reports that I have received) for the first time. I would appreciate some clear photographs of the Eskimos helmets from the 1960s (not photographs of "mini-helmets", please).

Earlier here I had noted that I had received a color photograph from 1961 that seemed to imply that the Eskimos were using silver helmets rather than gold ones; however, I have subsequently received a better photograph from the 1960 Grey Cup game which clearly shows the team using gold helmet shells.

*1 A special helmet design was used for one game in 2003 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Eskimos' home field, Commonwealth Stadium.

*2 "The Edmonton Eskimos will sport a new look for a good cause on [September 1, 2008] in the Labour Day Classic and for The Rematch [September 5, 2008] at Commonwealth Stadium. In celebration of the club’s 60th season, the Esks will take to the field in a special edition green helmet that will feature the iconic double “E” logo and green facemask.. A limited number of helmets will be auctioned off online with the proceeds going to the Eskimo Women’s Dinner in support of ovarian cancer research at the Lois Hole Hospital in Edmonton" (source: team's web site). Edmonton's opponent in both these games was Calgary.

*3 A special logo commemorating the team's 60th season was worn in 2008 beginning with Edmonton's second game, a home game against Calgary; the logo contains the text "60 SEASONS", "EDMONTON ESKIMOS", "1949", and "2008". The team used this design through the end of the season, with the exception of the two games during which green helmets were used.

*4 Worn during the 2010 home game against Toronto.


? - 1964; c.late 1960s 1965? - 1967? 1967
c.late 1960s - c.1971? c.1970s ? - 1984;
August 7, 2010
*see note 1 below
1985 - 1989? 1990? - 2002 2003 - 2004
September 4, 2006 July 18, 2009 September 7(?), 2009
2005 - 2011 2012 -

I have received a great deal of conflicting information regarding the specific dates of use for the various historical Tiger-Cats helmets, but the actual use of each of the designs shown here at some point in the past has at least been verified with photographic evidence. It is possible that two or more of these designs were used in some individual years, particularly during the 1960s and early 1970s.

*1 The "?-1984" design was brought back for use during a 2010 home game against Winnipeg.

MONTREAL ALOUETTES including Montreal Concordes

1960 - 1969 1970 - 1973 1974
1975 - 1981;
August 6, 2010
1982 1983 - 1985
*see note 1 below
1986 1996 - 1997? September 13, 2009;
additional games 2009
October 29, 2010;
November 7, 2010
1998? -
*see note 2 below

The original Montreal Alouettes, the Montreal Concordes, and the "new" Montreal Alouettes are considered to be one franchise for historical purposes by the team, despite the name changes and the nine-year absence of a team in Montreal from 1987 through 1995. The original Alouettes folded after the 1981 season, but were resurrected soon thereafter as the Montreal Concordes, who played from 1982 through 1985. The team name was changed back to Alouettes for the 1986 season, but the team folded again just before the 1987 season was to begin. When the Baltimore Stallions franchise relocated to Montreal for the 1996 season, the name Alouettes was resurrected for a second time (but the Stallions records are exempted from the Alouettes historical records).

*1 The 1975 - 1981 design was brought back for use during a 2010 home game against Saskatchewan.

*2 Worn during consecutive games at Toronto and home vs Toronto during the 2010 season.


1960? - 1964 1965 1966 - ?
*see note 1 below
? - 1984;
nine games in 2010
1985 - 1994 September 3, 2007
*see note 2 below
1995 - 2007 2009 (some games) 2008 - 2009
July 17, 2010 June 29, 2012 2010 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below

*1 A special logo was worn in 1965 recognizing the 60th anniversary of Saskatchewan's provincehood. The logo includes text reading "SASKATCHEWAN DIAMOND JUBILEE" (in yellow letters on the black circle) and "1905-1965" (on the white "banner" at the bottom of the logo).

*2 The "?-1984" design was brought back for use during the following games of the 2010 season: July 17 (vs Edmonton), August 6 (at Montreal), August 12 (vs British Columbia), August 28 (at Edmonton), September 5 (vs Winnipeg), October 31 (at British Columbia), November 6 (vs Edmonton), November 14 (first-round playoff game vs British Columbia), November 21 (conference championship game at Calgary), and November 28 (vs Montreal in 98th Grey Cup Game at Edmonton).

*3 This design was worn with the team's "Centennial Jerseys" during a 2010 season home game against Edmonton. The Roughriders' team colors were black and burgundy from 1912 through 1947.

*4 Worn at Hamilton during the first regular season game of 2012.


c.1960 c.1964 c.1965
c.late 1960s c.early 1970s c.mid 1970s
1976 - ? ? - 1988 1989 - 1990
*see note 1 below
1991 - 1994 1995 - 2004 2005
September 12, 2008;
October 10, 2008
2009 (some games) August 14, 2010;
October 29, 2010
*see note 2 below
2009 -

During the 1960s, possibly as many as three (or more) different earlier versions of the "football ship" logo were used on white helmets; shown here is the only photograph of any of these that I have received so far. I would like to get a copy of the logo used on this helmet, in addition to photographs of the other "football ship" helmets from the 1960s (not photographs of mini-helmets, please!).

*1 The logo used on this helmet was supposedly modified gradually during the years when it was used (some "shading" and "white accents" were eventually added to the original version, according to one report that I received).

*2 Worn during two home games against Montreal in 2010.


1962 - ? c.1960s? - c.1970s?;
August 13, 2010;
some games in 2011
c.1970s? - 1994?
*see note 1 below
1995? - 1997 1998 - 2004 October 10, 2005;
November 25, 2007;
July 2, 2010;
November 5, 2010
*see note 2 below
September 12, 2008;
October 10, 2008
2009 (some games) August 15, 2009
*see note 3 below
2005 - 2011 2012 -

The Blue Bombers apparently used at least one or two other helmet designs during the very early 1960s: during at least the 1961 season, the helmets were royal blue with white "lightning bolts" (and possibly white uniform numerals, also); this design may also have been used in 1960, or else the team may have been using just the white numerals that year without the bolts. I would appreciate some clear photographs from the 1960 and 1961 seasons.

*1 The 1970s helmet design was brought back for use August 13, 2010 (vs Hamilton), July 8, 2011 (vs Toronto), and July 14, 2011 (vs Calgary).

*2 This design was worn during a 2005 home game against British Columbia, during the Grey Cup game vs Saskatchewan at the end of the 2007 season, and during 2010 home games against Hamilton and Calgary.

*3 Worn during the 2009 home game against Montreal.

Historical Helmets(defunct teams)


2002 - 2005


1960 1961 1962 - 1963
1964 - 1965 c.1976 - 1982? 1983? - 1987?
1988? - 1991 1992? - 1993 1994
1995 - 1996


1994 - 1995








1993 - 1994 1995


1994 - 1995

This team may have also used black faceguards during part of its brief history. The few photographs that I have seen are not particularly clear one way or the other, although I do have one that certainly seems to indicate purple rather than black. Clear photographs of actual helmets would be appreciated.