An imposing defensive end, Ah You played 130 games for the Alouettes from 1972 to 1981. He was an East Division All-Star at defensive end five times: 1974,1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980, and All-Canadian in 1976 and 1979. Ah You played in five Grey Cup games and was part of the Alouettes’ 1974 and 1977 championship teams.
President and director of the four-time Grey Cup champion Ottawa Football Club, Berger purchased the Alouettes in 1969, revitalizing the franchise. Under Berger, the Alouettes won the Grey Cup in 1970, 1974 and 1977. He twice served as president of the CFL in 1964 and 1971, and was instrumental in drafting the league’s first television contract.
Montrealer Wally Buono, who is currently the Vice-President and General Manager of the B.C. Lions, has been inducted as a builder. Buono played ten seasons as a linebacker and a punter with the Alouettes. He played in 152 career games, winning the Grey Cup twice in 1974 and 1977. He began his coaching career with the Montreal Concordes as an assistant coach in 1983. His 254 wins and five Grey Cup victories as a head coach make him the all-time leader in CFL history.
Ben Cahoon played all of his 13 seasons as a slotback in the CFL with the Alouettes, becoming at the time the league’s all-time pass receptions leader at home on October 11, 2010 against the Calgary Stampeders, catching his 1,007th career pass and surpassing Terry Vaughn prior to retiring that off-season as a Grey Cup champion.
The slotback’s sure hands and reliable route running helped him and quarterback Anthony Calvillo pair-up to become one of the league’s best pass-and-catch duos over the years. Remembered for routinely making highlight-reel plays across his 224-game career, Cahoon recorded 1,017 receptions over 13 seasons for totals of 13,301 career yards and 65 touchdowns.
The three-time Grey Cup winner was at the top of his game when the stakes were the highest, being voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in two Grey Cup appearances in 2003 and 2009 as well as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in both the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He is the Grey Cup’s all-time leading receiver with 46 career receptions and 658 receiving yards in the league’s championship game.
As Director of Athletics and the head football coach at Bishop’s University from 1961 to 1990, Coulter amassed a 137-80-2 record, putting him second all-time among CIS coaches. The Gaiters playing field has been renamed Coulter Field and the Bruce Coulter Award is presented annually to the outstanding offensive or defensive player at the Vanier Cup. This honour was named after him since he played both defensive back and back-up quarterback with the Alouettes from 1948 to 1957.
He held the Alouettes’ all-time record with 14 seasons played with the team from 1968 to 1981. A tight end, he led the team in receiving five times and is second in Als history with 54 touchdown catches. He is third in Alouettes’ history in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Dalla Riva was selected to the 1972, 1975 and 1976 East Division All-Star teams and the 1972, 1973 and 1975 All- Canadian teams. He played in six Grey Cup games, winning three with the Als.
Winner of the Schenley Award as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1962, running back Dixon averaged 6.3 yards per carry over seven seasons with the Alouettes. Following a series of injuries, he retired in 1965.
Known as “The Rifle,” he set numerous passing records over nine seasons with the Alouettes, passing for 30,030 yards and 186 touchdowns. He was rewarded for his outstanding play with the 1954 Schenley Award as the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Player.
A sure-handed receiver, Evanshen spent 14 seasons with Montreal, Calgary, Hamilton and Toronto, catching 600 passes for 9,697 yards and 80 touchdowns. He won the Schenley Award in 1967 and 1971 as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian, while earning division All- Star honours six times and one All-Canadian selection.
Gaines joined the Als in 1961 as a wing back on offence and a defensive halfback. He was traded in 1962 to the Ottawa Rough Riders, where he played until 1969. He returned to the Alouettes in 1970 in the dual role of defensive back / secondary coach which he held through the 1976 season. Gaines played 217 games, including 161 consecutively over a 16-year span. He won four Grey Cups. Gaines was a five-time East Division All-Star and three-time CFL All-Star defensive back.
In 69 games with Montreal from 1970 to 1974, George established himself as aleader on the offensive line. He was part of the 1970 Grey Cup championship team in his rookie campaign. He was named the Alouettes’ Most Outstanding Player in his third season in 1972.
Gorrell’s 19-year career as an offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League spanned from 1978 to 1996 and landed him with the Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers as well as the Montreal Concordes.
The Edmonton, AB native first arrived in Montreal in 1982 and played for the Concordes for the next four seasons, picking up East Division All-Star honours in 1983 and 1984.
He is best remembered as an excellent offensive lineman with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he won his only Grey Cup in 1986, although he appeared in two more Grey Cups with Winnipeg.
In 1999, Ham became the second quarterback in CFL history, after Damon Allen, to reach 8,000 career rushing yards and the fifth player to surpass 40,000 passing yards. He retired fifth in league history with 40,534 passing yards. In four seasons as the Alouettes’ starting pivot, he played 71 games, completing 896 passes on 1,396 attempts for 11,442 yards, 83 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. He also recorded 1,777 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 255 carries. He won the Grey Cup as a rookie in 1987 with Edmonton and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1989.
The legendary defensive back played 134 games in 10 seasons in Montreal, starting in 1972 with the Alouettes. A splendid punt returner, he remains the club’s all-time interception leader with 38 and holds the record for the longest interception return at 118 yards. Harris was a seven-time division All-Star from 1973 to 1979 and All-Canadian defensive back from 1974 to 1980. He won two Grey Cups (1974 and 1977).
Hayman devoted five decades of his life to football in Canada. As a 25-year-old in 1933, he coached in his first of five Grey Cup victories, as Toronto edged Sarnia 4-3. Hayman was a perfect 5-0 in Grey Cup games as a head coach, including the Alouettes’ 1949 victory. He coached the Alouettes for six seasons, compiling a 37-33-2 regular-season record and a 4-2 playoff mark.
Luster began his career with the Montreal Alouettes in 1961, then joined the Toronto Argonauts during the 1964 season and played there until 1972. He rejoined the Alouettes for the final two years of his career, 1973 and 1974. He was an eight-time East Division All-Star. His final CFL game was Montreal’s 1974 Grey Cup win. In a show of great respect, Montreal head coach Marv Levy dressed Luster for the 1974 Grey Cup championship even though he had not played since the 11th game of the regular season.
Matthews was the Alouettes’ head coach from 2002 to 2006, recording 58 regular season wins and 28 losses, five playoffs wins and two losses as well as four East Division titles. He led the team to three Grey Cup games, winning the championship in 2002 and bringing back the historic trophy to Montreal for the first time in 25 years. He was also named the 2002 CFL Coach of the Year. “The Don” is currently second in CFL history with 231 career wins, having also coached the BC Lions (1983-1987), Toronto Argonauts (1990, 1996-1998, 2008), Saskatchewan Roughriders (1991-1993), Baltimore Stallions (1994-1995) and Edmonton Eskimos (1999-2000). He holds the CFL record with nine Grey Cup appearances and is tied for first with five wins. He also won five consecutive Grey Cups between 1978 and 1982 as the Eskimos’ defensive coordinator. He is the only coach to win the Grey Cup in four different decades.
Murphy was the Alouettes’ offensive coordinator during the Grey Cup year of 1977. He went on to play an important role with the Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Uzooma Okeke played 13 seasons in the CFL, spending the final 10 years of his on-field career in Montreal from 1997 to 2006, playing in five Grey Cups with the Alouettes in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, returning the trophy to the city for the first time in over 25 years in 2002.
A seven-time CFL and East Division All-Star, the native of Beaumont, TX was also named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1999 and the East Division’s top lineman on three separate occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2004. Over the course of his career, he protected two of the CFL’s all-time greatest quarterbacks in Anthony Calvillo and Tracy Ham.
He began his career with the Shreveport Pirates in 1994, playing two seasons in the Port City before moving to the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1996.
A five-time East Division All-Star, O’Quinn set numerous receiving records with the Montreal Alouettes, although statistical records are not available for the 1952 and 1953 seasons. Over the six following years, O’Quinn averaged 62.8 receptions.
Prince Hal provided CFL fans with 14 outstanding seasons. The Alouette receiver played from 1953-60. The charismatic Patterson scored 75 touchdowns over his splendid career.
Payton finished his 14-year CFL career in second place in league history with 143 career sacks and sixth for most sacks in a season with 22, which he accomplished in 1993 during his first tour of duty with Winnipeg. He also tied a league record on July 22, 1999, with five sacks in the game. Named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2002, Payton was a five-time CFL All-Star and a seven-time divisionAll-Star. He won two Grey Cups (Winnipeg 1990, Baltimore 1995) and was chosen to the Alouettes’ Team of the Decade in 2005. He played 62 games with Montreal between 1996 and 1999, setting a team record with 52 sacks and recording 145 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, 26 tackles for losses of 64 yards, and 19 knockdowns.
Mike Pringle dominated the CFL over his career, re-writing the team and league record books, breaking almost every rushing mark possible. He won three Grey Cups, including once with the Alouettes in 2002. Among Pringle’s most remarkable records are the CFL marks for most career rushing yards (16,425), most rushing yards in a season (2,065), most 100-yard career rushing games (70) and most 100-yard rushing games in a season (14). He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1995 and 1998 and was a CFL All-Star in 1994, ‘95, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘00 and ‘03.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1921, Trawick played at Western Kentucky before joining the Alouettes in 1946. The offensive guard Trawick, fullback John Moody and tackle George Edwards were the first three black players signed by the Montreal Alouettes Football Club during the same era in which Jackie Robinson played baseball in Montreal for the Royals, a farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Trawick had his moment of glory in the 1949 Grey Cup game in Toronto when he forced a fumble by Calgary quarterback Keith Spaith, picked up the ball and ran for his lone career touchdown. He retired in 1957 after 12 years. His jersey was retired in 1970.
Vercheval was a seven-time division All-Star and sixtime league All-Star in 14 years in the CFL. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Player in 1999 and the league’s top lineman in 2000. He played in 212 regular season games, 13 playoff games and four Grey Cups. In 2001, he became the first Quebecer to play over 200 CFL games. He played his last four seasons with the Alouettes.
An original Alouette, he played from 1946 to 1954 but the absence of statistics during that time does not allow us to truly measure Wagner’s greatness. A four-time East Division All-Star, the halfback won four scoring titles, sharing one with Joe Krol.
Weir joined the Alouettes in 1972 and rarely missed a game over his career. He played 203 games over 13 seasons in Montreal.
A six-time East Division All-Star he was also a threetime CFL All-Star and was chosen the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 1977. The defensive tackle played in five Grey Cups, including championship wins in 1974 and 1977 and was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the 1977 title game.
Wetenhall held an instrumental role in the rebirth of the Montreal Alouettes, the franchise’s business administrations, football operations, and community involvement. His desire to return CFL football to Montreal coupled with his drive to develop a winning culture are the reasons the team has enjoyed success both on and off the field since the team’s move from Baltimore. At the turn of the century, the Alouettes dynasty was in full force, on the strength of eight Grey Cup appearances and three championship wins. In his 18 seasons as the club’s steward, the Alouettes have finished in first place in the East Division on ten separate occasions while never missing the playoffs.
Yochum joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1972 as an offensive tackle. He played in Montreal through 1980. The cornerstone of a dominant offensive line that was integral to the Als’ success in the 1970s, Yochum was named to the East Division All-Star team each year from 1973 to 1979 and was a four-time CFL All-Star from 1975 to 1978. He won the Schenley Award as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1976. He won Grey Cups in 1974 and 1977 with Montreal and in 1980 with the Edmonton Eskimos.