In 1962, the CFL's first All-Canadian team was selected by the Canadian Press (by coaches and sports writers in league cities, tallied by the CP). It consisted of 24 players, 12 each on offence and defence. Previously, the CP selected All-Star teams independently for each league (the IRFU and WIFU), which continued as those leagues formed conferences in the CFL. It wasn't until the fifth year (seventh if you count the formation of the CFC) of the combined league that a league wide team was selected, one year after the start of inter-divisional play. Starting in 1963, selection of the Divisional and All-Canadian teams was assumed by the Football Reporters of Canada.
Besides changes in the names and ratio of positions selected, the team makeup stayed largely the same for 24 years. In 1977, two special teams positions were added (a Kicker and a Punter), with a third special teams position added in 1986 for a coverage or return specialist.
The Canadian Press first selected an All-Star team for the IRFU in 1932, consisting of twelve players reflecting the two-way play of the game at the time, not expanding the team to offence and defence positions until 1953. The WIFU had their first team selected in 1937, in their second year of existence, and they too saw the team expanded to twenty-four selections in 1953.
The Canadian Press also selected all-star teams for the ORFU and collegiate ranks in the 1930's, and an All-Eastern team would be selected from these teams. Only the IRFU teams are listed here, but in the future CFLdb may expand to include these additional league and combined teams.
Positions on the all-star squads have evolved with the game. CFLdb presents the players using the names of the positions as published as much as possible, and does not convert them to modern positions.
|Player||Seasons||All-Canadian Selections||Division Selections|
|Jerry “Soupy” Campbell||11||7||7|
|Tommy Joe Coffey||14||7||7|
|Bill Frank, Jr.||15||7||7|
|Team||All-Canadian Selections||Division Selections|
|1||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||218||510|
|11||San Antonio Texans||5||7|
|13||Memphis Mad Dogs||1||4|