1944 in Canadian football

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Canadian football news in 1944

The WIFU and the IRFU suspended operations for the duration of World War II.

In late August, the Winnipeg Rugby Club (aka Blue Bombers) suspended operations for the 1944 season. The team loaned its equipment to local high schools.[1]

The Regina Roughriders disbanded in early October. Unlike the previous season, the 1944 Roughriders did not have servicemen available to the team. Regular practices were conducted but the team gave up on the season when they failed to recruit enough civilian men to field a team.[2]

Regular season

Final regular season standings

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

Western Interprovincial Football Union

  • NO LEAGUE PLAY

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union

  • NO LEAGUE PLAY
Ontario Armed Services Football League
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hagersville RCAF Flying Tigers 6 4 1 1 74 46 9
Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs 6 4 2 0 80 54 8
Camp Borden RCAF Hurricanes 6 3 2 1 94 57 7
St. Thomas Hornets 6 0 6 0 18 109 0
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Flying Wildcats 6 5 1 0 102 28 10
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 6 4 2 0 105 33 8
Ottawa Trojans 6 3 3 0 74 74 6
Toronto Indians 6 0 6 0 19 168 0
Quebec Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 4 3 1 0 58 18 6
McGill 4 2 2 0 29 53 4
Verdun 4 1 3 0 17 33 2
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
Manitoba Inter-Services Rugby League
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
No.3 Wireless School Bombers (Winnipeg) 4 4 0 0 58 16 8
No.1 Central Navigation School Pathfinders (Rivers) 4 3 1 0 62 16 6
Army Grenades (Camp Shilo) 4 2 2 0 53 47 4
No.18 Service Flying Training School Hurricanes (Gimli) 4 1 3 0 36 66 2
No.3 Bombing & Gunnery Mustangs (MacDonald) 4 0 4 0 12 76 0

Navy and Armed Services playoffs

OASFL Final
Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs vs. Hagersville RCAF Flying Tigers @ Toronto
Date - -
Nov. 11 Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs 20 Hagersville RCAF Flying Tigers 1
All Navy Semi-Final
St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy vs. Halifax Navy Stadaconnas @ Montreal
Date - -
Nov. 11 Halifax Navy Stadaconnas 0 St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 13
All Navy Final
St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy vs. Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs @ Montreal
Date - -
Nov. 18 Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs 12 St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 1
  • The Navy playoffs did not affect the Grey Cup playoffs. The Grey Cup was played between the ORFU winners (Hamilton) and the QRFU winners (St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy) despite the Toronto Navy team beating the QRFU champions. The OSFL did not participate in the Grey Cup playoffs.

Manitoba Inter-Services Rugby League

MISRL Semi-Final
Rivers Pathfinders vs. Army Grenades @ Winnipeg
Date Away Home
October 25 No.1 CNS Rivers Pathfinders 15 Army Grenades 5
[3]
MISRL Finals – Game 1
Rivers Pathfinders vs. Winnipeg Bombers @ Winnipeg
Date Away Home
October 28 No.1 CNS Rivers Pathfinders 7 No.3 Wireless School Bombers 11
[4]
MISRL Finals – Game 2
Rivers Pathfinders vs. Winnipeg Bombers @ Winnipeg
Date Away Home
November 11 No.1 CNS Rivers Pathfinders 5 No.3 Wirelss School Bombers 15
[5]
  • Bombers won the total-point series by 26-12. The MISRL did not compete for the Grey Cup.

Ontario Rugby Football League playoffs

ORFU Final
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Hamilton Flying Wildcats
Date Away Home
Nov. 11 Hamilton Flying Wildcats 13 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 4
ORFU Final
Hamilton Flying Wildcats @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
Date Away Home
Nov. 18 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 6 Hamilton Flying Wildcats 0
  • Hamilton will play the St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy in the Grey Cup.

Grey Cup Championship

November 25

32nd Annual Grey Cup Game: A.A.A. Grounds - Hamilton, Ontario

St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 7 Hamilton Flying Wildcats 6
St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy are the 1944 Grey Cup Champions

1944 Ontario Armed Services Football League All-Stars

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1944 Canadian Football Awards

References

  1. ^ http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspapers/WPT/1944/08/25/articles/125.pdf/iarchives
  2. ^ http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspapers/WPT/1944/10/03/articles/132.xml/iarchives?query=roughriders%2BAND%2Bdoctype%3Anewspapers%2BAND%2Byear%3A1944
  3. ^ http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspapers/WPT/1944/10/26/articles/156.xml/iarchives
  4. ^ http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspapers/WPT/1944/10/30/articles/183.xml/iarchives
  5. ^ http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspapers/WPT/1944/11/13/articles/127.xml/iarchives
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