1934 in Canadian football

Last updated
1934 in Canadian football
East Champions Sarnia Imperials
West Champions Regina Roughriders
22nd Grey Cup
ChampionsSarnia Imperials
  1933 Canadian Football Seasons 1935  

Canadian Football News in 1934

The Sarnia Imperials, who won nine-straight Ontario Rugby Football Union titles from 1931 to 1939, won its first Grey Cup title against the Regina Roughriders, who were playing in their seventh final in 12 years. It was the last time the Regina Roughriders made it to the Grey Cup until 1951. In its first seven trips, Regina was outscored by the opposition 176-27. [1]

The Sarnia Imperials were a football team from Sarnia, Ontario and a member of the Ontario Rugby Football Union, a league that preceded the Canadian Football League and contested for the Grey Cup until 1955. In their history, the Imperials appeared in three Grey Cup championship games, winning twice in 1934 and in 1936.

The Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) was an early amateur Canadian football league. As its name implies, it comprised teams in the Canadian province of Ontario. The ORFU was founded in 1883 and in 1903 became the first major competition to adopt the Burnside rules, from which the modern Canadian football code would evolve.

Grey Cup Championship game and trophy of the Canadian Football League

The Grey Cup is the name of both the championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the trophy awarded to the victorious team playing in the namesake championship of professional Canadian football. It is contested between the winners of the CFL's East and West Divisional playoffs and is one of Canadian television's largest annual sporting events. The Toronto Argonauts have the most Grey Cup wins (17) since its introduction in 1909, while the Edmonton Eskimos have the most Grey Cup wins (11) since the creation of the professional CFL in 1958. The latest, the 106th Grey Cup, took place in Edmonton, Alberta, on November 25, 2018, when the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 27–16.


Eastern Intercollegiate Union formally withdrew from Grey Cup competition.

The horn was introduced to officiating.

Regular season

Final regular season standings

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

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Hamilton Tigers 631247398
Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 632154427
Toronto Argonauts 632151387
Ottawa Rough Riders 615034672
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Sarnia Imperials 66001372812
St. Michael's College 642051568
Hamilton Tiger Cubs624041934
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 606032840

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Manitoba Rugby Football Union
University of Manitoba Bisons20204350
Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Regina Roughriders66001562512
Moose Jaw Miller642049588
Saskatoon Hilltops614127823
University of Saskatchewan Huskies605123901
Alberta Rugby Football Union
University of Alberta Golden Bears440043178
Calgary Altomahs *312031282
Lethbridge Bulldogs *303012410

* Final League game cancelled

League Champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
IRFU Hamilton Tigers
WCRFU Regina Roughriders
CIRFU Queen's University
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
MRFU Winnipeg Pegs
SRFU Regina Roughriders
ARFU University of Alberta
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas

Grey Cup Playoffs

Note: All dates in 1934

CIRFU Finals

Queen's University 8 University of Toronto 7

Semi Finals

Western Semi-Final 1
November 1 University of Alberta Golden Bears 0Vancouver Meralomas 5
November 3 University of Alberta Golden Bears 6Vancouver Meralomas 8
Western Semi-Final 2
November 3 Winnipeg 'Pegs 0 Regina Roughriders 8


Western Finals Game 1 & 2
November 10 Regina Roughriders 22Vancouver Meralomas 2
November 12 Regina Roughriders 7Vancouver Meralomas 2
Eastern Final
November 17 Sarnia Imperials 11 Hamilton Tigers 4
  • Sarnia advances to the Grey Cup game.

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
No game
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 11
IRFU Hamilton Tigers 4
No game
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 20
SRFU Regina Roughriders 12
ARFU University of Alberta 0-6
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas 5-8
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas 2-2
SRFU Regina Roughriders 22-7
SRFU Regina Roughriders 8
MRFU Winnipeg Pegs 0

Grey Cup Championship

November 24

22nd Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

Regina Roughriders 12 Sarnia Imperials 20
The Sarnia Imperials are the 1934 Grey Cup Champions

1934 Eastern (Combined IRFU & ORFU) All-Stars selected by Canadian Press

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

1st Team

Wesley "Wes" Cutler was a star football player in the Canadian Football League for six seasons for the Toronto Argonauts. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

Tommy Burns was a Canadian football player. He was an all-star and Grey Cup champion in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and the Ontario Rugby Football Union, playing from 1931 to 1941.

2nd Team

Norman (Norm) Perry was a star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union for the Sarnia Imperials for eight seasons. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

Abe Eliowitz was a star football player in American college football and in the days before the Canadian Football League. He also played college baseball.

Syd "Professor" Reynolds was an offensive end in the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

1934 Ontario Rugby Football Union 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.

Ormond Beach was a star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union for four seasons for the Sarnia Imperials. Beach, who led the Imperials to Grey Cup victories in 1934 and 1936, died at the age of 27 in an industrial accident. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

John G. Metras was a Canadian football player who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He won the Grey Cup with them in 1965. He previously played football at the University of Western Ontario, where his father Johnny Metras coached. John G. Metras graduated from Western Ontario in 1964 with a LL.B. degree and was called to the bar in 1966. His father was later inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1980 as a builder. John Metras, Jr. was inducted into the Western Ontario Wall of Champions in 2013. He currently works as a lawyer.

1934 Canadian Football Awards

The Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy is a Canadian football award recognizing the most outstanding football player of the Quebec Student Sport Federation (RESQ)

Albert George "Ab" Box was a Canadian professional football halfback, quarterback and punter.

Related Research Articles

Canadian Football Hall of Fame Canadian football museum in Ontario, Canada.

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit corporation, located in Hamilton, Ontario, that celebrates great achievements in Canadian football. It is maintained by the Canadian Football League (CFL). It includes displays about the CFL, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history.

Teams from the WIFU and IRFU are restricted to a maximum of five imports and players who had lived in Canada for one full year were eligible to play in the Grey Cup game. The IRFU chose to adopt the rule for its regular season while the WIFU elected to ignore the rule.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers played in their third consecutive Grey Cup final. A last-second rouge gave Winnipeg its second title in five years.

The only two-game total point series in Grey Cup history was played between the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers. It was Ottawa's first Grey Cup championship since the Senators won back-to-back titles in 1925 and 1926. It was Balmy Beach's fourth and final appearance at a Grey Cup, winning two times in four opportunities.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were once again permitted to challenge for the Grey Cup following a rule dispute a year earlier. In a meeting of the previous two Grey Cup champions, the Blue Bombers prevailed, sending the coveted mug west for the third time.

Football returned to relative normal in 1945 following the conclusion of World War II. Two rivals from the pre-war years met once again in the annual Grey Cup, but on this occasion, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were no match for the Toronto Argonauts. For Winnipeg, it was the worst loss by a western team in the Grey Cup since 1923 when Queen's University routed the Regina Roughriders 54-0.

For the first time in Grey Cup history, the same two teams challenged for the trophy for the third consecutive year. But unlike the previous two years, the Toronto Argonauts needed some late game heroics to win their third consecutive title.

The Calgary Stampeders had an opportunity to defend their Grey Cup title in 1949, but the Montreal Alouettes returned the trophy to Quebec for just the third time in its history.

After a 17-year absence, the Saskatchewan Roughriders returned to the Grey Cup final. Their losing streak in the big game continued, however, as it was the other Rough Riders that took home the prize.

The Toronto Argonauts faced the Edmonton Eskimos in the Grey Cup. Although the Argos would hold on to win the game and their 10th Grey Cup championship, an Argo would not sip from the silver mug again until 1983.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the annual Grey Cup in 1953.

The Edmonton Eskimos upset the Montreal Alouettes to send the Grey Cup trophy back west for the first time since 1948.

The Edmonton Eskimos defeat the Montreal Alouettes in the first Grey Cup held in the west.


  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1934". CFL.ca. 2005-10-08. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  2. 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN   978-0-9739425-4-5, p.293
  3. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19341112&printsec=frontpage The Montreal Gazette – November 12, 1934 – pg. 14