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With Canadians serving on battlefields across Europe and the Pacific, the first ever non-civilian Grey Cup took place in 1942. The Toronto RCAF Hurricanes defeated the Winnipeg RCAF Bombers on an icy field at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. [1]


Canadian Football News in 1942

The WIFU and the IRFU suspended operations for the duration of World War II. A couple of military teams based in Toronto, the RCAF Hurricanes and the Navy York Bulldogs joined the regular ORFU teams like Balmy Beach and the Toronto Indians.  The Ottawa Rough Riders continued operation, but as part of the an Ottawa based league. Out West, a three team Winnipeg city league was formed with the Winnipeg Bombers, the University of Manitoba Bisons and a military team called the RCAF Flyers. [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

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union

Ontario Rugby Football Union
Toronto RCAF Hurricanes 108111806117
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 107301258914
Hamilton Wildcats 106401196612
Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs10541944411
Toronto Indians 10370661136
Kitchener-Waterloo Panthers100100212220
Ottawa City Rugby Football Union
Ottawa Rough Riders 431066136
Ottawa RCAF Uplands431053316
Ottawa Civil Service40408830
Winnipeg City League [3]
Winnipeg Bombers 641193309
Winnipeg RCAF Flyers 531160427
University of Manitoba Bisons 5050251060

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1942

Winnipeg City playoffs

Bombers vs. RCAF Flyers
GameDateTeam 1Team 2
1October 31RCAF Flyers 18Bombers 14
2November 3Bombers 20RCAF Flyers 11

Ottawa City Finals

Ottawa RCAF Uplands @ Ottawa Rough Riders
November 21Ottawa RCAF Uplands 9Ottawa Rough Riders 0

ORFU Finals

Toronto Balmy Beach @ Toronto RCAF Hurricanes
November 25Toronto Balmy Beach 0Toronto RCAF Hurricanes 24

Western Finals

Regina Navy @ Winnipeg RCAF Bombers
November 7Regina Navy 6 Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 13


Eastern Finals

Toronto RCAF Hurricanes @ Ottawa RCAF Uplands
November 28 Toronto RCAF Hurricanes 18Ottawa RCAF Uplands 13

Playoff bracket

Union FinalsSemifinalsGrey Cup final
ORFU Toronto RCAF Hurricanes 24
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 0
ORFU Toronto RCAF Hurricanes 18
Ottawa City Ottawa RCAF Uplands 13
Ottawa City Ottawa RCAF Uplands 9
Ottawa City Ottawa Rough Riders 0
ORFU Toronto RCAF Hurricanes 8
Winnipeg City Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 5
Winnipeg City Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 14-20
Winnipeg City Winnipeg RCAF Flyers 18-11
Winnipeg City Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 13
SRFU Regina Navy 6
SRFU No Game

Grey Cup Championship

December 5

30th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity Stadium - Toronto, Ontario

Toronto RCAF Hurricanes 8 Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 5
Toronto RCAF Hurricanes are the 1942 Grey Cup Champions

1942 Ottawa City Senior Rugby Football Union 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.

1942 Canadian Football Awards

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  2. "1942". www.cflapedia.com. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  3. "1942 Winnipeg City League" (PDF). cflapedia.com.
  4. Winnipeg Tribune - November 9, 1942