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.
|1942 in Canadian football|
|East Champions||Toronto RCAF Hurricanes|
|West Champions||Winnipeg RCAF Bombers|
|30th Grey Cup|
|Champions||Toronto RCAF Hurricanes|
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 RCAF Bombers, the University of Manitoba Bisons and a military team called the RCAF Flyers.
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
Note: All dates in 1942
|Union Finals||Semi Finals||Grey 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|
NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.
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