The Hamilton Flying Wildcats were trying to defend their championship, but the St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy team finished off a Cinderella season by returning the Grey Cup back to Montreal for the first time since 1931.
|1944 in Canadian football|
|ORFU Champions||Hamilton Flying Wildcats|
|QRFU Champions|| St. Hyacinthe–Donnacona|
|32nd Grey Cup|
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.
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.
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
|St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 7||Hamilton Flying Wildcats 6|
|St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy are the 1944 Grey Cup Champions|
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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