1944 in Canadian football

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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. [1]


1944 in Canadian football
ORFU Champions Hamilton Flying Wildcats
QRFU Champions St. Hyacinthe–Donnacona
32nd Grey Cup
ChampionsSt. Hyacinthe–Donnacona
  1943 Canadian Football Seasons 1945  

Canadian football news in 1944

The WIFU and the IRFU suspended operations for the duration of World War II. [2]

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. [3]

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. [4]

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 Armed Services Football League
Hagersville RCAF Flying Tigers641174469
Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs642080548
Camp Borden RCAF Hurricanes632194577
St. Thomas Hornets6060181090
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Hamilton Flying Wildcats 65101022810
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 6420105338
Ottawa Trojans 633074746
Toronto Indians 6060191680
Quebec Rugby Football Union
St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 431058186
Manitoba Inter-Services Rugby League
No.3 Wireless School Bombers (Winnipeg)440058168
No.1 Central Navigation School Pathfinders (Rivers)431062166
Army Grenades (Camp Shilo)422053474
No.18 Service Flying Training School Hurricanes (Gimli)413036662
No.3 Bombing & Gunnery Mustangs (MacDonald)404012760
Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs vs. Hagersville RCAF Flying Tigers @ Toronto
Nov. 11Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs 20Hagersville RCAF Flying Tigers 1
All Navy Semi-Final
St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy vs. Halifax Navy Stadaconnas @ Montreal
Nov. 11Halifax Navy Stadaconnas 0St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 13
All Navy Final
St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy vs. Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs @ Montreal
Nov. 18Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs 12St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy 1

Manitoba Inter-Services Rugby League

MISRL Semi-Final
Rivers Pathfinders vs. Army Grenades @ Winnipeg
October 25No.1 CNS Rivers Pathfinders 15Army Grenades 5
MISRL Finals – Game 1
Rivers Pathfinders vs. Winnipeg Bombers @ Winnipeg
October 28No.1 CNS Rivers Pathfinders 7No.3 Wireless School Bombers 11
MISRL Finals – Game 2
Rivers Pathfinders vs. Winnipeg Bombers @ Winnipeg
November 11No.1 CNS Rivers Pathfinders 5No.3 Wirelss School Bombers 15

Ontario Rugby Football League playoffs

ORFU Final
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Hamilton Flying Wildcats
Nov. 11 Hamilton Flying Wildcats 13 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 4
ORFU Final
Hamilton Flying Wildcats @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
Nov. 18 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 6 Hamilton Flying Wildcats 0

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

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