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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. [1]

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.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian Football Team

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play their home games at IG Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium.

Toronto Argonauts Canadian football team based in Toronto, Canada

The Toronto Argonauts are a professional Canadian football team competing in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Based in Toronto, Ontario, the team was founded in 1873, and is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, and they are the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division. The team's origins date back to a modified version of rugby football that emerged in North America in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The Argonauts played their home games at Rogers Centre from 1989 until 2016 when the team moved to BMO Field, the fifth stadium site to host the team.


1945 in Canadian football
IRFU Champions Toronto Argonauts
WIFU Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers
33rd Grey Cup
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
  1944 Canadian Football Seasons 1946  

Canadian Football News in 1945

On Thursday, September 27 a new football team was formed in Calgary. [2] On October 10, it was decided that the new team would play as the Calgary Stampeders. [3] The Stampeders joined the WIFU with blue and gold colours.

Calgary Stampeders Canadian football team

The Calgary Stampeders are a professional Canadian football team based in Calgary, Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadium and are the third-oldest active franchise in the CFL. The Stampeders were officially founded in 1945, although there were clubs operating in Calgary as early as 1909.

Blue A primary colour between purple and green

Blue is one of the three primary colours of pigments in painting and traditional colour theory, as well as in the RGB colour model. It lies between violet and green on the spectrum of visible light. The eye perceives blue when observing light with a dominant wavelength between approximately 450 and 495 nanometres. Most blues contain a slight mixture of other colours; azure contains some green, while ultramarine contains some violet. The clear daytime sky and the deep sea appear blue because of an optical effect known as Rayleigh scattering. An optical effect called Tyndall scattering explains blue eyes. Distant objects appear more blue because of another optical effect called aerial perspective.

Gold (color) Color

Gold, also called golden, is a color.

The IRFU would resume play, but the WIFU still suspended operations.

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

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1945


WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 1
Calgary Stampeders @ Regina Roughriders
October 31 Calgary Stampeders 3 Regina Roughriders 1
WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 2
Regina Roughriders @ Calgary Stampeders
November 3 Regina Roughriders 0 Calgary Stampeders 12


IRFU Finals – Game 1
Toronto Argonauts @ Ottawa Rough Riders
November 3 Toronto Argonauts 27 Ottawa Rough Riders 8
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Argonauts @ Ottawa Rough Riders
November 10 Toronto Argonauts 6 Ottawa Rough Riders 10
WIFU Finals
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Calgary Stampeders
November 10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9 Calgary Stampeders 6
  • Winnipeg advances to the Grey Cup game.
ORFU Finals – Game 1
Toronto Indians @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
November 14 Toronto Indians 1 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 2
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Toronto Indians
November 17 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 15 Toronto Indians 0
  • Toronto won the total-point series by 17–1. Toronto will play the Toronto Argonauts (IRFU Champions) in the Eastern Finals.

Eastern Finals

Toronto Argonauts @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers (ORFU)
November 17 Toronto Argonauts 14 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers (ORFU) 2

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 8-10
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 27-6
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 14
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 2
ORFU Toronto Indians 1-0
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 2-15
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 35
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 0
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9
WIFU Calgary Stampeders 6
WIFU Calgary Stampeders 3-11
WIFU Regina Roughriders 1-0

Grey Cup Championship

December 1

33rd Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 0 Toronto Argonauts 35
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1945 Grey Cup Champions

1945 Interprovincial 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.

Billy "Bubbles" Myers was a Canadian football player who played for the Toronto Argonauts. He won the Grey Cup with them in 1945 and 1946. He previously played football with the Vaughan Road Academy, University of Toronto and the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers. After his football career, he coached football from 1955 to 1985 at Earl Haig Collegiate. Myers died in Richmond Hill, Ontario in 2019 at the age of 95.

Royal Copeland was a Canadian football running back who played at the elite level from 1943 to 1956.

Joe Krol Player of American and Canadian football

Joseph "King" Krol was a Canadian football quarterback, running back, defensive back, and placekicker/punter from 1942 to 1953 and 1955. Considered as possibly the most versatile player in Canadian football history as a triple-threat to pass, run, and kick, he was one of Canada's greatest athletes and also famously known as a "Gold Dust Twin" for his teamwork with Royal Copeland. Joe Krol was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. After suffering from a fall in his apartment, Krol died in a Toronto hospital on December 16, 2008.

1945 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.

William Stukus was a Canadian football quarterback.

Douglas Alexander "Doug" Pyzer was a Canadian football player who played for the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos. He won the Grey Cup with Toronto in 1947 and 1952.

Sir Leonard Morton Wright was a Dunedin businessman and was Mayor of Dunedin from 1950 to 1959.

1945 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)

Gerorge Fraser was a Canadian football player, playing from 1932 to 1945.

Arnie McWatters was a Canadian quarterback and halfback in the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

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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.

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.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup.

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  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1945". CFL.ca. 2005-11-07. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
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