1946 in Canadian football

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1946 in Canadian football
IRFU Champions Toronto Argonauts
WIFU Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers
34th Grey Cup
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
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Canadian Football News in 1946

The WIFU resumed play for the first time since 1942. The IRFU increased their season play from 6 games to 12 games, per team.


The Montreal Alouettes came into existence. The Regina Roughriders unofficially changed their name to become the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The name change eventually became official on April 1, 1950.

Montreal Alouettes Canadian Football team

The Montreal Alouettes are a professional Canadian football team based in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1946, the team has folded and been revived twice. The Alouettes compete in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and last won the Grey Cup championship in 2010. Their home field is Percival Molson Memorial Stadium for the regular season and as of 2014 also home of their playoff games.

Saskatchewan Roughriders professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Roughriders play in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Air travel was used for the first time as the Toronto Argonauts flew to Winnipeg to play pre-season games against the Blue Bombers.

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.

Winnipeg Provincial capital city in Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. Centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, it is near the longitudinal centre of North America, approximately 110 kilometres (70 mi) north of the Canada–United States border.

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.

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
Calgary Stampeders 8530603710
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8530694610
Regina Roughriders 826046924
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Montreal Alouettes 1273221111816
Toronto Argonauts 1273214012416
Ottawa Rough Riders 1264217512814
Hamilton Tigers 120102782342
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Hamilton Wildcats 108111666617
Toronto Indians 108111766617
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 106401128412
Sarnia Imperials 10460881588
Windsor Rockets 10370611386
Ottawa Trojans 100100361270

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1946


ORFU Semi-Finals
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Toronto Indians
November 8 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 12 Toronto Indians 7
ORFU Semi-Finals
Sarnia Imperials @ Hamilton Wildcats
November 9 Sarnia Imperials 5 Hamilton Wildcats 14


WIFU Finals – Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Calgary Stampeders
October 26 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 Calgary Stampeders 21
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Calgary Stampeders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
November 2 Calgary Stampeders 0 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12
ORFU Final
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Hamilton Wildcats
November 16 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 13 Hamilton Wildcats 6
IRFU Finals
Toronto Argonauts @ Montreal Alouettes
November 16 Toronto Argonauts 12 Montreal Alouettes 6

Eastern Finals

Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers (ORFU) @ Toronto Argonauts
November 23 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers (ORFU) 12 Toronto Argonauts 22

Playoff Bracket

Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsGrey Cup Final
IRFU Montreal Alouettes 6
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 12
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 22
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 12
ORFU Hamilton Wildcats 6
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 13
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 28
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18-12
WIFU Calgary Stampeders 21-0
WIFU Calgary Stampeders

Grey Cup Championship

November 30

34th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6 Toronto Argonauts 28
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1946 Grey Cup Champions


1946 Eastern (Combined IRFU & ORFU) 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.

1st Team

Frank Theodore Gnup was an American quarterback, halfback and coach who played Canadian football from 1946 to 1952.

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.

2nd Team

Francis Egan "Judge" Dunlap was a championship and all-star Canadian Football League player. He spent 8 years playing professional football, including with the Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts.

Don McFarlane was a Canadian sprinter and football player. He competed in the men's 400 metres at the 1948 Summer Olympics and played football for the University of Western Ontario. He is the brother of Bob McFarlane.

Robert Malcolm McFarlane was a Canadian track and field sprinter and football player who became a plastic surgeon specializing primarily in hand and upper limb surgery.

1946 Western (Western Interprovincial 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.

Walter Dobler was a Canadian football player who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He played college football at the University of North Dakota.

Bill Wusyk was a Canadian football player.

John Sullivan "Sully" Glasser was a Canadian football player who played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

1946 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.

1946 Canadian Football Awards

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