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1944 in Canadian football

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Canadian football news in 1944

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.

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

  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • The Navy playoffs did not affect the Grey Cup playoffs. The Grey Cup was played between the ORFU winners (Hamilton) and the QRFU winners (St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy) despite the Toronto Navy team beating the QRFU champions. The OSFL did not participate in the Grey Cup playoffs.
  • Manitoba Inter-Services Rugby League

  • Bombers won the total-point series by 26-12. The MISRL did not compete for the Grey Cup.
  • Ontario Rugby Football League playoffs

  • Hamilton will play the St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy in the Grey Cup.
  • 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

  • Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy (IRFU MVP) – no award given due to World War II
  • Imperial Oil Trophy (ORFU MVP) - Joe Krol - Hamilton Wildcats
  • References

    1944 in Canadian football Wikipedia