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]

1945 in Canadian football
Playoffs
IRFU ChampionsToronto Argonauts
WIFU ChampionsWinnipeg 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.

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

Semi-Finals

WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 1
Calgary Stampeders @ Regina Roughriders
Date Away Home
October 27 Calgary Stampeders 3 Regina Roughriders 1
WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 2
Regina Roughriders @ Calgary Stampeders
Date Away Home
November 3 Regina Roughriders 0 Calgary Stampeders 12

Finals

IRFU Finals – Game 1
Toronto Argonauts @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 3 Toronto Argonauts 27 Ottawa Rough Riders 8
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Argonauts @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 10 Toronto Argonauts 6 Ottawa Rough Riders 10
WIFU Finals
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Calgary Stampeders
Date Away Home
November 10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9 Calgary Stampeders 6
ORFU Finals – Game 1
Toronto Indians @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
Date Away Home
November 14 Toronto Indians 1 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 2
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Toronto Indians
Date Away Home
November 17 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 15 Toronto Indians 0

Eastern Finals

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

Playoff Bracket

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Grey Cup Final
         
IRFU Ottawa Rough Riders 8-10
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 27-6
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 14
EAST
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 BYE
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9
WEST
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.

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.

1945 Canadian Football Awards

References

  1. ^ "Grey Cup Memories: 1945". CFL.ca. 2005-11-07. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  2. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ajJkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bXsNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1085%2C2584552
  3. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1zJkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fHsNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1705%2C1028577