Fred Kijek

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Fred Kijek
Date of birth October 4, 1919
Place of birth Hamilton, Ontario
Date of death March 21, 1986
Career information
Position(s) FB/P/Flying Wing
Career history
As player
1940 Hamilton Tigers
1941 Toronto Argonauts
1942–1943 Toronto RCAF Hurricanes
1944 Camp Borden RCAF Fliers
1945–1946 Toronto Indians
1947–1949 Montreal Alouettes
1950–1951 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1942, 1945
Honors 1942, 1949 - Grey Cup Champion

Bronislaus "Fred" Kijek was a Grey Cup champion and All-Star fullback in the early days of Canadian football. He was also an excellent punter and flying wing.

The son of Joseph Kijek and Mary Buita, Kijek was a well traveled football player. During World War II he played with his hometown Hamilton Tigers, the Toronto Argonauts (playing five regular season and 2 playoff games), the Toronto RCAF Hurricanes (with whom he won his first Grey Cup), and the Camp Borden RCAF Fliers. He played for the Toronto Indians for a couple of seasons, and then joined the inaugural Montreal Alouettes team in 1946. He won his second Grey Cup with them in 1949, his "terrific" punting being a key to victory.[1] He returned home for his final two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[2]

Kijek was twice an Ontario Rugby Football Union all star. He died on March 21, 1986.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Montreal Alouettes Pack Power, Passing, Speed Ottawa Citizen, November 23, 1949
  2. ^ [1] CFLAPEDIA entry: Fred Kijek