St. Hyacinthe–Donnacona Navy

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St. Hyacinthe–Donnacona Navy
Founded 1943
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Home field Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
Head coach Glen Brown
General manager Fred Porter
League Quebec Rugby Football Union
Colours Navy Blue, White
Mascot(s) K. Clarke
Grey Cup win 1944[1]

St. Hyacinthe–Donnacona Navy was an amateur Canadian football team during the Second World War. They won the Grey Cup in 1944.[1]


Both the Western Interprovincial Football Union and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union had no 1944 regular season due to the Second World War. Lower-ranked leagues did participate for the playoffs. St. Hyacinthe–Donnacona Navy was part of the Quebec Rugby Football Union. On 25 November 1944 the St. Hyacinthe–Donnacona Navy defeated the Hamilton Wildcats 7–1 at the Civic Stadium, in Hamilton, Ontario[2]


St. Hyacinthe–Donnacona Navy defeated the Hamilton Wildcats at the 32nd Grey Cup.

Championship roster (bold denotes the player played in the Grey Cup game):

Charlie Ellis, Wally Charron, Curly Hiltz, Ginger O’Brien, Bucko McLeod, Glen Brown (Coach), Roy Kirbyson, John Taylor, John Crncich, Steve Levantis, Jack Wedley, Al Hurley, Wally Patch, Malcolm Baker, Hal Chard, Tom Bainbridge, Ian Barclay, Sam Abbott, Whitey Leonard, Dick Swarbrick, Pat Santucci, Dutch Davey, Mickey McFall, Dave Kotavitch, Al Symms, Jim Spicer, Des Campbell, L. Raymond, W.O. John Montague, P.O. George Reid, Bill Kydd, Louis Segatore, Fred Porter, Surgeon Lt. Comdr. Richard Lane, Lt. Christopher Ellis, Moe Segal, Paul Kenwood, Milton Scully, Juan Sheridan [1]

Post 1944[edit]

At the 1994 Grey Cup the CFL paid special homage[1] In 1969, the then CFL commissioner Jake Gaudaur, gave the team a chance at championship rings for $300 each.[3]

Quebec Rugby Football Union season-by-season[edit]

Season W L T PF PA Pts Finish Playoffs
1943 6 4 0 61 43 16 3rd, QRFU
1944 3 1 0 58 18 6 1st, QRFU Won 32nd Grey Cup


  1. ^ a b c d "Combines won Montreal's second Grey Cup". Montreal Gazet. 25 November 2005. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Grey Cop-1909 to 2009" (PDF). Archived from the original on September 11, 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Former Navy vet was one of youngest to win Grey Cup title". Oakville Beaver. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 

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