1956 in Canadian football
Canadian Football News in 1956
On Sunday, January 22, representatives of the two largest and most powerful leagues in the Canadian Rugby Union, the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and the Western Interprovincial Football Union, met in Winnipeg and formed the Canadian Football Council as an umbrella organization. G. Sydney Halter, QC, was named as commissioner of the CFC, which would evolve into today's Canadian Football League. The CFC introduced a national negotiation list.
Television rights for Canadian football games were sold for $101,000. The touchdown point value was increased from five to six points.
The first East-West All-Star game was played at Vancouver's Empire Stadium on December 8. The day after the game, Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 crashed into Mount Slesse, killing five players and one official who were on their way from Vancouver to Calgary. The five players who died in the crash included four members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders: offensive linemen Mario DeMarco and Ray Syrnyk, centre/tight end Mel Becket, and defensive lineman Gordon Sturtridge, along with Winnipeg Blue Bomber offensive lineman Cal Jones. The official killed in the crash was Ed Pettit, of Calgary.
Final regular season standings
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points
- Bold text means the team clinched a playoff berth.
- Edmonton and Montreal had first-round byes.
- X – Rochester withdrew from the league.
Grey Cup playoffs
Note: All dates in 1956
- Saskatchewan won the total-point series 50–26. The Roughriders moved on to play the Edmonton Eskimos in the WIFU Finals.
- The Tiger-Cats advanced to play the Montreal Alouettes in the IRFU Finals.
- Edmonton won the best of three series 2–1 and advanced to the Grey Cup game.
- Montreal won the total-point series 78–62 and advanced to the Grey Cup game.
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Grey Cup Championship
- Note: The WIFU and IRFU finals dates are not confirmed. However, since (1) the regular season ended October 27 in the West and November 3 in the East, and (2) the WIFU and IRFU semi-final and Grey Cup dates are accurate, it is reasonable to assume the above dates are correct.
Canadian Football Leaders
1956 Eastern (Interprovincial Rugby Football Union) All-Stars
- QB – Sam Etcheverry, Montreal Alouettes
- RB – Cookie Gilchrist, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- RB – Pat Abbruzzi, Montreal Alouettes
- RB – Dick Shatto, Toronto Argonauts
- E – Hal Patterson, Montreal Alouettes
- E – Bobby Simpson, Ottawa Rough Riders
- FW – Joey Pal, Montreal Alouettes
- C – Tommy Hugo, Montreal Alouettes
- OG – Francis Machinsky, Toronto Argonauts
- OG – Larry Hayes, Ottawa Rough Riders
- OT – Kaye Vaughan, Ottawa Rough Riders
- OT – Bill Albright, Toronto Argonauts
- DT – Kaye Vaughan, Ottawa Rough Riders
- DT – Bill Albright, Toronto Argonauts
- DE – Pete Neumann, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- DE – Jim Miller, Montreal Alouettes
- DG – Vince Scott, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- MG – Hardiman Cureton, Toronto Argonauts
- LB – Tommy Hugo, Montreal Alouettes
- LB – Ken Vargo, Montreal Alouettes
- DB – Hal Patterson, Montreal Alouettes
- DB – Ralph Goldston, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- DB – Ray Truant, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- S – Don Pinney, Ottawa Rough Riders
1956 Western (Western Interprovincial Football Union) All-Stars
- QB – Jackie Parker, Edmonton Eskimos
- RB – Ken Carpenter, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- RB – Ed Vereb, British Columbia Lions
- RB – Normie Kwong, Edmonton Eskimos
- RB – Bob McNamara, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- E – Don Edwards, British Columbia Lions
- E – Bud Grant, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- C – Mel Becket, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- C – George Druxman, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- OG – Harry Langford, Calgary Stampeders
- OG – Buddy Alliston, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- OT – Martin Ruby, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- OT – Buddy Tinsley, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- DT – Dick Huffman, Calgary Stampeders
- DT – Martin Ruby, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- DE – Frank Anderson, Edmonton Eskimos
- DE – Gord Sturtridge, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- MG – Ron Atchison, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- LB – John Wozniak, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- LB – Earl Lindley, Edmonton Eskimos
- LB – Bobby Marlow, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- LB – Ted Tully, Edmonton Eskimos
- DB – Rollie Miles, Edmonton Eskimos
- DB – Larry Isbell, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- S – Paul Cameron, British Columbia Lions
1956 Canadian Football Awards