Johnny Evans (Canadian football)

Johnny Evans
Date of birth ?
Place of birth Kingston, Ontario
Date of death 1930
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback
College Queen's University
Career history
As player
1919–23 Queen's University
1924 Hamilton Tigers

Grey Cup champion - 1922, 1923

Eastern All-Star - 1921, 1922, 1923

Johnny Evans was a university all-star and Grey Cup champion Canadian football quarterback.

While attending Queen's University, Evans had a spectacular football career.[1] Quarterback for a Grey Cup championship dynasty, he led the Golden Gaels to two of their three victories (1922 & 1923), scoring two touchdowns in the 11th Grey Cup[2] (the greatest victory in the history of the game; 54-0 over the Regina Roughriders). He was one of the top quarterbacks in the country, being selected as a Toronto Globe all-star three times.

He also played one season for the Hamilton Tigers in 1924.[3]

Evans was one of the best players to ever wear the Tricolour, and one of Queen's best quarterbacks.[4] After his tragic accidental death in 1930, the University Football Team has presented an award, the Johnny Evans Memorial Award for Most Valuable Player, to honour his memory.[5] He has been enshrined in the Queen's University Football Hall of Fame.


  1. CFLAPEDIA entry: Queen's University
  2. CFL website: HISTORY >> Grey Cup >> 1923
  3. CFLAPEDIA entry: Hamilton Tigers
  4. Queen's University 2011 Football Media Guide, page 36
  5. ibid.
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