Kas Vidruk

There are many  interesting things about the career and life of Kas Vidruk.  For starters, her was born in Lithuania which makes him unique among CFL players.  Another is that he started his professional football career at age 17, perhaps making him the youngest player in CFL history.  Born in October of 1925, Vidruk joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1942 as older players left for the war.  The WIFU (Western Interprovincial Football Union), the previous name of the current West division of the CFL, had suspended play due to World War II, but the Bombers kept playing under modified name of the Winnipeg RCAF Bombers.  The Bombers played in a Winnipeg city league along with the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg RCAF Fliers, with an All-Star team playing in the Grey Cup under the name RCAF Bombers.  Vidruk joined the Navy, and did not play with the Bombers in 1943.  The Bombers suspend play in 1944 and resumed operations in 1945, and Vidruk rejoined the team.   There was no regular season in 1945, but the Bombers won the playoffs and went to the Grey Cup.  Vidruk remained with the Bombers in 1946 and 1947, and then moved to Montreal to play for the Alouttes from 1948 to 1950.  Vidruk returned to Winnipeg in 1951 and remained with the Bombers until 1955. While still playing football, Vidruk obtained a degree in Physical Education at McGill and further education at the University of Minnesota.  While still playing with the Bombers, Vidruk taugh high school and was a lecturer at the University of Manitoba.  After retiring from the Bombers, Vidruk was extremely active both as a teacher and in supporting amateur sport in Winnipeg and Manitoba.  For his work, Vidruk was voted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 1987. Kas Vidruk passed away on October 21, 1986.

The following is a taken from Kas Vidruk's obituiary.

He was born in Siaule, Lithuania on October 6, 1925 and was educated at McGill and the University of Minnesota.  Kas's career lasted over 32 years as a teacher, football player, Supervisor of Physical Education, Norwood School Division, Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, Director of Physical Education, Consultant for Interscholastic Activities, Co-ordinator of Physical Education for the Winnipeg School Division.  Kas retired after a long and successful career in June 1986.

Among Kas' many extra curricular interests and public services were Pan Am Games Society and Faculties Board (1966-69), Manitoba Football Official Association, Canadian Football League Official, Manitoba Amateur Football Association, founding member of the Manitoba High School Athletic Association, Chairman of the Manitoba Sports Federation Boards of Directors (1978-81), Sports Federation of Canada Board Member (1982-85), Vice Chairman of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1979-85), active member  of the Manitoba Waterski Association.  Kas' uncompromising positive attitude towards life was clearly evident in all he did.  His attitude inspired all who knew him.

Biography of Kas Vidruk from the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame


Games Played and Points
Year Team GP PTS
1942 WPG
1945 WPG
1946 WPG
1947 WPG
1948 MON 12 0
1949 MON 10
1950 MON 8
1951 WPG
1952 WPG
1953 WPG 15 0
1954 WPG 16 0
1955 WPG

While there were no official games played stats for these seasons, the 1948 - 1950 numbers come from the 2006 Montreal Media Guide and  the numbers for 1953 and 1954 were compiled from newspaper reports in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Vidruk had one touchdown in 1952.  In that year, touchdowns were worth 5 points.



From Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame