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East W L T F A PTS
Montreal Alouettes 11 3 0 341 148 22
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 9 5 0 275 207 18
Toronto Argonauts 6 8 0 212 265 12
Ottawa Rough Riders 2 12 0 129 337 6
West W L T F A PTS
Edmonon Eskimos 11 5 0 255 163 22
Saskatchewan Roughriders 10 4 2 239 204 22
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8 6 2 202 190 18
Calgary Stampeders 8 8 0 271 165 16
Vancouver Lions 1 15 0 100 345 2
Kitchener-Waterloo Dtutchemen 9 2 1 279 183 19
Sarnia Imperials 7 4 1 218 193 15
Toronto Balmy Beach 1 11 0 169 290 2

Grey Cup Quarter-Final

Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchemen 13 Sarnia Imperials 12
Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 16 Sarnia Imperials 8

West Semi-Final
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 14 Saskatchewan Roughriders 14
Winnpeg Blue Bombers 13 Saskatchewan Roughriders 11

West Final
Edmonton Eskimos 9 Winnpeg Blue Bombers 3
Edmonton Eskimos 12 Winnpeg Blue Bombers 6
Edmonton Eskimos 10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 5

Grey Cup Semi-Finals
Montreal Alouettes 14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 9
Montreal Alouettes 24 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 19

Edmonton 26 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 6

Edmonton Eskimos 26 Montreal Aloutettes 25

Most Outstanding Player: Sam Etcheverry - Montreal
Most Outstanding Canadian: Gerry James - Winnipeg
(This was the first year for the Outstanding Canadian Award)



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1954 was a year of firsts and lasts. It was the first year for the the BC Lions though they were initially called the Vancouver Lions. It was also the last year that the ORFU (Ontario Rugby Football Union) would be allowed to participate in the Grey Cup playoffs. The Edmonton Eskimos were required to play the ORFU champion Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen in order to make it to the 1954 Grey Cup. That cup would mark the first of three consecutive finals between the Eskimos and the Alouettes of which Edmonton won all three. In the Grey Cup it was a clash of two very different offensive styles. The Alouettes had very modern looking passing attack led by quarterback Sam (The Rifle) Etcheverry and outstanding recievers like Hal Patterson, Red O'Quinn and Joey Pal. Edmonton on the other hand had a more traditional running attack led by rookie quarterback Jackie Parker and backs Normie Kwong, Johnny Bright and Rollie Miles. It looked like the Als passing attack was set to defeat the Eskimos until the fickle finger of fate took a hand. There was a late fumble (or a botched lateral by some accounts) by Montreal halfback Chuck Hunsinger deep in the Edmonton end. The fumble was recovered by Jackie Parker who returned it for a touchdown. Bob Dean converted the touchdown and Edmonton won by a point, 26-25. In an interesting side note, Jackie Parker was a West All-Star in 1954, but at running back and not quarterback. The Eskimos had not one, but two future Hall of Famer rookie quarterbacks in 1954 with Parker and Bernie Faloney, so Parker often played halfback instead of quarterback. Frank Tripucka of the Saskatchewan Roughriders was the West All-Star quarterback in 1954. In another first, Gerry James of the Winnpeg Blue Bombers won the very first Most Outstanding Canadian award.