skip navigation

Way Back Wednesday: 1976

12/02/2020, 10:00pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Year of the Dragon...and the Rams

What a year for sport in Canada in 1976 as Montreal became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Games in July.

The year was a leap year, which began on a Thursday and the CJFL kicked off with four Conferences and 31 teams.  The Ontario Conference itself had three divisions and 13 teams, the Manitoba Conference had four, the Alberta Junior Conference tallied eight and had teams from Saskatchewan and the BC Conference had six strong.  It’s interesting to note only one team finished the season undefeated; the Ottawa Sooners were 8-0 but lost in the Conference semi-final.

In the “Year of the Dragon” the road to the Canadian Bowl featured four Conference champions:

Ontario Football Conference – Hamilton Hurricanes defeated the Verdun Maple Leafs in a best of three series.

Manitoba Junior Football Conference – St. Vital Mustangs also beat the Winnipeg Hawkeyes in a best of three series

Alberta Junior Football League – Regina Rams beat the Edmonton Wildcats 62-28

Big Four Football (BC Conference) – Vancouver Meralomas shutout the North Shore Cougars 24-0

During the 1976 playoffs the CJFL featured a pair of Inter-Conference semi-finals to determine who would play for the Armadale Cup (known today as the Canadian Bowl).  The Ontario champion Hurricanes pounded the Manitoba champion Mustangs 23-8 to advance, then the Alberta champion Rams dominated the BC champion Meralomas 48-0 to set a date with the Hurricanes.

The national championship Armadale Cup was played on November 13, 1976 in front of an incredible 10,000 fans in Regina.  The Rams used the big crowd energy to perfection and crushed the Hurricanes 45-23.  The victory marked the second straight season defeating the Hurricanes in the national championship game.  In four 1976 playoff games the Rams’ defence pitched a pair of shutouts.

Off the field in 1976 the Apple Computer Company was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.  The CN Tower in Toronto opened its doors in June and Rocky was the top grossing movie of the year, knocking out the competition with $55,900,000 earned at the box office.

The first laser printer was also introduced in 1976 by IBM and Wings had the top song on the Billboard Charts with “Silly Love Songs.”

Pierre Trudeau was the Prime Minister watching the Montreal Canadians sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in four games to win the Stanley Cup.  The Toronto Blue Jays were created in ’76, then played their first game the following season.    

Back on the gridiron it was a battle of the Roughriders in the 64th Grey Cup when the Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 23-20 in Toronto.  Some experts still say this was the most thrilling Grey Cup.    Meanwhile down south the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Super Bowl 10.

That was the year of 1976!

Tag(s): Home  Teams  BCFC  OFC  PFC  Niagara Regional Raiders  Calgary Colts  Edmonton Huskies  Edmonton Wildcats  GTA Grizzlies  Hamilton Hurricanes  Kamloops Broncos  Langley Rams  London Beefeaters  Okanagan Sun  Ottawa Sooners  Grand River Predators  Regina Thunder  Saskatoon Hilltops  Valley Huskers  Vancouver Island Raiders   Westshore Rebels  St. Clair Fratmen  Winnipeg Rifles  Team Schedules  BCFC Schedule  BCFC Playoffs  PFC Playoffs  Teams  BCFC  Kamloops Broncos  Langley Rams  Okanagan Sun  Valley Huskers  Vancouver Island Raiders   Westshore Rebels  PFC  Calgary Colts  Edmonton Huskies  Edmonton Wildcats  Regina Thunder  Saskatoon Hilltops  Winnipeg Rifles  OFC  Niagara Regional Raiders  GTA Grizzlies  Hamilton Hurricanes  London Beefeaters  Ottawa Sooners  Grand River Predators  St. Clair Fratmen  Valley Huskers  Westshore Rebels  Edmonton Wildcats  Edmonton Huskies  Niagara Raiders  GTA Grizzlies  Hamilton Hurricanes  London Beefeaters  Ottawa Sooners  Grand River Predators  Windsor AKO Fratmen  Teams  BCFC  Kamloops Broncos  Langley Rams  Okanagan Sun  Valley Huskers  Vancouver Island Raiders   Westshore Rebels  PFC  Calgary Colts  Edmonton Huskies  Edmonton Wildcats  Regina Thunder  Saskatoon Hilltops  Winnipeg Rifles  OFC  Niagara Regional Raiders  GTA Grizzlies  Hamilton Hurricanes  London Beefeaters  Ottawa Sooners  St. Clair Fratmen  Teams  Calgary Colts  Edmonton Huskies  Edmonton Wildcats  GTA Grizzlies  Hamilton Hurricanes  Kamloops Broncos  Langley Rams  London Beefeaters  Niagara Regional Raiders  Okanagan Sun  Ottawa Sooners  Regina Thunder  Saskatoon Hilltops  Valley Huskers  Vancouver Island Raiders   Westshore Rebels  St. Clair Fratmen  Winnipeg Rifles  BCFC  OFC  PFC  BCFC  PFC  OFC  Teams  BCFC  OFC  PFC  Kamloops Broncos  Langley Rams  Okanagan Sun  Valley Huskers  Vancouver Island Raiders   Westshore Rebels  Calgary Colts  Edmonton Huskies  Edmonton Wildcats  Regina Thunder  Saskatoon Hilltops  Winnipeg Rifles  GTA Grizzlies  Hamilton Hurricanes  London Beefeaters  Niagara Regional Raiders  Ottawa Sooners  St. Clair Fratmen  BCFC  OFC  PFC  Teams  BCFC  Kamloops Broncos  Langley Rams  Okanagan Sun  Valley Huskers  Vancouver Island Raiders   Westshore Rebels  OFC  GTA Grizzlies  Hamilton Hurricanes  London Beefeaters  Niagara Regional Raiders  Ottawa Sooners  St. Clair Fratmen  PFC  Calgary Colts  Edmonton Huskies  Edmonton Wildcats  Regina Thunder  Saskatoon Hilltops  Winnipeg Rifles  Teams  Calgary Colts  Edmonton Huskies  Edmonton Wildcats  GTA Grizzlies  Hamilton Hurricanes  Kamloops Broncos  Langley Rams  London Beefeaters  Okanagan Sun  Ottawa Sooners  Quinte Skyhawks  Regina Thunder  Saskatoon Hilltops  Valley Huskers  St. Clair Fratmen  Vancouver Island Raiders   Westshore Rebels  Winnipeg Rifles