James ‘Jimmy’ P. McCaffrey

Biography

Lacrosse / Crosse
Year Inducted: 1966

James P. McCaffrey (deceased) in the fall of 1966, ended one of the most, active careers of Ottawa athletes. A native of Alexandria, Ont, McCaffrey was a lacrosse star in his youth. He later performed as a goalie with the Ottawa champions of 1922. He managed lacrosse teams, developed the sport along with hockey, football and baseball teams. McCaffrey effected the merger of St Brigits and Ottawa Rough Riders’ football teams in 1923. He was the manager when Rough Riders won the Dominion title in 1925 and 1926. From then he held practically every football office in the club and the league.

In 1923, McCaffrey became manager of the Senators, a team formed from the amalgamation of St. Brigid’s of Ottawa City League and the struggling Rough Riders of the Big Four. While he was manager, the team played in numerous Grey Cup games, winning in 1925, 1926, 1940 and 1951.

He managed Ottawa’s Commandos’ hockey club which won the Allan Cup in 1943. as well as holding a similar post with the Senators in the Quebec Senior Hockey League after Ottawa gave up its NHL franchise. He worked diligently on behalf football in Ottawa as well as serving tirelessly in national organizations.

During the Second World War almost all civilian football ceased. McCaffrey helped to organize the Eastern Rugby Football Union, which fielded teams for the 1941 season. McCaffrey was a member of the Interprovincial Union Executive for 12 years and served twice as president.