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Montreal Beavers
Founded1961
LeagueUnited Football League, Continental Football League
ArenaBeaver Stadium
Based inMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Championships1 (1964)
Division titles0

The Montreal Beavers were a professional American football team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The franchise began as the Indianapolis Warriors of the United Football League in 1961, where they played for four seasons. During that time the Warriors made the UFL playoffs three times, and advanced to the league championship in 1964. The team moved to Fort Wayne in January 1965,[1] and became a charter member of the Continental Football League when it was formed the next month.

Unable to find financial success in Indiana, team owner Al Savill sold the Warriors to a group from Montreal led by construction magnate, and former Montreal Alouette,[2] Johnny Newman[3] in March 1966.[4] Led by former South Carolina head coach Marvin Bass, the Beavers finished with a 7-7 record in 1966 and a 4-8 mark in 1967. The team denied rumors of a sale in early 1968, but nevertheless folded before the season began.

Season-by-seasonEdit

Year League W L T FinishCoach
Indianapolis Warriors 1961 United Football League 6 3 1 2nd, Western Division Gene Gedman
Indianapolis Warriors 1962 United Football League 9 3 0 2nd, Western Division Ken Carpenter
Indianapolis Warriors 1963 United Football League 5 8 0 2nd, Western Division Ray Nolting/Lynn Lynch/John Talley
Indianapolis Warriors 1964 United Football League 10 4 0 1st, Eastern Division Ken Carpenter
Fort Wayne Warriors 1965 Continental Football League 8 6 0 2nd, Western Division Ken Carpenter
Montreal Beavers 1966 Continental Football League 7 7 0 3rd, Western Division Marvin Bass
Montreal Beavers 1967 Continental Football League 4 8 0 3rd, Atlantic North Division Marvin Bass

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Warriors Moving To Fort Wayne". The Indianapolis Star. January 19, 1965.
  2. O'Brien, Andy. "Montreal'S Johnny Newman failed in his bid to buy Alouettes so he went shopping in the U.S.". Weekend Magazine. https://news.google.ca/newspapers?id=-sgyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=P-0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3430,2749778&dq=john+newman+alouette&hl=en. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. Gravenor, Kristian. "Construction magnate Johnny Newman and his Montreal Beavers". http://coolopolis.blogspot.com/2008/01/hmm.html. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. "Fort Wayne Warriors Go To Montreal". The Indianapolis Star. Associated Press. March 26, 1966.
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