Nick Paithouski
Place of birth: Sarnia, Ontario
Date of death: September 15, 1985
Career information
Position(s): C
College: Queen's University
 As player:
Sarnia 2/26 Battery
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Hamilton Tigers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1940
Awards: 1940 - Imperial Oil Trophy

Nick Paithouski was an award winning and all-star center in the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

A graduate of Queen's University, he was a star player with the Golden Gaels, twice selected as a team MVP.[1] In 1940 he joined the Sarnia 2/26 Battery team of the ORFU and it was a successful season: he was an all-star, and he won the Imperial Oil Trophy as MVP in the ORFU.[2] He joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the 1941 season.

Paithouski joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and served during World War Two, receiving a Bronze Star from the American Army. He also had the good fortune to play in the famed Tea Bowl for the Canadian Army football team against American Army team at White City Stadium on February 13, 1944 in London, England (the Canadians won 16-6).[3][4]

After the war he played with the Hamilton Tigers for 3 seasons. He later worked as a civil engineer for the Federal government, living in Ottawa with his wife Barbara (1917-1976) and their two children, Janet and Joe. He was inducted into the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Queen’s University Football Hall of Fame in 1987. He died September 15, 1985.[5]


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