Synopsis The Hamilton Tigers were a powerhouse team in the early part of the 20th century and won the last Dominion Championship before the Grey Cup would be introduced the following year in 1909. The ORFU was hanging on by a thread with only two teams. Out West there is the first mention of teams in Alberta. Calgary had a three team league with the Tigers, YMCA and Hillhurst. There was possibly a league in Edmonton, but records of only the one team, the Esquimaux (Eskimos!) seem to have survived. The Eskuimaux defeated the Calgary Tigers in what be cvalled the first ever battle of Alberta. There were also teams playing in Manitoba, but no records seem to exist. Saskatchewan would start play 1910. As the East had first organized along provincial lines with the ORFU and the QRFU, the West was taking a similar route in these formative years. The WIFU which would eventually become the West Division of the CFL is still a few years down the line as would be the first challenge by the West for the Dominion Championship - the newly minted Grey Cup.
The 1908 Hamilton Tigers team actually were actually listed on the Grey Cup for a number of years even though the Grey Cup didn't exist until 1909. In 1915, the last year before football was suspened due to World War I, the Tigers won the Grey Cup and had not only their 1915 victory engraved on the cup but their 1908 win as well. It took a while for the little prank to be noticedand eventually the 1908 Tigers were removed from the cup.