When a young twenty-two year old from North Dakota State University signed with the Winnipeg Football Club in 1935, little did anyone know the impact one Fritz Hanson would have on the Canadian Football League. Exceptionally fast and elusive, Hanson led the Winnipegs to the Western Championship and the Grey Cup in his first season with the club.
The greatest triumph of his career occurred in that 1935 Grey Cup victory, the first for the West, when the "Golden Ghost" led Winnipeg to an 18-12 upset victory over the Hamilton Tigers. Hanson's running ability was the talk of the nation, as he gained over 300 yards in punt returns and clinched the game with a sensational 78 yard return for the winning touchdown.
Hanson was a member of three Grey Cup championship teams with Winnipeg in 1935, 1939, and 1941. During the war years, Hanson joined the Canadian Army and competed in the local Winnipeg League for the Winnipeg Light Infantry squad from 1942-1945. In 1947 Hanson joined Calgary, and his last appearance in a Grey Cup Final took place in 1948.
"Twinkle Toes" was selected as a Western all-star five times and all-Canadian twice; he entered the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1962. Hanson became a Canadian citizen in 1966.