League commissioner: John Bailey
On December 7, 1982 John Bailey announced that the league would have two divisions, a Central Division and a Western Division. The members of the Eastern Division would be Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga and Kitchener. The principle owners were Bob Laker in Montreal; Dr. Simon McGrail in Toronto; Mario DiBartolomeo, president of Hamilton Steelers, in Hamilton; Dr. Antun Pavelic, president of Toronto Croatia, in Mississauga and Tom Mihas, a restaurant owner, in Kitchener. Two more franchises, in London and Toronto, was said to be pending.
Clubs and players
Owner: Edgar Edringer
Budget: $ 650,000
Stadium: Mewata Stadium, Calgary (Capacity: 5,600 seats)
General manager: Dave Davies
Head coach: Gunter Noel
Key players: Goalkeeper Manfred Müller, from Bayern München; defender Holger Brück, formerly of Calgary Boomers; midfielder Franz Hiller; striker Harold Schwer.
Owner: John Tiemessen
Budget: Not known
Stadium: Clark Stadium, Calgary
General manager: Joe Petrone
Head coach: Dieter Hochheimer
Key players: Hans Kraay Jr, former Edmonton Driller; Yugoslavian Dubravko Ledic, former MISL player; Carlos Rivas, from Chile.
Owner: Mario DiBartolomeo
Budget: $ 500,000
Stadium: Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
General manager: Joe Mallozzi
Head coach: Carlo Delmonte
Key players: Mike Radovic, defender from Red Star Belgrade and the NASL; Momcilo “Mike” Stojanovic, former NSL leading goalscorer who also starred in the NASL; Carlos Salguero, former striker in the NASL, MISL and NSL.
Owner: Bob Laker
Stadium: Jarry Park, Montreal (Capacity: 25,000 seats)
Head coach: Eddie Firmani
Key players: Yugoslavian goalkeeper Raddy Avramovic, signed from Notts County in England; Pino Wilson, banned for life in Italian soccer; Bob Vosmaer; Gordon Hill, former Manchester United and Manics star; Tasso Koutsoukos, Montreal-born winger.
Owner: Dr Antun Pavelic
Stadium: Etobicoke Centennial Stadium (Capacity: 5,000 – 2,500 seats)
General manager: Steve Nezic
Head coach: Ted Pop
Key players: Canadian goalkeeper Dalian Baxter; South American Carlos Lazon; Peter Stipancik.
Owner: Klaus Dietsold
Budget: $ 1,000,000
Stadium: Varsity Stadium, Toronto
General manager: Frank Pike
Head coach: Frank Pike
Key players: Blagoje Tamindzic, former goalkeeper in the NSL and NASL; Hans Gunter Neues, defender from Kaiserslautern in Germany; Colin Franks, former Toronto Blizzard midfielder; Tony Currie, England international.
Review of the season
The opening game of the CPSL season was played in Toronto on Friday May 21, with Toronto Nationals beating Inter-Montreal 2-1 at Varsity Stadium in front of 3,860 fans.
On Monday July 19 Günter Noel quit as coach of Calgary Mustangs as he had not been paid since mid-June.
Standings GP W T L GF GA PTS (as of June 27, 1983) 1. Edmonton Eagles 9 7 2 0 24 6 16 2. Inter-Montreal 8 5 1 2 15 8 11 3. Hamilton Steelers 10 3 4 3 16 17 10 4. Toronto Nationals 7 2 1 4 11 15 5 5. Calgary Mustangs 8 2 1 5 11 17 5 6. Missassauga Croatia 10 2 1 7 10 24 5
July 13, 1983 Mississauga
Hamilton Steelers 2 (Marco Abascal, Fred Ferrera)
Mississauga Croatia 3 (Nick Dosen, Frank Fiddler, Peter Stipancik)
July 15, 1983 Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Hamilton Steeleers 4 (Rennie Phillips, Hidelberto Ponte, Carlos Salguero, Jimmy Sinclair)
Mississauga Croatia 1 (Peter Stipancik)
July 25, 1983 Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Hamilton Steeleers 2
Mississauga Croatia 0
Hamilton Steelers won best-of-three games series 2-1
July 17, 1983 Clarke Stadium, Edmonton
Edmonton Eagles 2 (Hans Granander, Ross Ongaro)
Calgary Mustangs 1 (Dean Kelly)
July 20, 1983 Mewata Stadium, Calgary
Calgary Mustangs 1 (Dean Kelly)
Edmonton Eagles 2 (John Connor 2)
Edmonton Eagles won best-of-three games series 2-0
CPSL Championship game
August 1, 1983 Clarke Stadium, Edmonton
Edmonton Eagles 2 (John Connor, Carlos Rivas)
Hamilton Steelers 0
Sources: Calgary Herald