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Ottawa Gee-Gees
University University of Ottawa
Association Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Conference Ontario University Athletics, Quebec Student Sports Federation
Athletic director Luc Gélineau
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Varsity teams 11 varsity, 18 competitive
Football stadium Gee-Gees Field
Arena Montpetit Hall
Other arenas Minto Sports Complex
Mascot The uOttawa Gee-Gee
Nickname Gees, Garnet and Grey/Grenat et Gris
     Garnet       Grey

The Ottawa Gee-Gees are the athletic teams that represent the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario.

The name is a result of a progressive evolution. Similar to many older institutions, their teams were long referred to by the school's colours as the Garnet and Grey (French: Grenat et Gris). Eventually, members of the media began to refer to the teams simply as the ‘GGs’, providing a nickname in both English and French for the bilingual school’s teams. The nickname stuck and would eventually be combined with a horse racing term (where a Gee-Gee is the first horse out of the starting gate) to create the current ‘Gee-Gees’ team name[1]

The Gee-Gees have won the national football championship, the Vanier Cup, in 1975 and 2000 while appearing in the game in the 1970, 1980, and 1997 seasons.[2]

Varsity teams[edit]

Ottawa Gee-Gees teams compete in:

Gee-Gees football[edit]

Ottawa Gee-Gees
Current season
Ottawa Gee-Gees logo
First season 1881
Athletic director Luc Gélineau
Head coach Jamie Barresi
2nd year, 5–4–0  (.556)
Other staff Devin Murphy (DC)
Home stadium Gee-Gees Field
Year built 2013
Stadium capacity 4,152[3]
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Ottawa, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (2001 - present)
Past associations QRFU (1894-1904)
CIRFU (1905-1912)
OIFC (1957-1966)
CCIFC (1967-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-2000)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 2
1975, 2000
Churchill Bowl Championships 2
1975, 2000
Atlantic Bowl Championships 2
1970, 1980
Yates Cups 4
1907, 1975, 1976, 2006
Dunsmore Cups 4
1980, 1995, 1996, 2000
Hec Crighton winners 4
Paul Paddon, Rick Zmich, Phil Côté, Brad Sinopoli
Current uniform
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Colours Garnet and Grey


Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Carleton Ravens and Western Ontario Mustangs

The Ottawa Gee-Gees football team have appeared in five Vanier Cup championships, losing in 1970, 1980 and 1997, and winning the national title in 1975 and 2000. The team practices and plays their games at the newly built Gee-Gees Field at Lees (the U of O's southern-most segment of campus) . The Gee-Gees have also won a total of eight conference championships, including four Yates Cups and four Dunsmore Cups as the team split time between the OUA and OQIFC.[4][5]

The Gee-Gees also are part of the most established football rivalry in the country with the Carleton Ravens. For over 50 years they have played the traditional Panda Game, which has gained worldwide attention.

In recent years, the team has seen much success, having enjoyed eight consecutive seasons with non-losing records. In that time, the team has had three first place finishes with the last being achieved in 2010. The team has also won one Yates Cup conference championship in that time, in 2006, but lost to the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Mitchell Bowl soon after. The school hired Gary Etcheverry to be the team's head coach for the 2012 season, but after losing his first five games of the season, he was relieved of his duties. The Gee-Gees went on to finish with a 2-6 record and out of the playoffs for the first time since 1991. 2013 was a better year for the Gee-Gees, new head coach Jamie Barresi was able to lead the team to a winning 5-3 record and a return to the playoffs. The Gee-Gees opened their 2014 campaign at home on September 1st, 2014 against the York Lions with a 51-7 win.

Season-by-season record[edit]

The following is the record of the Ottawa Gee-Gees football team in the last ten seasons of play:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
2003 8 3 5 0.375 216 200 6th in OUA Lost to Laurier Golden Hawks in quarter-final 38-17
2004 8 5 3 0.625 190 236 4th in OUA Defeated Guelph Gryphons in quarter-final 33-9
Lost to Laurier Golden Hawks in semi-final 46-7
2005 8 6 2 0.625 305 137 3rd in OUA Defeated Guelph Gryphons in quarter-final 35-21
Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 18-10
2006 8 7 1 0.875 276 97 1st in OUA Defeated Queen's Golden Gaels in semi-final 23-10
Defeated Laurier Golden Hawks in Yates Cup 32-14
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Mitchell Bowl 35-28
2007 8 8 0 1.000 312 110 1st in OUA Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 23-16
2008 8 4 4 0.500 297 187 5th in OUA Defeated Guelph Gryphons in quarter-final 42-37
Defeated Queen's Golden Gaels in semi-final 23-13
Lost to Western Mustangs in Yates Cup 31-17
2009 8 6 2 0.750 260 169 4th in OUA Lost to McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 27-15
2010 8 7 1 0.875 291 168 1st in OUA Defeated Laurier Golden Hawks in semi-final 32-31
Lost to Western Mustangs in Yates Cup 26-25
2011 8 5 3 0.625 245 199 4th in OUA Lost to Windsor Lancers in quarter-final 50-33
2012 8 2 6 0.250 246 260 8th in OUA Did not qualify
2013 8 5 3 0.625 276 253 5th in OUA Lost to McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 41-7

Ottawa Gee-Gees in the CFL[edit]

As of late in the 2014 CFL season, three former Gee-Gees players are on CFL teams' rosters:

1975 Vanier Cup champions[edit]

The undefeated 1975 National Championship team (11-0) is considered to be one of the most dominant in Canadian college history. That team became the first to finish with a perfect record after winning a Vanier Cup. Even to this day, the 1975 team still holds several CIS and OUA team and individual records. Players from the 1975 team were selected to the CIS All-Canadian team 13 times during their college careers. During their CIS careers, players from the 1975 team were selected as OUAA an OQIFC All-Stars 42 times.[6]

1975 Gee Gees CIS career awards[edit]

  • 13 All-Canadian Selections during their CIS careers
  • 42 OUAA All-Star Selections during their CIS careers
  • 1 Hec Crighton Finalist (CIS Outstanding Player)
  • 2 J.P. Metras Trophy Finalists (CIS Outstanding Lineman)
  • 1 Frank Tindall Trophy (CIS Coach of the Year)
  • 1 Ted Morris Trophy (MVP Vanier Cup)

The 1975 University of Ottawa Gee Gees CFL careers[edit]

A total of 21 players from the 1975 Vanier Cup Championship team were selected in the Canadian Football League draft, including nine players in the first round or higher including six CFL Territorial Protections (from 1973 through 1982 each CFL team was allowed to pick and protect 2 players from their region before the 1st round began). During their careers as professionals, players from the 1975 Vanier Cup Championship team appeared in 23 Grey Cup games and went on to collect a total of 12 Grey Cup Rings.[6] The following is a brief list of the impact that these players have had in the Canadian Football League.

  • Eric Upton - Guard - 10 Years CFL Edmonton Eskimos-3 time Western All-Star, 6 Grey Cup Appearances, 5 time Grey Cup Champion
  • Rocky DiPietro- Slotback - 14 Years CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats, CFL All-Time Pass Reception Leader, Canadian Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 2 time CFL Outstanding Canadian, 3 time Lew Hayman Trophy Outstanding Canadian Eastern Division, 5 time Eastern All-Star, 4 Grey Cup Appearances, 1986 Grey Cup Champion
  • Neil Lumsden - Fullback/Kicker - 10 Years CFL Toronto Argonauts/Hamilton Tiger-Cats/Edmonton Eskimos, Winner 1976 Frank M Gibson Trophy CFL Outstanding Rookie Eastern Division, 2 Time Eastern Division All-Star, 1981 Grey Cup Canadian MVP, 3 time Grey Cup Champion
  • Miles Gorrell - Offensive Tackle - 19 Years CFL Calgary Stampeders/Hamilton Tiger-Cats/Montreal Alouettes/Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 5 time Eastern Division All-Star, 2 time Winner Leo Dandurand Trophy CFL Outstanding Lineman Eastern Division, 5 Grey Cup Appearances, 1 time Grey Cup Champion
  • Jeff Avery - Wide Receiver- 6 Years CFL Ottawa Rough Riders, 1 time Eastern Division All-Star, 2 Grey Cup Appearances, 1976 Grey Cup Champion
  • Al Moffat - Defensive Tackle - 6 Years CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1 time Eastern Division All-Star, 1 Grey Cup Appearance
  • Mike Murphy - Fullback - 4 Years CFL, Winner 1977 Frank M. Gibson Trophy CFL Outstanding Rookie Eastern Division
  • Doug Falconer - Defensive Back - 4 Years CFL Ottawa Rough Riders/Calgary Stampeders, 1976 Grey Cup Champion
  • Tim Berryman - Linebacker - 7 Years CFL Edmonton Eskimos/Ottawa Rough Riders, 1 Grey Cup Appearance
  • Bill Harrison - Halfback - 5 Years CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats/Toronto Argonauts
  • Ian Mac Pherson - Defensive Tackle - 3 Years CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Gee-Gees Men's basketball[edit]

Ottawa Gee-Gees
Ottawa Gee-Gees athletic logo
University University of Ottawa
Conference Ontario University Athletics
North[7] Division
Location Ottawa, ON
Head coach James Derouin (4th year)
Arena Montpetit Hall
(Capacity: 1000)

Garnet and Grey

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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

The Gee-Gees men's basketball team has been strong for most of its existence but has recently become a perennial power and one of the best teams in the country.

2010-2012: New coach, fresh start[edit]

In July 2010, the University of Ottawa appointed James Derouin, an alumni and former player, as their new head coach after the departure of Coach Dave DeAveiro who left for McGill University. Derouin was an assistant coach for the UBC Thunderbirds for the previous two years and was captain of the Gee-Gees Men’s Basketball Team for both the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. In his final year, he also played under former Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro.

The 11 win 2010-11 season was successful despite falling just short of an entrance to the Final 8, losing to the McMaster Marauders in the OUA Final 4.

The 2011-12 regular season would prove even more successful than the previous year. The Gee-Gees entered the OUA playoffs with a 13-9 record but unfortunately was ousted by rival Ryerson Rams by only 3 points in the semifinals. The Gee-Gees would have a playoff experienced mix of veteran and young players going into the 2012-2013 season, and would be looking to make some serious noise to build on their strong ’11-’12 campaign.

2012-2014: Joining the nation’s elite[edit]

The Gee-Gees would come into the 2012-13 season with the last chance to make a deep run with star Warren Ward and the rest of their graduating players.

Highly ranked nationally all season, the Gee-Gees posted a 15-5 regular season record and were dead-set on making an appearance in the CIS tournament. The team ended up going on to lose to bitter cross-city rivals Carleton Ravens by only 3 points in the OUA Wilson Cup final, still qualifying for the CIS Final 8 Tournament being held in Ottawa. The team would go on to lose to the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the national championship semifinals but defeated the Acadia Axemen to earn their first national medal in school history with a bronze.

The 2013-14 season has turned out to be one of the best in school history with the play of star senior Johnny Berhanemeskel and star transfer Terry Thomas the Gee-Gees were ranked at #2 in the nation almost all season and posted a school best 20-2 regular season record with their two losses coming against nation’s #1 Carleton. The Gee-Gees went into the OUA playoffs looking as the second seed and narrowly beat the Ryerson Rams to advance to the final four in Toronto. In the semifinals, Ottawa easily beat McMaster and advanced to the gold medal game against Carleton the following day. In the final, the Gee-Gees edged Carleton by a score of 78-77 to win their first Wilson Cup (basketball) in 21 years. The loss was Carleton's first against Canadian competition in 49 straight games. Sitting on seed 1 for the Final 8 in the W. P. McGee Trophy, the Gee-Gees advanced to the final game, beating the Saskatchewan Huskies and the Victoria Vikes. The second time this season, facing the cross-town rival in a final game, the Gee-Gees lost this time 79-67.

Men's basketball program alumni[edit]

Ali Mahmoud

  • St. Patrick’s High School (Ottawa)
  • University of Ottawa Gee-Gees (2002, 2003)
  • Lebanon National Basketball Program
  • Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (2004 – Present)
  • 2006, 2010 FIBA World Championships

Alex McLeod

  • University of Ottawa Gee-Gees (2002 – 2006)
  • Gee-Gees All-Time 3 Point Scorer (OUA Games)
  • Over 1,207 career points
  • OUA East Rookie Team (2002)
  • OUA East All-Star (2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Certified Canadian Lawyer

Joshua Gibson-Bascombe

  • University of Ottawa Gee-Gees (2005 – 2010)
  • OUA East Rookie of the Year (2005-2006)
  • OUA East All-Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • All-Time Leading Scorer with 1571 points
  • NH Ostrava of the Czech Republic
  • Team Canada Men’s Development Team
  • FISU (2007 Thailand, 2009 Serbia)

Warren Ward

  • University of Ottawa Gee-Gees (2008 – 2013)
  • OUA East All-Rookie Team (2008-2009)
  • OUA East All-Star (2009, 2010, 2012)
  • Plays professionally for TBB Trier
  • FISU (2011 China)

Terry Thomas

  • University of Ottawa Gee-Gees (2013 – 2014)
  • CIS All-Canadian Second Team (2012)
  • CIS National Championship All-Tournament Team (2014)
  • All OUA East Second Team (2014)
  • CIS National Championship All-Tournament Team (2012)
  • All-Atlantic Division First Team (2012)
  • Atlantic Division All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • Plays professionally for Hamburg Towers

Gee-Gees soccer[edit]

The Gee-Gees women's soccer team program was founded in 1994 by current head coach, Steven Johnson. The team went on to become national champions in 1996, in just their third season of play, after which Johnson was recognized as CIS coach of the year (an honour he would again receive in 2005). The team has also won CIS silver medals in 2005, 2003, 2000, 1997 and CIS bronze medals in 2001, and 2006.[8]

Gee-Gees hockey[edit]

The men's hockey program was formed in 1889. The team played in the Ottawa City Hockey League. The team was first known as "Garnet and Grey", as well as the other varsity athletic programs within the University of Ottawa. In the 1940s, all the varsity athletic programs became known as the "Gee Gees", which was nicknamed by the media. The Gee Gees had tremendous success in the 1980s. Despite, that the Gee Gees have yet to win the University Cup - CIS championship for men's hockey. Ottawa's most memorable run took place in 2004, as the Gee Gees ousted rivals Universite de Québec à Trois-Rivières (otherwise known as UQTR Patriotes) 2-1 in the OUA playoffs, and then advanced to the Queen's Cup, hosted by the University of Western Ontario. The Gee Gees lost the OUA final to York, but they still earned a spot in the University Cup, held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where power-house UNB (University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds) played host to the tournament. However, the Gee Gees failed to record a win and went home 0-2. Notably, it was the first time since 1985 that the Gee Gees played in the University Cup.

The Gee Gees are well known for their successful coaches like Mickey Goulet, who is currently head coach of the Italian National Men's Hockey Team, which participated in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Coaches like Michel Boucher, Tony Zappia, and current head coach Dave Leger, who has been at the helm since 2003.

The Gee Gees played in several rinks before the current Minto Sports Complex, which was built on the site of the Minto Arena, the former Minto Skating Club facility, which was demolished in 2000. Ottawa has held games at the Sandy Hill Arena and the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull. The first rink, was known as "College Yard", which was an outdoor rink in front of Tabaret Hall. The second venue for the Gee Gees was the indoor Rideau Skating Rink, which was flooded during winter for the ice surface. The site on the corner of Waller Street and Laurier Avenue is now the Arts building at the University of Ottawa.[9]

2014 Suspension[edit]

On March 3 2014, the University of Ottawa men's varsity hockey team was suspended from any activity due to "severe misconduct". In a press conference, the University stated that they alerted the police due to the severity of the allegations. It was later discovered that some of the players on the hockey team were allegedly involved in a gang sexual assault on the weekend of February 1 while in Thunder Bay playing Lake Head University.

University of Ottawa officials were made aware of the situation by a third party on February 24 2014. University officials gave its information to Thunder Bay police, who confirmed they were in the initial stages of an investigation regarding a sexual assault.[10] The University of Ottawa conducted its own review which called for the initial suspension while the investigation was ongoing.[11] The University also contacted Ottawa police about the allegations, who in turn, cooperated with Thunder Bay police to complete the investigation.

During a press conference on March 3 2014, the president of the university, Allan Rock stated that the university was going to announce the suspension of the hockey program on February 28 2014, but the Thunder Bay Police asked them to delay.[12]

The investigation is still ongoing.

Women's Hockey[edit]


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