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Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas
Logo
University University of Alberta
Conference Canada West
U Sports East Division (basketball)
Athletic director Ian Reade
Location Edmonton, Alberta
Varsity teams 17
Football stadium Foote Field
Arena Clare Drake Arena
Other arenas Universiade Pavilion
Gymnasium Saville Community Sports Centre
Mascot GUBA (Great University Bear of Alberta)
Nickname Golden Bears
Fight song Alberta Cheer Song
Colors Green and Gold[1]
         
Website www.ualberta.ca/athletics

The Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas are the sports teams that represent the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

History[edit]

The University of Alberta fields in 17 sports administered by U Sports in the Canada West conference.

The football and soccer teams play their home games at Foote Field, while the hockey team plays at Clare Drake Arena, and the basketball and volleyball teams home is the Saville Community Sports Centre.

University of Alberta Golden Bears football team

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Curling
Football Hockey
Golf Rugby
Hockey Soccer
Soccer Swimming
Tennis Track and field
Volleyball Volleyball
Wrestling
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor


Football[edit]

The Alberta Golden Bears football team have been in competition since 1910. The Golden Bears have won three Vanier Cup national championships, in 1967, 1972 and most recently in 1980. The program has also won 18 Hardy Cup conference titles, second only to the Saskatchewan Huskies who have won 19 of them. The Golden Bears have also had three players win the Hec Crighton Trophy, with Mel Smith winning in 1971, Bryan Fryer winning in 1975, and most recently Ed Ilnicki winning the award in 2017.

The Golden Bears vs the Saskatchewan Huskies football team in 2008.

In the 2000s, the Golden Bears had seen mixed results as the team made the playoffs in five of ten seasons between 2001–2010. In four of those seasons, Alberta reached the Hardy Cup, but came away with losses each time. Despite playing in the Hardy Cup in 2010, the Golden Bears finished winless in 2011 following the resignation of longtime head coach Jerry Friesen. UBC defaulted two wins to Alberta that year, but the following season was once again winless as the Golden Bears finished at the bottom of the standings. The Golden Bears saw improvement in 2014 by posting a 3–5 record, but finished fifth and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The program saw further regression in 2015 and 2016, posting just two and one win seasons, respectively.

In 2017, the Golden Bears returned to the playoffs following a six-year absence by qualifying in the week of the season by defeating the powerhouse Calgary Dinos and finishing 3–5. Because UBC and Manitoba finished with 2–6 records, the Golden Bears finished in fourth place and in playoff position, led by the strong play of Hec Crighton Trophy winner, Ed Ilnicki. The team lost the Canada West Semi-Final to the same Dinos by a score of 39–22.

Recent regular season results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost OTL PCT PF PA Standing Playoffs
2001 8 2 5 1 0.313 139 217 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2002 8 1 7 0 0.125 141 186 7th in CW Out of Playoffs
2003 8 4 4 0 0.500 262 164 4th in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 10–4
Lost to Simon Fraser Clan in Hardy Cup 28–18
2004 8 7 1 0 0.875 235 145 1st in CW Defeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 39–13
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Hardy Cup 21–20
2005 8 7 1 0 0.875 226 149 2nd in CW Defeated Manitoba Bisons in semi-final 33–24
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Hardy Cup 30–17
2006 8 4 4 0 0.500 163 198 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2007 8 2 6 0 0.250 176 204 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2008 8 2 6 0 0.250 140 194 7th in CW Out of Playoffs
2009 8 4 4 0 0.500 164 203 3rd in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 45–13
2010 8 3 5 0 0.375 177 220 4th in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 31–30
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 56–3
2011 8 2 6 0 0.250 73 274 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2012 8 0 8 0 0.000 82 305 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2013 8 0 8 0 0.000 188 419 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2014 8 3 5 0 0.375 228 292 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2015 8 2 6 0 0.250 183 356 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2016 8 1 7 0 0.125 155 355 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2017 8 3 5 0 0.375 275 276 4th in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 39–22

Golden Bears in the CFL[edit]

As of the start of the 2018 CFL season, six former Golden Bears players are on CFL teams' rosters:

Awards and standings[edit]

The Bears are considered a strong school team in Canada in multiple sports. The hockey and volleyball teams, in particular, are frequent challengers in U Sports national championships.

The hockey team has won a total of 15 National Championships and 25 Canada West championships, having won 5 National Championships (04-05, 05–06, 07–08, 13–14, 14–15) and 13 Canada West championships in the past 15 seasons.

The volleyball team has been strong over the past decade, having been crowned National Champions on four occasions: 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. In addition, they were runners-up in 2006 and 2007. They have also won the Canada West 13 times.

In addition to their success over Canadian competition, the Golden Bears host the annual Husky Energy Can-Am Challenge of Champions tournament, where they frequently spearhead the Canadian contingent's success. This tournament sees four top teams from both Canada and the USA competing for supremacy, with the Canadian teams holding the overall title, having won 9 of the 13 tournaments.

Championships[edit]

Sport National Championships Additional National Appearances Conference Championships Conference Podiums
Basketball 3 (1994, 1995, 2002)[2][3] 10 (1974, 1977, 1990 (7th), 1996 (2nd), 1998 (7th), 1999 (2nd), 2000 (5th), 2003 (t3), 2005 (t5), 2008 (t7), 2012 (t2) 11 (1973, 1974, 1977, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2012, 2014)[4][5] 24 (1st – 10, 2nd – 6, 3rd – 8)
Cross-Country 1 (1980)[6][7] 16 (1983 (2nd), 1984 (4th), 1985 (4th), 1986 (2nd), 1997 (5th), 1998 (12th), 1999 (9th), 2000 (2nd), 2001 (4th), 2002 (3rd), 2003 (3rd), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (4th), 2006 (7th), 2007 (12th), 2008 (t9) 12 (1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)[8][9] 22 (1st – 12, 2nd – 6, 3rd – 4)
Curling 1 (2012)[10] 3 (2008, 2010, 2011) 2012, 2013 -
Football 3 (1967, 1972, 1980)[11][12] 3 (1965, 1971, 1981) 16 (1922, 1926, 1928, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1981)[13][14] 22 (1st – 16, 2nd – 6)
Hockey 16 (1964, 1968, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2018) [15][16] 22 (1966 (2nd), 1969 (3rd), 1970, 1972 (3rd), 1973, 1977, 1984, 1985 (2nd), 1987, 1989, 1991 (2nd), 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 (3rd), 2004 (4th), 2009, 2010 (2nd), 2011, 2013) 25 (1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) [17][18] 39 (1st – 25, 2nd – 10, 3rd – 4)
Soccer 4 (1972, 1979, 2003, 2006)[19][20] 7 (1973 (2nd), 1981 (2nd), 1988 (3rd), 1994 (2nd), 1995 (2nd), 1998 (2nd), 1999 (2nd)) 9 (1972, 1973, 1979, 1981, 1988, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003)[21][22] 31 (1st – 9, 2nd – 8, 3rd – 14)
Swimming 0 [23][24] 37 (1972–2009: 2nd – 2, 3rd – 10, 4th – 7, 5th – 2, 6th – 5, 7th – 2, 8th – 2, 9th – 1, 10th – 2, 12th – 3, 18th – 1) 9 (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1992, 1993, 1996 (tied))[25][26] 32 (1st – 9, 2nd – 7, 3rd – 16)
Track and Field 1 (2001)[27][28] 27 (1981–1987, 1989–2000, 2002–2009: 2nd – 3, 3rd – 5, 4th – 2, 5th – 3, 6th – 4, 7th – 2, 8th – 1, 10th – 2, 11th – 2, 14th – 1, 16th – 1, 19th – 1) 6 (1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1993, 2006)[29][30] 25 (1st – 6, 2nd – 11, 3rd – 8)
Volleyball 8 (1981, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015)[31][32] 18 (1975 (2nd), 1980 (3rd), 1990 (6th), 1993 (5th), 1994 (4th), 1995 (4th), 1996 (2nd), 1998 (3rd), 1999 (3rd), 2001 (5th), 2003 (2nd), 2004 (2nd), 2006 (2nd), 2007 (2nd), 2010 (3rd), 2011 (5th), 2012 (6th), 2013 (5th)) 13 (1975, 1981, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015) [33][34] 30 (1st – 13, 2nd – 11, 3rd – 6)
Wrestling 4 (1970, 1971, 1972, 2013)[35][36] 33 (1980, 1983–1987, 1989–2015: 1st – 1, 2nd – 1, 3rd – 2, 4th – 1, 5th – 4, 6th – 3, 7th – 4, 8th – 2, 9th – 3, 10th – 4, 11th – 2, 13th – 1, 14th – 1, 16th – 1) 15 (1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 2013,2014,2015) [37][38] 27 (1st – 15, 2nd – 7, 3rd – 5)
Total 40 176 118 252 (1st – 115, 2nd – 72, 3rd – 65)

References[edit]

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