David Johnston University Cup

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David Johnston University Cup
University Cup.jpg
The original U Sports University Cup
First awarded 1963
Most recently played 2018
Current champions Alberta Golden Bears
Current runners-up St. Francis Xavier X-Men
Most titles Alberta Golden Bears (16, 29.1% of all championships)
Website usports.ca/en/championships/hockey/m

The David Johnston University Cup, formerly the U Sports University Cup, is a national collegiate sports award, presented annually to the champion of an eight-team tournament played by U Sports men's ice hockey. The Alberta Golden Bears are the current champions and have won the most championships with 16. On March 13, 2018, the cup was named after David Johnston, a former Governor General of Canada.[1]

History[edit]

The trophy was presented to U Sports, then known as the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU), for presentation to a national champion starting with the 1962–63 season, by Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada. These two schools, located in Kingston, had been the participants in the first organized interuniversity hockey game, played in Kingston in 1885.[2] The cup is meant to recognize the overall contribution made to the game of hockey by outstanding university players.

Recently, the David Johnston University Cup trophy has been modified after several repairs. The metal bowl is now of simpler design, and mounts more flush to the main wooden portion. The two handles that used to be attached to the bowl, and frequently broke off, were not included on the new bowl. A new black wooden ring was added to the bottom of the trophy in order to incorporate more winning school shields. An engraved metal shield, with diagonal stripes in the winning school's colours, is added to the trophyevery year.

The Major W.J. (Danny) McLeod award recognizes the contribution made to the University Cup by the Most Valuable Player. Major W.J. (Danny) McLeod, athletic director at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, directed the establishment of the CIAU in 1961. The CIAU changed its name to Canadian Interuniversity Sport in 2001, and most recently to the current U Sports in October 2016.

With the completion of the 2016–17 championship, 27 different teams have played in the national championship final (however Sir George Williams University merged with Loyola College in 1974 to create Concordia University, so it could be described as 26 different teams). In all, 17 different teams have won the national championship. The Toronto Varsity Blues hold the record of 5 consecutive championships, from 1969 through 1973.

Starting with the 2015 University Cup in Halifax, the U Sports championship expanded from six to eight teams and moved from a two-pool format to a single-elimination competition, including quarter-finals, semifinals and final (with a bronze medal game). The eight teams competing include the four regional conference champions (Canada West, OUA West, OUA East, AUS), one host, one assigned berth to Canada West (Canada West runner-up), one assigned berth to OUA (3rd place finisher), and one assigned berth to AUS (AUS runner-up).

On March 13, 2018, U Sports renamed the cup the David Johnston University Cup in honour of David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada.[1]

Champions[edit]

Year Location Champion Score Runner Up
1963 OntarioKingston, Ontario McMaster Marlins 3-2 UBC Thunderbirds
1964 OntarioKingston, Ontario Alberta Golden Bears 9-1 Sir George Williams Georgians
1965 ManitobaWinnipeg, Manitoba Manitoba Bisons 9-2 St. Dunstan's Saints
1966 OntarioSudbury, Ontario Toronto Varsity Blues 8-1 Alberta Golden Bears
1967 AlbertaCalgary, Alberta Toronto Varsity Blues 16-2 Laurentian Voyageurs
1968 QuebecMontreal, Québec Alberta Golden Bears 5-4 Loyola Warriors
1969 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta Toronto Varsity Blues 4-2 Sir George Williams Georgians
1970 Prince Edward IslandCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2 Saint Mary's Huskies
1971 OntarioSudbury, Ontario Toronto Varsity Blues 5-4 Saint Mary's Huskies
1972 QuebecSherbrooke, Quebec Toronto Varsity Blues 5-0 Saint Mary's Huskies
1973 OntarioToronto, Ontario Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2 Saint Mary's Huskies
1974 OntarioToronto, Ontario Waterloo Warriors 6-5 Sir George Williams Georgians
1975 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta Alberta Golden Bears 5-2 Toronto Varsity Blues
1976 OntarioToronto, Ontario Toronto Varsity Blues 7-2 Guelph Gryphons
1977 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta Toronto Varsity Blues 4-1 Alberta Golden Bears
1978 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick Alberta Golden Bears 6-5 Toronto Varsity Blues
1979 QuebecMontreal, Quebec Alberta Golden Bears 5-1 Dalhousie Tigers
1980 SaskatchewanRegina, Saskatchewan Alberta Golden Bears 7-3 Regina Cougars
1981 AlbertaCalgary, Alberta Moncton Aigles Bleus 4-2 Saskatchewan Huskies
1982 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick Moncton Aigles Bleus 3-2 Saskatchewan Huskies
1983 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick Saskatchewan Huskies 6-2 Concordia Stingers
1984 QuebecTrois-Rivières, Quebec Toronto Varsity Blues 9-1 Concordia Stingers
1985 OntarioToronto, Ontario York Yeomen 3-2 Alberta Golden Bears
1986 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta Alberta Golden Bears 5-2 UQTR Patriotes
1987 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta UQTR Patriotes 6-3 Saskatchewan Huskies
1988 OntarioToronto, Ontario York Yeomen 5-3 Western Ontario Mustangs
1989 OntarioToronto, Ontario York Yeomen 5-2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
1990 OntarioToronto, Ontario Moncton Aigles Bleus 2-1 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
1991 OntarioToronto, Ontario UQTR Patriotes 7-2 Alberta Golden Bears
1992 OntarioToronto, Ontario Alberta Golden Bears 5-2 Acadia Axemen
1993 OntarioToronto, Ontario Acadia Axemen 12-1 Toronto Varsity Blues
1994 OntarioToronto, Ontario Lethbridge Pronghorns 5-2 Guelph Gryphons
1995 OntarioToronto, Ontario Moncton Aigles Bleus 5-1 Guelph Gryphons
1996 OntarioToronto, Ontario Acadia Axemen 3-2 Waterloo Warriors
1997 OntarioToronto, Ontario Guelph Gryphons 4-3 UNB Varsity Reds
1998 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan UNB Varsity Reds 6-3 Acadia Axemen
1999 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan Alberta Golden Bears 6-2 Moncton Aigles Bleus
2000 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan Alberta Golden Bears 5-4 (2 OT) UNB Varsity Reds
2001 OntarioWaterloo, Ontario UQTR Patriotes 5-4 St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2002 OntarioWaterloo, Ontario Western Ontario Mustangs 4-3 (3 OT) UQTR Patriotes
2003 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick UQTR Patriotes 3-0 St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2004 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick St. Francis Xavier X-Men 3-2 (2 OT) UNB Varsity Reds
2005 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta Alberta Golden Bears 4-3 (OT) Saskatchewan Huskies
2006 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta Alberta Golden Bears 3-2 Lakehead Thunderwolves
2007 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick UNB Varsity Reds 3-2 (2OT) Moncton Aigles Bleus
2008 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick Alberta Golden Bears 3-2 UNB Varsity Reds
2009 OntarioThunder Bay, Ontario UNB Varsity Reds 4-2 Western Ontario Mustangs
2010 OntarioThunder Bay, Ontario Saint Mary's Huskies 3-2 (OT) Alberta Golden Bears
2011 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick UNB Varsity Reds 4-0 McGill Redmen
2012 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick McGill Redmen 4–3 (OT) Western Ontario Mustangs
2013 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan UNB Varsity Reds 2-0 Saint Mary's Huskies
2014 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan Alberta Golden Bears 3-1 Saskatchewan Huskies
2015 Nova ScotiaHalifax, Nova Scotia Alberta Golden Bears 6-3 UNB Varsity Reds
2016 Nova ScotiaHalifax, Nova Scotia UNB Varsity Reds 3-1 St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2017 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick UNB Varsity Reds 5-3 Saskatchewan Huskies
2018 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick Alberta Golden Bears 4-2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2019 AlbertaLethbridge, Alberta
2020 Nova ScotiaHalifax, Nova Scotia
UNB Varsity Reds celebrate after winning the University Cup, March 19, 2017

University Cup Final appearances[edit]

This table ranks appearances in the final championship game.

Appearances Team Wins Losses Win %
21 Alberta Golden Bears 16 5 .762
13 Toronto Varsity Blues 10 3 .769
12 UNB Varsity Reds 7 5 .583
7 Saskatchewan Huskies 1 6 .142
6 UQTR Patriotes 4 2 .666
6 Moncton Aigles Bleus 4 2 .666
6 Saint Mary's Huskies 1 5 .167
5 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 1 4 .200
4 Western Ontario Mustangs 1 3 .250
4 Guelph Gryphons 1 3 .250
4 Acadia Axemen 2 2 .500
3 York Yeomen 3 0 1.000
3 Sir George Williams Georgians 0 3 .000
2 Waterloo Warriors 1 1 .500
2 Concordia Stingers 0 2 .000
2 McGill Redmen 1 1 .500
2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 0 2 .000
1 UBC Thunderbirds 0 1 .000
1 McMaster Marauders 1 0 1.000
1 St. Dunstan's Saints 0 1 .000
1 Manitoba Bisons 1 0 1.000
1 Laurentian Voyageurs 0 1 .000
1 Loyola Warriors 0 1 .000
1 Dalhousie Tigers 0 1 .000
1 Regina Cougars 0 1 .000
1 Lethbridge Pronghorns 1 0 1.000
1 Lakehead Thunderwolves 0 1 .000
  • Note 1: Sir George Williams University merged with Loyola College in 1974 to create Concordia University.
  • Note 2: St. Dunstan's University merged with Prince of Wales College in 1969 to form the University of Prince Edward Island.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "U Sports men's hockey trophy named after former Governor-General David Johnston". Retrieved March 13, 2018 – via The Globe and Mail. 
  2. ^ "History". U SPORTS. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 

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