U Sports University Cup

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The U Sports University Cup

The U Sports University Cup is awarded annually to the U Sports men's ice hockey champions. The current champion is the UNB Varsity Reds.

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. The cup is meant to recognize the overall contribution made to the game of hockey by outstanding university players.

Recently the 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 University Cup every 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 2015–16 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.

With the completion of the 2015–16 championship, the Alberta Golden Bears have won the most national championships, 15 wins in 20 appearances, followed by the Toronto Varsity Blues, with 10 wins in 13 appearances. The UNB Varsity Reds have 7 championships in 12 appearances, while the Moncton Aigles Bleus and the UQTR Patriotes are next, with 4 national championship wins each.

The Toronto Varsity Blues hold the record of 5 consecutive championships, from 1969 through 1973.

Starting with the 2015 University Cup in Halifax, the CIS championship expanded from six to eight teams and moved from a two pool-play 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 association champions (Canada West, OUA West, OUA East, AUS), one host, one assigned berth to Canada West, one assigned berth to OUA, and one assigned berth to AUS. The new format will be re-evaluated after a two-year period.[1]

The host for the 2017 and 2018 U Sports University Cups is the University of New Brunswick. All matches will take place on campus at the Aitken University Centre.

Champions[edit]

Year Location Champion Score Runner Up
1963 OntarioKingston, Ontario OntarioMcMaster Marlins 3-2 British ColumbiaUBC Thunderbirds
1964 OntarioKingston AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 9-1 QuebecSir George Williams Georgians
1965 ManitobaWinnipeg, Manitoba ManitobaManitoba Bisons 9-2 Prince Edward IslandSt. Dunstan's Saints
1966 OntarioSudbury, Ontario OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 8-1 AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears
1967 AlbertaCalgary, Alberta OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 16-2 OntarioLaurentian Voyageurs
1968 QuebecMontreal, Québec AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 5-4 QuebecLoyola Warriors
1969 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 4-2 QuebecSir George Williams Georgians
1970 Prince Edward IslandCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 3-2 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Huskies
1971 OntarioSudbury, Ontario OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 5-4 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Huskies
1972 QuebecSherbrooke, Quebec OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 5-0 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Huskies
1973 OntarioToronto, Ontario OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 3-2 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Huskies
1974 OntarioToronto, Ontario OntarioWaterloo Warriors 6-5 QuebecSir George Williams Georgians
1975 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 5-2 OntarioToronto Varsity Blues
1976 OntarioToronto, Ontario OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 7-2 OntarioGuelph Gryphons
1977 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 4-1 AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears
1978 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 6-5 OntarioToronto Varsity Blues
1979 QuebecMontreal, Quebec AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 5-1 Nova ScotiaDalhousie Tigers
1980 SaskatchewanRegina, Saskatchewan AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 7-3 SaskatchewanRegina Cougars
1981 AlbertaCalgary, Alberta New BrunswickMoncton Aigles Bleus 4-2 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Huskies
1982 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick New BrunswickMoncton Aigles Bleus 3-2 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Huskies
1983 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Huskies 6-2 QuebecConcordia Stingers
1984 QuebecTrois-Rivières, Quebec OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 9-1 QuebecConcordia Stingers
1985 OntarioToronto, Ontario OntarioYork Yeomen 3-2 AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears
1986 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 5-2 QuebecUQTR Patriotes
1987 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta QuebecUQTR Patriotes 6-3 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Huskies
1988 OntarioToronto, Ontario OntarioYork Yeomen 5-3 OntarioWestern Ontario Mustangs
1989 OntarioToronto, Ontario OntarioYork Yeomen 5-2 OntarioWilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
1990 OntarioToronto, Ontario New BrunswickMoncton Aigles Bleus 2-1 OntarioWilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
1991 OntarioToronto, Ontario QuebecUQTR Patriotes 7-2 AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears
1992 OntarioToronto, Ontario AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 5-2 Nova ScotiaAcadia Axemen
1993 OntarioToronto, Ontario Nova ScotiaAcadia Axemen 12-1 OntarioToronto Varsity Blues
1994 OntarioToronto, Ontario AlbertaLethbridge Pronghorns 5-2 OntarioGuelph Gryphons
1995 OntarioToronto, Ontario New BrunswickMoncton Aigles Bleus 5-1 OntarioGuelph Gryphons
1996 OntarioToronto, Ontario Nova ScotiaAcadia Axemen 3-2 OntarioWaterloo Warriors
1997 OntarioToronto, Ontario OntarioGuelph Gryphons 4-3 New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds
1998 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds 6-3 Nova ScotiaAcadia Axemen
1999 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 6-2 New BrunswickMoncton Aigles Bleus
2000 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 5-4 (2 OT) New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds
2001 OntarioWaterloo, Ontario QuebecUQTR Patriotes 5-4 Nova ScotiaSt. Francis Xavier X-Men
2002 OntarioWaterloo, Ontario OntarioWestern Ontario Mustangs 4-3 (3 OT) QuebecUQTR Patriotes
2003 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick QuebecUQTR Patriotes 3-0 Nova ScotiaSt. Francis Xavier X-Men
2004 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick Nova ScotiaSt. Francis Xavier X-Men 3-2 (2 OT) New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds
2005 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 4-3 (OT) SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Huskies
2006 AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 3-2 OntarioLakehead Thunderwolves
2007 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds 3-2 (2OT) New BrunswickMoncton Aigles Bleus
2008 New BrunswickMoncton, New Brunswick AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 3-2 New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds
2009 OntarioThunder Bay, Ontario New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds 4-2 OntarioWestern Ontario Mustangs
2010 OntarioThunder Bay, Ontario Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Huskies 3-2 (OT) AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears
2011 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds 4-0 QuebecMcGill Redmen
2012 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick QuebecMcGill Redmen 4–3 (OT) OntarioWestern Ontario Mustangs
2013 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds 2-0 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Huskies
2014 SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 3-1 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Huskies
2015 Nova ScotiaHalifax, Nova Scotia AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 6-3 New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds
2016 Nova ScotiaHalifax, Nova Scotia New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds 3-1 Nova ScotiaSt. Francis Xavier X-Men
2017 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds 5-3 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Huskies
2018 New BrunswickFredericton, New Brunswick

University Cup Final appearances[edit]

This table ranks appearances in the final championship game.

Appearances Team Wins Losses Win %
20 AlbertaAlberta Golden Bears 15 5 .750
13 OntarioToronto Varsity Blues 10 3 .769
12 New BrunswickUNB Varsity Reds 7 5 .583
6 QuebecUQTR Patriotes 4 2 .666
6 New BrunswickMoncton Aigles Bleus 4 2 .666
6 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Huskies 1 5 .167
7 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Huskies 1 6 .142
4 OntarioWestern Ontario Mustangs 1 3 .250
4 OntarioGuelph Gryphons 1 3 .250
4 Nova ScotiaAcadia Axemen 2 2 .500
3 OntarioYork Yeomen 3 0 1.000
3 QuebecSir George Williams Georgians 0 3 .000
2 OntarioWaterloo Warriors 1 1 .500
4 Nova ScotiaSt. Francis Xavier X-Men 1 3 .250
2 QuebecConcordia Stingers 0 2 .000
2 QuebecMcGill Redmen 1 1 .500
2 OntarioWilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 0 2 .000
1 British ColumbiaUBC Thunderbirds 0 1 .000
1 OntarioMcMaster Marauders 1 0 1.000
1 Prince Edward IslandSt. Dunstan's Saints 0 1 .000
1 ManitobaManitoba Bisons 1 0 1.000
1 OntarioLaurentian Voyageurs 0 1 .000
1 QuebecLoyola Warriors 0 1 .000
1 Nova ScotiaDalhousie Tigers 0 1 .000
1 SaskatchewanRegina Cougars 0 1 .000
1 AlbertaLethbridge Pronghorns 1 0 1.000
1 OntarioLakehead 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.

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