Alberta Golden Bears

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Alberta Golden Bears
University University of Alberta
Conference Canada West
U Sports East Division (Basketball only)
Athletic director Dr. Ian Reade
Location Edmonton, Alberta
Varsity teams 10
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
Colours Green and Gold
         
Website www.bears.ualberta.ca

The Alberta Golden Bears are the men's sport teams that represent the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The women's teams are known as the Alberta Pandas.

History[edit]

The Golden Bears compete in 12 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[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Curling
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

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)[1][2] 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)[3][4] 24 (1st - 10, 2nd - 6, 3rd - 8)
Cross-Country 1 (1980)[5][6] 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)[7][8] 22 (1st - 12, 2nd - 6, 3rd - 4)
Curling 1 (2012)[9] 3 (2008, 2010, 2011) 2012, 2013 -
Football 3 (1967, 1972, 1980)[10][11] 3 (1965, 1971, 1981) 16 (1922, 1926, 1928, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1981)[12][13] 22 (1st - 16, 2nd - 6)
Hockey 16 (1964, 1968, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2018) [14][15] 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) [16][17] 39 (1st - 25, 2nd - 10, 3rd - 4)
Soccer 4 (1972, 1979, 2003, 2006)[18][19] 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)[20][21] 31 (1st - 9, 2nd - 8, 3rd - 14)
Swimming 0 [22][23] 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))[24][25] 32 (1st - 9, 2nd - 7, 3rd - 16)
Track and Field 1 (2001)[26][27] 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)[28][29] 25 (1st - 6, 2nd - 11, 3rd - 8)
Volleyball 8 (1981, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015)[30][31] 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) [32][33] 30 (1st - 13, 2nd - 11, 3rd - 6)
Wrestling 4 (1970, 1971, 1972, 2013)[34][35] 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) [36][37] 27 (1st - 15, 2nd - 7, 3rd - 5)
Total 40 176 118 252 (1st - 115, 2nd - 72, 3rd - 65)

See also U Sports.

Football[edit]

Alberta Golden Bears
Alberta Golden Bears Logo.svg
Alberta Golden Bears logo
First season 1910
Athletic director Dr. Ian Reade
Head coach Chris Morris
5th year, 9–31–0  (.225)
Home Stadium Foote Field
Year built 2001
Stadium capacity 3500
Stadium surface PureGrass
Location Edmonton, Alberta
League U Sports
Conference CWUAA (1910 - present)
All-time record 333–325–9 (.506)
Postseason record – 
Tournaments
Vanier Cups 3
1967, 1972, 1980
Churchill Bowls 4
1971, 1972, 1980, 1981
Hardy Cups 18
1922, 1926, 1928, 1944,
1946, 1947, 1948, 1960,
1962, 1963, 1964, 1965,
1967, 1971, 1972, 1979,
1980, 1981
Hec Crighton winners 3
Mel Smith, Bryan Fryer, Ed Ilnicki
Current uniform
Alberta Golden Bears football uniform since 2014.png
Colours Green and Gold
         
Rivals Calgary Dinos
Website bears.ualberta.ca

The Alberta Golden Bears football team has 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 end of the 2017 CFL season, five former Golden Bears players are on CFL teams' rosters:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_basketball/2006MBB.pdf CIS Men's BB Almanac
  2. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_basketball/index.cfm CIS Men's BB Page
  3. ^ http://www.bears.ualberta.ca//pdfs/2006-BearsBasketball.pdf U of A Men's BB History
  4. ^ http://www.canadawest.org/sports_team.aspx?id=1 Canada West Men's BB Page
  5. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_xcountry/almanac_men07.pdf CIS Men's XC Almanac
  6. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_xcountry/index.cfm CIS Men's XC Page
  7. ^ http://www.bears.ualberta.ca//pdfs/2006-XC.pdf U of A Men's XC History
  8. ^ http://www.canadawest.org/sports_team.aspx?id=3 Canada West Men's XC Page
  9. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/championships/curling/2009/index.cfm CIS Men's Curling Page
  10. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/football/documents/10_2008Football-final.pdf CIS Football Almanac
  11. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/football/ CIS Football Page
  12. ^ http://www.bears.ualberta.ca//pdfs/2007BearsFootballHistory.pdf U of A Football History
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-03-01.  Canada West Football Page
  14. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_icehockey/documents/11_2008MIceHockey-final.pdf CIS Men's Hockey Almanac
  15. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_icehockey/ CIS Men's Hockey Page
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2009-01-07.  U of A Men's Hockey History
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2009-08-20.  Canada West Men's Hockey Page
  18. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_soccer/MSoccer.pdf CIS Men's Soccer Almanac
  19. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_soccer/ CIS Men's Soccer Page
  20. ^ http://www.bears.ualberta.ca//pdfs/2006-BearsSoccer.pdf U of A Men's Soccer History
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2009-08-20.  Canada West Men's Soccer Page
  22. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_swimming/documents/16_2008MSwimming-final.pdf CIS Men's Swimming Almanac
  23. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_swimming CIS Men's Swimming Page
  24. ^ http://www.bears.ualberta.ca//pdfs/2006-Swimming.pdf U of A Men's Swimming History
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2009-08-20.  Canada West Men's Swimming Page
  26. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_track/2007_almanacM.pdf CIS Men's Track Almanac
  27. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_track CIS Men's Track Page
  28. ^ http://www.bears.ualberta.ca//pdfs/2006-TrackandField.pdf U of A Men's Track History
  29. ^ http://www.canadawest.org/sports_team.aspx?id=12 Canada West Men's Track Page
  30. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_volleyball/documents/20_2008MVB-final.pdf CIS Men's VB Almanac
  31. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_volleyball/ CIS Men's VB Page
  32. ^ http://www.bears.ualberta.ca//pdfs/2008-Bears%20Volleyball.pdf U of A Men's VB History
  33. ^ http://www.canadawest.org/sports_team.aspx?id=13 Canada West Men's VB Page
  34. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_wrestling/MWrestling.pdf CIS Men's Wrestling Almanac
  35. ^ http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_wrestling/ CIS Men's Wrestling Page
  36. ^ http://www.bears.ualberta.ca//pdfs/2006-Wrestling.pdf U of A Men's Wrestling History
  37. ^ http://www.canadawest.org/sports_team.aspx?id=15 Canada West Men's Wrestling Page

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