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The Vanier Cup.
The Vanier Cup (in ) is the name of the championship of Canadian Interuniversity Sport football and the name of the trophy awarded to the victorious team. It is currently played between the winners of the Uteck Bowl and the Mitchell Bowl. It is named after Georges Vanier, the former Governor General of Canada and was first awarded in 1965 to the winner of an invitational event contested between two teams that were selected by a panel. In 1967, the trophy was declared the official "CIAU (now CIS) National Football Championship" and a playoff system was instituted. From its creation until 1982, it was known as the Canadian College Bowl. The game typically occurs in late November, although it is occasionally played in December.

The 2009 Vanier Cup game was played at PEPS Stadiummarker in Quebec Citymarker for the first time. It was played between the Queen's Golden Gaels and the Calgary Dinos. Queen's won the game 33-31 and captured their fourth championship and first since 1992.

The Western Ontario Mustangs have won the most Vanier Cups (6), and have the most appearances (12). Sixteen teams have won the Vanier Cup, while four others have played for the championship but never won. There are seven active teams that have never appeared in the championship game.


Logo of the Vanier Cup

The Vanier Cup was created in 1965 as the championship trophy of the Canadian College Bowl. For the first two years of competition, the Canadian College Bowl was an invitational event, with a national panel selecting two teams to play, much like the system employed by American college football today. In 1967, the Canadian College Bowl was declared the national football championship of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union, now Canadian Interuniversity Sport, with a playoff system determining the two participants. The Vanier Cup was played in Toronto, Ontariomarker, from its inception in 1965 through 2003. However, after the CIS opened the game to host conference bids in 2001, the possibility arose to have games held outside Toronto. The 2004 and 2005 games were hosted by the OUA at Ivor Wynne Stadiummarker in Hamiltonmarker, and the 2006 game was hosted by the University of Saskatchewanmarker at Griffiths Stadiummarker in Saskatoonmarker. Twice, the game has been played in the same city and during the same weekend as the Grey Cup: 1973 and 2007; both times in Toronto. It is unlikely that the two games will be grouped together in 2009 due to issues such as signage, field access and dressing rooms.

No schools bid for the 2009 and 2010 Vanier Cup games before the deadline. However, several last-minute bids were received before a meeting in which the hosting rights were decided, including bids from Laval Universitymarker, Saint Mary's Universitymarker, University of Western Ontariomarker and University of Calgarymarker. The decision was postponed and a week later it was announced that both games would be held at Laval University in Quebec Citymarker, making it the first time the province of Quebec has hosted the Vanier Cup. The game is regularly broadcast nationally and in 2008 was on the cable network The Score.
Today, the Vanier Cup is played between the winners of the Uteck Bowl (formerly Atlantic Bowl) and the Mitchell Bowl (formerly the Churchill Bowl). The Uteck and Mitchell Bowls, in turn, are contested by the Loney Bowl (AUS), Hardy Cup (Canada West), Dunsmore Cup (QUFL), and Yates Cup (OUA) champions.

The Vanier Cup's most valuable player is awarded the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy. It was first awarded at the first championship in 1965 and named in honour of Teddy Morris, who died the same year. Morris, a Hall of Fame former Toronto Argonauts player and coach, was an organizer of the first bowl and champion for developing Canadian players. The Bruce Coulter Award was first awarded in 1992 and is dependent on what position the winner of the Ted Morris Trophy played. If the winner is from the offence, then the Bruce Coulter Award winner will be the most outstanding defensive player or vice-versa. It was named after Bruce Coulter, long-time Head Coach at Bishop’s University and former offensive and defensive player with the Montreal Alouettes in the 1950s. Coulter was inducted as a builder in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.


  • Number of times that team has won the Vanier Cup.
Note: All Ted Morris Trophy and Bruce Coulter Award winners played for the winning team, unless otherwise noted.
Date Champion Score Runner Up Location Ted Morris Memorial Trophy

(Game MVP)
Bruce Coulter Award
November 20, 1965 Toronto 14-7 Alberta Varsity Stadiummarker, Toronto Jerry Sternberg Not awarded
November 19, 1966 St. F.X.marker 40-14 Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium Terry Gorman
November 25, 1967 Albertamarker 10-9 McMaster Varsity Stadium Val Schneider
November 22, 1968 Queen's 42-14 Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium Don Bayne
November 21, 1969 Manitoba 24-15 McGill Varsity Stadium Bob Kraemer
November 21, 1970 Manitoba 38-11 Ottawa Varsity Stadium Mike Shylo
November 20, 1971 Western 15-14 Albertamarker Varsity Stadium Bob McGregor
November 25, 1972 Albertamarker 20-7 Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium Roger Comartin

Andy MacLeod
November 24, 1973 Saint Mary's 14-6 McGill Exhibition Stadiummarker, Toronto Ken Clark
November 22, 1974 Western 19-15 Toronto Exhibition Stadium Ian Bryans
November 21, 1975 Ottawa 14-9 Calgary Exhibition Stadium Neil Lumsden
November 19, 1976 Western 29-13 Acadiamarker Varsity Stadium Bill Rozalowsky
November 19, 1977 Western 48-15 Acadiamarker Varsity Stadium Bill Rozalowsky
November 18, 1978 Queen's 16-3 UBC Varsity Stadium Ed Andrew
November 17, 1979 Acadiamarker 34-12 Western Varsity Stadium Don Ross
November 29, 1980 Albertamarker 40-21 Ottawa Varsity Stadium Forrest Kennerd
November 28, 1981 Acadiamarker 18-12 Albertamarker Varsity Stadium Steve Repic
November 20, 1982 UBC 39-14 Western Varsity Stadium Glenn Steele
November 19, 1983 Calgary 31-21 Queen's Varsity Stadium Tim Petros
November 24, 1984 Guelph 22-13 Mount Allison Varsity Stadium Parri Ceci
November 30, 1985 Calgary 25-6 Western Varsity Stadium Lew Lawrick
November 22, 1986 UBC 25-23 Western Varsity Stadium Eric Putoto
November 21, 1987 McGill 47-11 UBC Varsity Stadium Michael Soles
November 19, 1988 Calgary 52-23 Saint Mary's Varsity Stadium Sean Furlong
November 18, 1989 Western 35-10 Saskatchewan SkyDomemarker, Toronto Tyrone Williams
November 24, 1990 Saskatchewan 24-21 Saint Mary's SkyDome David Earl
November 30, 1991 Wilfrid Laurier 25-18 Mount Allison SkyDome Andy Cecchini
November 21, 1992 Queen's 31-0 Saint Mary's SkyDome Brad Elberg Eric Dell
November 20, 1993 Toronto 37-34 Calgary SkyDome Glenn McCausland Rob Schrauth
November 19, 1994 Western 50-40 Saskatchewan SkyDome Brent Schneider Xavier Lafont
November 25, 1995 Calgary 54-24 Western SkyDome Don Blair Rob Richards
November 30, 1996 Saskatchewan 31-12 St. F.X.marker SkyDome Brent Schneider Warren Muzika
November 22, 1997 UBC 39-23 Ottawa SkyDome Stewart Scherck Mark Nohra
November 28, 1998 Saskatchewan 24-17 Concordia SkyDome Trevor Ludtke Doug Rozon
November 27, 1999 Laval 14-10 Saint Mary's SkyDome Stéphane Lefebvre Francesco Pepe Esposito
December 2, 2000 Ottawa 42-39 Reginamarker SkyDome Phill Côté Scott Gordon
December 1, 2001 Saint Mary's 42-16 Manitoba SkyDome Ryan Jones Kyl Morrison
November 23, 2002 Saint Mary's 33-21 Saskatchewan SkyDome Steve Panella Joe Bonaventura
November 22, 2003 Laval 14-7 Saint Mary's SkyDome Jeronimo Huerta Flores Philippe Audet
November 27, 2004 Laval 7-1 Saskatchewan Ivor Wynne Stadiummarker, Hamiltonmarker Matthew Leblanc Matthieu Proulx
December 3, 2005 Wilfrid Laurier 24-23 Saskatchewan Ivor Wynne Stadium Ryan Pyear David Montoya
November 25, 2006 Laval 13-8 Saskatchewan Griffiths Stadiummarker, Saskatoonmarker Éric Maranda Samuel Grégoire-Champagne
November 23, 2007 Manitoba 28-14 Saint Mary's Rogers Centremarker, Toronto Mike Howard John Makie
November 22, 2008 Laval 44-21 Western Ivor Wynne Stadiummarker, Hamilton Julian Feoli-Gudino Marc Antoine L. Fortin
November 28, 2009 Queen's 33-31 Calgary PEPS Stadiummarker, Quebec Citymarker Danny Brannagan Chris Smith
November 27, 2010 PEPS Stadium, Quebec City

A. Bob MacGregor, Ted Morris Trophy winner in 1971, played for the Alberta Golden Bears.
B. In the 1972 game, the Vanier Cup Committee and Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union officials decided to crown co-winners from the same school.
C. Rob Schrauth, Bruce Coulter Award winner in 1993, played for the Calgary Dinos.
D. Brent Schneider, Ted Morris Trophy winner in 1994, played for the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Vanier Cup appearances

OUA Ontario University Athletics
QUFL Quebec University Football League
Canada West Canada West Universities Athletic Association
AUS Atlantic University Sport
Appearances Team Conference Wins Losses Win %
12 Western Ontario Mustangs OUA 6 6 .500
9 Saint Mary's Huskies AUS 3 6 .333
Saskatchewan Huskies Canada West 3 6 .333
7 Calgary Dinos Canada West 4 3 .571
6 Alberta Golden Bears Canada West 3 3 .500
5 Laval Rouge-et-Or QUFL 5 0 1.000
Queen's Golden Gaels OUA 4 1 .800
UBC Thunderbirds Canada West 3 2 .600
Ottawa Gee-Gees OUA 2 3 .400
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks OUA 2 3 .400
4 Manitoba Bisons Canada West 3 1 .750
Acadia Axemen AUS 2 2 .500
3 Toronto Varsity Blues OUA 2 1 .667
McGill Redmen QUFL 1 2 .333
2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men AUS 1 1 .500
Mount Allison Mounties AUS 0 2 .000
1 Guelph Gryphons OUA 1 0 1.000
Concordia Stingers QUFL 0 1 .000
McMaster Marauders OUA 0 1 .000
Regina Ramsmarker Canada West 0 1 .000
0 Bishop's Gaitersmarker QUFL 0 0 ---
Montréal Carabins QUFL 0 0 ---
Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or QUFL 0 0 ---
Simon Fraser Clan Canada West 0 0 ---
Waterloo Warriors OUA 0 0 ---
Windsor Lancers OUA 0 0 ---
York Lions/Yeomen OUA 0 0 ---
E. The Wilfrid Laurier record includes three games played as Waterloo Lutheran.

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