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Vanier Cup

Vanier Cup
The Vanier Cup.
Vanier Cup on display Sept. 2012.
Awarded for Winning the CIS football championship
Country Canada
First awarded 1965 (1900?)
Currently held by Montréal Carabins
Official website

The Vanier Cup (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 Laval Rouge et Or have won the most Vanier Cups (8), while the Western Ontario Mustangs have the most appearances (12). Seventeen teams have won the Vanier Cup, while three others have played for the championship but never won. There are seven active teams that have never appeared in the championship game. The 50th Vanier Cup was played on November 29, 2014 at Molson Stadium in Montreal. The Montréal Carabins beat the McMaster Marauders 20–19 to win their first championship.


  • History 1
  • Championships 2
  • Vanier Cup appearances 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.[1]

The Vanier Cup was played in Toronto, Ontario, 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, 2005 and 2008 games were hosted by the OUA at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, and the 2006 game was hosted by the University of Saskatchewan at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.[2] Four times, the game has been played in the same city and during the same weekend as the Grey Cup: 1973, 2007 and 2012 in Toronto [3] and in 2011 in Vancouver at BC Place Stadium.

From left to right, The Ted Morris Trophy, Vanier Cup and Bruce Coulter Trophy at the 2009 Vanier Cup at PEPS Stadium in Quebec City.

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 (RSEQ), and Yates Cup (OUA) champions.[4][5]

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.[6][7][8]

The 2009 and 2010 games where held at Laval University in Quebec City, making it the first time the province of Quebec hosted the Vanier Cup.[9] As of 2011, 40 of the 47 Vanier Cups have been played in Toronto, three elsewhere in Ontario, two in Quebec, one in Saskatchewan and one in British Columbia. No games have been staged in the Atlantic region. The game is regularly broadcast nationally. From 1965 though 1976 it was broadcast on CBC Television, from 1977 through 1988 it was broadcast on the CTV Television network. In 1989 the game went to Cable TV with TSN taking the game through 2007. In 2008 was on the cable network The Score, before returning to TSN from 2009 to 2012. In 2013, the game was broadcast on Sportsnet 360.[10]

In November 2010, the rights to the Vanier Cup were purchased by sports marketing company MRX.[11] The 2011 game was held in Vancouver, on the same weekend as the 99th Grey Cup and for the first time it was fully integrated into the Grey Cup Festival as a festival event.[12]

In 2012, the 48th Vanier Cup, played between Laval and McMaster at Rogers Centre in Toronto became both the most attended and most watched Vanier Cup ever. Held the same weekend and in the same city as the 100th Grey Cup, the game was attended by 37,098. The previous record was set in 1989 at the 25th Vanier Cup, when 32,847 watched the game between Western and Saskatchewan that was also played at SkyDome (now Rogers Centre).[13] The game, broadcast on TSN and RDS was watched by 910,000.[14]

In February 2013, the CIS terminated the option years on their agreement with MRX opting for an open bid process for the hosting of the game. The University of Laval in Quebec City was the only bidder for the game and won the right to host the 49th Vanier Cup.[15] In May, the CIS terminated their agreement with TSN opting for a six-year deal with Rogers Sportsnet to carry the national bowl games and the Vanier Cup on Sportsnet 360. The agreement with Sportsnet also guaranteed the carriage of Men's and Women's Hockey and Basketball finals with the possibility of more coverage of other CIS championships.[16]

The switch in venues, television networks and the decoupling of the Vanier Cup from Grey Cup week led to a precipitous drop in attendance and viewership. A total of 301,000 Sportsnet viewers watched Laval defeat the Calgary Dinos 25-14 Saturday, November 23, which was a decline of 64 per cent from the previous year.[17] A standing room crowd of 18,543 were on hand at the Telus Stadium which was a decline of 50 per cent from the previous year in Toronto.


The Vanier Cup.
The Vanier Cup raised in 1990 by the Saskatchewan Huskies following their win over Saint Mary's.

The Laurier Golden Hawks won the 2005 Vanier Cup, defeating Saskatchewan 24–23.
  • (#) Number of times that team has won the Vanier Cup.

: All Ted Morris Trophy and Bruce Coulter Award winners played for the winning team, unless otherwise noted.

Game Date Champion Score Runner Up Stadium City Ted Morris Memorial Trophy
(Game MVP)
Bruce Coulter Award
1st November 20, 1965 Toronto 14–7 Alberta Varsity Stadium Toronto Jerry Sternberg Not awarded
2nd November 19, 1966 St. F.X. 40–14 Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium Toronto Terry Gorman Not awarded
3rd November 25, 1967 Alberta 10–9 McMaster Varsity Stadium Toronto Val Schneider Not awarded
4th November 22, 1968 Queen's 42–14 Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium Toronto Don Bayne Not awarded
5th November 21, 1969 Manitoba 24–15 McGill Varsity Stadium Toronto Bob Kraemer Not awarded
6th November 21, 1970 Manitoba (2) 38–11 Ottawa Varsity Stadium Toronto Mike Shylo Not awarded
7th November 20, 1971 Western 15–14 Alberta Varsity Stadium Toronto Bob McGregor Not awarded
8th November 25, 1972 Alberta (2) 20–7 Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium Toronto Roger Comartin
Andy MacLeod
Not awarded
9th November 24, 1973 Saint Mary's 14–6 McGill Exhibition Stadium Toronto Ken Clark Not awarded
10th November 22, 1974 Western (2) 19–15 Toronto Exhibition Stadium Toronto Ian Bryans Not awarded
11th November 21, 1975 Ottawa 14–9 Calgary Exhibition Stadium Toronto Neil Lumsden Not awarded
12th November 19, 1976 Western (3) 29–13 Acadia Varsity Stadium Toronto Bill Rozalowsky Not awarded
13th November 19, 1977 Western (4) 48–15 Acadia Varsity Stadium Toronto Bill Rozalowsky Not awarded
14th November 18, 1978 Queen's (2) 16–3 UBC Varsity Stadium Toronto Ed Andrew Not awarded
15th November 17, 1979 Acadia 34–12 Western Varsity Stadium Toronto Don Ross Not awarded
16th November 29, 1980 Alberta (3) 40–21 Ottawa Varsity Stadium Toronto Forrest Kennerd Not awarded
17th November 28, 1981 Acadia (2) 18–12 Alberta Varsity Stadium Toronto Steve Repic Not awarded
18th November 20, 1982 UBC 39–14 Western Varsity Stadium Toronto Glenn Steele Not awarded
19th November 19, 1983 Calgary 31–21 Queen's Varsity Stadium Toronto Tim Petros Not awarded
20th November 24, 1984 Guelph 22–13 Mount Allison Varsity Stadium Toronto Parri Ceci Not awarded
21st November 30, 1985 Calgary (2) 25–6 Western Varsity Stadium Toronto Lew Lawrick Not awarded
22nd November 22, 1986 UBC (2) 25–23 Western Varsity Stadium Toronto Eric Putoto Not awarded
23rd November 21, 1987 McGill 47–11 UBC Varsity Stadium Toronto Michael Soles Not awarded
24th November 19, 1988 Calgary (3) 52–23 Saint Mary's Varsity Stadium Toronto Sean Furlong Not awarded
25th November 18, 1989 Western (5) 35–10 Saskatchewan SkyDome Toronto Tyrone Williams Not awarded
26th November 24, 1990 Saskatchewan 24–21 Saint Mary's SkyDome Toronto David Earl Not awarded
27th November 30, 1991 Wilfrid Laurier 25–18 Mount Allison SkyDome Toronto Andy Cecchini Sean Hickey
28th November 21, 1992 Queen's (3) 31–0 Saint Mary's SkyDome Toronto Brad Elberg Eric Dell
29th November 20, 1993 Toronto (2) 37–34 Calgary SkyDome Toronto Glenn McCausland Rob Schrauth
30th November 19, 1994 Western (6) 50–40 (OT) Saskatchewan SkyDome Toronto Brent Schneider Xavier Lafont
31st November 25, 1995 Calgary (4) 54–24 Western SkyDome Toronto Don Blair Rob Richards
32nd November 30, 1996 Saskatchewan (2) 31–12 St. F.X. SkyDome Toronto Brent Schneider Warren Muzika
33rd November 22, 1997 UBC (3) 39–23 Ottawa SkyDome Toronto Stewart Scherck Mark Nohra
34th November 28, 1998 Saskatchewan (3) 24–17 Concordia SkyDome Toronto Trevor Ludtke Doug Rozon
35th November 27, 1999 Laval 14–10 Saint Mary's SkyDome Toronto Stéphane Lefebvre Francesco Pepe Esposito
36th December 2, 2000 Ottawa (2) 42–39 Regina SkyDome Toronto Phill Côté Scott Gordon
37th December 1, 2001 Saint Mary's (2) 42–16 Manitoba SkyDome Toronto Ryan Jones Kyl Morrison
38th November 23, 2002 Saint Mary's (3) 33–21 Saskatchewan SkyDome Toronto Steve Panella Joe Bonaventura
39th November 22, 2003 Laval (2) 14–7 Saint Mary's SkyDome Toronto Jeronimo Huerta-Flores Philippe Audet
40th November 27, 2004 Laval (3) 7–1 Saskatchewan Ivor Wynne Stadium Hamilton Matthew Leblanc Matthieu Proulx
41st December 3, 2005 Wilfrid Laurier (2) 24–23 Saskatchewan Ivor Wynne Stadium Hamilton Ryan Pyear David Montoya
42nd November 25, 2006 Laval (4) 13–8 Saskatchewan Griffiths Stadium Saskatoon Éric Maranda Samuel Grégoire-Champagne
43rd November 23, 2007 Manitoba (3) 28–14 Saint Mary's Rogers Centre Toronto Mike Howard John Makie
44th November 22, 2008 Laval (5) 44–21 Western Ivor Wynne Stadium Hamilton Julian Féoli-Gudino Marc-Antoine L. Fortin
45th November 28, 2009 Queen's (4) 33–31 Calgary PEPS Stadium Quebec City Danny Brannagan Chris Smith
46th November 27, 2010 Laval (6) 29–2 Calgary PEPS Stadium Quebec City Sébastien Levesque Marc-Antoine Beaudoin-Cloutier
47th November 25, 2011 McMaster 41–38 (2OT) Laval BC Place Vancouver[12] Kyle Quinlan Aram Eisho
48th November 23, 2012 Laval (7) 37–14 McMaster Rogers Centre Toronto[18] Maxime Boutin Arnaud Gascon-Nadon
49th November 23, 2013 Laval (8) 25–14 Calgary Telus Stadium Quebec City[19] Pascal Lochard Vincent Desloges
50th November 29, 2014 Montréal 20–19 McMaster Molson Stadium Montreal Regis Cibasu Anthony Coady[20]
51st November 28, 2015 Telus Stadium Quebec City[21]

^ A. Bob McGregor, 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. Sean Hickey, Bruce Coulter Award winner in 1991, played for the Mount Allison Mounties.
^ D. Rob Schrauth, Bruce Coulter Award winner in 1993, played for the Calgary Dinos.
^ E. Brent Schneider, Ted Morris Trophy winner in 1994, played for the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Vanier Cup appearances

OUA Ontario University Athletics
RSEQ Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (Quebec University Football League, QUFL)
CanWest Canada West Universities Athletic Association
AUS Atlantic University Sport
OQIFC Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference 1980-2000
Appearances Team Conference Wins Losses Win % Most Recent Appearance
12 Western Ontario Mustangs OUA 6 6 .500 2008
9 Laval Rouge et Or RSEQ 8 1 .889 2013
Calgary Dinos CanWest 4 5 .444 2013
Saint Mary's Huskies AUS 3 6 .333 2007
Saskatchewan Huskies CanWest 3 6 .333 2006
6 Alberta Golden Bears CanWest 3 3 .500 1981
5 Queen's Golden Gaels OUA/OQIFC 4 1 .800 2009
UBC Thunderbirds CanWest 3 2 .600 1997
Ottawa Gee-Gees OUA/OQIFC 2 3 .400 2000
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks OUA 2 3 .400 2005
4 Manitoba Bisons CanWest 3 1 .750 2007
Acadia Axemen AUS 2 2 .500 1981
McMaster Marauders OUA 1 3 .250 2014
3 Toronto Varsity Blues OUA 2 1 .667 1993
McGill Redmen RSEQ/OQIFC 1 2 .333 1987
2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men AUS 1 1 .500 1996
Mount Allison Mounties AUS 0 2 .000 1991
1 Guelph Gryphons OUA 1 0 1.000 1984
Montréal Carabins RSEQ/OQIFC 1 0 1.000 2014
Concordia Stingers RSEQ/OQIFC 0 1 .000 1998
Regina Rams CanWest 0 1 .000 2000

^ E. The Wilfrid Laurier record includes three games played as Waterloo Lutheran.

Six active teams have never played for the Vanier Cup: Bishop's Gaiters (RSEQ/OQIFC), Carleton Ravens (OUA), Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or (RSEQ), Waterloo Warriors (OUA), Windsor Lancers (OUA), and York Lions/Yeomen (OUA).

See also


  • "Past Vanier Cups". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  • "Championship All-Stars". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  • "Desjardins Vanier Cup: Head-to-head Look". November 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  1. ^ "Past Vanier Cups". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Desjardins Vanier Cup: Head-to-head Look". November 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Desjardins Vanier Cup in Toronto in 2007".  
  4. ^ "Uteck Bowl". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  5. ^ "Mitchell Bowl". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  6. ^ "Championship All-Stars". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  7. ^ "Teddy Morris". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Bruce Coulter". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  9. ^ "Laval to host 2009 and 2010 Vanier Cup". The Sports Network. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  10. ^ "The Score to broadcast 2007 Desjardins Vanier Cup". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  11. ^ Naylor, Dave (2010-11-21). 11 Vanier Cup to join Grey Cup week in Vancouver"'". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  12. ^ a b "2011 Vanier and Grey Cup games to be on same weekend".  
  13. ^ "Laval defeats McMaster to win the 48th Vanier Cup". The Sports Network. 2012-11-24. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  14. ^ "Record audience watches Vanier Cup on TSN, RDS". The Sports Network. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  15. ^ "Laval to host 2013 Vanier Cup". The Sports Network. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  16. ^ "CIS and Sportsnet agree to six-year deal". CIS. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  17. ^ "The Great Canadian Ratinggs Report". Yahoo!Canada,Zelkovich,Chris. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  18. ^ "Schedule released: 2012 Canada West football gets underway Labour Day weekend".  
  19. ^ "Laval University to host 2013 Vanier Cup".  
  20. ^ 50th TELUS Vanier Cup: Hometown Carabins capture first national title from Canadian Interuniversity Sport, 29 November 2014, retrieved 29 November 2014
  21. ^ Laval to host 2015 Vanier Cup in Quebec City from Canadian Interuniversity Sport, 8 December 2014, retrieved 9 December 2014

External links

  • Official CIS Vanier Cup website
  • 2009 Vanier Cup Media Kit
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