Vanier Cup

The Vanier Cup (French: Coupe Vanier) is the championship of Canadian university football. It is organized by U Sports football and 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 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.

Vanier Cup
Vanier Cup Trophy, 2019 (2).jpg
Vanier Cup Trophy in 2019
SportCanadian football
LeagueU Sports football
Given forWinning the U Sports football championship
First award1965
First winnerToronto Varsity Blues (1965)
Most winsLaval Rouge et Or (10)
Most recentCalgary Dinos (2019)

The Laval Rouge et Or have won the most Vanier Cups (10), while the Western Mustangs have the most appearances (14). Eighteen teams have won the Vanier Cup, while three others have played for the championship but never won. There are six active teams that have never appeared in the championship game. The most recent game, the 55th Vanier Cup, was played on November 23, 2019 at Stade Telus in Quebec City. In this game, the Calgary Dinos defeated the Montreal Carabins 27–13 to win their fifth championship.


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, similar to other U.S. collegiate bowl games. In 1967, the Canadian College Bowl was declared the national football championship of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union, later Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and now U Sports, 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. As of 2016, 41 of the 52 Vanier Cups have been played in Toronto, five in Quebec City, four in Hamilton, one in Saskatoon, one in Vancouver and one in Montreal. No games have been staged in the Atlantic region. 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 and in 2011 in Vancouver at BC Place Stadium.[2]

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.[3][4]

On June 8, 2020, U Sports announced that all fall athletics championships for the 2020–21 season had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[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 of the Bishop's Gaiters 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 48th Vanier Cup was the most watched and highest attended Vanier Cup game.

The Vanier Cup final 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, TSN acquired rights to the game, lasting through to 2012 (besides a one-year stint on The Score in 2008).

In November 2010, the rights to the Vanier Cup were purchased by sports marketing company MRX.[9] 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.[10]

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).[11] The game, broadcast on TSN and RDS was watched by 910,000.[12]

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. Laval University, in Quebec City, was the only bidder for the game and won the right to host the 49th Vanier Cup.[13] In May, CIS terminated its agreement with TSN, and entered into a six-year deal with Sportsnet to broadcast its championships, including the Vanier Cup.[14]

The switch in venues, the decoupling of the Vanier Cup from Grey Cup week, and the change in broadcaster, led to a precipitous drop in attendance and viewership. A total of 301,000 viewers watched Laval defeat the Calgary Dinos 25-14 Saturday, November 23, which was a decline of 64 per cent from the previous year.[15] 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 (although a sellout in that venue). In 2019, after several more years of declines, the Vanier Cup returned to CBC.[16]


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.
The Calgary Dinos hoist the Vanier Cup trophy following their win over the Montreal Carabins in the 2019.
  • (#) 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.

Game Date Champion Score Runner Up Stadium City Ted Morris Memorial Trophy
(Game MVP)
Bruce Coulter Award
(starts in 1992)
1st November 20, 1965  Toronto 14–7  Alberta Varsity Stadium  Toronto Gerry Sternberg
2nd November 19, 1966  St. F.X. 40–14  Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium  Toronto Terry Gorman
3rd November 25, 1967  Alberta 10–9  McMaster Varsity Stadium  Toronto Val Schneider
4th November 22, 1968  Queen's 42–14  Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium  Toronto Don Bayne
5th November 21, 1969  Manitoba 24–15  McGill Varsity Stadium  Toronto Bob Kraemer
6th November 21, 1970  Manitoba (2) 38–11  Ottawa Varsity Stadium  Toronto Mike Shylo
7th November 20, 1971  Western 15–14  Alberta Varsity Stadium  Toronto Bob McGregor[A]
8th November 25, 1972  Alberta (2) 20–7  Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium  Toronto Roger Comartin
Andy MacLeod[B]
9th November 24, 1973  Saint Mary's 14–6  McGill Exhibition Stadium  Toronto Ken Clark
10th November 22, 1974  Western (2) 19–15  Toronto Exhibition Stadium  Toronto Ian Bryans
11th November 21, 1975  Ottawa 14–9  Calgary Exhibition Stadium  Toronto Neil Lumsden
12th November 19, 1976  Western (3) 29–13  Acadia Varsity Stadium  Toronto Bill Rozalowsky
13th November 19, 1977  Western (4) 48–15  Acadia Varsity Stadium  Toronto Bill Rozalowsky
14th November 18, 1978  Queen's (2) 16–3  UBC Varsity Stadium  Toronto Ed Andrew
15th November 17, 1979  Acadia 34–12  Western Varsity Stadium  Toronto Don Ross
16th November 29, 1980  Alberta (3) 40–21  Ottawa Varsity Stadium  Toronto Forrest Kennerd
17th November 28, 1981  Acadia (2) 18–12  Alberta Varsity Stadium  Toronto Steve Repic
18th November 20, 1982  UBC 39–14  Western Varsity Stadium  Toronto Glenn Steele
19th November 19, 1983  Calgary 31–21  Queen's Varsity Stadium  Toronto Tim Petros
20th November 24, 1984  Guelph 22–13  Mount Allison Varsity Stadium  Toronto Parri Ceci
21st November 30, 1985  Calgary (2) 25–6  Western Varsity Stadium  Toronto Lew Lawrick
22nd November 22, 1986  UBC (2) 25–23  Western Varsity Stadium  Toronto Eric Putoto
23rd November 21, 1987  McGill 47–11  UBC Varsity Stadium  Toronto Michael Soles
24th November 19, 1988  Calgary (3) 52–23  Saint Mary's Varsity Stadium  Toronto Sean Furlong
25th November 18, 1989  Western (5) 35–10  Saskatchewan SkyDome  Toronto Tyrone Williams
26th November 24, 1990  Saskatchewan 24–21  Saint Mary's SkyDome  Toronto David Earl
27th November 30, 1991  Wilfrid Laurier 25–18  Mount Allison SkyDome  Toronto Andy Cecchini
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[C]
30th November 19, 1994  Western (6) 50–40 (OT)  Saskatchewan SkyDome  Toronto Brent Schneider[D] 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 Stade du PEPS  Quebec City Danny Brannagan Chris Smith
46th November 27, 2010  Laval (6) 29–2  Calgary Stade du PEPS  Quebec City Sébastien Levesque Marc-Antoine Beaudoin-Cloutier
47th November 25, 2011  McMaster 41–38 (2OT)  Laval BC Place  Vancouver[10] Kyle Quinlan Aram Eisho
48th November 23, 2012  Laval (7) 37–14  McMaster Rogers Centre  Toronto[17] Maxime Boutin Arnaud Gascon-Nadon
49th November 23, 2013  Laval (8) 25–14  Calgary Stade Telus  Quebec City[18] Pascal Lochard Vincent Desloges
50th November 29, 2014  Montréal 20–19  McMaster Molson Stadium  Montreal Regis Cibasu Anthony Coady[19]
51st November 28, 2015  UBC (4) 26–23  Montréal Stade Telus  Quebec City[20] Michael O'Connor Stavros Katsantonis[21]
52nd November 26, 2016  Laval (9) 31–26  Calgary Tim Hortons Field  Hamilton[22] Hugo Richard Cédric Lussier-Roy
53rd November 25, 2017  Western (7) 39-17  Laval Tim Hortons Field  Hamilton Chris Merchant Fraser Sopik
54th November 24, 2018  Laval (10) 34-20  Western Stade Telus  Quebec City Hugo Richard Adam Auclair
55th November 23, 2019  Calgary (5) 27-13  Montréal Stade Telus  Quebec City Adam Sinagra Redha Kramdi
2020 game cancelled due to 2019 coronavirus pandemic[5]
56th November 27, 2021[23] To be announced

^ A. Bob McGregor, Ted Morris Trophy winner in 1971, played for the runner-up team.
^ 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 runner-up team.
^ D. Brent Schneider, Ted Morris Trophy winner in 1994, played for the runner-up team.

Vanier Cup appearancesEdit

OUA Ontario University Athletics
RSEQ Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec
CanWest Canada West Universities Athletic Association
AUS Atlantic University Sport
OQIFC Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference 1980–2000
Appearances Team Hometown Conference Wins Losses Win % Most Recent Appearance
14 Western Mustangs London, Ontario OUA 7 7 .500 2018
12 Laval Rouge et Or Quebec City, Quebec RSEQ/OQIFC 10 2 .833 2018
11 Calgary Dinos Calgary, Alberta CanWest 5 6 .455 2019
9 Saint Mary's Huskies Halifax, Nova Scotia AUS 3 6 .333 2007
Saskatchewan Huskies Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CanWest 3 6 .333 2006
6 UBC Thunderbirds Vancouver, British Columbia CanWest 4 2 .667 2015
Alberta Golden Bears Edmonton, Alberta CanWest 3 3 .500 1981
5 Queen's Gaels Kingston, Ontario OUA/OQIFC 4 1 .800 2009
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks[E] Waterloo, Ontario OUA 2 3 .400 2005
Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa, Ontario OUA/OQIFC 2 3 .400 2000
4 Manitoba Bisons Winnipeg, Manitoba CanWest 3 1 .750 2007
Acadia Axemen Wolfville, Nova Scotia AUS 2 2 .500 1981
McMaster Marauders Hamilton, Ontario OUA 1 3 .250 2014
3 Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto, Ontario OUA 2 1 .667 1993
McGill Redbirds Montreal, Quebec RSEQ/OQIFC 1 2 .333 1987
Montréal Carabins Montreal, Quebec RSEQ 1 2 .333 2019
2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men Antigonish, Nova Scotia AUS 1 1 .500 1996
Mount Allison Mounties Sackville, New Brunswick AUS 0 2 .000 1991
1 Guelph Gryphons Guelph, Ontario OUA 1 0 1.000 1984
Concordia Stingers Montreal, Quebec RSEQ/OQIFC 0 1 .000 1998
Regina Rams Regina, Saskatchewan 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 (AUS/RSEQ/OQIFC), Carleton Ravens (OUA), Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or (RSEQ), Waterloo Warriors (OUA), Windsor Lancers (OUA), and York Lions/Yeomen (OUA).

See alsoEdit


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  • "Desjardins Vanier Cup: Head-to-head Look". November 21, 2007. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
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