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David Johnston University Cup

David Johnston University Cup
University Cup.jpg
The original U Sports University Cup, with 11 of Alberta Golden Bears' 16 U Sports-leading championship medallions shown
First awarded1963
Most recently played2019
Current championsUNB Reds
Current runners-upAlberta Golden Bears
Most titlesAlberta Golden Bears (16, 28.1% of all championships)
Websiteusports.ca/en/championships/hockey/m/history

The David Johnston University Cup is a national collegiate sports award, presented annually to the champion of a season-ending tournament played by U Sports men's ice hockey teams in Canada. The UNB Varsity Reds are the current champions. The Alberta Golden Bears have won the most championships with 16.

Originally called the CIAU University Cup in 1962, with minor changes through the decades when Canada's national university sports organization changed its own name, the cup's name was changed on March 13, 2018, to honour David Johnston, a few months after he served as Governor General of Canada.[1]

History

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

The CIAU changed its name to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (renaming the trophy the CIS University Cup) in 2001, and in October 2016 to U Sports (renaming the trophy the U Sports University Cup).

On March 13, 2018, U Sports renamed the cup the David Johnston University Cup in honour of David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada.[1]

The original University Cup is located at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and does not travel publicly. A replica was created with a less ornate cup in 2006. Between 2006 and 2015, the 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 removed. An additional black wooden ring was added to the bottom of the trophy in order to incorporate more school shields, as an engraved metal shield, with diagonal stripes in the winning school's colours, is added to the trophy every year.

With the completion of the 2018-19 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.

The Alberta Golden Bears hold the record of 16 championship wins, as well as the record of 22 championship final appearances. The Toronto Varsity Blues hold the record of 5 consecutive championship trophy wins, from 1969 through 1973. In the seven years from 2013 through 2019, only the Alberta Golden Bears (3 wins) or the UNB Reds (4 wins) have won the championship. The winningest coach is Tom Watt, who at the helm as the Toronto Varsity Blues won nine University Cup championships between 1966 and 1977. Second is current UNB Reds coach Gardiner MacDougall with seven UCup wins between 2007 and 2019, while Clare Drake is third behind the bench as the Alberta Golden Bears won six University Cup championships between 1964 and 1986.

Format

Starting with the 2015 University Cup in Halifax, the U Sports championship expanded from six to eight teams and moved from a two-pool 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 conference champions: Canada West, OUA West, OUA East (where the three hockey teams from the RSEQ compete) and AUS. The remaining four teams are: the host, the Canada West runner-up, the OUA 3rd place finisher, and the AUS runner-up.

Champions

Year Location Host University Champion Score Runner Up
1963 Ontario Kingston, Ontario Queen's & RMC McMaster Marlins 3-2 UBC Thunderbirds
1964 Ontario Kingston, Ontario Queen's & RMC Alberta Golden Bears 9-1 Sir George Williams Georgians
1965 Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba Manitoba Manitoba Bisons 9-2 St. Dunstan's Saints
1966 Ontario Sudbury, Ontario Laurentian Toronto Varsity Blues 8-1 Alberta Golden Bears
1967 Alberta Calgary, Alberta Calgary & Alberta Toronto Varsity Blues 16-2 Laurentian Voyageurs
1968 Quebec Montreal, Quebec Sir George Williams, Loyola & MacDonald Alberta Golden Bears 5-4 Loyola Warriors
1969 Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Alberta Toronto Varsity Blues 4-2 Sir George Williams Georgians
1970 Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island UPEI Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2 Saint Mary's Huskies
1971 Ontario Sudbury, Ontario Laurentian Toronto Varsity Blues 5-4 Saint Mary's Huskies
1972 Quebec Sherbrooke, Quebec Bishops's & Sherbrooke Toronto Varsity Blues 5-0 Saint Mary's Huskies
1973 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2 Saint Mary's Huskies
1974 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Waterloo Warriors 6-5 Sir George Williams Georgians
1975 Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Alberta Alberta Golden Bears 5-2 Toronto Varsity Blues
1976 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Toronto Varsity Blues 7-2 Guelph Gryphons
1977 Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Alberta Toronto Varsity Blues 4-1 Alberta Golden Bears
1978 New Brunswick Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Alberta Golden Bears 6-5 Toronto Varsity Blues
1979 Quebec Montreal, Quebec Concordia Alberta Golden Bears 5-1 Dalhousie Tigers
1980 Saskatchewan Regina, Saskatchewan Regina Alberta Golden Bears 7-3 Regina Cougars
1981 Alberta Calgary, Alberta Calgary Moncton Aigles Bleus 4-2 Saskatchewan Huskies
1982 New Brunswick Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Moncton Aigles Bleus 3-2 Saskatchewan Huskies
1983 New Brunswick Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Saskatchewan Huskies 6-2 Concordia Stingers
1984 Quebec Trois-Rivières, Quebec UQTR Toronto Varsity Blues 9-1 Concordia Stingers
1985 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto York Yeomen 3-2 Alberta Golden Bears
1986 Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Alberta Alberta Golden Bears 5-2 UQTR Patriotes
1987 Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Alberta UQTR Patriotes 6-3 Saskatchewan Huskies
1988 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto York Yeomen 5-3 Western Ontario Mustangs
1989 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto York Yeomen 5-2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
1990 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Moncton Aigles Bleus 2-1 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
1991 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto UQTR Patriotes 7-2 Alberta Golden Bears
1992 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Alberta Golden Bears 5-2 Acadia Axemen
1993 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Acadia Axemen 12-1 Toronto Varsity Blues
1994 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Lethbridge Pronghorns 5-2 Guelph Gryphons
1995 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Moncton Aigles Bleus 5-1 Guelph Gryphons
1996 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Acadia Axemen 3-2 Waterloo Warriors
1997 Ontario Toronto, Ontario Toronto Guelph Gryphons 4-3 UNB Varsity Reds
1998 Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan UNB Varsity Reds 6-3 Acadia Axemen
1999 Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Alberta Golden Bears 6-2 Moncton Aigles Bleus
2000 Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Alberta Golden Bears 5-4 (2 OT) UNB Varsity Reds
2001 Ontario Waterloo, Ontario Guelph, Laurier & Waterloo UQTR Patriotes 5-4 St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2002 Ontario Waterloo, Ontario Guelph, Laurier & Waterloo Western Ontario Mustangs 4-3 (3 OT) UQTR Patriotes
2003 New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick UNB UQTR Patriotes 3-0 St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2004 New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick UNB St. Francis Xavier X-Men 3-2 (2 OT) UNB Varsity Reds
2005 Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Alberta Alberta Golden Bears 4-3 (OT) Saskatchewan Huskies
2006 Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Alberta Alberta Golden Bears 3-2 Lakehead Thunderwolves
2007 New Brunswick Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton UNB Varsity Reds 3-2 (2OT) Moncton Aigles Bleus
2008 New Brunswick Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Alberta Golden Bears 3-2 UNB Varsity Reds
2009 Ontario Thunder Bay, Ontario Lakehead UNB Varsity Reds 4-2 Western Ontario Mustangs
2010 Ontario Thunder Bay, Ontario Lakehead Saint Mary's Huskies 3-2 (OT) Alberta Golden Bears
2011 New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick UNB UNB Varsity Reds 4-0 McGill Redmen
2012 New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick UNB McGill Redmen 4-3 (OT) Western Ontario Mustangs
2013 Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan UNB Varsity Reds 2-0 Saint Mary's Huskies
2014 Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Alberta Golden Bears 3-1 Saskatchewan Huskies
2015 Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia StFX Alberta Golden Bears 6-3 UNB Varsity Reds
2016 Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia Saint Mary's UNB Varsity Reds 3-1 St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2017 New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick UNB UNB Varsity Reds 5-3 Saskatchewan Huskies
2018 New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick UNB Alberta Golden Bears 4-2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2019 Alberta Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridge UNB Reds 4-2 Alberta Golden Bears
2020 Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia Acadia
2021 Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island UPEI
UNB Varsity Reds celebrate after winning the University Cup, March 19, 2017

University Cup Final appearances

These tables rank appearances in the final championship game.


By team

Appearances Team Wins Losses Win %
22 Alberta Golden Bears 16 6 .727
13 Toronto Varsity Blues 10 3 .769
13 UNB Reds 8 5 .615
7 Saskatchewan Huskies 1 6 .142
6 Moncton Aigles Bleus 4 2 .666
6 UQTR Patriotes 4 2 .666
6 Saint Mary's Huskies 1 5 .167
5 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 1 4 .200
4 Acadia Axemen 2 2 .500
4 Guelph Gryphons 1 3 .250
4 Western Ontario Mustangs 1 3 .250
3 York Yeomen 3 0 1.000
3 Sir George Williams Georgians+ 0 3 .000
2 McGill Redmen 1 1 .500
2 Waterloo Warriors 1 1 .500
2 Concordia Stingers+ 0 2 .000
2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 0 2 .000
1 Lethbridge Pronghorns 1 0 1.000
1 Manitoba Bisons 1 0 1.000
1 McMaster Marauders 1 0 1.000
1 Dalhousie Tigers 0 1 .000
1 Lakehead Thunderwolves 0 1 .000
1 Laurentian Voyageurs 0 1 .000
1 Loyola Warriors+ 0 1 .000
1 Regina Cougars 0 1 .000
1 St. Dunstan's Saints? 0 1 .000
1 UBC Thunderbirds 0 1 .000
114 Total for 27 Teams 57 57

+: Sir George Williams University merged with Loyola College in 1974 to create Concordia University.

?: St. Dunstan's University merged with Prince of Wales College in 1969 to form the University of Prince Edward Island.

By team's province

Appearances Province Teams Wins Losses Win %
31 Ontario 9 17 14 .548
21 Alberta 2 17 6 .739
19 New Brunswick 2 12 7 .632
16 Nova Scotia 4 4 12 .250
14 Quebec 5 5 9 .357
8 Saskatchewan 2 1 7 .125
1 Manitoba 1 1 0 1.000
1 British Columbia 1 0 1 .000
1 Prince Edward Island 1 0 1 .000
114 Total for 9 Provinces 27 57 57

The only province missing from this list, Newfoundland and Labrador, has only one U Sports member, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Memorial dropped their varsity men's hockey team after the 1981-82 season.

Tournament location

By city

By province

Province Hosted Most Recent
Ontario Ontario 22 2010
New Brunswick New Brunswick 11 2018
Alberta Alberta 10 2019
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan 6 2014
Quebec Quebec 4 1984
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia 2 2016
Manitoba Manitoba 1 1965
Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island 1 1970
Total for 8 Provinces 57 2019

British Columbia is the only province to have a team play in the championship final (UBC Thunderbirds were runners-up in the original 1963 competition, nothing else since then), but to never host the championships.

Major W.J. 'Danny' McLeod award

In addition to the University Cup, the Major W.J. 'Danny' McLeod award is presented at the end of each year's championship, to the University Cup's Most Valuable Player.

Major McLeod was the overall athletic director at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), was the coach of RMC's ice hockey team, and simultaneously coached two Kingston teams in the Ontario Hockey Association – the Kingston Frontenacs (Junior B) and the Kingston Aces (Senior A).[3] McLeod was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) in 1961, operating the CIAU from his office at RMC as the first CIAU Secretary-Treasurer.[4] He helped create the national university ice hockey championship tournament, which was hosted by RMC for its first two years (1963, 1964).

The Major W.J. 'Danny' McLeod award winners:[5]

Year Player Position Team
1963 Bill Mahoney Forward McMaster Marlins
1964 Dave Dies Defenceman Sir George Williams Georgians
1965 No MVP selected
1966 Tom Purser Goaltender St. Francis Xavier X-Men
1967 Unavailable
1968 Ron Cebryk Forward Alberta Golden Bears
1969 John Wright Forward Toronto Varsity Blues
1970 Chuck Goddard Goaltender Saint Mary's Huskies
1971 Ron Hindson Forward Saint Mary's Huskies
1972 John Wright Forward Toronto Varsity Blues
1973 Gord Davies Forward Toronto Varsity Blues
1974 Bernie Wolfe Goaltender Sir George Williams Georgians
1975 Dale Henwood Goaltender Alberta Golden Bears
1976 Kent Ruhnke Forward Toronto Varsity Blues
1977 Rocci Pagnello Defenceman Toronto Varsity Blues
1978 Kevin Primeau Forward Alberta Golden Bears
1979 David Hindmarch Forward Alberta Golden Bears
1980 Chris Helland Forward Alberta Golden Bears
1981 Benoit Fortier Goaltender Moncton Aigles Bleus
1982 Alain Grenier Forward Moncton Aigles Bleus
1983 Willie Desjardins Forward Saskatchewan Huskies
1984 André Hidi Forward Toronto Varsity Blues
1985 Don McLaren Forward York Yeomen
1986 Dennis Cranston Forward Alberta Golden Bears
1987 Marc Gervais Forward UQTR Patriotes
1988 Brian Gray Forward York Yeomen
1989 Mark Applewhaite Goaltender York Yeomen
1990 Rob Dopson Goaltender Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
1991 Denis Desbiens Goaltender UQTR Patriotes
1992 Garth Premak Defenceman Alberta Golden Bears
1993 George Dupont Forward Acadia Axemen
1994 Trevor Ellerman Forward Lethbridge Pronghorns
1995 Dominic Rhéaume Forward Moncton Aigles Bleus
1996 Greg Clancy Forward Acadia Axemen
1997 Matt Mullin Goaltender Guelph Gryphons
1999 Cam Danyluk Forward Alberta Golden Bears
2000 Kevin Marsh Forward Alberta Golden Bears
2001 Alexandre Tremblay Forward UQTR Patriotes
2003 Éric Desjardins Goaltender UQTR Patriotes
2004 Mike Mole Goaltender St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2005 Ben Thomson Forward Alberta Golden Bears
2006 Harlan Anderson Defenceman Alberta Golden Bears
2007 Yvan Busque Forward Moncton Aigles Bleus
2008 Ian McDonald Forward Alberta Golden Bears
2009 Lachlan MacIntosh Forward UNB Varsity Reds
2010 Andrew Hotham Forward Saint Mary's Huskies
2011 Luke Gallant Defenceman UNB Varsity Reds
2012 Francis Verreault-Paul Forward McGill Redmen
2013 Tyler Carroll Forward UNB Varsity Reds
2014 Derek Hulak Forward Saskatchewan Huskies
2015 Kruise Reddick Forward Alberta Golden Bears
2016 Philippe Halley Forward UNB Varsity Reds
2017 Philippe Maillet Forward UNB Varsity Reds
2018 Stephane Legault Forward Alberta Golden Bears
2019 Alex Dubeau Goaltender UNB Reds

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "U Sports men's hockey trophy named after former Governor-General David Johnston". Retrieved 2018 – via The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ "History". U SPORTS. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ RMC Club staff writers (March 12, 2017). "Wall of Distinction: Tony Golab & Danny McLeod". e-VERITAS. Royal Military College of Canada Alumni Club. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Cates, Darren (June 12, 2011). "'The Major' - A Founding Father - Receives Standing "O" at CIS Banquet". e-VERITAS. Royal Military College of Canada Alumni Club. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Major W.J. 'Danny' McLeod Award (University Cup Tournament MVP)" (PDF). U Sports. Retrieved 2019.

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