U Sports Women's Ice Hockey Championship
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U Sports Women's Ice Hockey Championship

Golden Path Trophy
First played1998
Most recently played2019
Current championsGuelph Gryphons
Current runners-upMcGill Martlets
Most titlesAlberta Pandas (8)

The Golden Path Trophy is a national collegiate sports award, presented annually to the women's ice hockey champions of U Sports, Canada's governing body for university sports. The trophy was donated by Katherine Cartwright in 1998, which is when the championship was first contested. Cartwright was the first head coach of the Queen's Gaels women's hockey program in 1971 and led the movement to reinstate women's hockey at the collegiate level in 1960, following a nine year hiatus.[1]


The championship has been competed for in U Sports since 1998, when the sport was established in what was then known as the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union. Prior to that, only teams from Ontario would compete for a women's ice hockey championship.

With the completion of the 2017 championship, 12 different teams have played in the national championship final. Eight different teams have won the national championship.

With the completion of the 2018 championship, the Alberta Pandas have won the most national championships, with eight wins in 10 appearances, followed by the McGill Martlets, with four wins in nine appearances. The Concordia Stingers and Montreal Carabins are next with two national championship wins, followed by five teams with one win each.

The Alberta Pandas hold the record of three consecutive championships, from 2002 through 2004.


Year Winner Score Runner-up Host
1998 Concordia Stingers 4-1 Toronto Lady Blues Concordia Stingers
1999 Concordia Stingers 2-0 Alberta Pandas Toronto Lady Blues
2000 Alberta Pandas 2-0 McGill Martlets Concordia Stingers
2001 Toronto Lady Blues 4-3 Regina Cougars Calgary Dinos
2002 Alberta Pandas 5-2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Regina Cougars
2003 Alberta Pandas 5-4 (OT) Toronto Lady Blues Regina Cougars
2004 Alberta Pandas 2-0 Ottawa Gee-Gees McGill Martlets
2005 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 4-1 Alberta Pandas McGill Martlets
2006 Alberta Pandas 2-1 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks St. Francis Xavier X-Women
2007 Alberta Pandas 4-0 McGill Martlets Ottawa Gee-Gees
2008 McGill Martlets 2-0 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Ottawa Gee-Gees
2009 McGill Martlets 3-1[2] Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks St. Francis Xavier X-Women
2010 Alberta Pandas 2-0[3] McGill Martlets St. Francis Xavier X-Women
2011 McGill Martlets 5-2 St. Francis Xavier X-Women Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
2012 Calgary Dinos 5-1[4][5] Montreal Carabins Alberta Pandas
2013 Montreal Carabins 3-2 Calgary Dinos Toronto Lady Blues
2014 McGill Martlets 4-3 (2OT)[6][7] Montreal Carabins St. Thomas Tommies
2015 Western Mustangs 5-0 [8][9] McGill Martlets Calgary Dinos
2016 Montreal Carabins 8-0[10] UBC Thunderbirds Calgary Dinos
2017 Alberta Pandas 2-1 (2OT)[11] McGill Martlets Queen's Gaels
2018 Manitoba Bisons 2-0 Western Mustangs Western Mustangs
2019 Guelph Gryphons 1-0 McGill Martlets UPEI Panthers
2020 UPEI Panthers
2021 Montreal Carabins


Championship appearances

Appearances Team Wins Losses Win %
10 Alberta Pandas 8 2 .800
9 McGill Martlets 4 6 .400
5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 1 4 .200
4 Montreal Carabins 2 2 .500
1 Guelph Gryphons 1 0 1.000
3 Toronto Varsity Blues 1 2 .333
2 Concordia Stingers 2 0 1.000
2 Calgary Dinos 1 1 0.500
1 Western Mustangs 1 1 0.500
1 Manitoba Bisons 1 0 1.000
1 Regina Cougars 0 1 .000
1 Ottawa Gee-Gees 0 1 .000
1 St. Francis Xavier X-Women 0 1 .000
1 UBC Thunderbirds 0 1 .000

Ontario champions pre-1998 national championship

Previously, the only significant Canadian university women's ice hockey championship was the determination of the champions in the large Ontario associations, as the few non-Ontario teams tended to play against local or regional community teams rather than in organized interuniversity associations. In Ontario, the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WIAU) existed from 1921-22 to 1970-71, then merged with the Ontario-Quebec University Athletic Association to forme the Ontario Women's Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA), competing from 1971-72 to 1996-97. The OWIAA awarded the Dr. Judy McCaw trophy to its annual champion.

WIAU champions (1921-1971)

1921-22 University of Toronto
1922-23 University of Toronto
1923-24 University of Toronto
1924-25 University of Toronto
1925-26 Queen's University
1926-27 University of Toronto
1927-28 University of Toronto
1928-29 University of Toronto
1929-30 University of Toronto
1930-31 Queen's University
1931-32 University of Toronto
1932-33 University of Toronto
1933-34 University of Toronto
1934-35 University of Toronto
1935-36 University of Toronto
1936 at 1948 No official competition
1948-49 University of Toronto
1949-50 University of Toronto
1950-51 University of Toronto
1951 to 1960 No official competition
1960-61 University of Toronto
1961-62 University of Toronto
1962-63 University of Toronto / Queen's University
1963-64 University of Toronto
1964-65 University of Toronto
1965-66 University of Toronto
1966-67 University of Guelph
1967-68 University of Guelph
1968-69 University of Guelph
1969-70 University of Guelph
1970-71 McMaster University

OWIAA champions (1972-1997)

1971-72 University of Guelph
1972-73 Queen's University
1973-74 University of Guelph
1974-75 Queen's University
1975-76 McMaster University
1976-77 Queen's University
1977-78 McMaster University
1978-79 Queen's University
1979-80 University of Toronto
1980-81 University of Toronto
1981-82 University of Toronto
1982-83 York University
1983-84 University of Toronto
1984-85 University of Toronto
1985-86 University of Toronto
1986-87 York University
1987-88 University of Toronto
1988-89 University of Toronto
1989-90 University of Toronto
1990-91 University of Toronto
1991-92 University of Toronto
1992-93 University of Toronto
1993-94 Université de Toronto
1994-95 University of Guelph
1995-96 University of Toronto
1996-97 York University



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