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Vanier Cup
Vanier Cup on display Sept. 2012.
Awarded forWinning the CIS football championship
First awarded1965
Currently held byLaval Rouge et Or

The Vanier Cup (in French: Coupe Vanier) 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 Laval Rouge et Or have won the most Vanier Cups (7), 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 2012 Vanier Cup game was played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. It was played between the Laval Rouge et Or and the McMaster Marauders in a rematch of the 2011 game. Laval won the game 37–14 and captured their seventh championship, setting a new record for most Vanier Cups won by one school.


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.

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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.

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 (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 and in 2008 was on the cable network The Score, before returning to TSN in 2009, where it has been since then.[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 the 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 the Rogers Centre (then known as the SkyDome).[13] The game, broadcast on TSN and RDS was watched by 910,000.[14]



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

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The Laurier Golden Hawks won the 2005 Vanier Cup, defeating Saskatchewan 24–23.

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The Laval Rouge et Or vs. the McMaster Marauders in the 47th Vanier Cup.

  • (#) 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
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[A] Not awarded
8th November 25, 1972 Alberta (2) 20–7 Waterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium Toronto Roger Comartin
Andy MacLeod[B]
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 Not awarded
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 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[15] Maxime Boutin Arnaud Gascon-Nadon
49th November 23, 2013 Telus Stadium Quebec City[16]

^ 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. 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
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 Saint Mary's Huskies AUS 3 6 .333 2007
Saskatchewan Huskies CanWest 3 6 .333 2006
8 Laval Rouge et Or RSEQ 7 1 .875 2012
Calgary Dinos CanWest 4 4 .500 2010
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[E] OUA 2 3 .400 2005
4 Manitoba Bisons CanWest 3 1 .750 2007
Acadia Axemen AUS 2 2 .500 1981
3 Toronto Varsity Blues OUA 2 1 .667 1993
McGill Redmen RSEQ/OQIFC 1 2 .333 1987
McMaster Marauders OUA 1 2 .333 2012
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
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), Montréal Carabins (RSEQ), Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or (RSEQ), Waterloo Warriors (OUA), Windsor Lancers (OUA) and York Lions/Yeomen (OUA)

See also

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  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". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. 2005-11-05. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2006-12-03.
  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.,%20Teddy. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  8. "Bruce Coulter". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum.,%20Bruce. 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. 12.0 12.1 "2011 Vanier and Grey Cup games to be on same weekend". Toronto Star. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
  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. "Schedule released: 2012 Canada West football gets underway Labour Day weekend". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  16. "Laval University to host 2013 Vanier Cup". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-07.

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