Alberta Golden Bears football

The Alberta Golden Bears football team represents the University of Alberta in the sport of Canadian football in U Sports. The Golden Bears have been in competition since 1910 and the team has won three Vanier Cup national championships, in 1967, 1972, and most recently in 1980.[1] The Golden Bears have also won 18 Hardy Cup conference titles, second only to the Saskatchewan Huskies who have won 19 of them. The Golden Bears have also had three players win the Hec Crighton Trophy, with Mel Smith winning in 1971, Brian Fryer winning in 1975, and most recently Ed Ilnicki winning the award in 2017.

Alberta Golden Bears
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Alberta Golden Bears logo
First season1910
Athletic directorDr. Ian Reade
Head coachChris Morris
8th year, 18–44–0  (.290)
Home stadiumFoote Field
Year built2001
Stadium capacity3500
Stadium surfacePureGrass
LocationEdmonton, Alberta
LeagueU Sports
ConferenceCWUAA (1910 - present)
All-time record342–338–9 (.503)
Postseason record– 
Titles
Vanier Cups3
1967, 1972, 1980
Churchill Bowls4
1971, 1972, 1980, 1981
Hardy Cups18
1922, 1926, 1928, 1944,
1946, 1947, 1948, 1960,
1962, 1963, 1964, 1965,
1967, 1971, 1972, 1979,
1980, 1981
Hec Crighton winners3
Mel Smith, Brian Fryer, Ed Ilnicki
Current uniform
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ColoursGreen and Gold
   
RivalsCalgary Dinos
Websitebears.ualberta.ca

Recent historyEdit

 
The Golden Bears vs the Saskatchewan Huskies football team in 2008.

In the 2000s, the Golden Bears had seen mixed results as the team made the playoffs in five of ten seasons between 2001-2010. In four of those seasons, Alberta reached the Hardy Cup, but came away with losses each time. Despite playing in the Hardy Cup in 2010, the Golden Bears finished winless in 2011 following the resignation of longtime head coach Jerry Friesen. UBC defaulted two wins to Alberta that year, but the following season was once again winless as the Golden Bears finished at the bottom of the standings. The Golden Bears saw improvement in 2014 by posting a 3-5 record, but finished fifth and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The program saw further regression in 2015 and 2016, posting just two and one win seasons, respectively.

In 2017, the Golden Bears returned to the playoffs following a six-year absence by qualifying in the last week of the season by defeating the powerhouse Calgary Dinos and finishing 3-5. Because UBC and Manitoba finished with 2-6 records, the Golden Bears finished in fourth place and in playoff position, led by the strong play of Hec Crighton Trophy winner, Ed Ilnicki. The team lost the Canada West Semi-Final to the same Dinos by a score of 39-22. In the following year, the team was once again out of the playoffs, finishing 2-6, which included a default win after the Regina Rams had to forfeit a victory due to the use of an ineligible player.[2]

Recent season resultsEdit

Season Games Won Lost OTL PCT PF PA Standing Playoffs
2001 8 2 5 1 .313 139 217 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2002 8 1 7 0 .125 141 186 7th in CW Out of Playoffs
2003 8 4 4 0 .500 262 164 4th in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 10-4
Lost to Simon Fraser Clan in Hardy Cup 28-18
2004 8 7 1 0 .875 235 145 1st in CW Defeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 39-13
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Hardy Cup 21-20
2005 8 7 1 0 .875 226 149 2nd in CW Defeated Manitoba Bisons in semi-final 33-24
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Hardy Cup 30-17
2006 8 4 4 0 .500 163 198 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2007 8 2 6 0 .250 176 204 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2008 8 2 6 0 .250 140 194 7th in CW Out of Playoffs
2009 8 4 4 0 .500 164 203 3rd in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 45-13
2010 8 3 5 0 .375 177 220 4th in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 31-30
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 56-3
2011 8 2 6 0 .250 73 274 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2012 8 0 8 0 .000 82 305 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2013 8 0 8 0 .000 188 419 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2014 8 3 5 0 .375 228 292 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2015 8 2 6 0 .250 183 356 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2016 8 1 7 0 .125 155 355 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2017 8 3 5 0 .375 275 276 4th in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 39-22
2018 8 2 6 0 .250 109 251 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2019 8 4 4 0 .500 179 208 3rd in CW Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 28-23
2020 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 6 3 3 0 .500 174 186 3rd in CW Lost to Manitoba Bisons in semi-final 43-17

National award winnersEdit

Golden Bears in the CFLEdit

As of the start of the 2022 CFL season, seven former Golden Bears players were on CFL teams' rosters:

[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Golden Bears Football Team History
  2. ^ Calgary tops Alberta in regular season finale
  3. ^ "Players". Canadian Football League. Retrieved June 12, 2022.

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