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AlbertaGoldenBears

Overview Edit

"Golden Bears" is the name of the male sports teams of the University of Alberta, located in Edmonton, Alberta. Their female teams are known as the "Pandas". Their home ice is the Clare Drake Arena. They are members of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

The U of A started play in the senior and intermediate series of Alberta. They did not win any provincial or national titles in that era.

In 1918-19 the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta played in an exhibition series which led to the formation of the Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) the following season.

In 1962-63 the WCIAU changed its name to the Western Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAA). The Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (as it then was) started the University Cup in 1963. Alberta has won more titles than any other team.

When the WIAA split in two following the 1971-72 season, the University of Alberta became a founding member of the CWUAA, along with the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Calgary, and University of Saskatchewan. Victoria has since departed and a GPAC merger and new programs have added new CWUAA opponents at the University of Manitoba, the University of Regina, University of Lethbridge, and Mount Royal University.

In addition, from 1950 to 1968, the Alberta Golden Bears and UBC Thunderbirds played an annual series for the Hamber Trophy. The two teams were in the same conference for five of those seasons.

Senior/Intermediate SeasonsEdit

The University of Alberta did not enjoy the level of success as their prairie cohorts at the senior level. They made it as far as the provincial final just the once (in 1921) and the semi-finals just one other time (1924). In fact, they wound up in the 1930s playing at the intermediate level instead.

However, the 1920-21 Alberta Senior Playoffs, and other events that year, are worth a peak. The University of Alberta did not enter the WCIAU that season. (The University of Saskatchewan beat the University of Manitoba in the 1920-21 WCIAU Season and got a berth in the 1920-21 Western Canada Allan Cup Playoffs for that victory.) The University of Alberta did win the Edmonton league title to advance to the provincials. In the semi-final they beat the Vermilion Farmers 9-3 on aggregate, with each side winning once. In the final they lost to Calgary Alberta Pacific 8-6 on aggregate, after a replay of a game they lost and then protested. The Calgary team won their title too late to compete in the 1920-21 Western Canada Allan Cup Playoffs. The same thing happened to the UBC Thunderbirds. They defeated the Vancouver Towers and Victoria Senators to win the 1920-21 British Columbia Senior Playoffs but could go no further. It would have been ironic to have seen one, or possibly two all-U matchups in those Allan Cup playoffs. As it was, bad timing prevented the UBC Thunderbirds from meeting the Saskatchewan Huskies for the first time. Meanwhile, in the 1920-21 Eastern Canada Allan Cup Playoffs the University of Toronto defeated McGill University in the final.

In the 1923-24 Alberta Senior Playoffs the Alberta Golden Bears again won the Edmonton league and advanced to the provincials. They were, however, beaten 15-8 on aggregate by Canmore in the semi-finals. While the team continued at the intermediate level through 1940, this was pretty much it for success at the senior level.

Note: All seasons available on Wikia have been added to the table.

Season-by-Season Records TableEdit

1910-11 to 1939-40: Blended University and Amateur EraEdit

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1911 Edm Sr???????2nd
1914 Edm Sr6321302772nd
1916 Edm Sr5320 - -62nd
1918 Edm Sr4130152223rd
1919 (unofficial) 20203702nd
1919 Edm Sr6330242762nd
1920 WCIAU4220121242nd
1920 Edm???????won north
1920 Int.2110452finalist
1921 Edm Sr 6411??91st
1921 Alta Sr412111163finalist
1922  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1923 Edm Sr 1 0 1 0  ?  ? 0 withdrew
1924 Edm Sr12822??181st
1924 Final220-734champions
1924 Alta Sr20208150semi-finals
1925 Edm Sr 7 4 3 0 17 19 8 2nd
1925 playoffs 2 0 2 0 10 14 0 finalist
1926 Edm Sr 12 5 7 0  ?  ? 10 3rd
1927 Edm Sr10271334053rd
1927 WCIAU10101402nd
1928 Edm Sr122100??44th
1928 WCIAU404051203rd
1929 Edm Sr121110??24th
1930 Edm Sr11290256144th
1931 Edm Sr127413526152nd
1931 Final31203122finalist
1932 Edm Sr162122??64th
1933 Edm Sr8170173923rd
1934 Edm Sr6330??62nd
1934 Final2020250finalist
1934 WCIAU42116451st
1935 Edm Sr8170??23rd
1935 Playoffs4211995semi-finals
1936 WCIAU 4112121141st
1937 Nor Int - - - - - - -withdrew
1937 WCIAU 4211111051st
1938 Nor Int129305031181st
1938 Final 32101274champions
1938 Alta Int2020350north final
1938 WCIAU4211181451st
1939 Nor Int8341??73rd
1939 WCIAU 4301251671st
1940 Edm Int11920??181st
1940 Final101 -280finalist
1940 WCIAU 84044925121st

1945-46 to 1971-72: WCIAU/WIAA EraEdit

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1946 WCIAU4310201661st
1947 WCIAU65104126101st
1948 WCIAU4220161441st
1949 Int. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 withdrew
1949 WCIAU6411323091st
1950 WCIAU7421282491st
1950 Hamber413011172lost
1950 Int. 20207110semi-final
1951 WCIAU5320241461st
1951 Hamber2101753won
1952 WCIAU4130121522nd
1952 Hamber21011173won
1953 WCIAU5230171842nd
1953 Hamber22001454won
1954 WCIAU5320221861st
1954 Hamber22001644won
1955 WCIAU 86204328121st
1955 Hamber2200974won
1956 WCIAU4310181161st
1956 Hamber2110872won
1957 WCIAU 10100013123201st
1957 Hamber22001274won
1958 WCIAU1211109535221st
1958 Hamber22001934won
1959 WCIAU 8440423382nd
1959 Hamber22001764won
1960 WCIAU 87104816141st
1960 Hamber22001564won
1961 WCIAU87015516151st
1961 Hamber22002364won
1962 WCIAU1211107029221st
1962 Hamber22001364won ∞
1963 WIAA 126604933123rd
1963 Hamber2011351lost ∞
1964 WIAA127505826141st
1964 Hamber22001120won ∞
1964 U Cup220-1444gold
1965 WIAA127507452143rd
1965 Hamber21101682won
1966 WIAA1211109227221st
1966 Hamber22001044won
1966 U Cup211 -11122silver
1967 WIAA1512307639242nd
1967 Hamber33001356won ∞
1967 CWG6510471710gold
1968 WIAA1611506239221st
1968 Hamber22001124won ∞
1968 U Cup330-2496gold
1969 WIAA20164012345321st
1969 U Cup321 -17154bronze
1970 WIAA1411307344222nd
1970 U Cup202 -32005th
1971 WIAA21129013174244th
1971 Playoffs202-??0semi-finals
1972 WIAA2018201334536W 1st
1972 Playoffs220-934champions
1972 U Cup211 -862bronze

1972-73 to 1984-85: CWUAA/GPAC Split Conferences EraEdit

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1973 CWUAA24177013569341st
1973 U Cup422 -17144semi-finals
1974 CWUAA181170??222nd
1974 Playoffs202 -680finalist
1975 CWUAA24204012160401st
1975 Playoffs321-1064champions
1975 U Cup761-361212gold
1976 CWUAA24168010671322nd
1976 Playoffs202 -290finalist
1977 CWUAA24213012070421st
1977 Playoffs321-16114champions
1977 U Cup321 -1394silver
1978 CWUAA24204013672401st
1978 Playoffs321 -1454finalist
1978 U Cup330 -20116finalist
1979 CWUAA24204015160401st
1979 Playoffs321-1294champions
1979 U Cup330-1536gold
1980 CWUAA29209014087401st
1980 Playoffs202 -150finalist
1980 U Cup330-1366gold
1981 CWUAA241014094100203rd
1981 FISU???????gold
1982 CWUAA24111309189223rd
1983 CWUAA241311010296262nd
1983 Playoffs202 -290finalist
1984 CWUAA24204012259401st
1984 Playoffs220-1344champions
1984 U Cup421116105semi-finals
1985 CWUAA24204016672401st
1985 Playoffs220-954champions
1985 U Cup632124227silver

1985-86 to present: CWUAA Unified EraEdit

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1986 CWUAA282080173114401st
1986 Playoffs312 -11172semi-finals
1986 U Cup220-1064champions
1987 CWUAA281981180115392nd
1987 FISU???????bronze
1987 U Cup211 -6622nd pool
1988 CWUAA282251208104452nd
1988 Playoffs??3 -???finalist
1989 CWUAA282170206105421st
1989 Playoffs541-25128champions
1989 U Cup101 -340semi-finals
1990 CWUAA28206214394422nd
1990 Playoffs422 -18154finalist
1991 CWUAA28197211688402nd
1991 Playoffs541-25198champions
1991 U Cup211 -7112silver
1992 CWUAA281765137100392nd
1992 Playoffs541 -??8champions
1992 U Cup220 -1434gold
1993 CWUAA28186415288401st
1993 Playoffs440-1798champions
1993 U Cup101 -490semi-finals
1994 CWUAA28156712299373rd
1994 Playoffs202 -380semi-finals
1995 CWUAA2811125111118275th
1996 CWUAA28171011008235M 2nd
1996 Playoffs523 -17154semi-finals
1997 CWUAA2620511167441M 2nd
1997 Playoffs761-391712champions
1997 U Cup101 -340semi-finals
1998 CWUAA2819451318043M 1st
1998 Playoffs532 -22166finalist
1999 CWUAA2820621408842M 1st
1999 Playoffs422 -16154finalist
1999 U Cup330-1536gold
2000 CWUAA2820351416045M 1st
2000 Playoffs532 -26206finalist
2000 U Cup330-1276gold
2001 CWUAA2825121465752M 1st
2001 Playoffs440-2028champions
2001 U Cup202 -61003rd pool
2002 CWUAA2821341345846M 1st
2002 Playoffs440-2588champions
2002 U Cup211 -9422nd pool
2003 CWUAA2824221295450M 1st
2003 Playoffs541-23128champions
2003 U Cup211 -6322nd pool
2004 CWUAA2826021484854M 1st
2004 Playoffs440-2348champions
2004 U Cup312 -131324th
2005 CWUAA2824311465949M 1st
2005 Playoffs440-22108champions
2005 U Cup330-2156gold
2006 CWUAA2821521206744M 1st
2006 Playoffs440-2368champions
2006 U Cup330-1656gold
Year/Comp.GPWLOLGFGAPtsPlacing
2007 CWUAA2820441137944M 1st
2007 Playoffs422 -13104finalist
2008 CWUAA28215212677441st
2008 Playoffs440-2188champions
2008 U Cup321-1154gold
2009 CWUAA28224212063461st
2009 Playoffs541-2398champions
2009 U Cup211 -5722nd pool
2010 CWUAA28234114584471st
2010 Playoffs541-15108champions
2010 U Cup321 -1184silver
2011 CWUAA28196311274411st
2011 Playoffs440-1728champions
2011 U Cup202 -4903rd pool
2012 CWUAA28206210262422nd
2012 Playoffs312 -12102semi-finals
2013 CWUAA28234111746471st
2013 Playoffs541-2058champions
2013 U Cup211 -5522nd pool
2014 CWUAA28252114654511st
2014 Playoffs440-2158champions
2014 U Cup330-956gold
2015 CWUAA28243112556491st
2015 Playoffs440-1478champions
2015 U Cup330-1656gold
2016 CWUAA28197211666402nd
2016 Playoffs422 -14114finalist
2016 U Cup101 -260quarter-finals
2017 CWUAA

∞ indicates Hamber Trophy played as part of regular season

Notes:

  • the WIAA played a two division format in 1971-72: West (W) and East (E)
  • the CWUAA played a two division format from 1996-97 to 2006-07: Mountain (M) and Great Plains (GP)

ChampionshipsEdit

SENIOR

  • Edmonton League - 1921, 1924

UNIVERSITY

  • WCIAU - 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962
  • WIAA - 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
  • CWUAA - 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • University Cup - 1964, 1968, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015
  • FISU (Universiade) - 1981
  • Canada Games - 1967

Hamber TrophyEdit

From 1949-50 to 1967-68, the Alberta Golden Bears and the UBC Thunderbirds played an annual series for the Hamber Trophy. From 1961-62 onwards, UBC was often in the WCIAU or the WIAA and in those seasons the teams' conference games counted towards this Trophy.

International ExhibitionsEdit

Junior B TeamEdit

The Junior Bears, aka Bearcats, also operated for at least the 1972-73 season, in which they won the league and provincial titles.

SOURCES:

PhotosEdit

18-19WCIAUEdmontonGameAd

1919 Game Ad

20-21UAlta

1920-21 U of A

UAlta24

1923-24 U of A

UAlta27

1927 U of A

29-30UAlta

1930 U of A

33-34UAlta

1934 U OF A

Halpenny Cup

Halpenny Cup

39-40WCIAUEdmontonGameAd

1940 Game Ad Edmonton

45-46UAlberta

1946 U of A

46-47UAlta

1947 U of A

49-50UAlta

1950 U of A

51-52UAlta

1952 U of A

52-53UAlta

1953 U of A

63-64UAlta

1964 U of A

64-65AltaSrCalgaryExhGameAd

1964-65 EXHIBITION GAME

1967 canada games medal podium 1-page-001

1967 Canada Games medal podium

67-68WCIAUEdmontonGameAd

1968 Game Ad

1977-1978Ualta

1978 U of A

78-79UAlta

1979 U of A

78-79UniCupMontrealGameAd

1979 University Cup Game Ad

79-80UAlta

1980 U of A

91-92UniCupTorontoGameAd

1992 University Cup Game Ad

07-08UAlberta

2008 U of A

10-11Alberta

2011 U of A

Alberta-canada juniors-2012-640 640-1

Alberta v Canada Juniors 2012

12-13UAlta

2013 U of A

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Former TeamsEdit

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