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OverviewEdit

"Thunderbirds" is the name of the sports teams of the University of British Columbia (UBC), which is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their home arena is the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, one of the venues for the 2010 Winter Olympics. They are members of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) and U Sports, formerly known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

HistoryEdit

UBC started play in the senior and intermediate levels of the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association. In fact, they won the 1921 Savage Cup for the provincial senior title.

UBC did not play top tier university hockey until they joined the Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) in 1961-62. In 1962-63 the conference was re-named the Western Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAA). When the WIAA split in two following the 1971-72 season, the University of British Columbia became a founding member of the CWUAA, along with the University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, University of Calgary, and University of Alberta. 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.

UBC also represented British Columbia in the 1967 Canada Winter Games. They received a silver medal after losing the championship game to the Alberta Golden Bears, 4-1.


Senior SeasonsEdit

As with the other major western universities, UBC competed in local senior competition in their pre-university days. They competed in the Vancouver City Senior League (VCSL) in at least 1920-21. Results from BC hockey in the early days are sketchy. Here are the results available:

1920-21 VCSL:

  • After finishing in 3rd place in the 4 team league UBC caught fire in the playoffs, winning sudden-death quarter-final and semi-final games before defeating the renowned Vancouver Towers 6-5 on aggregate to take the title. There are no other listings for UBC competing in the VCSL in any other season, though records are missing for several seasons. See: List of VCSL Seasons

1920-21 British Columbia Senior Playoffs:

  • After losing the opener to the Victoria Senators 3-2, UBC took game 2 by a 5-3 score. This gave UBC the series 7-6 on aggregate and the provincial title. Unfortunately for them, they won the title too late to challenge for the Allan Cup. Alberta had the same problem, and Saskatchewan's league was under suspension. That left the Intercollegiate winner (who for 3 seasons in the early 20s was granted a berth), the University of Saskatchewan, and the Manitoba and Thunder Bay champions (Brandon and Port Arthur) to compete for the 1920-21 Western Canada Allan Cup Playoffs. So had UBC competed they likely would have faced the University of Saskatchewan in a playoff series for the first time. Also, the University of Alberta came very close to winning the 1920-21 Alberta Senior Playoffs. They won the Edmonton league and then lost the final to Calgary.

1921-22 British Columbia Intermediate Playoffs:

  • Unfortunately, this is the only season for which annual standings are available for the Vancouver Intermediate League. UBC placed second and lost the semi-final to the Vancouver Nationals.

1945-46 British Columbia Intermediate Playoffs:

  • UBC played in and won the New Westminster Industrial League. Then, in the provincial playoffs,UBC lost a semi-final series to New Westminster 2 games to 1.

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University SeasonsEdit

UBC entered the old WCIAU in the 1961-62 season. They played for three seasons before departing for two, citing travel costs. The squad returned in 1966-67 and remain there today.

The team has won two WIAA conference titles, in 1963 and 1971. They qualified for the University Cup in those two seasons, and in 1977. They lost the 1977 CWUAA final to Alberta, who were slated to host the University Cup that year.

1963 was the first season where the CIAU (forerunner of the CIS) held a national hockey championship. The `Birds went 8-1-1 in the regular season. At the U-Cup they beat Sherbrooke 6-2 in the semi-finals before losing the final to McMaster 3-2.

In 1971 the `Birds placed second to Manitoba in the regular season. However, they defeated Calgary in the semi-finals and Manitoba in the final to return to the U-Cup. In a five-team tournament, they lost 3-2 to Toronto, beat Loyola 6-4, then lost the third place game 7-4 to Laurentian.

By 1977 the west was split into the CWUAA and the GPAC. UBC placed second in the CWUAA and then lost to Alberta in the final. In the U-Cup they lost a 2-game semi-final series to Toronto 11-10 on aggregate.

As the 70s became the 80s the Thunderbirds never had a return to glory. They lost the 1978 final to Alberta and then finished either 3rd or 4th in the 4-team era of the CWUAA. Once the CWUAA merged with the GPAC, UBC never saw the playoffs until the field was expanded to 6 teams.

UBC's 4th place finish in 2014-15 was their first finish in the top four seeds since 1989-90, when they placed 3rd. In between they always placed 5th or lower. Also in that period, they won three playoff series, all in the quarter-final (or division semi-final) round. In 2007 and 2009 they beat Lethbridge, and in 2014 they beat Saskatchewan. In all three series they were the lower seed. The 2014 win over Saskatchewan was their first series win over a "Big Four" team since they beat Manitoba in the 1971 WIAA final. Their 2015 series win over Manitoba was their first home playoff series since the 1971 championship season.

In 2013-14 the program was put in doubt by UBC administration. However, efforts of the Vancouver Canucks and WHL owners appear to have saved the program, for the immediate future at least.

Season-by-Season Records TableEdit

Senior: 1916-17 to 1960-61Edit

Year/Comp. GP W L T F A Pts Placing
1917 VCSL 1 0 1 0 3 4 0 w/d
1917-18  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? n/a
1918-19  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? n/a
1919-20  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? n/a
1921 VCSL 6 2 4 0 19 20 4 3rd of 4
1921 Playoffs 4 3 0 1 12 9 7 won league
1921 Provincials 2 1 1 0 7 6 2 won province
1922 VIL 6 3 3 0 18 14 6 3rd
1922 Playoffs 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 semi-finals
1923 to 1945  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? n/a
1946 Provincials 3 1 2 0 7 20 2 semi-finals
1946-47  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? n/a
1947-48  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? n/a
1948-49  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? n/a
1950 Hamber 4 3 1 0 17 11 6 won series
1951 Hamber 2 0 1 1 5 7 1 lost series
1952 Hamber 2 0 1 1 7 11 1 lost series
1953 Hamber 2 0 2 0 5 14 0 lost series
1954 Hamber 2 0 2 0 4 16 0 lost series
1955 Hamber 2 0 2 0 7 9 0 lost series
1956 Hamber 2 1 1 0 7 8 2 lost series
1957 Hamber 2 0 2 0 7 12 0 lost series
1958 Hamber 2 0 2 0 3 19 0 lost series
1959 Hamber 2 0 2 0 6 17 0 lost series
1960 Hamber 2 0 2 0 6 15 0 lost series
1961 Hamber 2 0 2 0 6 23 0 lost series

WCIAU/WIAA: 1961-62 to 1971-72Edit

Year/Comp. GP W L T F A Pts Placing
1962 Hamber 2 0 2 0 6 13 0 lost series∞
1962 WCIAU 8 0 8 0 18 61 0 3rd
1963 Hamber 2 1 0 1 5 3 3 won series∞
1963 WIAA 10 8 1 1 42 20 17 1st ∆
1963 U-Cup 2 1 1 0 8 5 2 lost final
1964 Hamber 2 0 2 0 2 11 0 lost series∞
1964 WIAA 12 6 6 0 51 48 12 2nd
1965 Hamber 2 1 1 0 8 16 2 lost series
1966 Hamber 2 0 2 0 4 10 0 lost series
1967 Hamber 3 0 3 0 5 13 0 lost series∞
1967 WIAA 15 6 9 0 63 63 12 4th
1967 CWG 6 4 2 0 38 16 8 silver
1968 Hamber 2 0 2 0 2 11 0 lost series∞
1968 WIAA 16 7 9 0 61 63 14 4th
1969 WIAA 20 10 10 0 110 95 20 4th
1970 WIAA 14 8 6 0 91 59 16 4th
1970 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 7 15 0 semi-finals
1971 WIAA 20 15 5 0 132 69 30 2nd
1971 Playoffs 5 4 1 0 31 18 8 champion ∆
1971 U-Cup 3 1 2 0 12 14 2 4th
1972 WIAA 20 14 6 0 129 73 28 W 3rd

CWUAA/GPAC Split Era: 1972-73 to 1984-85Edit

Year/Comp. GP W L T F A Pts Placing
1973 CWUAA 24 16 8 0 148 85 32 3rd
1973 Asia Tour 10 9 1 0 73 16 18 exhibition
1974 CWUAA 18 9 9 0 - - 18 3rd
1975 CWUAA 24 12 11 1 94 97 24 2nd
1975 Playoffs 3 1 2 0 6 10 2 finalist
1976 CWUAA 24 12 12 0 91 86 24 3rd
1977 CWUAA 24 14 10 0 110 85 28 2nd ∆
1977 U-Cup 2 1 1 0 10 11 2 semi-finals
1978 CWUAA 24 14 10 0 125 89 28 2nd
1978 Playoffs 3 1 2 0 5 14 2 finalist
1979 CWUAA 24 7 17 0 82 129 14 3rd
1980 CWUAA 29 12 17 0 137 148 24 4th
1981 CWUAA 24 5 19 0 91 145 10 4th
1982 CWUAA 24 6 18 0 67 122 12 4th
1983 CWUAA 24 9 15 0 88 166 18 4th
1984 CWUAA 24 11 13 0 96 111 22 3rd
1985 CWUAA 24 12 12 0 112 108 24 3rd

CWUAA Unified Era: 1985-86 to presentEdit

Year/Comp. GP W L T F A Pts Placing
1986 CWUAA 28 12 16 0 113 144 24 6th
1987 CWUAA 28 9 17 2 111 139 24 5th
1987 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 3 9 0 semi-finals
1988 CWUAA 28 10 16 2 117 147 22 5th
1989 CWUAA 28 13 14 1 135 118 27 5th
1990 CWUAA 28 16 11 1 119 102 27 3rd
1990 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 4 12 0 semi-finals
1991 CWUAA 28 8 15 5 112 140 21 6th
1992 CWUAA 28 11 14 3 110 137 25 7th
1993 CWUAA 28 7 19 2 97 128 16 7th
1994 CWUAA 28 7 17 4 101 150 18 6th
1995 CWUAA 28 10 13 5 103 120 25 6th
1996 CWUAA 28 9 17 2 98 130 20 M 4th
1997 CWUAA 26 7 16 3 81 105 17 M 4th
1998 CWUAA 28 9 15 4 77 94 22 M 3rd
1998 Playoffs 3 1 2 0 9 13 2 quarter-finals
1999 CWUAA 28 7 18 3 84 102 17 M 4th
2000 CWUAA 28 5 19 4 69 122 14 M 4th
2001 CWUAA 28 6 19 3 74 108 15 M 4th
2002 CWUAA 28 5 19 4 67 111 14 M 4th
2003 CWUAA 28 5 23 0 59 125 10 M 4th
2004 CWUAA 28 7 19 2 64 107 16 M 3rd
2004 Playoffs 3 1 2 0 7 11 2 quarter-finals
2005 CWUAA 28 5 17 6 75 107 16 M 3rd
2005 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 2 9 0 quarter-finals
2006 CWUAA 28 12 15 1 79 100 25 M 3rd
2006 Playoffs 3 1 2 0 9 12 2 quarter-finals
Year/Comp. GP W L OL F A Pts Placing
2007 CWUAA 28 14 13 1 76 88 29 M 3rd
2007 Playoffs 5 2 3 0 17 20 4 semi-finals
2008 CWUAA 28 12 16 0 86 92 24 6th
2008 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 2 10 0 quarter-finals
2009 CWUAA 28 11 14 3 59 85 25 6th
2009 Playoffs 5 2 3 0 16 20 4 semi-finals
2010 CWUAA 28 8 19 1 67 117 17 7th
2010 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 2 10 0 quarter-finals
2011 CWUAA 28 11 12 5 76 101 27 6th
2012 CWUAA 28 12 12 4 77 88 28 5th
2013 CWUAA 28 14 11 3 84 84 31 5th
2013 Playoffs 3 1 2 0 6 9 2 quarter-finals
2014 CWUAA 28 11 15 2 89 101 24 6th
2014 Playoffs 5 2 3 0 17 20 4 semi-finals
2015 CWUAA 28 13 10 5 79 75 31 4th
2015 Playoffs 5 2 3 0 15 13 4 semi-finals
2016 CWUAA 28 11 13 4 71 90 26 6th
2016 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 4 10 0 quarter-finals
2017 CWUAA 28 12 13 3 76 95 27 6th
2017 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 6 10 0 quarter-finals
2018 CWUAA
  • qualified for Unversity Cup in 1963 and 1971 as conference champion and in 1977 as runner-up to the host
  • 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 GPAC merged into the CWUAA in 1985-86.
  • The CWUAA played a two division format from 1996-97 to 2006-07: Mountain (M) and Great Plains (GP).


CommemorationsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

SENIOR

  • VCSL - 1921
  • Savage Cup - 1921

UNIVERSITY

  • WIAA - 1963, 1971


University CupsEdit


Hamber TrophyEdit

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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. The results are on the Season-by-Season Table.



International GamesEdit

1973 Tour to China and JapanEdit

date location away score home
Dec 7 Beijing UBC 5-0 China
Dec 9 Beijing UBC 7-0 China
Dec 13 Harbin UBC 9-2 Harbin
Dec 14 Harbin UBC 14-1 Chichihar
Dec 15 Harbin UBC 5-1 Huilunkiang
Dec 19 Changchun UBC 8-1 Kirin
Dec 20 Kirin UBC 8-0 Kirin
Dec 26 Tokyo UBC 8-2 Japanese College All Stars
Dec 27 Tokyo UBC 5-4 Kokuidokukaukau
Dec 28 Tokyo UBC 4-5 Seibu Railway


2010 Pre-OlympicEdit

Feb 10 Norway Olympic Team 4 UBC 1


Thunderbirds who played in the NHLEdit


PicturesEdit

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1816-17 UBC

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1921 UBC (VCSL)

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1922 UBC (VIL)

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Savage Cup (BC senior champions)

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1949-50 UBC

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1950-51 UBC

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1951-52 UBC

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1952-53 UBC

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1953-54 UBC

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1954-55 UBC

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1955-56 UBC

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1961-62 UBC

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1967-68 UBC

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1968-99 UBC

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1970-71 UBC

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1982-83 Game Ad

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1986 UBC

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1990 UBC

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UBC 2012-13

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2015 playoffs

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UBC 2015-16

Alternate LogosEdit

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UBC old logo

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LinksEdit

Current TeamsEdit

Former TeamsEdit

Also seeEdit

National links:

Western links:

Atlantic links:

Ontario-Quebec links:

College links:

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