Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas

The Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas are the sports teams that represent the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas
UniversityUniversity of Alberta
ConferenceCanada West
U SportsEast Division (basketball)
Athletic directorIan Reade
LocationEdmonton, Alberta
Varsity teams17
Football stadiumFoote Field
ArenaClare Drake Arena
Other arenasUniversiade Pavilion
GymnasiumSaville Community Sports Centre
MascotGUBA (Great University Bear of Alberta)
NicknameGolden Bears
Fight songAlberta Cheer Song
ColorsGreen and Gold[1]
         
Websitewww.ualberta.ca/athletics

History

The University of Alberta fields in 17 sports administered by U Sports in the Canada West conference.

The football and soccer teams play their home games at Foote Field, while the hockey team plays at Clare Drake Arena, and the basketball and volleyball teams home is the Saville Community Sports Centre.

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
BasketballBasketball
Cross countryCurling
FootballHockey
GolfRugby
HockeySoccer
SoccerSwimming
TennisTrack and field
VolleyballVolleyball
Wrestling
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor


Football

The Alberta Golden Bears football team have been in competition since 1910. The Golden Bears have won three Vanier Cup national championships, in 1967, 1972 and most recently in 1980. The program has 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, Bryan Fryer winning in 1975, and most recently Ed Ilnicki winning the award in 2017.

Awards and standings

The Bears are considered a strong school team in Canada in multiple sports. The hockey and volleyball teams, in particular, are frequent challengers in U Sports national championships.

The hockey team has won a total of 15 National Championships and 25 Canada West championships, having won 5 National Championships (04-05, 05–06, 07–08, 13–14, 14–15) and 13 Canada West championships in the past 15 seasons.

The volleyball team has been strong over the past decade, having been crowned National Champions on four occasions: 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. In addition, they were runners-up in 2006 and 2007. They have also won the Canada West 13 times.

In addition to their success over Canadian competition, the Golden Bears host the annual Husky Energy Can-Am Challenge of Champions tournament, where they frequently spearhead the Canadian contingent's success. This tournament sees four top teams from both Canada and the USA competing for supremacy, with the Canadian teams holding the overall title, having won 9 of the 13 tournaments.

Championships

SportNational ChampionshipsAdditional National AppearancesConference ChampionshipsConference Podiums
Basketball3 (1994, 1995, 2002)[2][3]10 (1974, 1977, 1990 (7th), 1996 (2nd), 1998 (7th), 1999 (2nd), 2000 (5th), 2003 (t3), 2005 (t5), 2008 (t7), 2012 (t2)11 (1973, 1974, 1977, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2012, 2014)[4][5]24 (1st – 10, 2nd – 6, 3rd – 8)
Cross-Country1 (1980)[6][7]16 (1983 (2nd), 1984 (4th), 1985 (4th), 1986 (2nd), 1997 (5th), 1998 (12th), 1999 (9th), 2000 (2nd), 2001 (4th), 2002 (3rd), 2003 (3rd), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (4th), 2006 (7th), 2007 (12th), 2008 (t9)12 (1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)[8][9]22 (1st – 12, 2nd – 6, 3rd – 4)
Curling1 (2012)[10]3 (2008, 2010, 2011)2012, 2013-
Football3 (1967, 1972, 1980)[11][12]3 (1965, 1971, 1981)16 (1922, 1926, 1928, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1981)[13][14]22 (1st – 16, 2nd – 6)
Hockey16 (1964, 1968, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2018) [15][16]22 (1966 (2nd), 1969 (3rd), 1970, 1972 (3rd), 1973, 1977, 1984, 1985 (2nd), 1987, 1989, 1991 (2nd), 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 (3rd), 2004 (4th), 2009, 2010 (2nd), 2011, 2013)25 (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) [17][18]39 (1st – 25, 2nd – 10, 3rd – 4)
Soccer4 (1972, 1979, 2003, 2006)[19][20]7 (1973 (2nd), 1981 (2nd), 1988 (3rd), 1994 (2nd), 1995 (2nd), 1998 (2nd), 1999 (2nd))9 (1972, 1973, 1979, 1981, 1988, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003)[21][22]31 (1st – 9, 2nd – 8, 3rd – 14)
Swimming0 [23][24]37 (1972–2009: 2nd – 2, 3rd – 10, 4th – 7, 5th – 2, 6th – 5, 7th – 2, 8th – 2, 9th – 1, 10th – 2, 12th – 3, 18th – 1)9 (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1992, 1993, 1996 (tied))[25][26]32 (1st – 9, 2nd – 7, 3rd – 16)
Track and Field1 (2001)[27][28]27 (1981–1987, 1989–2000, 2002–2009: 2nd – 3, 3rd – 5, 4th – 2, 5th – 3, 6th – 4, 7th – 2, 8th – 1, 10th – 2, 11th – 2, 14th – 1, 16th – 1, 19th – 1)6 (1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1993, 2006)[29][30]25 (1st – 6, 2nd – 11, 3rd – 8)
Volleyball8 (1981, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015)[31][32]18 (1975 (2nd), 1980 (3rd), 1990 (6th), 1993 (5th), 1994 (4th), 1995 (4th), 1996 (2nd), 1998 (3rd), 1999 (3rd), 2001 (5th), 2003 (2nd), 2004 (2nd), 2006 (2nd), 2007 (2nd), 2010 (3rd), 2011 (5th), 2012 (6th), 2013 (5th))13 (1975, 1981, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015) [33][34]30 (1st – 13, 2nd – 11, 3rd – 6)
Wrestling4 (1970, 1971, 1972, 2013)[35][36]33 (1980, 1983–1987, 1989–2015: 1st – 1, 2nd – 1, 3rd – 2, 4th – 1, 5th – 4, 6th – 3, 7th – 4, 8th – 2, 9th – 3, 10th – 4, 11th – 2, 13th – 1, 14th – 1, 16th – 1)15 (1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 2013,2014,2015) [37][38]27 (1st – 15, 2nd – 7, 3rd – 5)
Total40176118252 (1st – 115, 2nd – 72, 3rd – 65)

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