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Overview[edit | edit source]

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"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 U Sports (formerly known as CIS).

Missing[edit | edit source]

1911, 1920, and 1922 seasons.

History[edit | edit source]

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 Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WCIAA or 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 WCIAA 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. A GPAC merger and new programs added new opponents at the University of Manitoba, University of Regina, University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal University, Grant MacEwan University, and Trinity Western University. Victoria and Lethbridge have since departed.

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 Seasons[edit | edit source]

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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 Table[edit | edit source]

WCIAU/Senior: 1910-11 to 1939-40[edit | edit source]

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1911 Edm Sr ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 2nd
1914 Edm Sr 6 3 2 1 30 27 7 2nd
1916 Edm Sr 5 3 2 0 - - 6 2nd
1918 Edm Sr 4 1 3 0 15 22 2 3rd
1919 (unofficial) 2 0 2 0 3 7 0 2nd
1919 Edm Sr 6 3 3 0 24 27 6 2nd
1920 WCIAU 4 2 2 0 12 12 4 2nd
1920 Edm ? ? ? ? ? ? ? won north
1920 Int. 2 1 1 0 4 5 2 finalist
1921 Edm Sr 6 4 1 1 ? ? 9 1st
1921 Alta Sr 4 1 2 1 11 16 3 finalist
1922 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1923 Edm Sr 1 0 1 0 ? ? 0 withdrew
1924 Edm Sr 12 8 2 2 ? ? 18 1st
1924 Final 2 2 0 - 7 3 4 champions
1924 Alta Sr 2 0 2 0 8 15 0 semi-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 Sr 10 2 7 1 33 40 5 3rd
1927 WCIAU 1 0 1 0 1 4 0 2nd
1928 Edm Sr 12 2 10 0 ? ? 4 4th
1928 WCIAU 4 0 4 0 5 12 0 3rd
1929 Edm Sr 12 1 11 0 ? ? 2 4th
1930 Edm Sr 11 2 9 0 25 61 4 4th
1931 Edm Sr 12 7 4 1 35 26 15 2nd
1931 Final 3 1 2 0 3 12 2 finalist
1932 Edm Sr 16 2 12 2 ? ? 6 4th
1933 Edm Sr 8 1 7 0 17 39 2 3rd
1934 Edm Sr 6 3 3 0 ? ? 6 2nd
1934 Final 2 0 2 0 2 5 0 finalist
1934 WCIAU 4 2 1 1 6 4 5 1st
1935 Edm Sr 8 1 7 0 ? ? 2 3rd
1935 Playoffs 4 2 1 1 9 9 5 semi-finals
1936 WCIAU 4 1 1 2 12 11 4 1st
1937 Nor Int - - - - - - - withdrew
1937 WCIAU 4 2 1 1 11 10 5 1st
1938 Nor Int 12 9 3 0 50 31 18 1st
1938 Final 3 2 1 0 12 7 4 champions
1938 Alta Int 2 0 2 0 3 5 0 north final
1938 WCIAU 4 2 1 1 18 14 5 1st
1939 Nor Int 8 3 4 1 ? ? 7 3rd
1039 WCIAU 4 3 0 1 25 16 7 1st
1940 Edm Int 11 9 2 0 ? ? 18 1st
1940 Final 1 0 1 - 2 8 0 finalist
1940 WCIAU 8 4 0 4 49 25 12 1st

WCIAU/WCIAA: 1945-46 to 1971-72[edit | edit source]

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1941-45 World War II
1946 WCIAU 4 3 1 0 20 16 6 1st
1947 WCIAU 6 5 1 0 41 26 10 1st
1948 WCIAU 4 2 2 0 16 14 4 1st
1949 Int. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 withdrew
1949 WCIAU 6 4 1 1 32 30 9 1st
1950 WCIAU 7 4 2 1 28 24 9 1st
1950 Hamber 4 1 3 0 11 17 2 lost
1950 Int. 2 0 2 0 7 11 0 semi-final
1951 WCIAU 5 3 2 0 24 14 6 1st
1951 Hamber 2 1 0 1 7 5 3 won
1952 WCIAU 4 1 3 0 12 15 2 2nd
1952 Hamber 2 1 0 1 11 7 3 won
1953 WCIAU 5 2 3 0 17 18 4 2nd
1953 Hamber 2 2 0 0 14 5 4 won
1954 WCIAU 5 3 2 0 22 18 6 1st
1954 Hamber 2 2 0 0 16 4 4 won
1955 WCIAU 8 6 2 0 43 28 12 1st
1955 Hamber 2 2 0 0 9 7 4 won
1956 WCIAU 4 3 1 0 18 11 6 1st
1956 Hamber 2 1 1 0 8 7 2 won
1957 WCIAU 10 10 0 0 131 23 20 1st
1957 Hamber 2 2 0 0 12 7 4 won
1958 WCIAU 12 11 1 0 95 35 22 1st
1958 Hamber 2 2 0 0 19 3 4 won
1959 WCIAU 8 4 4 0 42 33 8 2nd
1959 Hamber 2 2 0 0 17 6 4 won
1960 WCIAU 8 7 1 0 48 16 14 1st
1960 Hamber 2 2 0 0 15 6 4 won
1961 WCIAU 8 7 0 1 55 16 15 1st
1961 Hamber 2 2 0 0 23 6 4 won
1962 WCIAU 12 11 1 0 70 29 22 1st
1962 Hamber 2 2 0 0 13 6 4 won ∞
1963 WCIAA 12 6 6 0 49 33 12 3rd
1963 Hamber 2 0 1 1 3 5 1 lost ∞
1964 WCIAA 12 7 5 0 58 26 14 1st
1964 Hamber 2 2 0 0 11 2 0 won ∞
1964 U Cup 2 2 0 - 14 4 4 gold
1965 WCIAA 12 7 5 0 74 52 14 3rd
1965 Hamber 2 1 1 0 16 8 2 won
1966 WCIAA 12 11 1 0 92 27 22 1st
1966 Hamber 2 2 0 0 10 4 4 won
1966 U Cup 2 1 1 - 11 12 2 silver
1967 WCIAA 15 12 3 0 76 39 24 2nd
1967 Hamber 3 3 0 0 13 5 6 won ∞
1967 CWG 6 5 1 0 47 17 10 gold
1968 WCIAA 16 11 5 0 62 39 22 1st
1968 Hamber 2 2 0 0 11 2 4 won ∞
1968 U Cup 3 3 0 - 24 9 6 gold
1969 WCIAA 20 16 4 0 123 45 32 1st
1969 U Cup 3 2 1 - 17 15 4 bronze
1970 WCIAA 14 11 3 0 73 44 22 2nd
1970 U Cup 2 0 2 - 3 20 0 5th
1971 WCIAA 21 12 9 0 131 74 24 4th
1971 Playoffs 2 0 2 - ? ? 0 semi-finals
1972 WCIAA 20 18 2 0 133 45 36 W 1st
1972 Playoffs 2 2 0 - 9 3 4 champions
1972 U Cup 2 1 1 - 8 6 2 bronze


CWUAA/GPAC Split Era: 1972-73 to 1984-85[edit | edit source]

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1973 CWUAA 24 17 7 0 135 69 34 1st
1973 U Cup 4 2 2 - 17 14 4 semi-finals
1974 CWUAA 18 11 7 0 ? ? 22 2nd
1974 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 6 8 0 finalist
1975 CWUAA 24 20 4 0 121 60 40 1st
1975 Playoffs 3 2 1 - 10 6 4 champions
1975 U Cup 7 6 1 - 36 12 12 gold
1976 CWUAA 24 16 8 0 106 71 32 2nd
1976 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 2 9 0 finalist
1977 CWUAA 24 21 3 0 120 70 42 1st
1977 Playoffs 3 2 1 - 16 11 4 champions
1977 U Cup 3 2 1 - 13 9 4 silver
1978 CWUAA 24 20 4 0 136 72 40 1st
1978 Playoffs 3 2 1 - 14 5 4 champions
1978 U Cup 3 3 0 - 20 11 6 silver
1979 CWUAA 24 20 4 0 151 60 40 1st
1979 Playoffs 3 2 1 - 12 9 4 champions
1979 U Cup 3 3 0 - 15 3 6 gold
1980 CWUAA 29 20 9 0 140 87 40 1st
1980 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 1 5 0 finalist
1980 U Cup 3 3 0 - 13 6 6 gold
1981 CWUAA 24 10 14 0 94 100 20 3rd
1981 FISU ? ? ? ? ? ? ? gold
1982 CWUAA 24 11 13 0 91 89 22 3rd
1983 CWUAA 24 13 11 0 102 96 26 2nd
1983 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 2 9 0 finalist
1984 CWUAA 24 20 4 0 122 59 40 1st
1984 Playoffs 2 2 0 - 13 4 4 champions
1984 U Cup 4 2 1 1 16 10 5 semi-finals
1985 CWUAA 24 20 4 0 166 72 40 1st
1985 Playoffs 2 2 0 - 9 5 4 champions
1985 U Cup 6 3 2 1 24 22 7 silver


CWUAA Unified Era: 1985-86 to present[edit | edit source]

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1986 CWUAA 28 20 8 0 173 114 40 1st
1986 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 11 17 2 semi-finals
1986 U Cup 2 2 0 - 10 6 4 champions
1987 CWUAA 28 19 8 1 180 115 39 2nd
1987 FISU ? ? ? ? ? ? ? bronze
1987 U Cup 2 1 1 - 6 6 2 2nd pool
1988 CWUAA 28 22 5 1 208 104 45 2nd
1988 Playoffs ? ? 3 - ? ? ? finalist
1989 CWUAA 28 21 7 0 206 105 42 1st
1989 Playoffs 5 4 1 - 25 12 8 champions
1989 U Cup 1 0 1 - 3 4 0 semi-finals
1990 CWUAA 28 20 6 2 143 94 42 2nd
1990 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 18 15 4 finalist
1991 CWUAA 28 19 7 2 116 88 40 2nd
1991 Playoffs 5 4 1 - 25 19 8 champions
1991 U Cup 2 1 1 - 7 11 2 silver
1992 CWUAA 28 17 6 5 137 100 39 2nd
1992 Playoffs 5 4 1 - ? ? 8 champions
1992 U Cup 2 2 0 - 14 3 4 gold
1993 CWUAA 28 18 6 4 152 88 40 1st
1993 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 17 9 8 champions
1993 U Cup 1 0 1 - 4 9 0 semi-finals
1994 CWUAA 28 15 6 7 122 99 37 3rd
1994 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 3 8 0 semi-finals
1995 CWUAA 28 11 12 5 111 118 27 5th
1996 CWUAA 28 17 10 1 100 82 35 M 2nd
1996 Playoffs 5 2 3 - 17 15 4 semi-finals
1997 CWUAA 26 20 5 1 116 74 41 M 2nd
1997 Playoffs 7 6 1 - 39 17 12 champions
1997 U Cup 1 0 1 - 3 4 0 semi-finals
1998 CWUAA 28 19 4 5 131 80 43 M 1st
1998 Playoffs 5 3 2 - 22 16 6 finalist
1999 CWUAA 28 20 6 2 140 88 42 M 1st
1999 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 16 15 4 finalist
1999 U Cup 3 3 0 - 15 3 6 gold
2000 CWUAA 28 20 3 5 141 60 45 M 1st
2000 Playoffs 5 3 2 - 26 20 6 finalist
2000 U Cup 3 3 0 - 12 7 6 gold
2001 CWUAA 28 25 1 2 146 57 52 M 1st
2001 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 20 2 8 champions
2001 U Cup 2 0 2 - 6 10 0 3rd pool
2002 CWUAA 28 21 3 4 134 58 46 M 1st
2002 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 25 8 8 champions
2002 U Cup 2 1 1 - 9 4 2 2nd pool
2003 CWUAA 28 24 2 2 129 54 50 M 1st
2003 Playoffs 5 4 1 - 23 12 8 champions
2003 U Cup 2 1 1 - 6 3 2 2nd pool
2004 CWUAA 28 26 0 2 148 48 54 M 1st
2004 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 23 4 8 champions
2004 U Cup 3 1 2 - 13 13 2 4th
2005 CWUAA 28 24 3 1 146 59 49 M 1st
2005 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 22 10 8 champions
2005 U Cup 3 3 0 - 21 5 6 gold
2006 CWUAA 28 21 5 2 120 67 44 M 1st
2006 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 23 6 8 champions
2006 U Cup 3 3 0 - 16 5 6 gold
Year/Comp. GP W L OL GF GA Pts Placing
2007 CWUAA 28 20 4 4 113 79 44 M 1st
2007 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 13 10 4 finalist
2008 CWUAA 28 21 5 2 126 77 44 1st
2008 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 21 8 8 champions
2008 U Cup 3 2 1 - 11 5 4 gold
2009 CWUAA 28 22 4 2 120 63 46 1st
2009 Playoffs 5 4 1 - 23 9 8 champions
2009 U Cup 2 1 1 - 5 7 2 2nd pool
2010 CWUAA 28 23 4 1 145 84 47 1st
2010 Playoffs 5 4 1 - 15 10 8 champions
2010 U Cup 3 2 1 - 11 8 4 silver
2011 CWUAA 28 19 6 3 112 74 41 1st
2011 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 17 2 8 champions
2011 U Cup 2 0 2 - 4 9 0 3rd pool
2012 CWUAA 28 20 6 2 102 62 42 2nd
2012 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 12 10 2 semi-finals
2013 CWUAA 28 23 4 1 117 46 47 1st
2013 Playoffs 5 4 1 - 20 5 8 champions
2013 U Cup 2 1 1 - 5 5 2 2nd pool
2014 CWUAA 28 25 2 1 146 54 51 1st
2014 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 21 5 8 champions
2014 U Cup 3 3 0 - 9 5 6 gold
2015 CWUAA 28 24 3 1 125 56 49 1st
2015 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 14 7 8 champions
2015 U Cup 3 3 0 - 16 5 6 gold
2016 CWUAA 28 19 7 2 116 66 40 2nd
2016 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 14 11 4 finalist
2016 U Cup 1 0 1 - 2 6 0 quarter-finals
2017 CWUAA 28 18 8 2 97 72 38 2nd
2017 Playoffs 5 4 1 - 18 14 8 champions
2017 U Cup 1 0 1 - 1 4 2 quarter-finals
2018 CWUAA 28 23 4 1 125 52 47 1st
2018 Playoffs 4 4 0 - 20 7 8 champions
2018 U Cup 3 3 0 - 15 10 6 gold
2019 CWUAA 28 24 3 1 134 55 49 2nd
2019 Playoffs 5 4 1 - 15 8 8 champions
2019 U-Cup 3 2 1 - 12 5 4 silver
2020 CWUAA 28 23 5 0 132 57 46 1st
2020 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 9 6 2 semi-finals

∞ indicates Hamber Trophy played as part of regular season


Notes:

  • the WCIAA 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)



Junior B Team[edit | edit source]

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


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Commemorations[edit | edit source]

Championships[edit | edit source]

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
  • WCIAA - 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, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • University Cup - 1964, 1968, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2018
  • FISU (Universiade) - 1981
  • Canada Games - 1967


Hamber Trophy[edit | edit source]

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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 WCIAA and in those seasons the teams' conference games counted towards this Trophy.


International Exhibitions[edit | edit source]

  • Dec. 15, 2011: Alberta Golden Bears 5, Team Denmark Juniors 0
  • Dec. 16, 2011: Alberta Golden Bears 8, Team Denmark Juniors 3
  • Dec. 12, 2012: Alberta Golden Bears 4, Team Canada Juniors 1


Pictures[edit | edit source]

1919 Game Ad

1920-21 U of A

1923-24 U of A

1927 U of A

1930 U of A

1934 U OF A

Halpenny Cup

1940 Game Ad Edmonton

1946 U of A

1947 U of A

1950 U of A

1952 U of A

1953 U of A

1964 U of A

1964-65 EXHIBITION GAME

1967 Canada Games medal podium

1968 Game Ad

1978 U of A

1979 U of A

1979 University Cup Game Ad

1980 U of A

1992 University Cup Game Ad

2008 U of A

2011 U of A

Alberta v Canada Juniors 2012

2013 U of A

October 13, 2017: Alberta v Manitoba

2018-19 Alberta Golden Bears


Alternate Logos[edit | edit source]

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Golden Bears v Oilers[edit | edit source]

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2014-09-17 Leon Draisaitl
Oilers v Golden Bears

2015-09-16 Connor McDavid
Oilers v Golden Bears

2016-09-21
Oilers v Golden Bears


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Former CW Teams[edit | edit source]

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