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USports is the national governing body of university athletics in Canada. It was established in 1961 as the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU). It was renamed "Canadian Interuniveristy Athletic Union" in 1978. The name was then changed to "Canadian Interuniversity Sport" (CIS) in 2001. Early in the 2016-17 season it was announced that the brand would henceforth be known as "U Sports".


The name "Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union" also refers to the original regional university sports organization in Ontario and Quebec (sometimes called "CIAU Central"), which was ultimately replaced by the Quebec-Ontario Athletic Association (QOAA) by 1955. Different links give different names at different times through the early 50s.


As the CIAU, the organization introduced the University Cup in 1963, which was the first national championship in university hockey. In hockey's early days, university teams had to pursue the Allan Cup for a national title. The Cup was won by Queen's University in 1909 and St. Michael's College in 1910 (both during the "challenge" period) and then by the University of Toronto in 1921 and by the University of Manitoba in 1928 through "normal" channels.



The member universities of USports are currently organized into four regional associations or conferences, three of which operate hockey leagues:

And one of which does not:

Member Universities[]

U Sports has 56 member institutions, 36 of which have men's varsity hockey teams, with one operating in another league.

Institution City Prov. Founded Enrollment League
UBC Thunderbirds Vancouver BC 1908 43,579 CWUAA
Trinity Western Spartans Langley BC 1962 2,700 CWUAA
Victoria Vikings Victoria BC 1903 19,500 BCIHL
Fraser Valley Cascades Abbotsford BC 1974 21,500 BCIHL
Thompson Rivers WolfPack Kamloops BC 1970 13,072 BCIHL
UBCO Heat Kelowna BC 2005 6,015 BCIHL
UNBC Timberwolves Prince George BC 1990 4,183 none
Alberta Golden Bears Edmonton AB 1908 36,435 CWUAA
Calgary Dinos Calgary AB 1966 28,196 CWUAA
Lethbridge Pronghorns Lethbridge AB 1907 8,765 none
Mount Royal Cougars Calgary AB 1910 14,175 CWUAA
MacEwan Griffins Edmonton AB 1971 13,889 CWUAA
Regina Cougars Regina SK 1911 12,800 CWUAA
Saskatchewan Huskies Saskatoon SK 1907 19,082 CWUAA
Manitoba Bisons Winnipeg MB 1877 27,599 CWUAA
Brandon Bobcats Brandon MB 1890 3,383 none
Winnipeg Wesmen Winnipeg MB 1871 9,219 none
Brock Badgers St. Catharines ON 1964 17,000 OUA
Carleton Ravens Ottawa ON 1942 25,262 OUA
Guelph Gryphons Guelph ON 1964 19,408 OUA
Lakehead Thunderwolves Thunder Bay ON 1946 8.050 OUA
Laurentian Voyageurs Sudbury ON 1960 7,758 none
Nipissing Lakers North Bay ON 1909 6,300 OUA
Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa ON 1848 35,548 OUA
Queen's Golden Gaels Kingston ON 1841 20,566 OUA
RMC Paladins Kingston ON 1876 900 OUA
Ryerson Rams Toronto ON 1948 24,000 OUA
Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto ON 1827 73,185 OUA
Ontario Tech Ridgebacks Oshawa ON 2003 5,000 OUA
Waterloo Warriors Waterloo ON 1957 27,978 OUA
Western Ontario Mustangs London ON 1878 30,000 OUA
Laurier Golden Hawks Waterloo ON 1911 12,394 OUA
Windsor Lancers Windsor ON 1857 13,496 OUA
York Lions Toronto ON 1959 42,400 OUA
Algoma Thunderbirds Sault Ste. Marie ON 1964 1,427 none
McMaster Marauders Hamilton ON 1887 25,688 none
Trent Excalibur Peterborough ON 1964 7,160 none
Concordia Stingers Montreal QC 1896 38,809 OUA
McGill Redbirds Montreal QC 1821 32,514 OUA
UQTR Patriotes Trois-Rivières QC 1969 10,000 OUA
Bishop's Gaiters Sherbrooke QC 1843 1,817 none
Laval Rouge-et-Or Quebec City QC 1663 37,591 none
Montreal Carabins Montreal QC 1878 55,540 none
Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or Sherbrooke QC 1954 35,000 none
UQAM Citadins Montreal QC 1969 39,235 none
Moncton Aigles Bleus Moncton NB 1864 4,187 AUS
UNB Varsity Reds Fredericton NB 1785 9,000 AUS
St. Thomas Tommies Fredericton NB 1910 2,633 none
Mount Allison Mounties Sackville NB 1839 2,200 none
UPEI Panthers Charlottetown PEI 1969 4,000 AUS
Acadia Axemen Wolfville NS 1838 3,000 AUS
Dalhousie Tigers Halifax NS 1818 15,520 AUS
St. Francis Xavier X-Men Antigonish NS 1853 4,894 AUS
Saint Mary's Huskies Halifax NS 1802 8,800 AUS
Cape Breton Capers Sydney NS 2005 3,500 none
MUN Sea-Hawks St. John's NL 1925 17,000+ none

Source: Wikipedia

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