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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
Trinity Western Spartans Langley BC 1962 4,620 CWUAA
UBC Thunderbirds Vancouver BC 1908 38,341 CWUAA
Fraser Valley Cascades Abbotsford BC 1974 8,164 BCIHL§
Thompson Rivers WolfPack Kamloops BC 1970 13,172 BCIHL§
Victoria Vikings Victoria BC 1903 22,405 BCIHL
UBCO Heat Kelowna BC 2005 11,989 BCIHL§
UNBC Timberwolves Prince George BC 1990 3,558 none
Alberta Golden Bears Edmonton AB 1908 39,502 CWUAA
Calgary Dinos Calgary AB 1966 29,860 CWUAA
Mount Royal Cougars Calgary AB 1910 24,768 CWUAA
MacEwan Griffins Edmonton AB 1971 18,897 CWUAA
Lethbridge Pronghorns Lethbridge AB 1907 8,230 none
Regina Cougars Regina SK 1911 12,170 CWUAA
Saskatchewan Huskies Saskatoon SK 1907 18,602 CWUAA
Manitoba Bisons Winnipeg MB 1877 26,800 CWUAA
Brandon Bobcats Brandon MB 1890 3,260 none
Winnipeg Wesmen Winnipeg MB 1871 9,847 none
Brock Badgers St. Catharines ON 1964 18,071 OUA
Carleton Ravens Ottawa ON 1942 29,361 OUA
Guelph Gryphons Guelph ON 1964 29,069 OUA
Lakehead Thunderwolves Thunder Bay ON 1946 7,722 OUA
Nipissing Lakers North Bay ON 1909 5,400 OUA
Ontario Tech Ridgebacks Oshawa ON 2003 9,984 OUA
Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa ON 1848 38,380 OUA
Queen's Golden Gaels Kingston ON 1841 24,627 OUA
RMC Paladins Kingston ON 1876 1,700 OUA
Toronto Metropolitan University Toronto ON 1948 38,723 OUA
Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto ON 1827 84,158 OUA
Waterloo Warriors Waterloo ON 1957 37,970 OUA
Western Ontario Mustangs London ON 1878 36,549 OUA
Laurier Golden Hawks Waterloo ON 1911 19,421 OUA
Windsor Lancers Windsor ON 1857 15,649 OUA
York Lions Toronto ON 1959 52,286 OUA
Algoma Thunderbirds Sault Ste. Marie ON 1964 1,150 none
Laurentian Voyageurs Sudbury ON 1960 9,043 none
McMaster Marauders Hamilton ON 1887 31,017 none
Trent Excalibur Peterborough ON 1964 9,437 none
Concordia Stingers Montreal QC 1896 43,944 OUA
McGill Redbirds Montreal QC 1821 32,514 OUA
UQTR Patriotes Trois-Rivières QC 1969 10,610 OUA
Bishop's Gaiters Sherbrooke QC 1843 2,260 none
Laval Rouge-et-Or Quebec City QC 1663 37,800 none
Montreal Carabins Montreal QC 1878 55,540 none
Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or Sherbrooke QC 1954 19,500 none
UQAM Citadins Montreal QC 1969 41,670 none
Moncton Aigles Bleus Moncton NB 1864 5,003 AUS
New Brunswick Reds Fredericton NB 1785 9,662 AUS
St. Thomas Tommies Fredericton NB 1910 2,024 none
Mount Allison Mounties Sackville NB 1839 2,185 none
UPEI Panthers Charlottetown PEI 1969 4,754 AUS
Acadia Axemen Wolfville NS 1838 4,318 AUS
Dalhousie Tigers Halifax NS 1818 18,802 AUS
St. Francis Xavier X-Men Antigonish NS 1853 5,176 AUS
Saint Mary's Huskies Halifax NS 1802 6,508 AUS
Cape Breton Capers Sydney NS 2005 5,470 none
MUN Sea-Hawks St. John's NL 1925 18,913 none
Source: Wikipedia USports
Source: Wikipedia List
Source: Univcan
Source: OK UBC

§ Fraser Valley, Thompson Rivers, and UBC Okanagan allow players to play on independent college transfer teams in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League.

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