Manitoba Bisons

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Manitoba Bisons
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University University of Manitoba
Association U Sports
Conference Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Athletic director Coleen Dufresne
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba
Football stadium Investors Group Field
Arena Max Bell Centre
Other arenas Investors Group Athletic Centre
Other stadiums University Stadium (Winnipeg)
Mascot Billy the Bison
Nickname Bisons
Colours Brown and Gold
         
Website gobisons.ca

The Manitoba Bisons are the athletic teams that represent the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The football team will play their games at Investors Group Field. The soccer team play their home games at the University of Manitoba Soccer Fields while the track and field teams use the University Stadium as their home track. The University has 18 different teams in 10 sports: basketball, curling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming, track & field, and volleyball).

Ice hockey

Men's ice hockey

The University of Manitoba Junior Hockey Club were a Canadian Junior Hockey Team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The Bisons won 4 straight Turnbull Cup Championships as Manitoba Junior ‘A’ Champions, 1922, 1923, 1924, & 1925.

  • The 1923 University of Manitoba Junior Hockey Club also won the Allan Cup, Memorial Cup & Abbott Cup.
    • Roster: J.A. Wise (Forward), C.E. Williams (Sub Forward), C.S. Doupe (Sub Goal), F. Robertson (Sub Defence), R.E. Moulden (Forward), A.I. Chapman (Defence), Blake Watson (Forward), Murray Murdoch (Captain & Centre), A.T. Puttee (Goal), J. Mitchell (Forward), A. Johnson (Defence), S.B. Field (Secretary/Treasurer), R.L. Bruce (Manager), H. Andrews (President), Hal Moulden (Coach), Walter Robertson (Trainer).
  • The 1923 University of Manitoba Junior Hockey Club were inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in the team category.
  • The 1931 University of Manitoba Grads won the IIHF World Championship.

The roster was: Sammy McCallum, Gordon MacKenzie, Blake Watson, Art Puttee, Frank Morris, George Hill, Ward McVey, Jack Pidcock, Guy "Weary" Williamson.

  • The 1965 Bisons won the Canadian University Championship.

And also in the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

NHL alumni

Women's ice hockey

Football

Manitoba Bisons
Manitoba Bisons Logo.svg
Manitoba Bisons logo
First season 1920
Athletic director Coleen Dufresne
Head coach Brian Dobie
22nd year, 88–85–2  (.509)
Other Staff Stan Pierre (DC)
Blair Atkinson (OC)
Home Stadium Investors Group Field
Year built 2013
Stadium capacity 33,234
Stadium surface Turf
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba
League U Sports
Conference CWUAA (1964 - present)
All-time record 171–212–4 (.447)
Postseason record – 
Tournaments
Vanier Cups 3, (1969, 1970, 2007)
Mitchell Bowls 1, (2007)
Churchill Bowls 3, (1969, 1970, 2001)
Hardy Cups 11, (1923, 1924, 1927,
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970,
1973, 2001, 2007, 2014)
Hec Crighton winners 0
Current uniform
Manitoba Bisons football uniform 2008-Current.png
Colours Brown and Gold
         
Outfitter Reebok
Rivals Saskatchewan Huskies
Website gobisons.ca

The Bisons football program includes one of only three U Sports football teams to have won back-to-back Vanier Cup championships, having won in 1969 and 1970. In total, the Bisons have won three Vanier Cup national championships and 11 Hardy Trophy conference championships.

In 2007, the Bisons' football team won the Vanier Cup as the national champions in Canadian Interuniversity football, the first for the school in 37 years. Pat Gill, the manager, has been the manager for 40 years and was with the team during the 1969 and 1970 Vanier Cup teams. A big factor in the 2007 Vanier Cup was the injury to running back Matt Henry, who suffered and a broken femur in three places and severe muscle damage. However, in the end, kicker and punter Scott Dixon converted on all but one of his field goals and pinned the Saint Mary's Huskies deep several times. Dixon, in his rookie year, is tied for second all-time for most field goals in a game.

Recent regular-season results

Season Games Won Lost T/OTL PCT PF PA Standing Playoffs
2000 8 6 1 1 0.813 279 138 1st in CW Defeated UBC Thunderbirds in semi-final 14-4
Lost to Regina Rams in Hardy Cup 25-22
2001 8 7 1 0 0.875 302 91 1st in CW Defeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 31-10
Defeated Regina Rams in Hardy Cup 23-17
Defeated McMaster Marauders in Churchill Bowl 27-6
Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in 37th Vanier Cup 42-16
2002 8 8 0 0 1.000 271 119 1st in CW Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 37-18
2003 8 3 5 0 0.375 172 249 6th in CW Out of playoffs
2004 8 3 5 0 0.375 191 237 5th in CW Out of playoffs
2005 8 4 3 1 0.563 228 172 3rd in CW Lost to Alberta Golden Bears in semi-final 33-24
2006 8 8 0 0 1.000 363 143 1st in CW Defeated Regina Rams in semi-final 44-29
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Hardy Cup 32-15
2007 8 8 0 - 1.000 206 110 1st in CW Defeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 27-5
Defeated Regina Rams in Hardy Cup 48-5
Defeated Western Ontario Mustangs in Mitchell Bowl 52-20
Defeated Saint Mary's Huskies in 43rd Vanier Cup 28-14
2008 8 3 5 - 0.375 126 160 5th in CW Out of playoffs
2009[A] 7 2 5 - 0.286 164 203 6th in CW Out of playoffs
2010 8 2 6 - 0.250 160 295 5th in CW Out of playoffs
2011 8 3 5 - 0.375 214 218 5th in CW Out of playoffs
2012 8 4 4 - 0.500 282 306 4th in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 57-18
2013 8 5 3 - 0.625 335 274 2nd in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 37-36
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 43-28
2014 8 4 4 - 0.500 290 247 3rd in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 47-39
Defeated Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 27-15
Lost to Montreal Carabins in Uteck Bowl 29-26
2015 8 5 3 - 0.625 284 253 3rd in CW Lost to UBC Thunderbirds in semi-final 52-10
2016 8 3 5 - 0.375 276 323 5th in CW Out of playoffs
2017 8 2 6 - 0.250 180 289 6th in CW Out of playoffs

^ A. Manitoba forfeited two wins for using an ineligible player. Simon Fraser also used an ineligible player in a Manitoba loss, so the game was declared "no contest".

Manitoba Bisons in professional football

As of the end of the 2017 CFL season, 12 former Bisons players are on CFL teams' rosters:

In the 2016 NFL Draft, David Onyemata became the first Bison to be drafted into the NFL, being selected in the 4th round, 120th overall by the New Orleans Saints.

References

External links

  • Official website
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