Back-to-back Vanier Cup champion Bisons first Hall of Fame team

Back-to-back Vanier Cup champion Bisons first Hall of Fame team

Manitoba won three-straight Hardy Cups between 1968 and 1970

EDMONTON - The first teams to win back-to-back Vanier Cups have been inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame.

The 1968-70 Manitoba Bisons football teams are the first team inductee in the conference's new Hall of Fame, as the Bisons get set to celebrate homecoming this weekend in Winnipeg when the UBC Thunderbirds come to IG Field (Saturday, Sept. 21 / 2 p.m. CDT).

Winners of three-straight Hardy Cups between 1968 and 1970, Manitoba defeated McGill 24-15 in the 1969 Vanier Cup to cap a perfect 8-0 season.

The following year, the Bisons topped Ottawa 38-11 in the Vanier to win a second consecutive national title. Both the 1969 and 1970 teams have been inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Manitoba Football Hall of Fame.

To read more about the 1968-70 Bisons, click here for their full Hall of Fame biography.


For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 


About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.