Calgary football giant Vavra enshrined

Calgary football giant Vavra enshrined

Former Dinos quarterback latest Canada West Hall of Fame inductee

EDMONTON – Greg Vavra had a storied career at the University of Calgary during the early 1980s, and now he can add Canada West Hall of Fame inductee to his lengthy list of accolades.

The 1983 Hec Crighton winner was announced Thursday as the latest football player honoured by the conference, as the celebration of 100 years of university sport in Western Canada continues.

Vavra suited up for the Dinos from 1980-83, amassing a school record 8,401 passing yards, while being named a conference all-star every season.

His crowning achievements came in 1983 when he was named the nation's top university football player, while also leading Calgary to the program's first Vanier Cup.

After his university career, Vavra went on to play five seasons in the CFL, splitting time between the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, and B.C. Lions.

To read more about one of the conference's football legends, click here.


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.