Canada's first seven-peat enters spotlight

Canada's first seven-peat enters spotlight

Victoria Vikes run of men's basketball national dominance set bar

EDMONTON – From 1980 to 1986, the University of Victoria men’s basketball team won an unprecedented seven consecutive national championships, a record-smashing feat only equalled once since.

The Vikes dynasty was honoured Friday, as they became the latest inductee in the Canada West Hall of Fame which is honouring 100 years of university sport in Western Canada.

With legendary coach Ken Shields at the helm, the Vikes’ regular season record comprising 1979-80 to 1985-86 was 91-9, including three unbeaten seasons and two campaigns in which they lost just once. UVic also won the Canada West men’s basketball title five times in that span.

Victoria’s run began in 1979-80, with a historic campaign that saw the Vikes go 20-0 to have the first perfect regular season in Canada West men’s basketball history.

To read more about Victoria's dominant men's basketball dynasty, 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.