Hec Crighton Trophy
SportCanadian football
LeagueU Sports football
Awarded forMost outstanding player in the league
First award1967
First winnerMike Eben,
Toronto Varsity Blues
Most wins Chris Flynn (3 times)
Most recentKevin Mital,
Laval Rouge et Or

The Hec Crighton Trophy (sometimes referred to as the Hec Crighton Award) is awarded annually to the most outstanding Canadian football player in U Sports. The trophy is named after the late Hec Crighton - teacher, coach, referee, and author of the Official Football Rule Book and the U Sports Rule Book.[1] It was first presented in 1967 by the board of directors of the Canadian College Bowl.[2]

It is the Canadian equivalent to the American NCAA Heisman Trophy.

The Western Mustangs program has produced the most Hec Crighton winners with seven as well as the most individual winners with six (Tim Tindale won the award twice). Chris Flynn has won the Hec Crighton Trophy three times, consecutively, while no other player has won the award more than twice.

Of the 27 active U Sports football programs, eight teams have not had a player win the award.

List of winners

Year Winner Pos School
1967[1] Mike Eben Rec Toronto Varsity Blues
1968[1] Mike Raham RB
1969[1] Dave Fleiszer FB McGill Redmen
1970[1] Paul Paddon QB Ottawa Gee-Gees
1971[1] Mel Smith Rec Alberta Golden Bears
1972[1] Andrew Parici QB Windsor Lancers
1973[1] Dave Pickett Saskatchewan Huskies
1974[1] Al Charuk FS Acadia Axemen
1975[1] Brian Fryer Rec Alberta Golden Bears
1976[1] Bob Stracina Rec/K Acadia Axemen
1977[1] Bob Cameron QB/P/K
1978[1] Jamie Bone QB Western Mustangs
1979[1] Scott Mallender Windsor Lancers
1980[1] Greg Marshall RB Western Mustangs
1981[1] Dan Feraday QB Toronto Varsity Blues
1982[1] Rick Zmich Ottawa Gee-Gees
1983[1] Greg Vavra Calgary Dinos
1984[1] Phil Scarfone McMaster Marauders
1985[1] Larry Mohr RB Queen's Golden Gaels
1986[1] Blake Marshall Western Mustangs
1987[1] Jordan Gagner QB UBC Thunderbirds
1988[1] Chris Flynn Saint Mary's Huskies
1991[1] Tim Tindale RB Western Mustangs
1992[1] Eugene Buccigrossi QB Toronto Varsity Blues
1993[1] Tim Tindale RB Western Mustangs
1994[1] Bill Kubas QB Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
1995[1] Don Blair Rec Calgary Dinos
1996[1] Éric Lapointe RB Mount Allison Mounties
1997[1] Mark Nohra UBC Thunderbirds
1998[1] Éric Lapointe Mount Allison Mounties
1999[1] Phil Côté QB Ottawa Gee-Gees
2000[1] Kojo Aidoo RB McMaster Marauders
2001[1] Ben Chapdelaine QB
2002[1] Tommy Denison Queen's Golden Gaels
2004[1] Jesse Lumsden RB McMaster Marauders
2005[1] Andy Fantuz Rec Western Mustangs
2006[1] Daryl Stephenson RB Windsor Lancers
2007[1] Erik Glavic QB Saint Mary's Huskies
2008[1] Benoit Groulx Laval Rouge et Or
2009[1] Erik Glavic Calgary Dinos
2010[1] Brad Sinopoli Ottawa Gee-Gees
2011[1] Billy Greene UBC Thunderbirds
2012[1] Kyle Quinlan McMaster Marauders
2013[1] Jordan Heather Bishop's Gaiters
2014[1] Andrew Buckley Calgary Dinos
2016[1] Noah Picton Regina Rams
2017[1] Ed Ilnicki RB Alberta Golden Bears
2018[1] Adam Sinagra QB Calgary Dinos
2019[1] Chris Merchant Western Mustangs
2021[1] Tre Ford Waterloo Warriors
2022[1] Kevin Mital WR Laval Rouge et Or

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd "Hec Crighton Trophy (Most Outstanding Player)" (PDF). U Sports. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Hec Crighton Trophy | The Canadian Encyclopedia". www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca. Retrieved 2021-02-07.