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 recentTre Ford,
Waterloo Warriors

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 Toronto Varsity Blues
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 QB 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 Acadia Axemen
1978[1] Jamie Bone QB Western Mustangs
1979[1] Scott Mallender QB Windsor Lancers
1980[1] Greg Marshall RB Western Mustangs
1981[1] Dan Feraday QB Toronto Varsity Blues
1982[1] Rick Zmich QB Ottawa Gee-Gees
1983[1] Greg Vavra QB Calgary Dinos
1984[1] Phil Scarfone QB McMaster Marauders
1985[1] Larry Mohr RB Queen's Golden Gaels
1986[1] Blake Marshall RB Western Mustangs
1987[1] Jordan Gagner QB UBC Thunderbirds
1988[1] Chris Flynn QB Saint Mary's Huskies
1989[1] Chris Flynn QB Saint Mary's Huskies
1990[1] Chris Flynn QB 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 RB UBC Thunderbirds
1998[1] Éric Lapointe RB Mount Allison Mounties
1999[1] Phil Côté QB Ottawa Gee-Gees
2000[1] Kojo Aidoo RB McMaster Marauders
2001[1] Ben Chapdelaine QB McMaster Marauders
2002[1] Tommy Denison QB Queen's Golden Gaels
2003[1] Tommy Denison QB 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 QB Laval Rouge et Or
2009[1] Erik Glavic QB Calgary Dinos
2010[1] Brad Sinopoli QB Ottawa Gee-Gees
2011[1] Billy Greene QB UBC Thunderbirds
2012[1] Kyle Quinlan QB McMaster Marauders
2013[1] Jordan Heather QB Bishop's Gaiters
2014[1] Andrew Buckley QB Calgary Dinos
2015[1] Andrew Buckley QB Calgary Dinos
2016[1] Noah Picton QB Regina Rams
2017[1] Ed Ilnicki RB Alberta Golden Bears
2018[1] Adam Sinagra QB Calgary Dinos
2019[1] Chris Merchant QB Western Mustangs
2021[1] Tre Ford QB Waterloo Warriors

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 "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.