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Manitoba Bisons
UniversityUniversity of Manitoba
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceCanada West Universities Athletic Association
Athletic directorGene Muller
LocationWinnipeg, Manitoba
Football stadiumIG Field
ArenaMax Bell Centre
Other arenasInvestors Group Athletic Centre
Other stadiumsUniversity Stadium (Winnipeg)
MascotBilly the Bison
Fight song"Brown and Gold"
ColoursBrown and Gold

The Manitoba Bisons are the athletic teams that represent the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The football team plays their games at Investors Group Field. The soccer team play their home games at the University of Manitoba Soccer Fields while the track and field teams use the University Stadium as their home track. The University has 18 different teams in 10 sports: basketball, curling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming, track & field, and volleyball.

Varsity sports

Ice hockey

Men's ice hockey

The Bisons iced a junior ice hockey team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The Bisons won four consecutive Turnbull Cups as Manitoba junior champions in 1922, 1923, 1924, and 1925.[citation needed]

The 1923 Bisons team won the Allan Cup, Memorial Cup and Abbott Cup, and were inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.[citation needed] The roster included J.A. Wise (Forward), C.E. Williams (Sub Forward), C.S. Doupe (Sub Goal), F. Robertson (Sub Defence), R.E. Moulden (Forward), A.I. Chapman (Defence), Blake Watson (Forward), Murray Murdoch (Captain & Centre), A.T. Puttee (Goal), J. Mitchell (Forward), A. Johnson (Defence), S.B. Field (Secretary/Treasurer), R.L. Bruce (Manager), H. Andrews (President), Hal Moulden (Coach), Walter Robertson (Trainer).[citation needed]

The school's senior ice hockey team won the 1931 World Ice Hockey Championships playing as the University of Manitoba Grads, and were inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in the team category.[citation needed] The roster included Sammy McCallum, Gordon MacKenzie, Blake Watson, Art Puttee, Frank Morris, George Hill, Ward McVey, Jack Pidcock, Guy "Weary" Williamson.[citation needed]

In December 1934, the university appealed to W. A. Fry and the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada regarding a decision by the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) which did not require university students be released from a private club team to play for the school team.[1] Fry agreed with the university, stating that students are under the jurisdiction of the school unless released by the school to play for a club team. He also stated that AAU of C rulings should be respected by affiliated organizations, such as the MAHA.[2]

The 1965 Bisons won the David Johnston University Cup as the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union champions, and were also inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

NHL alumni

List of National Hockey League alumni of the Bisons:[citation needed]

Other notable people

Women's ice hockey

Main article: Manitoba Bisons women's ice hockey


Main article: Manitoba Bisons football

The Bisons football program includes one of only four U Sports football teams to have won back-to-back Vanier Cup championships, having won in 1969 and 1970. In total, the Bisons have won three Vanier Cup national championships and 11 Hardy Trophy conference championships.[citation needed]

Notable players


Main article: Manitoba Bison Womens Soccer team

Manitoba Bisons ladies team played in Canada West’s Prairie division.[citation needed]

Notable alumni

Awards and honours

Athletes of the Year

Year Female Athlete Sport Male Athlete Sport
2008-09 Stacey Corfield Hockey Quin Ferguson Track and Field
2009-10 Desiree Scott Soccer Steve Christie Hockey
2011-12 Addie Miles Hockey Dane Pischke Volleyball
2012-13 Rachel Cockrell Volleyball Blair Macaulay Hockey
2013-14 Brittany Habing Volleyball Anthony Coombs Football
2014-15 Rachel Cockrell Volleyball Al-Haji Mansaray Track and Field
2016-17 Lauryn Keen Hockey Devren Dear Volleyball
2017-18 Venla Hovi[6] Ice hockey Justus Alleyn Basketball
2018-19 Kelsey Wog Swimming Simon Bérubé Track and Field
2019-20[7] Kelsey Wog Swimming Rashawn Browne Basketball

Canada West Hall of Fame


  1. ^ "Varsity Will Appeal Case to Amateur Body". Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. December 10, 1934. p. 10.icon of an open green padlock
  2. ^ "Fry States Rulings Must Be Respected". Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. December 12, 1934. p. 12.icon of an open green padlock
  3. ^ Reid, Chris (2018-05-11). "U of M's Golden Knights". UM Today. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  4. ^ "Former Manitoba Bison David Onyemata nonetheless turning heads in NFL – Winnipeg". Startribunemag. Global News. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Kelsey Wog wins 2020 U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Year". 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  6. ^ "Venla Hovi and Justus Alleyn selected as the 2017-18 Bison Sports Athletes of the Year". March 24, 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "2020 Brown and Gold Awards". 2020-03-27. Retrieved 2021-07-24.
  8. ^ "Coleen Dufresne WBB Coach". 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  9. ^ "Desiree Scott (WSOC Student-athlete)". 2019-09-03. Retrieved 2021-08-25.