Mitchell Bowl
SportCanadian football
LeagueU Sports football
Awarded forWinning the U Sports Semi Final Championship
CountryCanada
History
First award2002
Editions18
First winnerSaskatchewan Huskies
Most winsSaskatchewan Huskies (4)
Calgary Dinos (4)[1]
Most recentCalgary Dinos (2019)
Websiteusports.ca/en/championships/mitchell-bowl/m Edit this at Wikidata

The Mitchell Bowl is one of the two semifinal bowls of U Sports football, Canada's national competition for university teams that play Canadian football. It is held in the more westerly location of the two semifinal venues. The winner of this game goes on to play against the Uteck Bowl champions for the Vanier Cup. The home of the Mitchell Bowl, as well as the two conference champions, changes each year on a rotating basis. The Mitchell Bowl was named after Douglas H. Mitchell, a former Canadian Football League commissioner and member of the National Hockey League board of governors.

History

In 2001, U Sports, then known as CIS, voted to change the permanent site of the Atlantic Bowl in the interest of competitive fairness. In 2002, the Mitchell Bowl was first awarded, replacing the Atlantic Bowl. During 2002, the Mitchell Bowl played opposite to the Churchill Bowl. In 2003, the Uteck Bowl replaced the Churchill Bowl.

The 2020 game was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

List of Mitchell Bowl champions

Date Champion Score Runner Up Location Maury L. Van Vliet Trophy (MVP) Winner
Nov 16, 2002 Saskatchewan 22–0 McGill Percival-Molson Stadium, Montreal Sheldon Ball, Saskatchewan
Nov 15, 2003 Laval 36–32 McMaster Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton Jeronimo Huerta-Flores, Laval
Nov 20, 2004 Saskatchewan 31–16 Saint Mary's Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon Steve Bilan, Saskatchewan
Nov 19, 2005 Saskatchewan 29–27 Laval Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon David Stevens, Saskatchewan
Nov 18, 2006 Saskatchewan 35–28 Ottawa Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa Tyler O’Gorman, Saskatchewan[3]
Nov 17, 2007 Manitoba 52–20 Western Canad Inns Stadium, Winnipeg Mike Howard, Manitoba
Nov 16, 2008 Western 28–12 Saint Mary's TD Waterhouse Stadium, London Craig Butler, Western[4]
Nov 21, 2009 Queen's 33–30 Laval Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston Shomari Williams, Queen's
Nov 20, 2010 Calgary 35–8 Saint Mary's McMahon Stadium, Calgary Steven Lumbala, Calgary
Nov 18, 2011 Laval 41–10 Calgary McMahon Stadium, Calgary Sébastien Lévesque, Laval
Nov 17, 2012 McMaster 45–6 Calgary Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton Kyle Quinlan, McMaster
Nov 16, 2013 Calgary 44–3 Western McMahon Stadium, Calgary Mercer Timmis, Calgary
Nov 22, 2014 McMaster 24–12 Mount Allison Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton Mark Mackie, McMaster[5]
Nov 21, 2015 Montreal 25–10 Guelph Alumni Stadium, Guelph Junior Luke, Montreal
Nov 19, 2016 Calgary 50–24 St. F.X. McMahon Stadium, Calgary Jimmy Underdahl, Calgary
Nov 18, 2017 Laval 35–23 Calgary McMahon Stadium, Calgary Hugo Richard, Laval
Nov 17, 2018 Western 47–24 Saskatchewan TD Stadium, London Chris Merchant, Western[6]
Nov 16, 2019 Calgary 30–17 McMaster McMahon Stadium, Calgary Jalen Philpot, Calgary
Nov 21, 2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[2]

Future participants

The teams and host sites of the Mitchell Bowl and the Uteck Bowl rotate on a six-year cycle, so that in each cycle each of the four conferences hosts and visits every other conference once. With the 2020 game cancelled, the cycle was delayed by one year with the 2020 teams playing in 2021.[7]

The participants and sites for future Mitchell Bowl games are listed below:[8]

Date/Year Visiting conference Host conference
Nov 27, 2021 AUS OUA
2022 RSEQ OUA
2023 AUS Canada West
2024 RSEQ Canada West
2025 Canada West OUA
2026 OUA Canada West

All Mitchell Bowl games have been played at the home field of the host conference's champion. As of 2019, home teams have a record of 12–6.

Team win/loss records

Team GP W L Win %
Manitoba Bisons 1 1 0 1.000
Montreal Carabins 1 1 0 1.000
Queen's Gaels 1 1 0 1.000
Saskatchewan Huskies 5 4 1 .800
Laval Rouge et Or 5 3 2 .600
Calgary Dinos 7 4 3 .571
McMaster Marauders 4 2 2 .500
Western Mustangs 4 2 2 .500
Saint Mary's Huskies 3 0 3 .000
Guelph Gryphons 1 0 1 .000
McGill Redbirds 1 0 1 .000
Mount Allison Mounties 1 0 1 .000
Ottawa Gee-Gees 1 0 1 .000
St. Francis Xavier X-Men 1 0 1 .000

References

  1. ^ Past U Sports Champions
  2. ^ a b "U Sports cancels 2020 fall championships due to COVID-19". U Sports. June 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "2006 Season in Review" (PDF). Canadian Interuniversity Sport. 2007. p. 25. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  4. ^ "Mitchell Bowl: Western wins Mitchell Bowl, to face No. 1 Laval in Vanier Cup". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2008-11-17.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ 'Off to Vanier: Marauders win Mitchell Bowl 24-12' from Marauders.ca, 21 November 2014, retrieved 24 November 2014
  6. ^ "Merchant leads Western past Saskatchewan to win Mitchell Bowl". Sportsnet.ca. The Canadian Press. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  7. ^ "U Sports announces 2021-23 fall championship hosts in soccer and rugby". usports.ca. July 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "U Sports Championship Calendar". U Sports. July 3, 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2020.