WOLFE: A return to Laval and U Sports football next spring? It’s very possible

Credit: Mathieu Belanger

I was both surprised and pleased to discover that U Sports has given the green light to a proposed 6 team tournament to be hosted by Laval in May. The positive decision came shortly after U Sports had cancelled all winter national championships.

The Laval program is looking to create a huge football event by inviting the elite Canadian teams. For nostalgic and promotional reasons, the teams included are those Laval had opposed in the Vanier Cup. The teams are:

  • from Ontario – the Western Mustangs and the McMaster Marauders
  • from Canada West – the Calgary Dinos and the Saskatchewan Huskies

Laval decided not to invite Saint Mary’s University, who they faced in both the 1999 & the 2003 National Championship games. The Laval press release stated that due to the SMU program not having had much success during the last decade, they became a less attractive participant.

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