East-West Bowl History
Western hosted the 2009 East-West Bowl, which saw the West
prevail 16-7 for its sixth win in seven years.
Wilfrid Laurier hosted the first three editions of the event in Waterloo from 2003 to 2005. Laval took over in Quebec City the next two years, and McMaster organized the game in Hamilton in 2008.
“The East-West Bowl has become an annual highlight on the CIS football calendar, and we are excited to put our stamp on it and showcase it to the nation,” said Mustangs head coach Greg Marshall. “Once again, Western is proud and excited to host the East-West Bowl. This showcase of some of the best players in the CIS provides them with exposure and recognition across the country.”
The East-West Bowl, organized with the help of the Canadian University Football Coaches Association (CUFCA) and in partnership with the CFL, brings together over 90 of the top CIS football players for a week of practices and evaluation, culminating with the annual all-star game.
A national committee of CIS head coaches selects the participants from a pool of players nominated by their respective universities. Every CIS football program is represented by a minimum of three and a maximum of four players, most of whom will be eligible for the CFL Draft the following year.
Past participants include Hec Crighton trophy winners Benoit Groulx of Laval, Daryl Stephenson of Windsor, Andy Fantuz of Western, Jesse Lumsden of McMaster and Tommy Denison of Queen’s, former Sherbrooke Vert & Or Samuel Giguère and Calgary graduate Dan Federkeil, both current members of the 2010 Super Bowl finalist Indianapolis Colts, as well as former Mustang Vaughn Martin, who just completed his first season with the San Diego Chargers after being drafted in the fourth round in the 2009 NFL Collegiate Draft.
Previous East-West Bowl results:
2009 (at Western): West 16, East 7
2008 (at McMaster): East 25, West 12
2007 (at Laval): West 22, East 19 (OT)
2006 (at Laval): West 34, East 26 (OT)
2005 (at Laurier): West 34, East 16
2004 (at Laurier): West 21, East 12
2003 (at Laurier): West 10, East 5