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Champions Plaza: 1990 Vanier Cup team (Oct 1, 2010)

Last season, the Huskies introduced Champions Plaza at Griffiths Stadium. There is a flag commemorating each of the Huskies three Vanier Cup Victories: 1990, 1996 and 1998. There is also one flag to recognize all of the Huskies Hardy Cup victories and one each for the Churchill and Uteck Bowl Victories from various seasons. Prior to each home game, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football Program honours its Alumni.
During the ceremony on October 1 against the Manitoba Bisons, over 5500 Huskies fans joined the Alumni, stood on their feet and cheered as the Alumni Flag was raised.

The 1990 Vanier Cup flag is hoisted in Champions Plaza (Liam Richards)

Oct 1, 2010 Honouree
At the game against the Manitoba Bisons one of the Vanier Cup flags was not in it’s normal position. That is because on October 1st, for the first time ever in Champions Plaza, fans saluted one of the National Championship Teams. It was an All-Year Reunion game for the football program and the Alumni chose to salute the 1990 Vanier Cup Champion Huskie Team and raise a flag in honor of the team.

The 1990 Huskie Team finished first in Canada West with a record of 6-2. Having been to the Vanier Cup for the first time in school history in 1989, this team was veteran laden and approached the playoffs with a special intensity.

In the Canada West final they defeated the UBC Thunderbirds 24-9. In the Churchill Bowl they defeated the Bishops Gaiters 41-13. In Toronto at the Vanier Cup they faced the St. Mary’s Huskies with their three time Hec Creighton winning Quarterback Chris Flynn.

But on that day the green Huskies were too much, beating St. Marys 24-21 and winning for the University of Saskatchewan their first ever National Championship in Football.

Previous Honourees:
1990 Vanier Cup Champions (1990); Oct 1, 2010
Marshall Toner (1981-1985); Sept 10, 2010
Under Construction Flag which Celebrates a New Dog House; Aug 27, 2010
Huskie Athletes “Play for a Cure” initiative to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society; Nov 14, 2009
Taylor Wallace (2004-09), Hubert Buydens (2005-09), Scott McHenry (2005-09), Tyler O’Gorman (2005-09); Nov 7, 2009
Doug Siemens (1981-85) and Kevin Sawatzky (1978, 1982-85); Oct 7, 2009
Barry Radcliff (1970-73) and Rick Wakeman (1969-71);Sept 11, 2009
The Dogs of ’59;  Sept 4, 2009
Herb Pinder Sr. (1939-41); Aug 28, 2009

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