Ultimate Greater Montreal turned 15 years old in 2008 and during these first years, it has enjoyed incredible growth and has become one of the largest Ultimate associations in Canada. Although the sport first came to Montreal in 1984, the 1993 season truly signalled the start of an Ultimate league that eventually became the association we know today. In 1997, players felt the need to create a non-profit organisation that they called Association de Ultimate de Montréal (now Ultimate Greater Montreal).
Eight teams participated in the launch of that league and the games were played at the Douglas Hospital, where the Canadian Nationals were held in 1991. Ten teams signed up for the summer league in 1994, 16 in 1995, 20 in 1996, and 188 in 2010! That’s almost 3000 members participating in the various games organized by the UGM yearly.
To encourage the practice and development of recreational and competitive Ultimate in the Montreal metropolitan area, by promoting and upholding the Spirit of the Game.
To embody the spirit of Ultimate in Montreal.
Integrity and honesty influence all of the association’s activities. Our members are the very embodiment of the UGM. We respect their needs and value their desire to get involved.
We offer a solid and reliable framework that values excellence and ensures steady leadership in the organization and the development of Ultimate in Montreal.
The UGM believes that the development of a tradition of excellence starts with the sharing of knowledge and the involvement of all its members.
The main component of Ultimate’s spirit is fun, and the UGM strives to create a climate of fulfillment for all its members and volunteers.
It is our duty to do everything possible so that everyone and anyone can enjoy the various services that the UGM has to offer.
Ultimate in Montreal began with the establishment of an intramural league at McGill in 1984. One of the founders was Ottawa native Marcus Brady. Joining him were Steve and Eileen Wright from Winnipeg, who helped cement the Ultimate league in Montreal. In 1989, four teams played each other each Tuesday on the the beautiful fields of l'ìle Ste-Hélène. This league never experienced a significant growth in numbers.
When Steve and Eileen left for California in the fall of 1991 (right before the Canadian Nationals were held in Montreal), the fragile infrastructure of the league went with them. The absence of leadership left the league in the lurch, and the 1992 season consisted of a series of pick up games, with a pool of players that was constantly changing and instable.
The true start of the Montreal Ultimate league as we know it now was the 1993 season. The renewed interest was driven by Tony Boyd, Luc Drouin, Philip Scalia and Nina Burke. An impressive 8 teams participated in the first season of the league. Games were held at the Douglas Hospital in Verdun, the site of the 1991 Canadian Nationals. In 1994, 10 teams registered for the summer league. In 1995, there were 16 teams and 20 teams played in the 1996 season. The summer of 1996 saw the reemergence of a Thursday night league, divided in men and womens teams. The goal of this league was to raise the level of play in Montreal, allowing motivated players to develop more quickly, and to offer an alternative to women who felt intimidated playing with me in the conventional league (5 men and 2 women). This league was not as well received as was hoped.
While the league was developing, Montreal also saw the birth and development of its annual tournament, the Montreal Jazz Tournament. Thanks to the untiring efforts of David Hoppenhein and Neil Bienstock, this tournament, held at the Douglas Hospital during the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, has known resounding success across North America. The only knock to the tournament is the decreasing quality of the fields, as well as the decreasing availability of fields. This issue is common to both the tournament organizers, as well as the league. With a growing number of players, the organization must find more fields and work to preserve their quality. This quest represents the challenge that the UGM will face for the next few years in Montreal.
Co-founder of the Montreal Ultimate league
Executive Director of the UGM
Discours, May 1997