Oxford University Ice Hockey Club
|Oxford University Blues|
|City||Oxford, United Kingdom|
|Division||Division 1 (Checking)|
Oxford Ice Rink
Ice size: 184 x 85 feet
|Colours||Dark Blue and White|
|Captain||Men's Blues: Fabian Sivnert|
Oxford University Ice Hockey Club, also known as Oxford University Blues, is one of the world's oldest ice hockey teams. Tradition places the origin of the team in 1885, when a match is said to have been played against Cambridge University Ice Hockey Club at St Moritz. This date is recognised by the Hockey Hall of Fame, and prior to the 1985 Ice Hockey Varsity Match, the International Ice Hockey Federation formally recognised the 1885 game as the first ice hockey match played in Europe. However, there is no contemporary evidence that this match took place, and Oxford now claims that this was a bandy match.
History [ edit ]
The oldest surviving evidence of their existence is a team photo and roster from 1895, when they played Cambridge in another bandy match. In 1900, they played Cambridge at Princes Skating Club in the first official Varsity Match, winning 7-6. Their captain in this match was future cricketer Bernard Bosanquet.
With the introduction of the Rhodes Scholarship, the top Canadian players at the University of Oxford formed the Oxford Canadians, but after World War I, the University of Oxford team included Rhodes Scholars. Such players included Lester B. Pearson, Roland Michener, George F.G. Stanley, Clarence Campbell, Allan Blakeney, Ronald Martland and Otto Lang. Thus strengthened, it won the Spengler Cup in 1923, 1925 and 1931. In 1933, they tied the tournament with LTC Prague.
In 1931, the team entered the first English League, winning both the inaugural season and the second. When the League disbanded in 1936, they did not follow most of the teams into the English National League, but in 1938 joined the lower level London and Provincial League. From 1948 to 55, they played in the Southern Intermediate League. After a long break from league competition, they entered two seasons of the Southern League in the 1970s, then joined the Inter-City League and finally played in the first season of the British Hockey League. In 2004 the Blues joined the British Universities Ice Hockey Association league.
Today the team is based at the Oxford Ice Rink, and continues to compete in Division One of the BUIHA, as well as playing the annual Varsity Match against Cambridge.
Notable former players [ edit ]
- Mark Carney - governor of the Bank of England and former Governor of the Bank of Canada
- Lester B. Pearson - former Prime Minister of Canada & Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
- Michael Spence - recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics
- Roland Michener - former Governor General of Canada
- James Coyne - former Governor of the Bank of Canada
- David Lametti - Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
- Otto Lang - former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
- Clarence Campbell - president of the National Hockey League from 1946 to 1977
- Ronald Martland - former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
- H. Ian Macdonald - former President of York University and Chairman of Hockey Canada (1987-1994), responsible for Canada's Olympic and World Championship hockey programme
- George F. Stanley - Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick and designer of the current Canadian flag
- Danny Williams - former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Allan Blakeney - former Premier of Saskatchewan
- Robert Gordon Robertson - former Commissioner of the Northwest Territories and chancellor of Carleton University
- John MacBain - Canadian businessman and philanthropist, dubbed the “Second Century Founder of the Rhodes Scholarship” for his £75 million donation to the Rhodes Trust
- Charles Herbert Little - Canadian Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War
- Edward Pitblado - Olympic ice hockey bronze medallist
- William Feindel - Canadian neurosurgeon and chancellor of Acadia University, who developed positron-emission tomography for medical imaging
- Gordon Blair - former judge and Liberal party member of the House of Commons of Canada, and president of the Royal Canadian Legion
- Ramsay Gunton - former president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario
- Shona Brown - former senior vice president of Google
References [ edit ]
- BUIHA Website Listing "Oxford University Blues", Retrieved on 13 September 2014.
- The team claims to be the second oldest, after McGill University, although the Montreal Victorias, Quebec Bulldogs and Ottawa Hockey Club pre-date its organization in 1885, and competed in the Montreal Winter Carnival ice hockey tournaments which started in 1883. see Amateur Hockey Association of Canada.
- Phil Drackett, Flashing Blades
- Oxford University Ice Hockey Club: Murky Beginnings
- Oxford Blues: Past ResultsArchived 31 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- Oxford Blues: History
- Martin C. Harris, Homes of British Ice Hockey
- A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey