University of Toronto
This web page contains files that relate to the University of Toronto Women's Hockey Team. This hockey team has competed formally since 1922, but was around even before then! Here is a brief history of the team written for the 1998-99 season, the 1997-98 season, and the 1995-96 season.
The University of Toronto women's hockey team competes in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) league (note that the league used to be the OWIAA league). The other universities in the league are Guelph, Laurier, Queen's, Western Ontario, Windsor, and York.
The first-ever CIAU Women's Hockey National Championship was held at the end of the 1997-98 season. The winner within each of the four regions in Canada compete for the national (CIAU) title at the end of each season. Women hockey players will now have to follow the standard 5-year eligibility rule. The University of Toronto hosted the 1999 CIAU Women's Ice Hockey Championship.
The Varsity Blues are the OUA and the CIAU champions for the 2000-2001 season! Congratulations! Follow these links for the 2001 OUA and 2001 CIAU championship results.
The Varsity Blues were also the OUA champions last season: 2000 OUA. In 1995-96, the Blues defeated the University of Guelph Gryphons by a score of 2-1 in triple overtime, to claim the 1995-96 OWIAA Championship. Here's a censored picture of us celebrating with the OWIAA banner!! :-) :-)
All home games and practices for the Varsity Blues are at Varsity Arena, which is located at the University of Toronto downtown campus (at 275 Bloor Street West, just east of Bedford Street). The usual home game time is 7:15 pm on Tuesdays, and the practice schedule is as follows:
Monday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Thursday: 7:00 am - 9:00 am (waaaaaay too early!! :-)) Friday: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
December 8th 1998: Again, the Alumni team came up big against the Blues! The Alumni won 6-2 this year ... clearly those anti-aging pills must really work! In the reception that followed the game, each Alumni player and current Blues player introduced herself. One Alumni player announced herself as graduating from UofT in the early eighties, and then a current Blues stood up and said, hey, guess what, I was born in the early eighties!! Come on Blues, the Alumni challenge you to show it on the ice in our next rematch!! :-)
December 9th 1997: Backed by star defense Sophie Radecki and Karen short-shift Hughes on forward the Alumni team put on an impressive performance against the Blues on Tuesday night. As the Alumni team was short on bodies, Michelle Rosenberg and Stephanie Campbell volunteered to help their cause. The final score was 5-1 in the Alumni team's favour. The Blues had an impressive V-Formation play that almost shocked the elderly Alumni team into cardiac arrest!
September 1997: Three players of the Varsity Blues have been selected to train at the Team Canada Olympic training camp in Calgary from September 1997 until February 1998. These players will not be competing with the Blues this season. These players are: Lori Dupuis, Jayna Hefford, and Laura Schuler. Other former blues who will compete for Team Canada at the 1998 Olympics are Vicky Sunohara and Lesley Reddon. Laurie Taylor-Bolton, a former Blue, will be a women's hockey referee at the 1998 Winter Olympics.
November 24, 1996: Keely Brown, a goaltender for the University of Toronto Hockey Team, is the OWIAA athlete of the week. The native of Kitchener, Ontario posted her fourth consecutive shut-out of the season with a 7-0 win over Guelph. Brown made several key saves throughout the game to preserve her 0.0 goals against average. Keely is a 2nd year arts and science student.
If you can view large inline image files, you can use this link to see all of the pictures in one very large file. If not, use the links below to view one picture at a time. The file with all of the 1995-96 player profiles and pictures may be viewed using this link.
1921-1922 1922-1923 1923-1924 1924-1925 1926-1927 1927-1928 1928-1929 1929-1930 1931-1932 1932-1933 1933-1934 1948-1949 1949-1950 1950-1951 1960-1961 1961-1962 1962-1963 1963-1964 1964-1965 1965-1966 1979-1980 1980-1981 1981-1982 1983-1984 1984-1985 1985-1986 1987-1988 1988-1989 1989-1990 1990-1991 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994 1995-1996
For a complete list of the universities that won the Ontario Women's University Hockey championship each year, please see the Women's OUA Hockey page.
For more women's hockey history in Canada and the USA, please see the Women's Hockey History page.
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