The Oxford Men’s Blues, also known as the OUIHC Men’s Blues or Oxford University Blues, form the men’s contingent of the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club.

Playing in the top University league, the roster is made up of mainly Oxford University students but membership is extended to staff, visiting students, and alumni, in addition to students from other Oxford institutions. While the historic Oxford team has traditionally been exclusive to matriculated students, the Club feels it is prudent to align its values with Oxford University’s continually evolving combination of tradition, prestige, heritage and most importantly, inclusivity – while also maintaining standards for Blues Status and Varsity Match rules which states only matriculated Oxford University students can play Cambridge in the annual Varsity Match.

As a Varsity team, we uphold the tradition of representing the University of Oxford in the annual ice hockey Varsity Match, which has been held since the first recorded Varsity Match in 1900. Through the University-recognised Varsity Match, matriculated students have an opportunity to earn the coveted Oxford Blue and uphold this longstanding Oxford sporting tradition that dates back to the first ice hockey Blues awarded in 1933. In recent times, the OUIHC Men’s Blues are the only men’s ice hockey team recognised by Oxford University and the only Oxford men’s hockey team to play the recognised Varsity Match against Cambridge for which students can earn their Blues.

A University rich in hockey history.

Over the years, the Oxford men’s team has seen a number of revivals including 1909, post-WWI in 1920, post-WWII in 1947, and the reinstatement of a Blues team in 2014 after members of the 2013 Men’s Blues resigned from the University club. The acronym OUIHC is historically associated with the men’s teams (including the second team – now called the Vikings) during which they were the only Oxford University teams in existence. However, this acronym now refers to all Blues teams (men’s and women’s squads) and second teams under the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club banner. The values of unity and inclusion, which were evident in the 1900 team of Englishmen, Scotsmen and Irishmen, grew more international with the inclusion of the Rhodes Scholarships and nowadays the team boasts a number of talented hockey players from Canada and the USA to Great Britain and mainland Europe.

Competitive ice hockey in the UK and abroad.

The Oxford University Men’s Blues compete in the top university league in the British University Ice Hockey Association (BUIHA) and in the annual National Championships.  Last year, the team finished 4th in league competition and were unfortunate to not seal a semifinal spot at the National Championships.

The team and Club also tour abroad. In the past these have been supported by OUIHC alumni and has seen Oxford teams travel to destinations such as Switzerland, Canada and the Czech Republic. Last year, a number of Club alumni and the top players of the Women’s Blues joined the men in Stockholm, Sweden to play local teams. The 2015 tour team was partnered with the KTH Royal Blue, one of Europe’s top technological schools and university hockey teams.