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 predominantly Oxford University students, however, membership is also 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 that 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, and apocryphal match of 1885. 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.