Since the early 1900s, Oxford University teams have toured mainland Europe and for several decades the University team played the Varsity Match abroad. Since the formation of the OUIHC in 1921, tours have taken the club to such places as Switzerland, Canada, Scandinavia, South Africa and Germany (playing in Garmisch’s Olympic Stadium – the venue where Great Britain won the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics).
The club tours to this day and these escapes from Oxford and studying are primarily about experiencing hockey in new places, providing opportunities to explore new cities, bond with our teammates and experience different cultures. Recent tours have seen Blues players venture to Stockholm, Sweden, in 2015 and Lake Bled, Slovenia in 2016.
Most recently in 2016, the OUIHC formed a touring team consisting of mostly the Men’s Blues and a few Women’s Blues players, and travelled to Bled. Located in west Slovenia on the slopes of the Alps, the historic town of Bled holds an annual hockey tournament which draws in teams from all over eastern Europe and ex-players from the top hockey leagues this side of the Atlantic, including the KHL.