The OUIHC Women’s Blues compete in Division 1 – Non-checking in the British University Ice Hockey Association
We are proud to be one of the UK’s first women’s teams, having started in the 1980/1981 season, along with one of only two other women’s team in the BUIHA, Cambridge (the other being Newcastle). Our formation was supported by the Men’s Blues of that year and in the past few years the men’s and women’s teams have united as a club to ensure the continued growth of the sport within the University. Since joining the BUIHA in 2010, the team has worked hard to make close connections with other university teams in the league by arranging challenge matches, organizing the social events at the National Championships and spearheading Women’s ice hockey with the annual development camp.
We are winners.
In 2014-2015, the Women’s Blues placed 2nd in their division where they compete against men and mixed teams. In the annual National Championships, the Oxford Women’s Blues placed 3rd, the best result in the history of the women’s team. In the annual varsity match against Cambridge, the Dark Blues decisively won in a 25-0 victory. Each season, the Women’s Blues have progressively improved to become the best university women’s ice hockey team in the UK and one of the best university teams in the country playing non-checking hockey.
But it’s not just about winning.
Though we aim to develop a competitive team each year, one of our primary goals is to foster the sport amongst women in the UK. Experienced players from the NCAA, as well as those from competitive leagues in North America and Europe, share the ice with rookies and those who are newer to the sport. Emphasising a competitive spirit and professional sportsmanship, we develop beginner and novice players each year through practices run by our experienced coaching staff and at our annual ice hockey camp. Our annual camp is open to all women in the BUIHA and aims to develop women’s ice hockey nationwide. Previous camps have been held in Finland, Czech Republic, and in the UK.