On Saturday 5th March the oldest rivalry in the history of ice hockey pays its biennial visit to Oxford as the Cambridge Light Blues take on arch-rivals the Oxford Dark Blues in what is expected to be the biggest indoor […]
OXFORD – February 13, 2016 – The Cambridge Light Blues hit the road to take on the Oxford University Blues for an important match with league title implications. Needless to say, with so much on the line, there was no […]
The Cambridge University Men’s Ice Hockey team visited Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz from the 10th to the 17th of January for their annual training camp in preparation for the second half of the season and the all important varsity match against […]
The Cambridge Blues are the University’s men’s varsity squad. They compete in BUIHA Division 1 South (checking), which is the top tier for University ice hockey in Britain.
The season consists of a league format cup competition that runs from November until March. The Blues also enter Tier 1 of the Universities National Championships. The Blues squad trains on ice on Sunday evenings at Planet Ice in Peterborough, in addition to three weekly fitness sessions.
The Blues’ season is marked by two important highlights. The first is a trip to Zuoz, Switzerland, where they train up to four times a day and play matches against local teams on perfect outdoor ice at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. The second is of course the annual varsity match against their arch-rival, the Oxford Blues. This fiercely competed contest is steeped in history and has an intensity like no other.
The Cambridge Eskimos, the University’s ‘B’ team, were originally formed in the 1920’s along with the Oxford Cosmopolitans. However, during World War II the rivalry was suspended, and upon it’s return the Eskimos were no longer a feature. The team was revived again in 1995.
The Eskimos form the ‘recreational’ side of the club, welcoming both beginner players from the University, members of staff and also one or two players from outside. Despite the recreational status, in recent years the squad has featured some formidable players and has taken on some very strong opposition from both University teams and recreational teams across the country.
Continuing the theme of touring Europe, the Eskimos will usually take at least one trip across the channel onto the continent. Last season they played in a tournament in Linz in Austria; they will be making a return this year.
The Women’s Blues were founded in the 1980’s and follow a similar training structure to the Men’s Blues.
Accepting players of all backgrounds, they boast a wide range of talent – from complete beginners to 15 year veterans. The Women’s Blues play in BUIHA Division 2 (non-checking), and in addition typically play a series of exhibition matches against both University squads and teams from the English Women’s Leagues during Michaelmas term. Their season culminates with the annual varsity match against Oxford. They also enter the Universities National Championships in Sheffield, competing in tier 3.
One of the highlights for the Women’s Blues is their trip to Vierumaki in Finland for the BUIHA training camp. With the opportunity for training both on and off the ice, this trip gives the Women’s Blues a chance to develop their skills in state of the art facilities.
Connection to our History. The CUIHC, founded in 1885, is one of the oldest ice hockey clubs in the world. The Cambridge Women’s Blues similarly pioneered women’s university ice hockey in the UK after their inception in 1981, as one of only three all-women teams in the country along with their Oxford counterparts.
Hanna Danbolt AjerWomen's Blues Captain
Gender equality. The CUIHC is extremely committed to promoting gender equality in ice hockey and more generally all of sports. Our club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. The Men’s Blues and the Women’s Blues make each other better through mutual respect and constant support.
Julien GagnonMen's Blues Co-Captain
On- and off-ice excellence. The CUIHC maintains extremely high academic and athletic standards. Many of its members are some of world’s top students in their fields and include published scholars. As the most educated ice hockey club in the world. the CUIHC expects of its members the highest discipline, both on and off the ice.
Karen YuWomen's Blues Assistant Captain
A team by the players, for the players. Since its inception, the CUIHC has been run by and for students. Students are responsible for the organisation of all club-related events and sporting and social activities. The team is exclusively made up of students who have been accepted to Cambridge for their academic merit, and in the team for their talent on ice.