Toronto Varsity Blues men's ice hockey

The Toronto Varsity Blues men's ice hockey team is an ice hockey team operated by the Varsity Blues athletics program of the University of Toronto. The Varsity Blues senior team won the Allan Cup in 1921 and 1927, and won the gold medal for Canada at the 1928 Winter Olympics.

Toronto Varsity Blues
Head coach: Darren Lowe
Conference: Ontario University Athletics
Division: Mid East
Venue: Varsity Arena (4,100)
Colours: Blue and white
Mascot: True Blue

The Blues play in the Ontario University Athletics conference, and are coached by Darren Lowe. The team is based at Varsity Arena on the University downtown campus in Toronto, Ontario. The current Varsity Blues have won ten CIAU Championships, in 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977 and 1984.[1]

History

The Varsity Blues were founded in 1891, and are the longest continuously operated ice hockey program in the city of Toronto.[2] The program currently includes only players enrolled at the University, however the Varsity Blues have historically had a junior ice hockey team for students, and a senior ice hockey team for graduates.

Notable coaches of the Varsity Blues include Conn Smythe, Ace Bailey, Tom Watt, and Mike Keenan, and Lester Bowles Pearson later Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Prime Minister of Canada.

Senior team

The Varsity Blues graduates were a successful OHA Senior "A" team in the 1920s and 1930s. The team won the 1921, 1927, 1929, and 1930 OHA Championship, and the 1921 and 1927 Allan Cups.

1928 Winter Olympics

The Varsity Blues were chosen to be the Canada men's national ice hockey team and competed in ice hockey at the 1928 Winter Olympics. The team, coached by Conn Smythe, won the Olympic gold medal for Canada after going undefeated in the medal round robin.

1928 Olympic roster[3]

Some sources[4] show the names of Norbert Mueller and John Porter as being on the Olympic roster, but those two names are not listed in the "Official" Olympic Winter Games guide.[5]

Junior team

The Varsity Blues formerly operated a junior ice hockey team, that played in the Ontario Hockey Association in the 1930s, but withdrew from the junior loop during the 1939–40 season. Former NHLers Hugh Plaxton, Dave Trottier and Dunc Munro all played for the Varsity Blues.

Season-by-season results
SeasonGamesWonLostTiedPointsWinning
Pct. (%)
Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1937–381129040.18227476th OHA
1938–3914110350.17927634th Group 1
1939–4017116020.059391086th OHA

NHL alumni

List of National Hockey League alumni involved with the Varsity Blues.[6] (seasons in parentheses)

See also

References

  1. "Un". A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey. 1 December 2008. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. "Toronto Marlboros Hockey Club - Toronto Marlboros". www.torontomarlboros.com.
  3. The Official Olympic Games Companion: The Complete Guide to the Olympic Winter Games 1998 Edition, London - Washington: Brassey’s Sports, 1998, p. 128, ISBN 1-85753-244-9
  4. "ESPN.com - Olympics History". sports.espn.go.com.
  5. The Official Olympic Games Companion: The Complete Guide to the Olympic Winter Games 1998 Edition, London - Washington: Brassey’s Sports, 1998, p. 128, ISBN 1-85753-244-9
  6. "Legends of hockey alumni search". Archived from the original on 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
Preceded by
Toronto Granites
Canada men's Olympic ice hockey team
1928
Succeeded by
Winnipeg Hockey Club
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